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Jamestown-area under Lake Effect Snow Warning through Saturday morning with 18 to 24 inches predicted in snowbelt areas...
Some parts of Chautauqua County could wind up with more than two-feet of snow by Saturday morning from the first arctic blast of the Winter season... beginning this morning.  A Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in place for Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from now until 6 a.m. Saturday.  Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service says the typical lake effect areas -- like the Chautauqua Ridge -- will see at least 18 to 24 inches.  He says there will be less along Lake Erie, around 6 to 12 inches from Ripley to Dunkirk and Fredonia.  Hitchcock told us Wednesday night that the heaviest of the lake effect will occur late this afternoon, through late tonight.  During that time... he says the snowfall rate will be about 2 to 3 inches an hour before tapering off overnight.  Hitchcock says snowfall in the more persistant bands will be 3 to 5 inches today... then 6 to 12 inches tonight.  On Friday... we'll see 5 to 8 inches during the day... then 3-to-5 Friday night.  Later in the weekend... he says there'll be some general snowfall... and, it'll remain cold.
Teresi discusses shooting incidents, support for police efforts to find, and arrest those who are involved...
All resources available to the Jamestown Police Department are being brought to bear in an effort to arrest those involved in a recent rash of shootings in the city.  That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who is speaking for the first-time on the matter this week.  Teresi says he has stayed away from the public spotlight to allow police to properly investigate the five shootings that have occured since early Thanksgiving Day.  He says cracking this case his number-one priority right now... and, they're getting a lot of regional help from the FBI, state Police, and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.  He says it's the "intensive police effort he has ever seen" in his nearly 17 years as mayor.  Teresi says police are investigating a "certain number" of bad actors who appear to have been involved in what have been "targeted shootings."  However... he shares resident's concerns over the possibility of stray bullets.  Teresi says JPD Chief Harry Snellings and his department have his full support... and, he will help get him the resources he needs.  If you have any information on the shootings... you can contact JPD confidentially at their 4-1-1 app... or the Tips-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  Teresi made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
Two arrested for allegedly running Meth. Lab in village of Fredonia...
Fredonia Village Police have made two arrests for allegedly running a meth. lab in a home on Berry Road last Tuesday afternoon.  Police officers were called to 15 Berry Rd. around 1:30 p.m. after a Chautauqua County Child Protective Services worker discovered what appeared to be some type of drug-making equipment during a visit.  When police reached the scene, 32-year-old Krystal Hafner was allegedly in the process of disposing of the chemical solutions and equipment and caused noxious fumes to begin filling the home.  Hafner and another resident, 39-year-old Christopher Miller, were charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine --  a felony... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  Hafner was also charged with unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material.  Tha's also a felony.   Police say four children lived in the home, ranging in age from two-months to 17 years.  Fredonia Fire and the Chautauqua County HAZMAT team also assisted at the scene.  
Gerace says Sheriff's Department getting early start on DWI enforcement during Holiday Season...
The number of driving while intoxicated-related arrests seem to be on the rise in recent days... but, a top law enforcement official says there is usually an increase this time of the year.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office made at least four arrests alone during the past weekend... and, Sheriff Joe Gerace says that's pretty typical for early December when there are Christmas parties and celebrations taking place, and they are drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel.  Gerace says that's one of the reasons another STOP-DWI crackdown will be held later this month.  He says the period from Dec. 16 through Jan. 2 is being funded by the New York state STOP-DWI Foundation.  Gerace says they do crack-downs periodically... and, they'll have extra patrols out at that time.  He says the Sheriff's Office will be working with local law enforcement and the State Police during the crackdown, with special emphasis on driving while impaired by either alcohol or drugs.
Cuomo says Trump didn't win -- Democrats lost by not paying attention to middle class in 2016 election...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says Donald Trump didn't win the presidential election - but that Democrats lost by not paying enough attention to a fearful middle class.  The Democrat told the audience at a New York City fund-raiser Tuesday night that the long campaign gave voice to a "frightening" amount of fear, anger and hate.  He said New York state now must stand up against a "tide of negativity" and confront discrimination and intolerance.  New York, he says, stands for what made America "strong in the first place:" brotherhood, acceptance and community.  Cuomo has been mentioned as a possible White House contender in 2020 but has said he is focused on winning a third term in 2018.  Tuesday's fundraiser was held on Cuomo's 59th birthday.

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