Some strong wind gusts overnight Tuesday caused some scattered power outages across portions of the Lake Erie shoreline area. Meantime... there is now a Lake Effect Snow Watch for Chautauqua County beginning Thursday night through Friday night. Forecaster Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says it got quite gusty along the lake. A 49 mile an hour wind gust was reported overnight at the Dunkirk Airport and a 45 MPH gust at the Dunkirk Lighthouse. Hitchcock says more December-like weather is expected this week, with brief shot of arctic air later in the week. He says we're "back to reality today" with temperatures back in the low to mid-30s. We'll see colder air and some general and lake effect snow Thursday night and Friday. Hitchcock says it's still too early to tell about snowfall amounts, although the snow is expected to be mainly across the Chautauqua Ridge this time around.
A Falconer man arrested in Jamestown recently in connection with an domestic incident has been arrested again for allegedly burglarizing a home on the southside. City police were called to the scene at 38 Barrows Street shortly before 5 PM Monday... and were told that 41 year-old James Houser had entered the home -- violating an order of protection. Officers say Houser was also supposed to stay away from the female victim. He was arrested without incident a short distance away from the house. Houser is charged with one count of second-degree burglary... and, two counts of second-degree criminal contempt. He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
A Jamestown man has been arrested on a warrant for allegedly running a methamphetime lab in the city. Sheriff's officers say they executed the arrest warrant for 22 year-old Alexander Jankowiak of Sampson Street at his home shortly before 4:30 PM Monday. Deputies say they arrested Jankowiak without incident on one count of third-degree unlawful manufacture of Methamphetime. He was arraigned, and sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.
Jamestown city lawmakers will further review proposed fees that have been increased -- or be new in 2017 -- for local sports teams using city parks. That after the City Council tabled action on the changes before the panel's year-end meeting. Acting Council President Tony Dolce says there is no great urgency to approving them in place right now. Councilwoman Kim Ecklund... who is an official with the local Babe Ruth World Series Committee... first expressed concern after seeing the fee for hosting a world series would be one-thousand dollars. Dolce says they want to allow the leagues involved to have time to offer input on the proposals. He says City Comptroller Joe Bellitto told them this would have little immediate impact on the 2017 budget. Dolce adds that most of the leagues involved don't start until next Spring... so that will give them time to make whatever changes they feel need to be. City officials say they're trying to cover their costs for getting the parks ready and maintained.
It's now official: The village of Sherman will remain going forward after the Chautauqua County Board of Elections opened absentee ballots from the December 20th dissolution vote. Election's Commissioner Norm Green says the final vote was 117 votes in favor of keeping the village... while 115 voted to dissolve the government. Green says 232 of the 472 registered voters in Sherman voted. He says the final certified result is also available for public viewing at Votechautauqua-dot-COM.
A change in the leadership of the County Legislature will be coming next month. Ashville-area Republican Frank "Jay" Gould will not seek re-election as chairman, although he will remain in the legislature. Gould received a commendation from the legislature at last week's meeting, the final session for the year. He praised the work of the last two legislatures. County Executive Vince Horrigan thanked Gould for his work as chairman for the last five years... and, his efforts to "get things done." Horrigan says he believes that's the key to good government. County legislators will elect their next chair when they hold their reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, January 3rd.
The annual Red Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army of Jamestown will be 20-thousand to 25-thousand dollars short of it's goal. However... the campaign will be left "open" through the end of the year to make up as much of that gap as possible. That from Salvation Army Captain Kim Merchant... who says their final count as of Christmas Eve night was between 91-thousand and 96-thousand dollars. Merchant tells our Dennis Webster that... while the Red Kettles aren't out... they are still accepting donations for the program. This year's goal for the Jamestown chapter is 116-thousand dollars. Merchant says they're looking for 20 to 25-dollars donations... which she says add up quickly. She adds someone writing a big check has happened in the past... but, that happens only rarely. Merchant says you can make checks out to "The Salvation Army..." and put "Red Kettle Campaign" in the memo area. Checks should be sent before the end of the week to The Salvation Army, 83 South Main Street, Jamestown. For more information... call 664-4108.