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Lake Effect Snow expected by early Sunday morning in WNY...
Expect some roller-coaster type weather heading through today and tomorrow morning.  First off... we'll see a warm up...followed by a cool down complete with lake effect snow.  Meteorologist Aaron Reynolds of the National Weather Service says ahead of the cold front, there will be a southerly flow of mild and very moist air.  Reynold says we'll have some brief rain and warmer temperatures for today... but, behind it, a cold front will move in, and we'll begin to see some lake effect snow late tonight.  Some areas could see 6 to 8 inches of snow by early Monday.  The cold front could trigger some thunderstorms late today before the colder air moves in.  No warnings or watches have been issued yet, but Reynolds says you will want to stay updated on the latest weather forecasts since rapid changes are expected late today into tomorrow.  
 
 
Amber Alert put in place for two young children allegedly abducted in Salamanca...
Police across western New York are looking for two small children who were allegedly abducted by their mothers in the Cattaraugus County city of Salamanca early this morning.  Salamanca Police says they believe both are endangered, and have issued an Amber Alert for both.  Police say they believe 18 year-old Keshauna Boggs allegedly grabbed her daughter... 29 day-old Londyn Richardson... about 6:30 this morning.  Officers believe that Boggs and her daughter are traveling with 16 year-old Selena Ventura... who took her 3-month-old daughter, Melani, and fled about the same time.  The mothers and daughters are African-American.  If you have any information on the vehicle, Ventura and Boggs, or their children... you are asked to contact Salamanca Police... or your local agency.  Police say the four may be traveling towards Suffolk County on Long Island.
 
 
Local Humane Society puts out alert on animal cruelty after this week's Mt. Vernon Place fire...
After a toy poodle and another dog were rescued from a house fire on Moutn Vernon Street in Jamestown... the Chautauqua County Humane Society is reminded local residents to contact local authorities if they are aware of any situation involving animal cruelty.  Humane Society Director of Animal Services Sue Bobek says, "we offer services to local police agencies free of charge because we do not want cost to come into the equation when it comes to doing what local municipalities have to do versus the right thing to do when it comes to the well-being of the animals in these situations."  The poodle suffered from "extreme neglect" on the part of the owners.  Bobek also stresses the importance of Humane Education and says the humane society is a resource for the whole community. For more information... contact the Chautauqua County Humane Society at 665-2209. 
 
 
Horrigan touts Shared Services efforts after county receives State award...
Chautauqua County is one of four New York state municipalities that has received special recognition from the state for it's work on regional infrastructure, emergency medical services and local government reorganization.  County Executive Vince Horrigan was among five local leaders on hand in Albany this week to receive a Regional Impact Award during the Local Government Innovation Conference.  Horrigan says New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado presented the award to him, along with the head of the county's panel looking into regional solutions.  He says it was nice to receive the award with Legislator George Borrello, who chairs the county's Regional Soluctions Commission.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi... and, Westfield Mayor Michael VandeVelde were also in attendance.  The county recently awarded $50,000 to the village of Forestville and town of Hanover to help the village with unexpected expenses during it's efforts to dissolve into the town.  Horrigan says the county was also recognized for development of the North County Water District, and a county-wide EMS Plan.
 
 
City of Jamestown sees improved Sales Tax receipts in third-quarter...
Third-quarter sales tax revenues for the city of Jamestown came in better than projected for the third-quarter of this year... and, they appear to be in line to make budget for 2017.  That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... who recently got the numbers from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto... and, adds the city received $1.67-million between July and September.  Dolce says they saw a one-percent hike over 2016... and, now have received $4.58-million.  He says that's about 76-percent of budget... and puts them on target to make budget for this year.  Dolce says they'll need about $1.4-million to make their $6-million target for 2017.  Historically, Dolce says the city has budgeted conservatively for sales tax... and, that any additional amounts are used to offset any shortfalls in the budget.  He says the city was just under $1,600 more in revenue than they projected for the third-quarter of this year.  He adds that -- given the figures so far in 2017 -- Bellitto has also recommended there be no change to the city's sales tax budget figure for next year.
 
 
Suicide Prevention task force being created in NYS...
New York state is creating a suicide prevention task force to study ways to reduce the number of New Yorkers who take their own lives.  Governor Andrew Cuomo called for the creation of the panel earlier this year.  Late this week... the Democrat cited the recent rise in the number of suicides across the country and says New York will make prevention a "top priority."  The task force will include state mental health officials, academic researchers and representatives of non-profit community groups.  The group will examine factors that can lead people to consider suicide, with a special focus on bullying and cyberbullying. 

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