Local News Headlines

WJTN Headlines for Monday Nov. 20, 2017

The Southern Tier has seen it's first measurable snowfall of the season.
Bob Hamiliton with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says since the Winter Weather Advisory was put into place, snowfall amounts "worked out perfect". Adding that by looking at the web cameras, 2 to 5 inches were seen on grassy, higher elevations while there was little snow on the road.
Hamilton says the we can expect to see another inch or so today. The Winter Weather Advisory was lifted earlier this morning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, and Southern Erie Counties. 
Snow-slicked roads on Sunday are being blamed, at least in part, for a one-car, rollover crash in the town of Stockton. 
Sheriff's deputies say they were called to the scene on the South Stockton-Cassadaga Road just after 2 p.m. to investigate.  Officers say they found the teenage male driver was southbound when the car began sliding on the snowy pavement, and he couldn't regain control. 
Deputies say the car went into a ditch on the side of the road, and overturned before coming to rest on it's roof.  The operator was evaluated at the scene by an ambulance crew.  He was not identified.  No charges have been filed.
City police are looking for two black men who allegedly broke into a home on Jamestown's eastside last Saturday night, and robbed the occupants before shooting one of them. 
City Police were called to the scene at 533 East Fifth Street shortly after 8 PM on a report of shots being fired.  On arrival, officers learned the two men had committed a home invasion-robbery in which a male victim was shot in the abdomen. 
Investigators are looking for the two men, who reportedly entered the home wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts, and, robbed the occupants before shooting the male victim and running off.  The gun-shot victim was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, and was later transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania for further treatment. 
Anyone who may have information on the suspects is asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or their anonymous tips line at 483-TIPS.  You can also contact their Tip 4-1-1 App and, police say all calls and tips will be kept confidential.  
One person has been killed in a single-car accident in the Cattaraugus County Town of Salamanca. 
Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene on Old Route 17 shortly before Midnight Saturday, and found the vehicle involved had crossed the center-line, and struck a tree. 
Deputies say the force of the crash caused a passenger in the car to be ejected from the vehicle, and that person was pronounced dead at the scene.  No names have been released, and the investigation into the accident is continuing.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's excited that the House has approved it's tax reform package and says, if asked he would serve on the conference committee to reconcil their bill with the Senate's version. 
Speaking shortly after the House approved it's measure, Reed pushed for a conference committee of House and Senate members to hash-out a final bill for both chambers.  The Senate has yet to vote on it's version of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.
Reed, who co-authored a measure to keep a local and state property tax deduction up to $10,000 in the House bill, reiterated that the Senate measure must include that.  He adds there are a couple of other deductions he would like to see reinstated once the two measures go to conference. 
Those are the student loan and, Medical expense deductions.  Reed says the House plan would save the average taxpayer in the Western Southern Tier $1,600 a year.  He also rejected the argument that while the proposal would provide little tax savings to the middle-class but, a huge windfall to American corporations. 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says it's "troublesome" to see sexual assault and harassment allegations against one U.S. Senator and a current candidate for the Senate. 
The Corning Republican weighed in on the allegations against Minnesota Democrat Al Franken and, Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore. 
Reed, who has supported legislation in the wake of a niece who was sexually assaulted, says it's difficult to hear the allegations against Franken.
Reed has been part of a movement called "No More," which is pushing for more awareness that problems with sexual assault remain in U.S. Society.  He also says that he "stands with the victims" and finds "their allegations credible." 
Franken has already apologized for his alleged actions during a USO trip overseas against a Los Angeles Radio News anchor.  Moore maintains that the allegation against him are political and never occured. 
Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says former Democratic President Bill Clinton should have resigned over his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago. 
The New York Democrat made the remark in an interview with The New York Times that was published on its website Thursday after being asked if she believed Clinton should have stepped down at the time. 
The House in 1999 voted to impeach Clinton of perjury and obstruction of its investigation into the affair.  The Senate later acquitted him.  
New York child molestation victims are hoping the national focus on sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood, the media and national politics will convince lawmakers to allow victims to sue for decades old abuse. 
The Child Victims Act would relax criminal and civil statutes of limitations.  The measure is backed by the Democratic-controlled Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo but has been repeatedly blocked by the Republican-led Senate. 
One of the bill's leading advocates, former competitive speed skater Bridie Farrell, says the national dialogue on sexual misconduct is empowering victims and hopefully improving the bill's chances in Albany. 
Farrell says she was molested by an older skater when she was a girl.  She says many people are surprised that New York has one of the nation's tightest statutes of limitations for molestation.