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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Nov. 29, 2017

Jamestown Police are continuing to investigate a homicide that occured yesterday evening in the city. 
At 7 p.m., City Police report that two men were walking down Willard Street together when they began to fight with one another.  City police say one of the men allegedly stabbed the other before running off on Peterson Street towards Scioto Street. 
It is believed that the two men may have known each other as they were seen walking together prior to the altercation.  The name of the 22 year-old male victim is not being released at this time.  The identity of the suspect who fled after stabbing the victim in not known at this time.
Investigators are looking for any information that may be known on the identity of the suspect.  City police ask anyone with information to call JPD at 483-7537 or their confidential tip-line at 483-8477 or use the Tips-411 app. 
Jamestown police are on the look-out for a lone bandit who held up the Kwik Fill convenience store at knife-point on West 3rd Street early Tuesday morning. 
City Poilce Captain Bob Samuelson says a tall, black male entered the store at 1617 West 3rd  about 2 a.m. and demanded cash from the register.  Samuelson says they do have surveillance video that shows he appears to be a black male, who is about 6"4 or taller in height.
The suspect also allegedly had a backpack with him.  Samuelson says the clerk at the store was not hurt.  He says they are trying to identify the suspect and, says they are following up on several leads. 
Samuelson says if you have any information on the robbery, you can call them directly at 483-7537.  You can also call them anonymously at their Confidential Tips-line at 483-TIPs (483-8477).  Samuelson says you can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app. 
Half-a-dozen fire departments responded Tuesday afternoon to the scene of an Amish sawmill fire in the town of French Creek. 
Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say Clymer fire crews were called to the scene at 9227 Cherry Hill Road near the Clymer town line shortly before 1:30 PM.  Clymer then reportedly put out a call for mutual aid from several departments. 
The fire was reportedly out by mid-afternoon.  There were no reports of injuries and, there's been no report of the amount of damage.  County fire investigators were called to the scene late yesterday afternoon to determine a cause.
A half-million dollar grant is on the way to Jamestown to help the city hire a Rochester-area firm that will help design a new downtown parking strategy for the city based on the work of an ad hoc committee. 
That from city Development Director Vince DeJoy, who says the final piece was put in place Monday when the City Council approved receiving a $100,000 grant from the Gebbie Foundation to match the $400,000 grant from the state.
DeJoy says this is the first-phase of an effort to implement what the Parking Advisory Committee has recommended.
DeJoy says Bergman Associates will develop what's called a "wayfinding" study to create ways to inform people of parking options in the city.  The advisory committee earlier this month released it's findings, which include removal of the two-hour free parking zone in the downtown area. 
The recommendations also include no increase in parking fees and, converting all two-hour meters to three-hour meters.  The 12-hour meters will be placed on the outskirts of the Central Business District to improve fairness in enforcement.
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady this week with the cost of regular, unleaded fuel down about half-a-penny over last week. 
That from the AAA's Gas Price Report  which says the price is now just over $2.75 a gallon.  The Gas Price Report says that's about $0.37 a gallon more at this time last year.  AAA says nationally, the average price is now $2.51 cents, which is about $0.03 a gallon less than last week. 
The Gas Price Report says prices are generally cheaper in both the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions,  falling everywhere except in Washington, D.C.  
Members of the New York state Assembly are planning two big hearings on critical components of the state's educational system. 
The first, on December 5th, will focus on how private primary and secondary schools measure student success.  The second, a week later, will delve into new higher education scholarship programs.
Congress is expected to vote on legislation today that would make training to stop sexual harassment and discrimination manditory for members of the House of Representatives. 
23rd District Congressman Tom Reed says he fully-supports the measure, introduced by Virginia Republican Barbara Comstock.  Reed says the training would be required for all members of Congress and their staffs at the start of each Congressional Session.  He says his office already complies voluntarily.
Reed says this is not the first time that anti-sexual harassment legislation has gone before House members.  However, given the number of cases of harassment and sexual assault now being reported among House and Senate members, the Corning Republican says it's time to pass it because this kind of behavior has to "be confronted" in this nation and society. 
Reed has supported efforts to pass anti-sexual assault and harassment legislation in the past because it's affected his family.  His niece was raped a few years ago.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
The annual Jamestown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration will take place this Friday night.
Marketing and Events Manager for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Zach Agett, says the over 20 year-old tradition starts with the line-up at 5 p.m. on West 3rd Street between Hallock Street and Porter Avenue. Agett says this year's theme is an acknowledgment of the Olympic winter games. 
He adds that there will be sports-themed floats, Olympic rings and torches for decoration and, music and remarks from Mayor Sam Teresi. In addition,  Agett says that Santa will be on the last float in the parade that ends in front of Tracy Plaza and, where the lighting of the city's Christmas tree and fireworks will be displayed at 8 PM. 
The Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebrated is sponsored by the Resource Center. For more information, visit JamestownRenaissance.org