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WJTN Headlines for Wednesday Dec. 27, 2017

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting, and seriously hurting a two-month old child on the city's southside. 
 
City police were called to the scene at 98 Myrtle Street about 5 a.m. Tuesday and, found that the child had been taken initially to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  Officers say following a brief investigation, they arrested 30 year-old Rory Davis, Junior for second-degree assault and, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. 
 
Police say the child was transferred to Children's Hospital in Buffalo, where the infant is is "very serious condition."  Davis is being held pending arraignment in City Jail.
 
 
The lake effect snow that has buried parts of the western Southern Tier, including Chautauqua County, will ease up through the morning. 
 
However, we'll be seeing bitterly cold temperatures the next two nights.  That from Meteorologist Steve Welch with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says our Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in place until 6 p.m.tonight, especially to the north and west of Jamestown.
 
By late yesterday,  Welch says Perrysburg, in Cattaraugus County had received 32-inches of snow from the Christmas snow event.  Mayville was also getting above the one-foot mark, along with the Dunkirk-Fredonia area. 
 
We had a couple of lake effect bursts yesterday in the immediate Jamestown-area, which brough about 3 to 4-inches of snow into last evening.  Highs today will only make it into the low teens and, lows tonight and, Thursday night will be in the low single-numbers.
 
 
Forecasters say a Christmas storm dumped a record amount of snow on the Pennsylvania city of Erie and surrounding areas. 
 
The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says the storm brought 34 inches on Christmas Day a new all-time daily snowfall record for Erie. 
 
And another 19 inches fell before dawn Tuesday, bringing the total to 53 inches the greatest two-day total in commonwealth history.  The previous record was the 44 inches that fell in Morgantown in March 1958. 
 
The city of Erie issued a snow emergency, citing "dangerous and impassable" roads, and asked residents to stay off city streets until the snow stops and roads can reopen.   
 
State police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are urging people to avoid travel, citing poor visibility and deteriorating conditions.
 
 
There were several strides made in Chautauqua County during the four-years Vince Horrigan was county executive. 
 
However he is also quick to say that others including the county legislature, helped him solve problems.  Horrigan noted during his last appearance as executive on our "Community Spotlight" program that he was most proud of the fact that during his tenure government was fairly non-partisan.  He says that helped the county made some good strides in economic development.
 
Horrigan adds that the legislature was able to move forward on a number of fronts, starting with the decision to sell the County Home in Dunkirk and, increase the sales tax by half-a-percent to help plug a six-million dollar "structural deficit" in the county's budget. 
 
However, he says there were also a few disappointments, with the biggest was not being able to do more to deal with the local Heroin and Opioid Drug crisis.  Horrigan says the resulting growth in the county jail population has also been troublesome but, he believes the county will soon get it's arms around that issue.  
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo says a special task force created to crack down on illegal tobacco has seized more than $6 million worth of contraband cigarettes and cigars this year. 
 
The Democrat announced Tuesday that the $6.6 million seized in 2017 is $1 million more than what authorities hauled in last year.  The contraband included more than 1.5 million illegal cigars and 47,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes. 
 
The state's Cigarette Strike Force also seized 134,000 counterfeit tax stamps and nearly $445,000 in cash.  Cuomo says the crackdown resulted in the arrests of 85 cigarette and tobacco smugglers who face more than $7 million in fines.  The governor directed the state Tax Department in 2014 to create the strike force to focus on illegal tobacco smuggling and sales.
 
 
A long-time radio newsman from New York City who also anchored WJTN's "Medical Journal" for many years, has died. 
 
Lou Adler died last Friday in Meridian, Connecticut at the age of 88.  His death at a nursing home, was confirmed by his daughter, Valerie Adler, who said he had Alzheimer’s disease.  Adler's program was heard daily on WJTN.
 
Adler's program covered the gamut of medical conditions, from headaches to transplants.  Adler was a 1952 graduate of the SUNY College at Fredonia and, began his radio career in New York in 1959 at WCBS-AM.  He worked for CBS as a reporter on radio and, briefly, on television before returning to radio in 1967 as an anchor when the station switched to a news format.  He became news director in 1971.
 
 
A vehicle struck and killed a horse in the town of Busti this past Monday night. 
 
The Jamestown Post-Journal reports that the crash occurred around 7:30 PM near the intersection of Kortwright and Big Tree Roads.  The paper says one person has reportedly been injured in the crash with unknown severity. 
 
A Chautauqua County road crew was called to move the animal from the road.  The horse was reportedly dead by the time the crew arrived.