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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 8, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 3 p.m. this afternoon through 5 a.m. Saturday morning...
Total snow accumulations adding up to six to 12 inches are expected. The snow will be spread out over a long period, with the majority of the snow tonight and Friday. Effected areas include Chautauqua county, with greatest amounts along the Chautauqua Ridge with less snow along the immediate lakeshore.
The weather service says to plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Friday; be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.
An ammunition maker near Brooklyn Square in Jamestown sustained little damage late Wednesday morning when some chemicals reacted in a one-thousand gallon tank, sending an orange vapor plume into the air...  
City Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at International Ordinance at 101 Harrison Street shortly before 10 a.m. and made sure everyone had been evacuated from the building.  Finson says they then called in the county's Hazardous Materials team, and an ambulance. 
Once the building is cleaned-up, Finson says it will be ready for use again.  He says crews were at the scene until just after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.  He says seven off-duty firefighters were called in to staff Fire Station-One while their crew was at International Ordinance.  No firefighters were injured or overcome by fumes during the incident response.
Two teenagers have been arrested for allegedly making terroristic threats against two schools in the Warren County District Tuesday morning and afternoon...  
State Police in Warren say troopers were called to Sheffield Area Middle School to investigate a verbal threat against the school about 10 in the morning.  Police say they investigated, and found a 14 year-old boy made a threat to "shoot up the school."  He was arrested.  Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Troopers say they were called to the Warren Area High School where a 16 year-old male student made a similar threat.  State Police say both were charged with Felony Making Terroristic Threats, and disorderly conduct.  Both were put into the juvenile court system.  Troopers say they take a "zero-tolerance approach" to such threats.
A recently retired member of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department has announced his decision to run for the county's top-law enforcement position next Fall...  
Lakewood-area Republican Jim Quattrone is seeking the nod to run for the office in November after a 30 year career with the department.  Quattrone recalled talking with late Sheriff John Bentley when he was hired in 1987 and was asked about career ambitions. He said he'd like to sit in Bentley's chair someday.
On a post on his "Quattrone for Sheriff" Facebook page, he says, "I have been focused on serving our community throughout my career with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and in various volunteer organizations."  He adds he "would like to use my experience and education along with my passion for our community to serve county residents.  Currently, Quattrone is the executive director of Jamestown's United Christian Advocacy Network -- or "UCAN" -- City Mission.  If nominated, he would run against Democratic incumbent Joe Gerace in the Fall.  Gerace has yet to announce his plans.
The Democratic majority in the New York State Assembly is proposing legislation their leader says will help "prevent and reduce gun violence in New York..." 
Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx says the package of bills includes measures that would keep individuals deemed a danger to themselves, or others, from possessing or purchasing firearms.  Heastie says it would also establish longer background checks and ban "bump stocks" that turn legal guns into machine guns.
Heastie says the legislation would allow a court to issue an "extreme risk protection order" that would prevent someone deemed a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm for up to one year.  It would also establish a 10 day waiting period to a purchaser who has not cleared a background check.  Heastie says these two items are in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  He adds the measure regarding bump stocks is in response to last year's deadly massacre at a concert in Las Vegas.  
Tractor-trailers were banned on the New York State Thruway late yesterday from the Syracuse area to New York City because of the nor'easter that's hitting the region...  
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the ban for Interstate 90 from Exit 36 just outside Syracuse to the Albany area, and for Interstate 87 from Albany to the Yonkers-Bronx line.  The ban also prohibited tandem trailers, buses, box trucks and other high-profile vehicles from those highways.  It also applied to sections of I-81, I-88, I-84, I-684, I-287, I-95 and Route 17. 
A Jamestown man was arrested for criminal contempt following a traffic stop on the city's eastside earlier this morning... 
City police say they stopped a Ford Escape in the 400-block of Windsor Street near East 7th Street. Investigation revealed that the backseat passenger, 21 year-old Anthonie Sugden, had a valid stay-away order from the front-seat passenger. Officers say Sugden allegedly gave a false name and birthdate to hide the order of protection violation, along with being wanted on other domestic-related charges out of city court. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment for second-degree criminal contempt and false personation.