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Our Summer-like temperatures are on the way out today and, once a cold front moves through,we'll struggle to reach 50 over the coming weekend...  

That from Forecaster Shawn Smith with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, who says day-time highs will be about 30-degrees cooler on Friday.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on Hurricane Michael, which made lanfall as a Cat-4 storm.  Smith doesn't expect Michael to have much effect on Western New York's weather because it will remain far to the south and east and, says the storm will move quickly into the Carolinas before heading out across the North Atlantic.  Tuesday marked a record high for Western New York, reaching 83-degrees at the Buffalo Airport.  That broke a record that stood for over 100 years!

President Donald Trump took a short break from politics at a rally in Pennsylvania to offer his thoughts and prayers for those in the path of Hurricane Michael...  

Trump promised to spare no effort in the federal response to damaged areas.  Returning to the upcoming midterm elections, the president told supporters Wednesday night in Erie, Pennsylvania, that Democrats want to impose socialism and take over and destroy the nation's health care.  He also accused Democrats of wanting to abolish America's borders and allow drugs and gangs to pour in.  Trump told reporters before the rally that he considered canceling the event because of the hurricane but decided he didn't want to disappoint those waiting for him.  In 2012, Trump criticized President Barack Obama for campaigning shortly after Superstorm Sandy.

An Ashville man has been arrested for identity theft after he allegedly stole multiple credit cards from a person in the town of North Harmony and, purchased several items with them...  

Sheriff's officers say 32 year-old Curtis Hewes took the cards sometime around September 3 and, bought the items in the town of Busti.  Deputies say a warrant was issued for Hewes' arrest, and he was taken into custody on four counts each of Felony criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree identit theft and petty larceny.  He was arraigned in Jamestown City Court, and sent to the County Jail on $15,000 cash bail.

A Panama man escaped serious injury early yesterday afternoon when his car left the road on Route 60 and, struck another vehicle... 

Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the town of Gerry about 2 p.m. for a rollover accident.  Deputies say they deterined that 28 year-old Nicholas Troup was northbound when his car drifted off the road and, struck a parked and unoccupied vehicle hauling a trailer.  Troup was treated for what appeared to be minor injuries at the scene.  He was ticketed for moving from lane unsafely.

Incumbant Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed is blasting his Democratic challenger for her support of what he calls "socialistic, Single-Payer" health care...  

The Corning Republican says Tracy Mitrano's support of what's also called "Medicare for All" will jeopardize Medicare itself and, drive bigger national deficits.  Reed says the total cost of a single-payer system would total $32-trillion over a 10-year period.

Reed says if a "Medicare for All" program was put in place, it would overwhelm the current Medicare system for seniors who are on fixed incomes.  He says it will further stress a system that is enduring doctor shortages already.  Reed maintains that increasing competition will bring down prices, especially for prescription medications.  He feels there also need to be more incentives to keep costs down.  Reed says he has also worked as co-chairman of the bi-partisan "Problem Solvers Caucus" to develop a fix to stabilize the individual marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.  He says "we need more patient-centered solutions to our ever growing health care challenges." 

The West Nile Virus has resurfaced after a prolonged absense in Chautauqua County...  

That  Bill Boria with the county's Department of Health and Human Services.  Boria says there were two instances where West Nile Virus has been confirmed by the State Department of Health, one in the Frewsburg-area in mid-September at the Audubon Nature Center.  He says the other was a horse in the town of Portland that got West Nile, and had to be put down.  Boria says warm than usual weather was the likely culprit.

Mammals, including horses and people, get the viral disease from infected mosquitos.  Boria says there are things you can do to protect yourself, including using mosquito repellent with DEET in it and, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect yourself.  He adds also elminate standing water from where you live.  The good news is the active mosquito biting season is nearing an end.  Mosquito activity diminishes with cooler weather.  And most adult mosquitos die with the first hard frost.

A city man is jailed pending arraignment following a warrant check at a Barrows Street residence in Jamestown Tuesday afternoon... 

On arrival, city police say they saw 43 year-old James Houser allegedly crawling out of a rear window of the residence.  Houser was taken to Jamestown city jail on the warrants.  However, officers say he was additionally charged with first-degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense after police learned there was a valid order of protection for Houser to stay away from the home and the woman living there due to recent domestic violence-related convictions. 

A former Democratic Party chairman from upstate New York admits arranging for a Canadian citizen to make an illegal $25,000 donation to a New York official's re-election campaign...  

G. Steven Pigeon of Buffalo pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge Tuesday.  It was the second guilty plea in two weeks from the former Erie County party chairman.  He pleaded guilty in county court September 28 to bribing a judge.  In Tuesday's case, prosecutors say Pigeon admits that while working as a political consultant, he solicited the donation from a Canadian business executive, knowing that foreign donations to state campaigns are illegal. 

A state transportation official says the owner of the limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York was warned not to operate the vehicle after it failed an inspection...  

Department of Transportation spokesman Joseph Morrissey says Tuesday that the 2001 Ford Excursion that crashed Saturday was placed out of service after a September inspection and was subject to additional inspections.  Lee Kindlon, attorney for Prestige Limousine, says code violations cited in a September 4 inspection had been corrected and the limousine cleared for service. 

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