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Suspect still sought in 7-Eleven Robbery, but getaway vehicle found...
City police are continuing to look for a man who allegedly walked into a convenience store on Jamestown's eastside Friday afternoon... and took an undisclosed amount of cash.  However... City Police Captain Bob Samuelson now says police have found the silver-colored Chevy Cavalier the unidentified bandit used to get-away from the 7-Eleven at 10-11 East Second Street he robbed shortly before 2 PM.  Samuelson says the man walked in, and demanded cash from an employee.  However, he did not display a weapon.  Samuelson says the man shown in a photo they are circulating on-line fled in a vehicle was reportedly stolen from a Kipp Street address earlier in the day.  The car was reportedly found in the Allen Street area late Friday.  The man appears to be a white or Hispanic male, who was wearing a navy blue hooded-sweatshirt... with a greyish colored jacket... and, blue jeans or pants.  Anyone who may have information on the suspect is asked to contact the Jamestown Police at 483-7537.  Anonymous tips can be left at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477 or via the tips 411 app.

Jamestown area gets 2 to 3 inches of snow from Weekend storm... parts of north county get up to a foot...
A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect through 10 tonight as the first significant snowfall of the season is here.  Forecaster Dave Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the Southern Tier is on track to receive Winter-like snowfall totals through tonight.  Thomas says a strong cold front moved in this morning... bringing in much colder air.  He says some places were to see up to a half-foot of snow.  However, we had a report of 12 to 13 inches of snow in the Fredonia area... while parts of Jamestown got 2 to 3 inches of the white stuff.  Thomas adds we'll also see some precarious road conditions later in the weekend, because of the fact it's the first real measurable snow of the season. 

Borrello says county crews ready for snow this weekend... Lehman echos that for Jamestown...
With the return of wintry weather... Chautauqua County is ready to do battle.  County Executive George Borrello says the Department of Public Facilities says the county's fleet of snow plows is ready to go along with other the necessary supplies.  Borrello says they have salt in their barns, and the plows are ready.  Borrello says the drivers need to do their part and prepare for the return of winter driving.  That means slow down, and leave some room between you and the vehicle ahead of you.  The State Department of Transportation indicated on it's Twitter account Friday that staff from the Chautauqua County maintenance facility held their annual fall safety meeting... and, they are ready for the snow and ice season.

In addition... Jamestown Public Works Director Jeff Lehman says their salt barn is "full," and, their plows and salt trucks are ready to go.  Lehman says they again have one "main" plow route, and a dozen secondary ones their crews will be following.

Teresi says city officials to weigh legal options in Police Arbitration ruling...
The city of Jamestown is looking into legally challenging an arbitration panel's decision to give the city policeman's union a 2-percent pay increase for both 2016 and 2017.  Mayor Sam Teresi revealed the potential strategy during this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the Media One Radio Group of stations.  Teresi believes the ruling was made in error in favor of the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association... and, has discussed the matter with City Council behind closed doors.  He says lawmakers will decide whether to let the ruling stand, or challenge it.  The state arbitrator involved voted with the police union representative on the panel... while Jamestown Administrative Services Director, Todd Thomas -- who represented the city -- voted against the move.  Teresi says there is a short time period left to challenge the decision -- if they decide to do it.  He says if the final decision stands... it will have a "major impact" on both this... and, next year's budgets.  The arbitration panel's decision also included the need for the policeman's union to pay more for their health insurance coverage going forward. 


New York taking steps to ban E-Cigarettes...
The Cuomo administration says New York state is taking steps that could make it the first state to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes.  A spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo says Friday that the Democrat is concerned about the rise in e-cigarette among young people, calling it an ``emerging public health issue.''  The New York Post first reported Thursday that the state Department of Health announced plans for regulations banning the sale or possession of flavored e-cigarettes.  The regulations could then be adopted after a 60-day period of public comment.


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