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Our blast of arctic air leaves the area this morning...  

Meteorologist Dave Thomas in Buffalo says it's the coldest air of the season since last Thanksgiving.  Temperatures will warm up again by Wednesday when it should reach about 40.  But, Thomas says that warmth won't last too long, as another arctic cold air mass is on the way to close out the end of January.  Additionally, the Jamestown Fire Department is urging residents to keep their sidewalks, mailboxes and, entryways to their houses clear of snow.

A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of several types of illegal drugs during a traffic stop on the city's southside Monday morning....  

Jamestown police say officers stopped the car shortly before 10 a.m. for failure to stop and sign a turn at the intersection of Cole Avenue and Jewel Place.  Police say they arrested 25 year-old Kylie Reeves after she was allegedly found in possession of quantities of methamphetime, cocaine, suboxone, and prescription pills.  She was arrested without incident and, take to the city jail on charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, two counts of seventh-degree criminal drug possession.  Reeves was held pending arraignment.

An Ohio man originally from the Jamestown-area has been arrested for allegedly showing up at a town of Busti residence where he was not wanted.... 

Sheriff's officers say they and Lakewood-Busti Police were called to an address on Orr Street Extension last Saturday night on a report of a unwanted person.  Deputies say 45 year-old Jason Wasson of Dayton had active Felony warrants for his arrest in the town of Portland.  Wasson fled into the woods just prior to police arrival.  Police tracked him for about two-miles before he was located.  Wasson was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of exposure from the weather and, later taken to the County Jail where he will be arraigned.

A large crowd was on hand for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon held yesterday at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk.... 

The Reverend Frank Torain, Pastor of the Open Door Church of God, discussed this year's luncheon being dedicated to the late Rev. Roosevelt Haynes who passed away last December.

Reverend Haynes served on a number of city boards over the years, including the Dunkirk School Board.  This year's theme for the luncheon was "Celebrating a life of Service" and Reverend Torain says it was very fitting not only for Dr. King, but also for Rev. Haynes.  He says both devoted their life to service to others and, adds they were both "selfless" individuals.  Among the highlights of the luncheon was the Janice D. Slaton Scholarship presentations.  This year's winners are Elwin Gomez and Genesis Diaz.  The event was sponsored by the Northern Chautauqua County Juneteenth Celebration Committee and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Committee.

A Jamestown-area native with considerable experience in workforce development for industry and business has been appointed to a dual leadership position with the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier.....  

MAST Executive Director Todd Tranum says Carly Abbate is their new director of Industrial Services and, coordinator for the "Dream It -- Do It" program.  Tranum says Abbate is "young and energetic..." and, has been educated, and worked in the community.  He says she'll head up their workforce development efforts, along with connecting young people to local jobs.

Most recently, Tranum says Abbate was a sales associate for Chautauqua Marina and, previously interned with the Jamestown Jammers.  She was also an assembly-line team leader at Cummins Engine Company where she developed a system to meet daily and weekly goals.  Tranum says Abbate has already started her new positions, and has hit the ground running.

A Pennsylvania man was arrested for allegedly stealing a Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania man's truck while intoxicated early Saturday morning...  

State Police in Warren say the incident occurred as the victim and the suspect were at The Bucket Cafe on Main Street.  Troopers say 30 year-old Joshua Blair -- of Girard -- left before 51 year-old Kerry Stuart.  Blair reportedly got into Stuart's Chevy pick-up truck and drifted across the eastbound lane into a ditch on the southern shoulder.  Blair was arrested for theft and DUI and, is being held in the Warren County Jail pending arraignment. 

Becoming a mentor to a child is one of the most impactful experiences a student in Chautauqua County can have. With that, Director of Mentoring Erika Swanson Muecke says there are three different programs within Chautauqua Striders that volunteers in the community can apply for, including school-based and community-based....

Muecke says they also have a "project-based" program with Love School, which partners with Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Jamestown.  Mentoring Coordinator Richard Olson-Walter says mentors help youth build confidence and, have a positive relationship with an adult that isn't a member of their own family.  Three recruitment opportunities are coming up this week.  Olson Walter says he will be at St. Luke's Church at Noon today for a "coffee hour..." and, at 5:15 PM he'll be at the Grind Networking Event at the Beer Snob in Jamestown.  The third will be this Saturday at the Lakewood Library from 10 AM to 12 PM.  For more information go on-line to ChautauquaStriders.org or call 489-3486.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the increasing number of threats against journalists shows the need for stronger criminal penalties for assaulting a member of the press....  

The Democrat is proposing to make assaulting a journalist a felony.  If approved by lawmakers, journalists would join a long list of other occupations covered by similar assault laws, including police, fire fighters, judges, train conductors, bus drivers, prosecutors, sanitation workers and health care workers.  Cuomo announced the proposal Tuesday during his annual state of the state address.  Cuomo cited several recent threats and attacks targeting working journalists, including pipe bombs mailed to CNN last year. He said reporters have a vital role to play in American life and should feel safe to do their work.

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