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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 31, 2019

One person is in stable condition with a gun-shot wound to the face following a reported drive-by shooting on Jamestown's northside early yesterday morning...  

However, City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers recovered the vehicle allegedly involved about 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Samuelson says the incident itself occured shortly before 2 AM Wednesday at the corner of North Main and West Ninth Streets, when the car pulled up and the occupants fired several shots at a group of people. He says this was a "targeted" incident, anyone with information is asked to contact their tips-line at 483-TIPS. 

Our current cold snap with frigid wind chills have prompted the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services to issue a Code Blue Warning for the county......  

Spokesperson Sherri Rater says the warning is triggered when temperatures reach 32 degrees or lower and requires shelter access to anyone in need of assistance.  During normal business hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, she says people seeking emergency shelter should report to the department's offices in Dunkirk or Jamestown where emergency shelter will be arranged.  After normal business hours and on weekends and holidays, persons seeking emergency shelter or those who know of someone who is in need of emergency shelter or who is experiencing homelessness should contact the Sheriff's Office by dialing 9-1-1 and shelter assistance will be provided.  Assistance will also be provided by any local law enforcement agency in Chautauqua County.  The warming centers in the Jamestown-area include the Prendergast Library, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. and the Ashville and Fluvanna Free Libraries.

Travel conditions across Western New York have varied during the current Winter storm but, the worst has been seen in the Buffalo area and, just east of the city.....  

State Police say a crash involving more than 20 cars and trucks shut down a section of the New York State Thruway in western New York late Wednesday, as heavy snow and high winds have made driving treacherous.  Troopers say some of the vehicles involved in the 2 p.m. Wednesday crash between Buffalo and Rochester were tractor-trailers, even though the trucks have been banned from the highway because of the storm.  State police say a trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.  In Chautauqua County, we are under Wind Chill and Winter Storm Warnings through early evening tonight.

State officials are warning western New York residents and travelers to be careful during this major storm event that's mainly affected areas north of Jamestown....  

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Buffalo-area late yesterday morning where he held a storm briefing.  Cuomo sasy his office will be monitoring utility companies in the region when they deal with possible power outages.  He says he expects the same kind of response for rural parts of the region as urban areas.

In addition, Cuomo says the state is taking it's ban on tractor-trailers and commercial buses on the State Thruway from the Pennsylania State line to Henrietta "very seriously."  He says there are stiff penalties for truckers who are caught violating the ban.  Cuomo says tractor-trailers can cause major headaches when they crash on major highways during such storms.  He was joined by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

A woman from the village of Lakewood faces three-counts of endangering the welfare of a child and Leandra's Law DWI charges following a traffic stop late Tuesday evening....  

Lakewood-Busti Police say they pulled over 25 year-old Coleen Sylka shortly after 10:30 PM.  Through investigation, Officers found Sylka was allegedly driving while impaired by drugs with her three children inside the vehicle.  She was taken into custody on additional charges of DWAI-Drugs, unlawful possession with marijuana, uninspected motor vehicle and loud exhaust. 

A senior at Sherman Central School tied for third in a national song-writing contest and will  be travelling to Los Angeles for a backstage experience during the week of the Grammy's! 

Sherman Music Teacher Andrew Minton says he was helping Julie Ratzlaff with scheduling live performances, but then they found the Musi-Cares Contest and started preparing.  Julie Ratzlaff tells us she was at a basketball game with her friends when she opened the email.  She says her song "Where did you go" describes a fall-out with a person struggling with substance abuse. Julie says that she wanted to get "some feelings off her chest" and hopes her music can help people.  The Grammy MusiCares contest is in partnership with "Facing Addiction" which is part of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.  A fundraiser for Julie's trip to L-A in February will be held tonight at Shawbucks from 6 PM to 10 PM.