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WJTN News Headlines for Feb 13, 2020

A portion of North Work Street in the Village of Falconer is shut-down due to a motor vehicle accident this morning.  

Chautauqua County dispatch says the accident occurred shortly before 7 AM... when a truck hit a utility pole, knocking out power to parts of the Village.  Dispatch says thru-traffic is shut down on North Main between Mosher and Mapleshade. Chautuauqua County Fire Police, Gerry and Falconer Fire crews are at the scene.... there's no word on any injuries at this time. 

A storm system moving in from the southwest has dumped several inches of snow on the region... including Chautauqua County.  

Snow moved into the Jamestown-area about mid-evening last night... and, Meteorologist Kirk Apfell from the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the snow will begin tapering off as we go through the morning.

Some 3 to 6 inches generally are expected for the Jamestown-area... but some spots near the Pennsylvania state line may see 4 to 8 inches of the white stuff.  Apfell says the high on Friday will only be about 15... but, the wind chlls will make it feel much colder than that.  The projected low on Friday night into Saturday morning is forecast to be one-above zero.  Some places may fall to below-zero.  However... he says we'll see temperatures begin warming up fairly quickly on Saturday, when the high is expected to reach 30.

For the 15th year... the Chautauqua County Humane Society is holding it's "Pennies for Paw's" fund-raiser to help support their efforts to save, and find a home for the animals they take in.  

However... there is something new with this year's program.  That from Community Relations Director Brian Papalia... who says you can still give at a number of locations where their cannisters are located.  However... he says you can also donate on line.  Papalia says it's all part of finding a "forever home" for their stray animals.

Brian says you can go to their Facebook Page... and, give there.  He says click on "fund-raisers..." and, you can set it up on your own account, and invite people to give... or volunteer.  He says they are also high-lighting the new effort provide support to keep animals in their current homes.  The "Pennies for Paws" campaign runs now through April 30th... and, Papalia says their goal this year is $13,000.  For more information... go to their website at chqhumane.org, you can also call 665-2209.

Following an extensive statewide search... the Dunkirk City School District has announced a new superintendent.  

During Tuesday's school board meeting, the board approved a resolution naming Bemus Point Central Superintendent Michael Mansfield as Dunkirk's new superintendent.  Mansfield, who also has experience working for Jamestown Public Schools, says he is "very honored" to be selected.

Mansfield says his goal for the Dunkirk School District is to create a positive experience for every student so they can reach their potential and be ready to contribute to society.  Mansfield's first day on the job in Dunkirk will be April 20th.  Interim Superintendent Sylvia Root will continue in that position until then.

The city of Jamestown has now sent out requests for proposals from ambulance service companies to provide emergency medical transport coverage.  

The proposals were shared with City Council members at Monday night's work session.  The RFPs come in the wake of current provider, Alstar EMS, announcing that it would be ending it's current agreement with the city in April.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist says the city is asking for proposals to be returned by Wednesday, March 11th at 4 PM.  After that point... he says they will review those through March 27th... and, have something for council to vote on at it's March voting session.  

New York's governor plans to propose that the state could share some driving records with federal immigration agencies if the Trump Administration reverses its move to block state residents from Global Entry and other programs that allow travelers to avoid long border security lines.  

Democratic Governor  Andrew Cuomo's comments in a Wednesday radio interview come a day after New York officials filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security's move to block New York residents from "trusted traveler" programs.  Federal officials said it was necessary because of a new law that bars federal immigration agents from accessing New York state's motor vehicle records.