Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 26, 2020

A long-duration, Lake Effect snow event is on the horizon for Western New York as a Lake Effect Snow Warning goes into effect tonight through Saturday evening.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock says Jamestown will see up to a foot of snow --or more-- as snowfall rates may reach 1 to 2 inches per hour at times. He says a low pressure system will move through the area Wednesday, before reaching Quebec Thursday morning.  Hitchcock says that will maintain a wind direction to produce the lake effect snow, which normally would not happen this year.  However... the mild Winter has left Lake Erie wide-open.  Hitchcock says winds may gust as high as 50 mph, causing significant areas of blowing snow. 

Students, faculty and staff at the Cassadaga Valley School District are mourning the loss of a first-grader at Sinclairville Elementary school who was killed in Monday's fatal three-vehicle crash in the town of Pomfret.  State Police in Fredonia say 7-year-old Emmaline Wilcox died of her injuries at Brook's Memorial Hospital after being rushed to the facility.  Cassadaga Superintendent Chuck Leichner  says a special team assembled early this morning after the district first learned about the death.

Leichner says counselors will be available for students and staff throughout the next few days.  Emmaline was a passenger in the car that got struck from behind by another vehicle on Route 60 about 4 PM as the unidentifed 35 year-old driver was stopped to make a left turn.  That car was then pushed into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, and was struck.  The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.  The accident remains under investigation.


 The Jamestown City Council has approved a $350,000
Local Development Corporation loan to allow the main operator of the city's Chrysler Dodge-Jeep dealership to buy out his two partners.  In addition... Dave Warren of the Dave Warren dealership at 1001 Washington Street says he's looking to expand his business as part of a nearly 2-million dollar project.  City Development Director Crystal Surdyk was pleased with last night's unanimous vote.

Warren is planning to open up a new body shop... which will create some new positions... and, he is working with Jamestown Community College, and others, to create a hands-on program to teach students about auto tech, and auto body.  He says finding skilled workers now is a challenge to the industry.  Warren adds the expansion... which will be part of the current business campus... will necessitate moving some people to the newer part of the dealership.  The loan was recently approved by the JLDC... but, because it was for more than 100-thousand dollars... it required City Council approval, as well.

A Jamestown man has been arrested on a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender in Cattaraugus County... and, not appearing in court.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they served the warrant on 31 year-old Bryan Carroll of Tower Street early Monday while he was being held in the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville.  Carroll was taken to the Cattaraugus County Jail pending arraignment.