Local News Headlines

News Headlines for Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

Most places in Jamestown-area receive about a foot of snow since early Thursday morning...
Our Lake effect snow has wound down... but, not before about 5 to 6 inches of new snow fell since Friday afternoon.  A Lake Effect Snow Warning expired this morning, and another 2 to 3 inches may fall across the region.  A Winter weather disturbance came through the area... dropping most of the snow between late last night and this morning.  That from Meteorologist Steve Welch in Buffalo... who says a wind shift off of Lake Erie was the culprit.  A warming trend is expected to begin Sunday and continue through much of next week when temperatures reach close to 50 on Monday and Tuesday.


Jamestown man accused of seriously assaulting another person during Hazzard St. incident...
A city man has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a person with a knife to their throat in front of two young children late Thursday.  Jamestown police were called to a Hazzard Street home for a reported fight... and, on arrival, identified the suspect as 33 year-old Shawn Washington, Jr.  Officers say further investigation revealed Washington also assaulted the unknown victim by punching them in the eye, causing bleeding, and, allegedly choked the victim.  Police say Washington also broke a door inside the home.  He was taken into custody for third-degree assault, second-degree menacing, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.... fourth-degree criminal mischief and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. 


National Comedy Center wins USA Today's "Best New Museum" vote...
The National Comedy Center has been named as the Best New Museum in the country following an on-line vote put on by USA Today.  The honor is part of the national newspaper's Travel Award Series.  The Comedy Center bested 19 other new museums from the past two years that were all nominated for the honor.  Center Spokesman Gary Hahn says they're "thrilled" with the news.  Hahn says it brings a "nice, National spotlight" onto the center, and he thanked everyone who voted for the center during the four weeks of voting.  Hahn says the center was in second after the first day of balloting last Jan. 20.  However... they quickly made up ground... and were in first place a short time later.  However... USA Today took the leaderboard down over the final week... so they weren't sure exactly where they wound up until now.  Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says they are "tremendously proud" of winning the distinction.


Reed happy to see talks on "Trusted Traveler" programs being restored in NYS underway...
A federal official says it looks "promising" that a compromise may be on the horizon that would allow New Yorkers back into federal "trusted traveler" programs.  Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf says he likes Governor Andrew Cuomo's latest offer to work with federal border and immigration officials, and says talks are continuing.  Local Congressman Tom Reed was in Albany recently to help get talks going about allowing residents back into programs, such as NEXUS.  Reed says DHS has also offered to work on any change in the law so it meets federal requirements.  He says he stands ready to work with Homeland Security, and state officials to get it right, and avoid something like this again.  Reed says this is not directly related to the state's "Green Light" law... which currently does not allow federal immigration and border officials to access state Department of Motor Vehicles data.  However... Cuomo did talk with Wolf and President Trump about allowing agents access to those records without social security numbers.  Other states with "Green Light" laws do allow access to all such records.


House fire leaves family homeless in Lakewood...
Chautauqua County fire investigators say a blaze that's left a Lakewood family temporarily homeless was accidental in nature.  Fire investigators were called to 40 Ohio Avenue in the village late yesterday morning.  Lakewood fire crews were called to the scene just before 5:30 a.m., and, were able to get the fire under control very quickly, then put it out.  Officials say the residents inside awoke to the smell of smoke and were able to quickly get out of the house without injury.  County fire investigators looked into the blaze... and, found the cause was accidental and that the fire started in the wall next to the fire place which spread to the walls upstairs.


Fire in Hanover severely damages house in...
Firefighters from several departments responded to a structure fire that occurred last evening in the town of Hanover.   The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Communications Center confirms that crews from Hanover Center, Silver Creek, Forestville, Sunset Bay, Irving and East Dunkirk's Rehab Unit were called out to the blaze at 12278 Allegany Road around 9:30 p.m.  Firefighters were on the scene until around midnight dealing with the flames.  No word on what caused the fire.


Buffalo Catholic Diocese files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy...
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has filed for bankruptcy protection.  Friday's filing is another step in the western New York diocese's efforts to recover from a clergy misconduct scandal that`s been the basis for hundreds of lawsuits, Vatican intervention and the resignation of its bishop.  The western New York diocese becomes the second in the state to file for Chapter 11 reorganization, and one of more than 20 dioceses to seek bankruptcy protection nationwide.