Local News Headlines 5:34am 3/19/13
A Jamestown CPA with a deep commitment to community and family has been named 'Woman of the Year' for 2012. Marcia Bliss received the honor at the annual Interclub Council event at the Marvin House Monday night. She has spent decades involved with countless organizations. Among others She has volunteered for the YWCA, the Marvin House, and Chautauqua Connections. When asked how she balanced it all... she said she learned that growing up. In one of many proclamations honoring this year's winner, County Executive Greg Edwards declared Monday 'a day of Bliss'.
Busti firefighters had to snuff out the re-kindle of an auto parts garage fire early last night on the Busti-Stillwater Road. First Assistant Busti Fire Chief David Crandall says crews were called to Busti Auto Parts just after 2:30 PM for a blaze in a garage behind the main building. Crandall says the garage... which was fully-engulfed in flames on arrival... was used to dismantle old vehicles. Crandall says mutual aid was called in from Lakewood, Kiantone, Frewsburg, and Fluvanna Fire companies. Crews were at the scene about 4-and-a-half hours. They were later called back for the re-kindle just after 8 PM... but, they had that out quickly. No one was hurt... and, the cause is under investigation. However... Crandall says workers were using torches at the time the blaze broke out.
A combination of rain, sleet and freezing rain made for miserable conditions for motorists and pedestrians in the Jamestown-area last night. However... conditions should be improving as the morning goes on today. That from Forecaster Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service... who says there should be few problems on the major... treated roadways during the morning commute. A Winter Weather Advisory expires (expired) at 6 this morning....
Mitchell says we'll begin to see snow this morning... with blowing snow by the afternoon. He says that'll be ushered in by a cold front from out of the northwest that will latter bring Lake Effect Snow. Mitchell says temperatures will start around freezing... then drop into the mid-20s around Jamestown... upper 20s along the Lake Erie Shoreline...Mitchell says by tonight.. we'll be looking at ALL Lake Effect snow... with about 3 to 5 inches of snow expected in the more persistant Lake Snow areas. Winds will also be gusty... and, temperatures will drop to about 20.
Five people have been arrested for allegedly trafficking heroin and "crack" cocaine in the Jamestown-area from a northside location. City police say members of their drug enforcement unit... along with the department's SWAT Team... raided a home at 442 Buffalo Street early Monday afternoon. Officials say all five men were arrested after a lengthy investigation. Police say 33 year-old Russell Bales of the Buffalo Street address... and, 28 year-old Joseph McNamara of 440 Buffalo Street were taken into custody... along with another city resident... 20 year-old Ryan Baker. Also arrested were 27 year-old Mark Dzielski of Brocton... and, 21 year-old Christopher McMillen of Youngsville, Pennsylvania. Police say all five are charged with two Felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Bales was also charged with criminal nuisance. Officers say they found 10-thousand dollars worth of heroin and "crack" inside... along with a quantity of cash. All five suspects are jailed pending arraignment.
Jamestown city lawmakers have approved the abandonment of a one-block section of Lafayette Street... allowing it to become a one-way street -- providing more parking. That from City Councilwoman Kim Ecklund... who says three businesses... including the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena... wanted the abandonment to allow them to diagonally park 23 vehicles. Ecklund says the owner of Shawbuck's Tavern also wants to add an outdoor eating area to his business. She adds the public will still be able to use that part of Lafayette... but, traffic will flow one-way -- south... The third business is the BWB Center... which fronts onto Third Street between Lafayette and Washington Streets. The three businesses involved will now be able to hold activities... without having to go through as lengthy a permitting process as they do now. A required public hearing was held on the proposal before the vote... but, no one spoke.
Critics say a plan to extend a ``temporary'' income tax hike for the second time in the state budget is a bad idea. E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute calls the proposal a political ploy. Legislative leaders confirmed the proposal last night. The 2-billion dollar ``millionaire's tax'' was opposed by Cuomo and Senate Republicans in the 2010 elections.
The Jamestown High School Express Winterguard is flying high... after winning a major meet in Cincinnati over the weekend. With that... the Jamestown group remains the top team in the nation. A Senior member of the team... Abbie Perrin... spoke with our Dennis Webster this morning...The 16 members of the team returned late Sunday night and will spend the week getting ready for their local show, called 'Guards in Motion.' That'll be held Saturday at 5:30 PM at the McElrath Gymnasium at JHS. Perrin says they use all the tools of the color guard to tell a "love story" about a girl who wanted a guy... but, he want to see her at first. However... in the end... they wanted each other. She says 14 winterguards are set to perform in the local show Saturday at JHS. Tickets are 6-dollars at the door. Following that event... the JHS Express will compete in two major competitions before the end of the season.