WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Feb. 28, 2024

Erie, Pa. man killed in single-car crash in Panama area...
An Erie, Pennsylvania man was killed earlier this week in a one-car crash on the Panama-Stedman Rd. in the town of Harmony.  State Police in Jamestown were called to the scene about 4 p.m. Monday... and, found that the late model sedan was northbound when it went off the roadway and struck multiple trees.  Troopers say the passenger in the car... 18 year-old Abdulnaser Al Hamwi.. was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police says the driver... 20 year-old Alaa Mohammad Al Zoubi -- also of Erie -- was flown by Mercy Flight to UPMC Hamot Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Collision Reconstruction Unit assisted in this investigation... which is continuing.


Democrats on state legislature proposing new lines for Congressional District maps...
Majority Democrats on the New York State Legislature have proposed new lines for congressional districts that could give them a potential boost in the key battleground state hours after rejecting boundaries created by a bipartisan redistricting commission.  The legislation proposed after Monday's rejection vote leaves much of the Independent Redistricting Commission's recently unveiled map in place... but, it includes changes to districts in suburban Long Island and the Hudson Valley -- north of New York City.  The Democratic proposal is a significant step in the years-long battle over New York's 26 congressional seats, since even slight tweaks in the state's map could help determine which party controls the House of Representatives after the November elections.  Republicans have already threatened a legal challenge if the lines are approved. 


Wind, rain and snow to be part of wild weather day in Western New York Wednesday...
There will be some wild weather the next day or so.  The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued high wind watch for most of Western New York, including Chautauqua and Erie counties, from now until 1 a.m. Thursday.  That from Forecaster Heather Kenyon with the Weather Services Buffalo Office... who says a major cold front will cross the region this afternoon and is expected to produce strong and gusty winds... and some gusts could be as much as 50 to 60 mph.  There could be damaging winds that could blow down some trees and power lines... and scattered power outages are possible.  Kenyon adds that with widespread rain in the forecast, the front will also create the possibility of a flash freeze today, as temperatures rapidly dropping below the freezing mark late in the day. 


Parolee from Jamestown arrest on drug and weapon charges...
A city man has been arrested on drug and weapons possession charges following a home Parole Check at his home on Jamestown's eastside Tuesday morning.  City police say they were assisted State Parole with the home check on 33 year-old Terry Kendall at part of at Gun-Involved Violence Enforcement Detail just after 8 a.m.  Officers say they found Kendall laying on a loaded, 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun... but, they were able to take Kendall into custody without incident.  Officers say they also found just over 28-grams of crack cocaine, numerous digital scales, cash... and 10-grams of an unknown substance adapted for the dilution of a narcotic drug or stimulant.  Kendall was taken to the city jail pending arraignment on two counts each of criminally using drug paraphernalia... and, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.


Sherman man caught during traffic stop with large amount of Meth, and several firearms...
A man from Sherman faces felony charges after he was allegedly found in possession of more than 170 grams of methamphetamine, and several firearms during a traffic stop late Monday night on Route 76.  Sheriff's deputies say they stopped 41 year-old Allan Detweiler for a traffic violation shortly before Midnight... and, found he had violated an order of protection.  Narcotics investigators were able to obtain a search warrant... and, seized 178 grams of meth, scales and packaging material for the sale and distribution of narcotics, a loaded revolver and seven rifles.  Officers arrested Detweiler for second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Gillibrand critical of Johnson with federal shutdown looming...
The four top Congressional leaders met Tuesday with President Joe Biden to discuss the need for quick action to avoid a looming government shutdown this Friday.... and send emergency aid to Ukraine and Israel.  Mr. Biden hosted hosted House Speaker Mike Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Oval Office.  During a video press conference Tuesday... U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said Speaker Johnson's inexperience is showing... and New York's five new GOP House members need to get him to "yes."  Federal officials say parts of the government could begin scaling back services as early as Friday... with more a week from Friday.  


Gillibrand outlines proposed bill to protect IVF procedures...
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is among several members of Congress co-sponsoring legislation that would protect couple's rights to have access to in vitro fertalization... otherwise known as IVF.  During her video conference Tuesday... the New York Democrat noted that the Access to Family Building Act would protect access to IVF... which has been discontinued in several locations in Alabama after that state's Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are "children."  Gillibrand says that could happen in other states if federal action isn't taken to keep doctors and others from being liable if some embryos have to be destroyed.  Gillibrand adds that couples often have to go through multiple IVF treatments before they become pregnant.