Motorists in the Jamestown area will need their snowbrushes and scrapers this morning -- as Lake Effect Snow returned to the region and have left us with about 8 and a half inches of snow since 5pm Tuesday. Forecaster Aaron Reynolds with the National Weather Service... who says a couple of lake effect bands brought the white stuff last night. That was on top of a general one to two-inches of snow fell across the region Monday night into Tuesday morning. The typical snow belt areas and higher elevations got the most snow. We also got our first real Arctic blast overnight with temperatures falling to about 21 to 22 degrees. However... we'll see more sun... and, temperatures in the mid-40s by Thursday.
Slippery road conditions due to Monday night's snowy weather is at least being partly-blamed for a fatal, two-vehicle accident in the town of Pomfret. State Police in Fredonia say 24 year-old Lea Genung was westbound on Route 20... about one-tenth of a mile from Harmon Hill Road... when she lost control of her car. Troopers say Genung's car slid into the opposite lane striking a pick-up truck driven by 45-year-old Darrin Stott of Forestville. She was pronounced dead at the scene by County Coroner Rick Mackowiak. Stott suffered minor injuries. Stott was not charged.
A city man is jailed without bail on drug and obstruction charges after he was allegedly found in possession of heroin, and marijuana following a slow-speed vehicle pursuit in Jamestown. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were patrolling the area of Broadhead Avenue and Kidder Street late Monday on a report of a wanted person in the area. Samuelson says they spotted 23 year-old Moises Lopez-Encarnacion of Hopkins Street... who had a suspended license... driving a Ford Explorer. He says the officer tried to stop Encarnacion... but, the suspect drove off... leading police over several blocks to 31 Hazard Street. He then threw a package out the window before police "boxed him in...." Samuelson says Encarnacion also allegedly had a quantity of cash stashed in the car. While there was packaging material for the heroin... he would not say if Encarnacion was a dealer or not. He says the amount of heroin and marijuana found were not large. Encarnacion was arraigned on several charges... including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell... and, Felony criminal tampering with evidence. He is also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Encarnacion is being held in the county jail.
New York's new online health exchange reports 197-thousand New Yorkers have completed applications to get insured, while just over 48-thousand have subsequently enrolled in plans. Nearly half of those are in the government-funded Medicaid program for low-income New Yorkers. The exchange -- which opened October 1st as the state's response to the federal Affordable Care Act -- includes low-cost plans for individuals and small businesses with coverage starting January 1st. Software contractors who designed and manage the exchange expect a spike in activity in December and January. State officials have estimated 1.1-million uninsured will enroll over the next few years. New York's exchange was also designed to link uninsured people who are eligible to Medicaid, which already covers about 5.1-million New Yorkers.
Just a week after his election... County Executive-Elect Vince Horrigan is hard at work on the transition and has put together a team that will assist him with those efforts. The Bemus Point Republican says he has chosen a former Dunkirk school administrator to chair the team of eight people who come from across the county. John Jay Warren is also a member of a north county economic development panel. Horrigan says the team will interview representatives of manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, retail, health care and technology-related businesses. In addition... since they're all busy people... Horrigan says they will utilize high-tech methods to hold their meetings. Horrigan says he hopes to have the recommendations by December 31st... just before he takes office on New Year's Day. Other team members include Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission member Dr. Lillian Ney.
The United Nation's humanitarian chief is appealing for 300-million dollars to help the more than 11 million people in the Philippines estimated to have been affected by last week's typhoon. Speaking in Manila... Valerie Amos said U.N. teams haven't been able to get into remote communities. Humanitarian Aid has been sent from the U-S... which has also dispatched an aircraft carrier to bring badly needed supplies. Local Congressman Tom Reed says his thoughts and prayers are with the people there... but, adds the U-S can't be the sole source of such aid anymore. Reed says the U-S will certainly help because we are "the most generous people on the face of their earth. Valerie Amos says -- at this point -- the U.N. hasn't been able to bring the amount of supplies needed to the devastated city of Tacloban (tahk-LOH'-bahn). Residents there are getting desperate. One 81-year-old woman, her clothes soaked from a pouring rain, said, ``We need help. Nothing is happening.''