WJTN News Headlines

A Dunkirk woman is jailed without bail for allegedly being found in possession of cocaine...and, marijuana... after her car was pulled over in Jamestown for allegedly passing through a stop sign.  City police say a patrol spotted 31 year-old Labrittany Eaddy go through the stop sign at North Main Street and Marvin Parkway.  As officers approached the vehicle... they say they saw a quantity of marijuana in plain view... and, further investigation uncovered about 3 ounces of cocaine... a scale... and, 800-dollars cash.  Police say the cocaine had a street value of about 15-thousand dollars.  Eaddy was arraigned on charges of Felony criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, unlawful possession of marijuana... and, sent to the county lock-up.


Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan says he came away "very impressed and encouraged" by yesterday's (Wednesday's) "Community Drug Forum" in Mayville.  Horrigan says more than 200 people were on hand for the day-long session.  Horrigan says he was most encouraged by the wide spectrum of people that were there... and, offered their insight and expertise.  He says that ranged from recovering drug addicts to those who provide treatment... and, law enforcement. Horrigan says there was general agreement that there needed to be a "more coordinated effort" between prevention and education... and, treatment and other services.  He says each particular area does good work. At the same time... Horrigan says he's confident they'll find a way to "reverse the trend" of opiate drug abuse in the county... and, it's cities.  He says he'll have follow-up sessions with County Mental Hygiene Director Patricia Brinkman... and, adds he'll have more specific actions in his State of the County Address... which will be delivered at the County Legislature's March 26th meeting.


WCA Hospital in Jamestown is uniquely positioned to be able to help deal with the recent increase in Heroin overdose in the area.  That from WCA Pathologist Dr. William Geary... who was one of the 13 panelists involved in Wednesday afternoon's panel discussion at Wednesday's drug forum in Mayville.  Geary... who is also president of the county's Board of Health... is an expert on opiate drugs... along with what many call the "Heroin antidote." He says WCA is in the final stages of testing use of the nasal spray form of "Narcan..."  which has helped save the lives of many who have suffered overdoses.  Geary says first responders are most comfortable using the spray as opposed to the form that's injected by a needle... and, they're both just as effective. Geary says they're fortunate to have what's needed in place to use the drug there.  As for the number of overdose cases brought to WCA... he says that's hard to pinpoint.  Geary says that question is best left to law enforcement, first-responders, and social service agencies.


A Warren County, Pennsylvania man was killed Wednesday when the oil tank he was working on in Brokenstraw Township exploded.  State Police in Warren say troopers were called to the scene on Irvine Run Road about 10 AM.  Investigators say they believe the accident occured while 26 year-old Nickolai Briggs of Clarendon was doing some welding work on top of the 10 to 12-foot tall tank.  Officials say they believe fumes from the tank ignited... and, it exploded sometime between 8:30 and 10 AM.  Briggs was pronounced dead at the scene.  They say his body was found about 60-feet away from the tank.


It's been a sunny, clear day yesterday... but, cold.  However... we're going to see a brief warm-up again today before we return to more "Winter-like" weather.  Our situation is getting back to normal after the first blizzard to hit the Chautauqua County region in several years.  The major winter storm left anywhere from 8 to 16 inches of snow across western New York.  However... we only saw about 3 to 4 inches in the Greater Jamestown-area.  We reached 18 yesterday... and, Forecaster Tony EnSweeney with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says Friday will feel more like normal for this time of year. EnSweeney says we'll start off with cloudy skys early TODAY before rain enters into the forecast during the afternoon.  He says the two records for Buffalo set by Wednesday's blizzard is it's the first time that part of the region has had a blizzard twice in the same Winter Season.  EnSweeney adds the was also a record set for snowfall on March 12th at the Weather Service's Buffalo office.  That snow total was 13.4-inches.


There's a lottery winner in Chautauqua County from Wednesday's Take-5 drawing.  The New York Lottery has announced that the winning ticket was sold at the Tops Market at 39-55 Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk.  Officials say the ticket is worth 64-thousand-764 dollars... so the person who may have been stocking up their pantry for the latest Winter Storm may soon be buying a plane ticket for a warm weather vacation.  The winning numbers for the Take-5 yesterday were 4-17-28-36-38.