It was a near-record warm day across upstate New York and Chautauqua County Wednesday but, no records were set in the region.  
 
That from Forecaster Bob Hamilton with the National Weather Service who says a breeze off Lake Erie prevented any record in Buffalo yesterday.  However Hamilton said late in the day that there was a new record for the day set in Watertown with an 83-degree reading.
 
Buffalo got to 81-degrees yesterday but, the breeze prevented any further movement.  Here at our Media One Group studios in West Ellicott we reached 85-degrees late yesterday afternoon.  
 
Hamilton says we'll see some more unseasonably warm weather through this afternoon until a cold front comes through the region.  He says we'll likely see some showers and thunderstorms by late this afternoon and, that will help keep temperatures from getting above 80.  
 
By tonight we'll be into the mid-50s for an overnight low.  We may reach the mid-60s on Friday.
 
Some of the best players in NCAA Division-Two baseball will be at Russell E. Diethrick Park in Jamestown for the next five days.  
 
That from Jamestown Jammers Manager Anthony Barone who says Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania was awarded host school for the NCAA Atlantic Regional Touirnament which begins this morning.  Barone says he was contacted earlier this year by Mercyhurst Coach Joe Spano about hosting the seven-team tournament.
 
Barone says the first game of the day begins at 11 AM and, that features Seton Hill against Sheppard College from West Virginia.  However he says Millersville and Shippensburg will play in the 7 PM game and, Millersville brings "a ton of people" with them.  
 
Barone says Mercyhurst has hosted the tournament before at UPMC Park in Erie.  However that's more difficult to do now because the Erie Seawolves at now a Class-AA Team whose season is already underway.  
 
Again games begin at 11 this morning. Tickets will be available at the ball park it's $10  for a day-pass and, $30 for the entire tournament.
 
Two Dunkirk residents now face federal charges in connection with a major cocaine and "crack" cocaine trafficking case in the north county.  
 
With that Dunkirk's top cop says he's pleased to see that federal prosecutors have taken over the case involving the pair who were charged after a drug raid in the city last month.  Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. announced late Tuesday that 49-year-old Minerva Maestre and, 23-year-old Hector Mercado-Torres of Dunkirk were arrested after a raid at 51 East Second Street on April 28th.  
 
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says the Drug Enforcement Agency took over the case because of the amounts of drugs and money involved.
 
Ortolano says several family members were involved in the case which led to the seizure of nearly $172,000 in cash proceeds from alleged drug sales.  Kennedy says Maestre and Mercado-Torres have been charged by complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine; and maintaining a drug involved premises. 
 
A new audit from New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is blasting Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development agency for failing to meet more than half of the reporting requirements for its highly touted tax credit and job creation programs.  
 
The scathing report released Wednesday criticized Cuomo's Empire State Development Corporation for sidestepping accountability and transparency.  Auditors found 27 of 57 outcome reports weren't finished and 93 of 152 program reports were never completed.  
 
The latest annual report on START-UP NY was issued 91 days late and 12 programs totaling over $500 million in state funds weren't reported on at all.  
 
DiNapoli says in most cases the agency didn't explain why reports were missing.  The agency disputes the findings and says it has worked to comply with reporting requirements.

 

The annual Chautauqua County Music Teachers' Spring Festival is this Saturday, at 7:30 PM at the State University College at Fredonia.  Frewsburg Central School Band Director, Alicia Laska, the Festival and Site Coordinator, says Chautauqua Institution is not available this year.
 
The festival involves some 800 young musicians from around the county, and will have the same format as in past years and, that's why they went with Fredonia's field house as the venue.  'The Battle Hymn of the Republic' will be the finale again this year.  
 
Members of the public are invited to go to the festival.  Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased through the CCMTA  or SUNY Fredonia websites, or at the door.  
 
Parking will be available in nearby college lots.  In order to make use of the Fredonia Fieldhouse, the festival was moved up a couple of weeks this year.