The search is continuing for two men who allegedly held up the 575 Convenience Mart on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott early Tuesday morning. 

 

Ellicott Town Police say the two male suspects entered the store about 5:30 a.m., armed with knives.  They then assaulted the store clerk.  Police say a quantity of cash was taken from the cash register. 

 

At this time, Ellicott Police are asking for the public's help in finding the robbers.  If you have any information call Ellicott Police at 665-7083.

 

 

A sharp cold front moving through western New York late Monday into early Tuesday triggered a wave of severe thunderstorms that caused damage across portions of both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. 

 

That from Forecaster Jeff Wood with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.  Wood says there was a "clashing" of air masses involved one was very warm, while a sharp cold front pushed through it with strong winds aloft.  Wood says there were many reports of trees and power lines down across the region and, adds that top winds were in the north county, where there was a 60-mph an hour wind gust in Fredonia and a 59 mph gust at the Dunkirk Airport.  Among the many damage reports, a tree toppled onto a house in Silver Creek.

 

 

Thousands of students across Chautauqua County began school Tuesday while some others start today. 

 

Among those starting classes today is the Jamestown Public Schools which will have a half-day of school for all grade levels. 

 

That from new School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe, who began his tenure last Friday, Sept. 1.  However, Apthorpe has been working closely with former interim Superintendent Sylvia Root on the transition.  He says he's been catching up and, is enjoying his work especially seeing the excitement in the kids. 

 

Apthorpe says the main word for opening day is "safety" because so many students walk to school in Jamestown.  He says that number totals more than 4,000 students will be attending this year.  He says most of the kids are just learning their routes to school so motorists need to exercise care.

 

 

Four teenagers had to be treated for non-life threatening injuries after their car was involved in a rollover crash in the town of Mina.

 

Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Sulpher Springs Road about 8 p.m. Sunday night on a report of an accident.  Deputies say the teens were in a westbound car at an apparent high rate of speed, when the car left the road and overturned several times before hitting a utility pole, shearing it in half. 

 

All four juveniles were taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  The accident remains under investigation.

 

 

It appeared by late yesterday that everyone who lost power in the Jamestown Board of Public Utliities' service area had power back after dozens of customers in the city and surrounding area lost elecricity during powerful overnight storms. 

 

That from BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins, who says the outages began shortly after 11 p.m. Monday when a line of storms with strong winds hit the area. 

 

Robbins says they had Electric Division crews out quickly and, they had portions of Jamestown and Celoron restored by late Tuesday morning.  She says they had a long-list of places that had lost power including the area of King, English, and Tower Streets which also includes the English Hill Substation as well as a Water Division pump station. 

 

In addition Robbins says that several customers in the Bonita-area of Fluvanna and, on Elmwood Avenue in Falconer lost power during the overnight hours.  She says in West Ellicott Howard, Warwick and Elmwood Avenues also lost power for some time. 

 

Robbins says there may still be an outage here or there.  If you have not had power restored call the BPU at 661-1660 and dial Extension 3.

 

 

There's a major vote being taken by Teamster's Union members across New York state today that would reduce their pension benefits significantly. 

 

That from Local Congressman Tom Reed who is urging retired members of the Teamsters union to make sure to vote by today's deadline and, to vote "no" on the proposal. 

 

Reed says he has been working with some of the local retirees who are among the 35,000 who would be impacted by the final vote.  Reed says they're facing a 29% reduction in their pensions.  He says he doesn't know how many of them are going to survive with such a cut in their pension. 

 

Reed says retirees can vote over the phone or on-line.  Reed says under the plan, present workers are also looking at an 18-percent reduction due to problems in the pension fund.   Teamsters leaders say they need the concession because they don't have the money to fully fund the pension plan. 

 

However, Reed says retirees need to have their voices heard especially regarding the need for an alternative that doesn't cut funding like the union is calling for. 

 

Reed adds that if a retired member doesn't vote directly he will be counted as a "yes" vote.

 

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