All of Western New York is under a Flood Watch and, many areas are under warnings through this afternoon due to a slow-moving storm system that's moved in from the Midwest. 
 
Forecaster David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says that an "Areal" Flood Warning went into effect just before 5 p.m. yesterday and, remains in effect until 4:45 this afternoon.
 
Thomas says the region will generally receive another 1 to 2 inches of rain from late Sunday through this afternoon and, some areas to the north of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties could see 3 and 4 inches of rain since yesterday morning.  He says a lot of the smaller creeks and streams will reach their banks, and possibly overflow them today. 
 
Some thunder was associated with yesterday's late afternoon rain, and movement of the cold front through the area.  Thomas says the cold front brought "waves" of rain and colder air with it.
 
 
Two Jamestown-area residents were hurt one seriously after a vehicle pursuit that began in the town of Kiantone ended with a crash in the town of Ellicott. 
 
Sheriff's deputies say they performed a traffic stop on the car, driven by 29 year-old David Jenkins of Jamestown on Route 60 in Kiantone about 10:30 p.m. last Friday.  However, officers say Jenkins drove off from the scene and, led police on a pursuit through the city of Jamestown and, into Ellicott, where the car crashed on VanCobb Road. 
 
Deputies say the crash is under investigation and charges are pending.  Jenkins was taken from the scene to UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital for treatment, while a female passenger was flown to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment of serious injuries. 
 
The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by several law enforcement agencies and medical personnel.
 
 
A Jamestown man is jailed of allegedly assaulting and strangling another person during a domestic dispute on the city's eastside early last weekend. 
 
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 845 East Second Street about 3:30 last Friday afternoon for the incident.  Officers say an investigation showed that 38 year-old Christopher Patric assaulted the victim, and then strangled that person, causing injury. 
 
Police say Patric was arrested for second-degree strangulation and unlawful imprisonment and, third-degree assault.  He was jailed pending arraignment.
 
 
It may not be until the end of November before Chautauqua County and five others learn the winner of a $20-million, Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency Grant award. 
 
That from County Executive Vince Horrigan after he recently took part in a panel presentation on government consolidation and sharing services in Albany.  Horrigan says he had hoped to hear from Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office by now but, says it may be announced when the Consolidated Funding Awards are announced. 
 
Horrigan says there are a lot of aspects of the county's entry that state leaders are interested in.  One is the proposed merging of the towns of Gerry and Charlotte, and village of Sinclairville into one entity in the central part of the county. 
 
Horrigan says consolidations and mergers are important to Chautauqua County due to the decline in population.  He says businesses and other private sector entities are doing the same thing.  Horrigan made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
New York's statewide election is expected to draw a low turnout Tuesday. 
 
Top races include New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio seeking a second term and a ballot measure on whether to hold the state's first constitutional convention in 50 years.  Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, and Rochester are also holding mayoral elections. 
 
If a constitutional convention is approved, voters would pick delegates who would consider changes to the state's governing document.  Voters will also face a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved, would authorize judges to strip the pensions of any official convicted of corruption.
 
 
St. Bonaventure University is set to formally inaugurate its new president. 
 
Dennis DePerro took office at the private western New York university on June 1st after 18 years as a vice president at Le Moyne College. 
 
Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone led the celebration of the Inauguration Mass in the university chapel last Friday. 
 
In the afternoon, delegates representing more than 50 colleges and universities took part in a ceremony in the Reilly Center Arena.  DePerro, a native of Buffalo, is the Franciscan university's 21st president.
 
 
President Donald Trump has signed legislation to create a commission to plan celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of a prominent black abolitionist he apparently thought was still alive earlier this year. 
 
The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports the Republican announced on Thursday that the commission "will be responsible for planning, developing, and carrying out activities to honor Frederick Douglass on the 200th anniversary of his birth." 
 
During the kickoff for Black History Month in February the president's comments appeared to insinuate that Douglass was still alive.  Douglass died in 1895.  Some critics said the comments came across as indifferent toward black people. 
 
Douglass was born in Maryland, although there's debate whether it was in 1817 or 1818.  The slave-turned-abolitionist lived for 25 years in Rochester, New York, where he's buried.

 

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