The early closure of many schools, businesses and governments in several states appears to have helped stem complications from a winter storm plaguing much of the U-S since late yesterday.....  

That system dropped some sleet, rain and freezing rain in the Jamestown-area and slicked up roads and parking lots last night.  Elsewhere in the region, last night's evening rush hour went relatively smoothly despite slick roads.  The storm dropped only a few inches of snow on an area that has seen little of it this winter.  A spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic says it appears motorists heeded warnings to stay off roads.  But farther south of us, the snow was heavier, and crashes shut down part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The same system was dropping several inches on parts of the Midwest.  Thousands of flights nationwide were delayed or canceled.  Meanwhile, parts of the Deep South are experiencing flash flooding and other problems from heavy rains. Water covered roads in parts of Mississippi and Alabama.


A second Jamestown man has now admitted to trafficking siginificant amounts of methamphetimine through a local drug ring.....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 27 year-old Ernest Clyburn Cauley, Junior entered the plea in U-S District Court in Buffalo to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five-grams or more of methamphetimine.  Prosecutors say that between March and early November of 2017, the defendant conspired with co-defendant Zakiel Fields, and others, to sell meth in the Jamestown-area.  They say Cauley and Fields were the main suppliers of the drug to a trafficking organization that was being investigated by the FBI and Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.  Both men were later arrested following a drug transaction in November of 2017 during which they received a quantity of methamphetamine.  Cauley faces at least 5 years in prison, up to a maximum of 40 years and, and up to a $5-million fine.


A Chautauqua County Legislator who has been Jamestown Republican Committee Chairman has been endorsed by city Republicans to run for mayor.....  

The panel met Tuesday night and, nominated David Wilfong to run for the seat, which will be vacated by long time Mayor Sam Teresi -- a Democrat -- at the end of the year.  Wilfong has served multiple-terms on the county legislature.  But, City GOP Chairman Brent Sheldon says he had expressed his desire to run to the committee and, he stood out for two reasons.

It's likely there will be a GOP Primary for the nomination after At-Large City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo was nominated to run but, defeated in a vote of the committee.  Liuzzo, who is in his first-term on the City Council, has often sparred with Teresi, who is finishing out his fifth-term in office.  He has also sparred with members of his own party on council over several issues. 


With County Legislator David Wilfong and Councilman Andrew Liuzzo running for mayor this year, there have been some changes in candidates running for both panels....  

Brent Sheldon says there is little change in who's running for ward seats this year, led by himself in Ward-One.

We also learned this afternoon that Tony Dolce will be primaried in Ward-Two by Raven Thompson.  In addition to Kim Ecklund, Sheldon says they have two new candidates running for council at-large.  They include former Jamestown City Planner, and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Director, Greg Lindquist.  One other candidate has not yet confirmed with Sheldon that he will run.  Sheldon says the committee nominated three county legislators for re-election... but, now have to find another candidate to replace Wilfong.  They also nominated Elisabeth Rankin, and P-J Wendel for re-election.  Petitions to run for local and state office can be circulated, starting next week.


A Jamestown man is the second person to be indicted in connection with last month's armed robbery at the Stateline Grocery Store in Ripley.......  

Sheriff's officers say they arrested 24 year-old Dyquan Smith on warrants issued following indictments handed up by the Chautauqua County Grand Jury.  Back in January, the first man -- Tyler Bowen -- was arrested and charged in the case.  Smith is charged with four counts each of first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery and one count of first-degree burglary.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail on $250,000 cash bail.  Deputies say the robber allegedly entered the store about 8:30 PM on January 14th and, displayed what appeared to be a hand-gun and demanded money.  He then allegedly sturck the clerk in the head with the weapon and, fled in a waiting vehicle.


Following a successful 2018 farmer's market season, the Jamestown Public Market is looking to take 2019 to the next level! 

That from Market Manager Linnea Carlson, who says the market will be using a new online marketplace-platform as winners in the "Farmers Market Coalition's National Farmers Week" Contest.

Over 200 markets across 39 states were represented in the contest. As a winner, Carlson says they get one-season's access to "Farmspread dot-org" which is utilized by markets to connect with farmers, and other food vendors and customers.  Carlson says vendors can apply and pay their market fees online as well by creating a free profile on Farmspread dot-org. She says the Jamestown Public Market is thrilled about the new partnership and, adds their 2019 season is scheduled to begin on June 9th on Cherry Street.

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