WIVB TV in Buffalo is reporting that West Wind Custom Archery in Pomfret burned to the ground Wednesday. Fire crews were called to the store on Rt. 20 during the blizzard. We will have more details as they become available.
Strong winds made for difficult travel... and, wind chills well-below zero overnight after near blizzard conditions made for a difficult drive home across the Jamestown-area yesterday afternoon. While winds are expect to diminish during the morning... the National Weather Service is continuing a Wind Child Advisory through 11 AM as temperatures drop below-zero in some parts of the area. Forecaster Jim Mitchell says the strongest winds... about 35 miles an hour... were expected late last night. The Weather Service dropped our Blizzard Warning about mid-evening last night... but, continued the Wind Chill Advisory as there was some blowing and drifting snow overnight. Only a couple of more inches of snow fell between late afternoon and early this morning. Temperatures were in the low to mid-teens late last night before falling overnight. The colder air was part of the back-side of the storm system that brought blizzard conditions to parts of Western New York. Some parts of the region got nearly a foot of snow. However... in the immediate Jamestown-area... we received about 3 to 4 inches of blowing and drifting snow.
A special meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature on the issue of "fracking" fell victim to yesterday's forecasted Blizzard conditions. The legislature was slated to hold a forum on hydraulic fracturing at the session... which had been set for 6:30 PM. Four presenters were to be on hand with two taking the "pro" side of fracking... with two others taking the "con" side. Legislature Clerk Kathy Tampio now says that forum has been rescheduled for next Wednsday, March 19th, at 6:30 PM.
Two city women are jailed without bail for allegedly being found in possession of illegal narcotics following a raid on their downtown apartment. Jamestown Police say their drug enforcement unit... along with the State Police C-NET Team... and, the members of the U-S Department of Homeland Security raided the dwelling at 705 Lafayette Street about 9:30 Wednesday morning. Officers say a search warrant was obtained following a several week-long investigation into alleged drug dealing from the residence. Police arrested Ashley Kendall... and, Kylie Reeves -- both 21 -- during the raid. Officers say they found 16 grams of cocaine... along with Hydrocodone... marijuana... and drug paraphernalia through-out the apartment. Both faces several charges... including third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Kendall and Reeves were arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
Two women -- one from Jamestown -- are being held in the city jail for allegedly stealing a purse from an elderly woman in a South Main Street parking lot Tuesday night. City police were called to the scene about 7 PM... and, got a description of the suspect... and, the vehicle she rode off in from the victim and a female employee at Big Lots who witnessed the crime. Officers say the subject got into a mini-van before it sped from the scene. Police say the victim and the witness tried to stop the suspect... but, were unable to. However... police later found the van on South Main -- near Newland -- and, arrested the two women. Officers say 38 year-old Jenell Long of Mayville... and, 27 year-old Nicole Johnson of Jamestown... are both charged with second-degree robbery. They add that one of the women still had some of the stolen property in their possession. However... most of the victim's belongings were recovered. Long and Johnson are being held pending arraignment.
Labor unions and advocacy groups are lobbying the state Senate leadership to include the Dream Act and public campaign financing in its budget resolutions. The New York Dream Act would allow undocumented students access to state tuition assistance programs. Spokesmen for the Senate leadership on Wednesday would only say negotiations are continuing on the resolution. The lobbying came as Senate Republicans and breakaway Democrats tried to agree on a fiscal plan that will outline that house's positions in budget negotiations.