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New Headlines for Thurs., Feb. 21, 2013


Lake Effect ends late Wednesday... some snow flurries still in forecast, but, cold is the story...

The Lake Effect Snows that dropped more than a foot of snow on some parts of the Jamestown-area has moved out... but, cold temperatures remain.  The National Weather Service dropped a Lake Effect Snow Warning late yesterday afternoon... but, another couple of inches fell before the snow let up late last night.  Perrysburg in Cattaraugus County wound up with about 14 inches of snow... while Sinclairville had about a foot.  Forecaster Jeff Wood with the National Weather Service said late Wednesday the snow should wind down this morning.  But... the cold air will stay in place at least another day.  In fact... with the wind chills... Wood says tonight's lows will drop to the single digits.  He says the next storm system moves in Friday... when a warm front moves in.  However... Wood says this time... we'll see some rain with this one.  He says we'll start the day with some snow...but, as the front moves though... it'll turn to rain and sleet.  Temperatures will move into the upper 30s.  By Friday night... Wood says we'll see mixed precipitation with freezing rain and rain overnight into Saturday.


Three people -- including toddler -- hurt when pick-up truck slams into tractor-trailer in white-out conditions on I-86...

Three people from Pennsylvania were hurt early Wednesday morning when their pick-up truck ran into the back of a stopped tractor-trailer on Interstate 86 in white-out conditions.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies say the big rig... operated by 52 year-old Dale Legg of Medina, Ohio... had stopped alongside the eastbound lanes around Midnight in the town of Mina.  Officers say there were "zero-visability" conditions due to the weather.  Deputies say the driver of the pick-up, 39 year-old Matthew McBride of Westfield, PA, came up from behind the tractor-trailer, and, slammed into the vehicle.  McBride... and, his two passengers... 28 year-old Esmerelda McBride... and, a one-year old child... were taken to the Hamot Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.  We have no word on their conditions.  Deputies say no charges are pending at this time.


Foley receives most evidence involved in weekend death of city man while in police custody...

The Chautauqua County District Attorney's office has most of the evidence in the case of a Jamestown man who died last Saturday while in police custody.  Jamestown Police say 30 year-old Charles Baker, Junior died at WCA Hospital following the second of two seizure he suffered after being arrested on drug charges.  Baker also had to be tasered when he became combative with officers at police headquarters.  D.A. David Foley says he's received a lot of material evidence from city police over the past two days.  Foley says he's received most of the "paper" information... and, video footage from JPD.  He adds city police have been "fully cooperative."  Baker was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation shortly after Noon Saturday.  City police say the driver allegedly gave officers a false name... and, they investigated further.  They detained Baker... who was later arrested for allegedly being in possession of a signficant amount of powder, and "crack" cocaine.  Foley also tells our Terry Frank that he's received all the video surveillance tape from when Baker was in custody -- including when he allegedly fought with officers -- and, the taser was used "on one occasion."  Police say Baker had just been put in a holding cell when he had his first seizure just after 3 p.m.  He was rushed to WCA Hospital... and, had another seizure just before 5 p.m. Saturday.  He then died about half-an-hour later.  Foley says there would be no determination of cause of death until the toxicology report was received.


North county man arrested for allegedly dealing pot -- after getting it through the mail...

A 22 year-old Fredonia man is facing criminal possession of marijuana following a joint investigation by Fredonia Police... the U.S.Postal Service... and, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.  Justin Black of Brigham Road is accused of receiving large quantities of marijuna through the mail and allegedly distributed it throughout the Fredonia-area.  Black has been charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree and will be arraigned on the charge in Village Court. 


Two elderly people escape injury after their car strikes town of Hanover restaurant...

No charges have been filed against an elderly man who lost control of his car as he was pulling into a parking space at a north county restaurant... and, the vehicle crashed into the front of the building.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to Tom's Family Restaurant on Routes 5 and 20 in the town of Hanover just after 11 AM Tuesday.  Deputies say their investigation revealed that the man, from Perrysburg, lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason... and, it crashed into a front dining area of the restaurant.  Officers say there was a lot of damage to the "sunroof" area of the restaurant... but, no one was hurt.  Restaurant operators planned to re-open Wednesday.  Neither the elderly man... nor his female passenger were hurt... however... they were taken to Lakeshore Hospital in Irving for observation. 


State lawmakers to return to Albany next week to deal with a number of items, including proposed increase to New York's minimum wage...

When New York legislators return to Albany next week, they will face new challenges in the proposal to raise the state's minimum wage.  The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.  Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes raising that to $8.75 an hour... while Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants it raised to $8.50... then linked to inflation.  But... a year's worth of rallying and negotiations has at least been given pause now that President Barack Obama has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.  The battle in New York will be in the Senate.  Republicans who share control of the majority want to see how Obama's effort fares first.  Cuomo also prefers a nationwide minimum wage increase so states are not pitted against each other.


Wegmans recalls house brand of Flour because they may contain small balls which are used to "sift" the product...

Wegmans Food Markets has recalled its house brand of flour because it may contain small, blue polyurethane balls.  The supermarket chain says the 5-pound bags its All-Purpose Bleached Flour may contain the balls, which are part of equipment used to sift the flour.  The company says they're made of food-grade material that doesn't contaminate the product and are easily seen because of their bright color and size, about half the diameter of a dime.  The flour was sold between Dec. 24 and Feb. 15.  A company spokeswoman says Wednesday there have been no reports of injury or illness.  Packages may be returned to stores for full refunds.  Wegmans has 81 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts.

 

 

 

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