Lake Effect Snow began picking up about mid-evening last night... slicking up local roadways... and, dropping a few inches of snow on the hilltops. Those areas -- including the Chautauqua Ridge... could end up seeing up-to a foot of snow by late this afternoon. Forecaster Dave Thomas with the National Weather Service says they are continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties now through 4 PM today. Thomas-greater amounts over Chautauqua "to 6 inch range...." Thomas says storm totals of 6 to 11 inches will be seen in the most persistent lake snows. He adds that winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour at times will produce poor visibility at times.
Three people were seriously hurt in a two-vehicle accident in the Cattaraugus County town of Ashford late Wednesday morning. Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they were called to the scene on Route 219 just after 11:30 AM in snowy conditiions. Deputies say a car, driven by 60 year-old Brian Grzybowski of Forestville, spun out of control and, was struck by a mini-van, operated by 46 year-old Luay alani of Amherst. Officers say both operators were taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of trauma to the extremities. In addition... Grzybowski's wife, 60 year-old Carolyn, was flown by Mercy Flight to ECMC for treatment of head trauma. Sheriff's officers were assisted by Ellicottville Police... and local fire and ambulance crews. The accident is under investigation, and charges are pending.
The main financial committee in Congress has decided not to invoke a seldom-used law that would allow lawmakers to obtain... and, review President Donald Trump's tax returns. Twenty-three of the 24 Republicans on the panel... including Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed... decided against using the 1924 law, which could be used to order the president to provide his tax returns. Reed says he agrees with Chairman Kevin Brady that a review is not necessary... and, he says Trump has been "very clear" on the fact he wants to make them public. Brady says he felt that invoking the law would open the door for the committee to check anyone's tax returns. Reed adds that he feels they have the ability with the House Oversight Committee to provide the necessary checks and balances on the executive branch. USA Today reported this week that the law gives congressional committees that set tax policy the power to examine tax returns. Trump says he can't provide his taxes yet because they are under audit.
Manufacturing in New York state expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years as factories received more new orders and stepped up hiring. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Wednesday that its Empire State manufacturing index in February rose to 18.7 from 6.5, reaching the highest level since 2014. Any reading above zero indicates expansion. The survey adds to recent evidence that the U.S. manufacturing sector is recovering after nearly two years of mostly flat output. Businesses are spending more on machinery and other big-ticket factory goods, and overseas economies have stabilized. A measure of new orders jumped to 13.5 from 3.1 and a measure of unfilled orders rose for the first time since 2011. Both gauges point to much stronger demand for factory goods.
Outgoing Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains was honored during his last public appearance during Tuesday night's school board meeting at Lincoln Elementary School. Board President Paul Abbott unveiled a portrait of Mains at the end of the meeting... which will be placed on the wall of the board room with other past Jamestown superintendents. Mains is leaving to head up the Pine Bush School District in the Mid-Hudson Valley says he was touched by the gesture... and, adds that he feels the district is contiuing to progress as he leaves at the end of the month. Abbott commended Mains for having the "kid's best interests at heart" in everything he did. Mains says his biggest takeaway came when he was asked to list the accomplishments during his 3-and-a-half years in Jamestown. He says they filled about nine-pages of paper... but, adds that was much more about the students, and the school community, than himself. He adds he's also confident the district will be in good hands with Interim Superintendent Silvia Root of Springville already in place while the district looks for a new superintendent.
There's good news for motorists in the Jamestown-area this week... as gasoline prices have fallen another penny a gallon this week. That from the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge report... which says the price has fallen from 2-dollars-50 to just over 2--49 for regular, unleaded. Triple A says nationally... the price edged up higher fractions of a penny over the weekend to reach today's average price of 2-dollars-28 cents a gallon. This is seven cents less per gallon on the month and an increase of 58 cents per gallon compared to this same date last year. Gasoline prices have remained relatively steady the past month due to a well-supplied crude oil market.
A Fredonia man is facing several charges after he allegedly threatened the residents of a housing complex on West Main Street around noon on Tuesday. Fredonia Village Police say that officers responded to the incident at 379 West Main and located the two victims involved. An investigation resulted in the arrest of 19 year-old Christopher Miller, a resident of the complex. Police obtained a search warrant and located a loaded hand gun, two shot guns, a large quantity of powder cocaine and marijuana, and a large quantity of money from Miller's apartment. Christopher Miller was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, second-degree menacing... third-degree criminal mischief... and, harassment. Miller was arraigned in Fredonia Village Court... and sent to the County Jail on 20-thousnad dollars cash bail. A Fredonia Police officer was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital for injuries suffered while apprehending Miller.
Mayville village officials are warning residents about a three phone scam calls regarding electric bills that are allegedly past due... and, the caller is demanding payment over the phone. Village Clerk John Crandall says this is a scam... and, is not associated with the Village of Mayville Electric Department. Crandall says the village does not accept any payments over the phone. If any village Electric Department user receives a call regarding such a payment over the phone... he says you are asked to contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office... and, feel free to call the Village Clerk’s Office at 753-212