JAMESTOWN – The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 4 pm this afternoon and a lake effect snow warning is in effect from 4 pm this afternoon to 6 pm saturday
Heavy lake effect snow and blowing snow is expected over the next 36 hours with accumulations of 4 to 6 inches today and another 5 to 9 inches tonight. 1 to 3 inches could also fall on saturday
Forecasters say snow and possibly blowing snow will result in hazardous driving conditions with poor visibility and snow covered roads. A burst of moderate snow this morning will result in a very difficult morning commute. Driver caution is advised.
JAMESTOWN WOMAN FACES CHARGES FOR FLEEING FROM POLICE, AUTO THEFT
JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown woman is in the county jail after allegedly stealing a car and leading police on a chase in the north county early last night. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department say a vehicle had been reported stolen and headed north on Route 60 early last night. A sheriff patrol and state trooper located and stopped the car in the Town of Pomfret, but officers say the driver then sped off at a high speed up Rt 60. During the pursuit the Defendant intentionally rammed the car into a Marked Sheriff’s Patrol Unit causing minor damage to it. Eventually ended up on Rt 5 and was stopped in conjuction with another NYSP unit in the Town of Sheridan.
Officers say the driver, 27 year-old Elizabeth Marlett of 9 Winsor St., faces over a dozen charges, including Possession of Stolen Property, Reckless Endangerment, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer and several traffic violations. Marlett was initially arraigned in the Town of Pomfret and committed to CCJ. More charges may be forthcoming pending further investigation.
DJDC HAS ‘BANNER YEAR’ IN 2011, LOOKS TO 2012
JAMESTOWN – The Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation had a banner year in 2011. That’s according to DJDC Executive Director Lee Harkness, who was a guest this week’s Communty Matters program on WRFA. Harkness said that in addition to the the Lucille Ball 100th Birthday Celebration and the Babe Ruth World Series, the DJDC saw near record turnouts in all of the other events it organized throughout the year.
Harkness also went over some of the services that are offered by the DJDC, including a series of Small Business Seminars in collaboration with JCC that will take place thoughout 2012. The first of which will be a seminar on social media management in February.
Harkness also talked about DJDC programming for 2012, saying he expects the renovated train station to be complete by the start of the summer. The complete, half-hour long interview with Harkness will re-air this Sunday at noon on WRFA and is also available via podcast at our website www.wrfalp.com.
ELLERY TOWN BOARD HOLDS OFF ON MORATORIUM VOTE
ELLERY – Despite agreement by Ellery Town Board members that a moratorium on landfills in the town is needed, they will study the impact of putting one in place for the next month before deciding whether to do so. Residents’ concerns about smell, air and water quality and traffic, prompted board members to consider a local law enacting a moratorium on solid waste management facilities in the town. Although they decided to wait a month before voting on enacting the moratorium, town board members told Chautauqua County Planning Board members their concerns during a meeting on Thursday.
Even if the Ellery Town board puts the moratorium in place, the county Planning Board has already said they do not think any such moratorium can stop an effort to expand the county landfill, which is located in the town. The board plans to vote on the moratorium during the Feb. 9 Town Board meeting.
ARTS ON FIRE FEATURES POETRY OUTLOUD PROGRAM AT JHS
JAMESTOWN – The art of words is alive and well at Jamestown High School. Kavita Oza of JHS is one of three students who will be heading to Amherst, N.Y. next month to take part in a regional poetry outloud competition. Kavita finished first place among 160 JHS students last month in the local poetry outloud competition for her reading of the poem Ego by contemporary poet Denise Dehamel. The project recquired the students to select a piece of poetry and read it in front of an audience.
Kavita, along with students Johnna Graham, Taylor Estrata and Josh Reyes, will be our guests today on WRFA’s Arts on Fire program at 1 p.m and re-airing at 8 p.m.. to talk more about the Poetry Outloud competition and also recite the poems they read at the local competition. The students will be joined by Mrs. Kathy Eckstrom of the JHS English Department.