Flames have destroyed an older model recreational vehicle in a lot behind a vehicle repair business on Fairmount Avenue between Lakewood and Celoron...  

Celoron First Assistant Fire Chief Jordy Bailey says firefighters were called to the scene at Monro Muffler-Brake about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon and, found the RV fully-engulfed in flames.  Officials say an employee had kept the vehicle behind the business for several months and, tried to start it.  Once he did, he went back into the store, and the front part of the RV caught fire.  No one was hurt and, the cause of the blaze is under investigation.  Celoron fire crews received mutual aid from Lakewood firefighters.


Two Jamestown women were arrested during a burglary in progress in the Village of Lakewood Tuesday morning....  

Lakewood-Busti Police responded to a residence on Ohio Avenue and, were able to locate 23 year-old Adriana Machado and 20 year-old Rebecca Machado on arrival.  The pair allegedly broke through a window and entered the residence just before 1 AM.  Officers say the Machados each face charges of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief.  Adriana was additionally charged with second-degree harrassment.  Both were arraigned in Busti Town Court and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $40,000 cash bail. 


The 2018 Regional Economic Development Council Awards were held Tuesday in Albany.  Chautauqua County is part of the Western New York council, one of ten across New York State...  

Empire State Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky announced the $763-million in awards, including the Western New York REDC's share of $66-million. Chautauqua County has four of the 16 priority projects that were announced by the council earlier this fall.  The biggest proposals include $498,600 to rehabilitate the a former grape juice factory in Fredonia for a new business called AgriAmerican Grape Juice.  The biggest award in the county is one-million dollars for redevelopment of the former Welch's Building.  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says the REDC program has worked well. 
The projects also include $695,000 for a project to convert Chauauqua Avenue in Lakewood to a "green street."  Jamestown will get $100,000 to help acquire property for development along the Chadakoin River.  Among those making the trip to Albany for the announcement, Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis and Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi.

 
Cable company Charter Communications has agreed to a $174.2-million settlement with the New York attorney general's office for defrauding customers with slower-than-promised internet speeds....  

Under the settlement announced Tuesday, Charter agreed to pay back $62.5 million dollars to more than 700,000 New York customers and provide 2.2-million of its active customers $110 million worth of streaming services and premium channels for free.  Attorney General Barbara Underwood said it's believed to be the largest refund by an internet provider in U.S. history.  A Charter spokeswoman says the state's lawsuit stemmed from advertising practices by Time Warner Cable prior to its 2016 merger with Charter.  The company says it will contact eligible customers about compensation they will receive under the settlement.


The Jamestown City Council has approved a new snow and ice removal contract with Chautauqua County that runs from this past November 1st through next April 30th...  

City Public Works Director Jeff Lehman says it's a compromise measure between the city and county, which wanted a 3-percent annual increase.  However, Lehman says the city had been receiving 5-percent increases.

Lehman told lawmakers last month that the city and county were at odds on how much the contract with the city should be increasing on an annual basis.  The new agreement will include 4-percent, yearly increases going forward for county roads the city's DPW clears during the Winter months.  The vote was taken at Monday night's Council voting session.


A Jamestown man was arrested late last weekend on multiple Felony warrants for allegedly being at a home on the city's southside that he had been ordered to stay away from...  

City police say they were called to the scene on McKinley Avenue shortly after Noon Sunday for a warrant check.  When officers arrived, they found 42 year-old Frank Bindics at the scene and, that there was a court order of protection for him to stay away from the residence.  Bindics was arrested for first-degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense.


The Salvation Army of Jamestown has reached the half-way mark in it's 2018 Red Kettle Campaign but, there needs to be a major push in the final seven days to reach this year's goal...  

That from Major Kim Merchant, who updated the effort with our Dennis Webster and Russ Diethrick yesterday morning.  Merchant says they still have a number of openings at their several indoor and outdoor kettles across the Jamestown-area.

Merchant says the loss of Sam's Club on Fairmount Avenue, which was one of their main kettle locations, has hurt them somewhat.  But, she urges people who used to ring the bells there to do so elsewhere.  She says they have nine locations where they need people to man the kettles, including the two entrances at the Lakewood Wal-Mart and, the four Tops Markets in the Jamestown-area.  In addition to the kettles, Merchant says you can also give on-line or by phone.  The phone number is 664-4108.  This year's goal is $112,000.
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In addition, Major Merchant says the Salvation Army is wrapping up it's Angel Tree program, and if you took a tag, she says please get your gift and bring it to their headquarters, or you can leave them at the lay-away department at the Lakewood Wal-Mart.


The U.S. surgeon general says swift action is needed to prevent millions of teenagers and adolescents from becoming hooked on Juul and other high-nicotine electronic cigarettes....  

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Tuesday that parents, teachers and physicians must take aggressive steps to address an epidemic of underage vaping.  The nation's top doctor is joining a governmentwide effort to reverse the trend, driven by devices like Juul. The company's small, discrete devices have quickly dominated the U.S. vaping market.  Last month, Juul shut down its social media accounts and halted in-store sales of its flavored pods to deter use by kids.  The surgeon general says adults should learn about e-cigarettes and talk to children about their risks.
 

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