The investigation continues into an arson fire at a home in Warren Pennsylvania's Sugar Grove Township Thursday night... 

State Police were called to assist firefighters at the scene on Wilson Road at 8 PM. Through interviews, Troopers learned 25 year-old Jackson Knappenberger -- of Warren --  allegedly came to the home with a plastic bag containing gas and oil. He's accused of lighting the bag on fire next to the door of the residence with two adults and five children inside. Troopers say the suspect fled and was found a short distance away. Knappenberger faces seven counts of attempted homicide and other criminal count, then was transported to the Warren County Jail. 


Chautauqua County's Sheriff-elect says he's had a smooth transition since winning office in early November....  

Republican Jim Quattrone is set to be sworn-in during a ceremony in the County Courthouse on New Year's Day and, says he's been working with outgoing Sheriff Joe Gerace on what needs to be done before that.  He says there is some logistical work, and reading he needs to do.

Quattrone says one of his first duties will be to appoint a new Undersheriff with the retirement of former Undersheriff Charles Holder earlier this month.  As part of the transition, he says he has been taking a look at the Chautauqua County Jail operations and the staffing to see if there are ways to cut costs, especially the amount of forced overtime.  Quattrone defeated Gerace in last month's election in a close race.  He will be sworn-in during a public ceremony at the Mayville courthouse at 12:30 p.m. New Year's Day.


State officials say a crackdown on impaired driving on New York roads will continue through New Year's Day....  

Governor Andrew Cuomo says state police will boost patrols into January 1st to look for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  The Democrat says the enforcement effort is part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.  State troopers will be conducting DWI patrols and checkpoints into Tuesday, while also being on the lookout for distracted drivers and improperly restrained vehicle occupants.  State police also plan to watch for drivers violating the state's Move Over Law and will conduct underage drinking enforcement details as New Year's Eve approaches.  Last year's anti-DWI campaign held during the holidays resulted in nearly 650 arrests for driving while intoxicated.


Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area continue to drop, following a national trend in recent weeks, heading into the New Year's holiday....  

The AAA East Central Gas Price Report says local prices are almost six-cents a gallon cheaper than last week.  The report says the price is now just under $2.64 for regular, unleaded fuel.  Statewide, AAA says gas prices are about four-cents a gallon cheaper at $2.64 a gallon.  Last year at this time, the price in Jamestown was $2.71 a gallon.  


It's going to be a very "happy new year" for the Salvation Army of Jamestown! 

Major John Merchant says they exceeded their goal in its annual Red Kettle Campaign, raising $115,600 this year, to finance its programs in Chautauqua County. He says a final push from the community helped the 2018 campaign.

Merchant says this year's goal was $115,300. Proceeds will go to Social Services to help those who may be in a bind to help supply clothing, medications and more. He adds that the Salvation's Army efforts are year-round and, thanked the community, organizations and churches who volunteered their support and donations to give back to those who need it the most. 


The embattled mayor of Lakewood resigned this past Fall amid controversy over several recent absences, and other matters....  

Back in October, the village clerk's office sent out a brief statement Cara Birritierri had decided to resign.  In a letter to the village, Birritierri based her decision "solely on personal and medical reasons."  She also praised staff, other elected officials and "countless volunteers" who dedicated themselves to the village.  The clerk's office says -- for now -- Deputy Mayor Ted McCague will fill-in in the interim.  Chautauqua County Board of Elections Commissioner Brian Abram says, since the September 20th deadline for an election has passed, there can be no election this year. 

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