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An apparent explosion between materials used to make Methamphetime triggered the fast moving fire that extensively damaged an upstairs apartment on Jamestown's northside last Thursday afternoon.  City firefighters were called to 824 Prendergast Avenue about 3 PM last Thursday... and, found the second-floor fully-engulfed in flames.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says firefighters got the blaze out... and, investigators allegedly found precursors for making "Meth."  Samuelson says it was apparently another of the "one-pot" labs they have been finding recently.  He says that method involved using "fuels, and lighters."  Samuelson says they are still looking for several people allegedly involved in the Meth Lab... including one male who was apparently burned during the blaze.  If you have any information on the fire... or victim... call police at 483-7537... or their Tip-line at 483-TIPS -- that's 483-8477.

 

A fire that caused minimal to moderate damage in a two-family home on Jamestown's eastside yesterday afternoon has been traced to an electrical problem.  That from City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Russo... who says firefighters were called the scene at 939 East Second Street shortly after 1 PM.  Russo says fire crews reported light smoke coming from the basement and the first-floor of the apartment house.  Fire investigators initially found the problem stemmed from an electric panel in the home.  The Board of Public Utilities was called in to look at the problem.  No one was hurt.  Firefighters were at the scene about two-hours.  The investigation is continuing.

 

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has begun investigating complaints of price gouging by businesses in the Buffalo area where residents have been snowbound by storms off Lake Erie.  Schneiderman says they've written to tell at least one business to knock it off.  He says response to the storm by people in western New York has been mainly positive.  But ``a small handful of shady businesses'' are trying to use the crisis to make a quick dollar.  To report any alleged price gouging... call 1-800-771-7755.

 

The Jamestown School Board will meet tonight to discuss problems with a new program designed to help students who are "at risk..." or have troubled backgrounds that's led to reported break-down of discipline.  Teachers and parents say that's especially the case at the high school.  More than than 100 teachers, parents and students were on hand at last week's board meeting at Love Elementary School.  Jamestown Teacher's Association President Chris Reilly was among those who spoke... and, says taking away in-school suspensions has been part of the problem. Reilly and several others called on the board to address the matter immediately before there's a total break-down in school discipline.  He says many teachers he's talked to feel they no longer have control of their classrooms... and -- in some cases -- feel it's become a safety issue.  Another speaker indicated there should have been more training for teachers, teacher's aides and school staff on the new "Positive Behavior Intervention System."  Tonight's board work session begins at 5:30 PM at the Administrative Offices on Martin Road.

 

A year into New York's operation of a medical insurance exchange... more than half of the people with new coverage qualified for Medicaid, the federal program for the poor.  Overall, more than 370,000 people were enrolled with commercial and nonprofit insurers and more than 525,000 in Medicaid.  Nearly 65,000 more were enrolled in the state's Child Health Plus coverage for families with moderate incomes.  Out of New York's 62 counties... the Bronx had the highest percentage enrolled in Medicaid.  In Schuyler County at the lower edge of the Finger Lakes... public health officials say they may close a weekly free clinic for the uninsured.  That's because thanks to the Affordable Care Act, fewer people are uninsured.

 

A Buffalo-area man has been appointed to be the new, permanent Administrator at the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk.  County Executive Vince Horrigan... late last week... announced the appointment of Aaron Polanski to the post.  He replaces Director of Nursing, Andrea Snyder, who had been serving as acting administrator for the past several months.  Horrigan says Snyder served under the supervision of a New York State licensed administrator.  Following an extensive search... and, in consultation with the home's new purchaser -- VestraCare -- he says Polanski will take over the administrator's position.  Horrigan adds Snyder will return to her regular position as Director of Nursing.  He says VestraCare "fully supports this appointment and it has agreed to retain Aaron as its administrator following the transfer of ownership which is expected to be completed by the end of 2014."

 

A decision on where to build up to four casinos upstate could come any day.  The board reviewing applications for the casino licenses expects to make its choices at its next meeting, which hasn't been announced.  Up to four casino licenses are set to be awarded for three different upstate regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley.