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News Update for Tues., Apr. 28, 2015

Teen accused of several arson's on Jamestown's westside is arrested...

Jamestown Police have arrested a 15 year-old juvenile for allegedly setting five vehicle and dumpster fires in the Shirley Lane-area of the city over the past eight-months.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the teen was arrested Monday following an interview with investigators.  Samuelson says the suspect allegedly began his spree last Sept. 25 when he set two vehicles on fire in the Spanish Gates Apartment complex... then another vehicle and two dumpsters late last month.  He says, through their investigation -- which included neighborhood interviews -- they arrested the teen for all five incidents.  Samuelson says the youth faces Felony arson charges... but, adds the case will go to Family Court due to his age.  Police Chief Harry Snellings says the arrest will not only bring relief to people in the Shirley Lane-area... but, the entire city, as well.  Snellings says arsonists "have no boundaries" on where they may strike.  He adds that, in close city settings, multiple homes can catch fire.  Police say they do have a motive for the youth setting the fires... but, aren't releasing that. 

Fire in back addition at Jamestown Royal ruled arson...

Jamestown fire officials say arson is the cause of this morning's blaze that destroyed a small addition at the back of Jamestown Royal Company.  City Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme now says the fire... which was called in just before 6 a.m. at 300 Crescent Street... was intentionally set.  Salemme says firefighters found flames coming from the back of the business... near the railroad tracks.  He says they found the small addition heavily engulfed in flames... but, they knocked down the flames quickly.  Salemme says several off-duty firefighters were called in to assist at the scene... and, help staff Fire Station-One at City Hall.  He says the building was already in bad shape, and, is now destroyed.  Salemme says fire crews... and, their equipment... were at the scene until shortly after 9 AM.  No one was hurt.