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Police search in Sugar Grove, PA regarding missing person's complaint finished... no other details released...

The search for leads and evidence in a missing person's case from the city of Jamestown has concluded just south of Sugar Grove, Pennsyvania.  However... police officials remain tight-lipped about what they were looking for, and what they found over the past three-days.  City Police Chief Harry Snellings says Jamestown police investigators... and, members of the county Sheriff's Department Forensics Team... concluded their work in a remote area on Jones Hill Road last night... and, were released from the scene.  Earlier... Snellings confirmed that they were back at the scene all day Wednesday after the FBI in Buffalo had received a 'sealed' search warrant for the location.

Cause of Buffalo Street Apartment House fire ruled accidental...

City fire investigators say the cause of a late afternoon apartment house fire Wednesday on Jamestown's eastside is accidental.  City Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says a damaged electric cord to a box fan in the basement was the apparent cause of the lower-level house fire at 257 Buffalo Street.  Salemme says crews were called to the scene about 4:05 p.m. Wednesday... and, were greeted by thick, black smoke when they arrived.  He says they soon learned the blaze was in the basement... and, had the fire out in about 15 minutes.  Salemme says some tenants called in the alarm.  He says fire damage was confined to the basement... but, adds there was smoke damage through-out the building.  Crews were there about an hour-and-a-half.  Salemme says residents called in the alarm using an old "box alarm."  He says there were "several" apartments inside.  No one was hurt.  An off-duty shift was called to the scene to assist.

New security measures put in place at Dannemora prison in wake of escape by Matt, and Sweat...

A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security New York prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month.  The state corrections department says that searches of inmates' cells will be stepped up, staffing will be changed to ensure bed checks are more effective and security gates will be installed in the facility's tunnels.  It also announced that 30-year veteran Michael Kirkpatrick will be the new superintendent of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.  The previous superintendent and 11 other staff were put on paid leave Tuesday after an internal review of how David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped June 6th.  Matt was shot dead after a three-week manhunt. Sweat was shot and captured.

City business and elected leaders try new carrier at County Airport's service to Pittsburgh...

Local officials and business leaders were in Pittsburgh yesterday as part of what's called an "Air Exchange" program to learn about new commercial and tourism opportunities available through the County Airport's new air carrier.  The excursion from the the airport near Jamestown to Pittsburgh was headed up by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce.  Chamber Coordinator Jason Toczydlowski says they're highlighting Sun Air's $29 flights both ways... and, attractions in Pittsburgh.  He says their tour with Pittsburgh Chamber officials includes visits to places like the Andy Warhol Museum.  He says a return trip from the Pittsburgh Chamber is in the works... where they can have lunch... and, take in sights like Chautauqua Institution, the Lucy-Desi Center of Comedy, and the Robert H. Jackson Center.  Toczydlowski says they and their Pittsburgh counterparts are highlighting Sun Air's low fares.  He adds they are also reviewing connecting opportunities from Jamestown that they'll promote.  For more information on Sun Air... go on-line to www.flysunairexpress.com.

Stateline cancels weekend racing, operator hopes to have insurance back in place ASAP...

There will be no racing Friday or Saturday nights at Stateline Speedway this week.  However... the head of Short Track Management -- which operates Stateline -- says he is working to resolve the insurance issue that's forced the cancellation of this weekend's program.  That was in the form of a communcation from Bill Catania, Junior to Media One Group Thursday afternoon.  Catania says he's working to get it insurance back in place for the rest of the season.  The announcement comes in the wake of two touring series that were to be part of both Friday and Saturday programs cancelling out.  The heads of both the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour... and, Patriot Sprint Car series... announced on their websites yesterday that when the speedway couldn't provide proof of insurance... they would not run.  In addition... the World of Outlaws Late Model Series announced in a press release that they have cancelled their show at Stateline Aug. 22. 


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