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City officials say part of delapitated commercial building on Jamestown's eastside is being torn down after partial roof, building collapse...
Structural engineers are back at the scene of a partial building collapse on Jamestown's eastside to find the best way to bring down the rest of the structure.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says the three-story, commercial building at 10-to-12 East Second St. actually had a smaller collapse earlier this year.  However... DeJoy says Thursday's rains were too much, and it forced an emergency demolition situation after the roof came down, and blew out the eastside wall of the building.  He says the building... which has been eyed by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation for re-purposing and re-development... had suffered from a lot of neglect, and hadn't been maintained for some time.  DeJoy believes the last use of the building was for a bar, night-club back in the 1990s.  He says the Fenton Building is on one side of the structure... while the Pintagro Building is on the other side.  DeJoy says his office, and the engineers are working to get the building down as quickly as possible because of it's closeness to the other buildings.
 
 
NWS forecasters say still the potential for plenty more rain today...
A slow moving weather system is bringing a widespread and soaking rain to the area through this evening.  Meteorologist Steve Welch with the National Weather Service in Buffalo said late Thursday that rainfall will be measured in inches... anywhere from 1 1/2 inches to about 4 in the Finger Lakes Region.  The rainfall should help the drought that hit much of Western New York during the summer.  Welch says there won't bring enough water to completely eliminate the drought.  The chance of rain through today is about 100-percent.  However... it's down to 70-percent tonight and 60-percent tomorrow. 
 
 
Lead levels higher than safety standards call for at Forestville Elementary School...
Forestville school officials have notified parents about the discovery of lead levels that exceed state safety standards in the water that flows from the taps at Forestville Elementary.  According to a statement on the district's website... lead was found to exceed state safety standards in samples taken from 23 sources of potable water in the school building.  A total of 84 water samples were taken.  The school is prohibiting the use of the water sources until a lead remediation plan is developed and carried out.   
 
 
Young announces $500,000 grant for Point Gratiot Park in Dunkirk...
The city of Dunkirk has received a $500,000 grant from New York State towards various improvements at Point Gratiot Park.  State Senator Cathy Young made the announcement during a news conference Thursday afternoon at Point Gratiot... and, presented the check to Mayor Willie Rosas, and other city officials.  Rosas says the $500,000 will be used primarily to repair the roofs on all six of the pavilions at the park, and will also go towards improving the bathrooms in the park and adding some street lights as well as lights in the buildings.  Rosas says those are much-needed upgrades to the park, and the grant will allow the work to be done without cost to city taxpayers.  He says that's "huge" for them because the upgrades are much needed.  Rosas says the city will now be looking to bid out engineering services, and that work on the projects will likely begin by the end of winter.
 
 
Out-of-State man arrested in Dunkirk for allegedly stealing motorcycle...
A Rhode Island man was arrested in Dunkirk Wednesday after he was found riding a motorcyle that was reported stolen in Boston, Massachusetts.  Police were called to the 400-block of Columbus Avenue just before 2pm where they found 22 year old Jorge Rivas-Santo spinning the rear wheel of the motorcycle.  Rivas-Santo spotted the officers and fled.  He led police on a chase that ended up back on the 400 block of Columbus Avenue where Rivas-Santo jumped off the motorcycle and fled on foot.  Upon inspection it was the found the motorcyle was reported as a stolen vehicle.  Jorge Rivas-Santo was arrested and now faces charges including Reckless operating and 29 other vehicle and traffic violations.
 
 
Warren, PA-area Motorcycle accident sends man to UPMC Hamot...
A Pleasantville, Pennsylvania man was taken to the hospital after his motorcycle crashed into a car in Pittsfield Township on Wednesay.  State Police in Warren say 52 year-old Robert Sayers was riding his Harley Davidson Motrocycle on Route 27 when he lost control while trying to pass a car just after 2:30 p.m.  Troopers say the bike crashed into the car... and, Sayers became separated from the bike and slid approximately 162 Feet before coming to a rest on the east berm of the road.  Sayers was taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie Pa for treatment of unknown injuries.
 
 
 
 
 

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