Three Jamestown firefighters suffered minor injuries battling a stubborn blaze that's destroyed a multi-story apartment house on the city's eastside. Acting Battalion Chief, Lieutenant Tim Glenn, says crews were called to the scene at 65 Liberty Street shortly before 10:30 AM Saturday. Glenn says the upper part of the structure was fully-engulfed in flames on arrival... with fire mainlyi shooting out the front side. None of the occupants were hurt... a passerby reportedly called in the alarm, and helped get the people living there out. A "tower" truck was called in to help pour water on the front second-floor of the structure. Crews were still dousing hot spots more than an hour after the initial alarm. Glenn says a five member crew with air bottles went in to deal with remaining hot-spots inside the building. He says due to added walls for the apartments... it was hard to access areas where the fire was located. The city's Department of Development was called in Saturday night to demolish what was left of the building. The cause remains under investigation... and, the victims are being assisted by the local Red Cross.
Two city men are jailed without bail for allegedly being found with nearly 100 individual bags of Heroin -- packaged for sale -- from two locations on Jamestown's westside. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says their on-going investigation drug sales and trafficking led members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force to raid the residence at 130 Fairview Avenue about 3 PM Friday. Samuelson says they arrested 22 year-old Bradley McKay there for alleged sales and possession of Heroin. He says members of the task force, State Police C-NET Team and the JPD SWAT Team raided 25 West Ninth Street... and, arrested 51 year-old Jeffrey Myers. While there... task force members found 85 bags of Heroin... a quantity of cash, and drug paraphernalia. Samuelson says both men were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. McKay was also charged with third-degree criminal sale of drugs. Both were arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
Falconer firefighters responded late Saturday morning to the scene of a vehicle crashing through the front of the Falconer Pharmacy. Fire Chief Charles Piazza says the small Sports Utility Vehicle slammed into the storefront at 202 West Main Street... causing some damage to the building. Piazza says the unidentified, elderly woman driver accidentally accelerated instead of breaking when she was trying to park the car. There was damage to the building and some windows. This is the second such incident within the past few years at the small plaza in Falconer.
If there's anything both candidates running for the 23rd Congressional District can agree on... it's that Social Security needs to be kept solvent. That was underscored during the recent debate held in Mayville between incumbant Republican Tom Reed and Democratic Challenger John Plumb. Both were asked what they would do to prevent Social Security from going insolvent. Plumb says he "absolutely" wants to see that kept strong.
Reed says he understands the importance of social security... because the monthly check was needed after his father died, and his mother had to raise their large family. He believes the program should be "preserved and protected." However... while he wanted to look at removing the "lifetime cap" on the amount withheld from wages... he also wants to look at benefit payments. Reed says he also believes an age adjustment should be looked at for people around his age, which is 44, so they can plan accordingly. Plumb says he's also agrees that lifting the cap needs to be looked at immediately. Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was known for pushing the idea of lifting the funding cap -- mainly for the wealthy -- to provide more funding for Social Security.
The estimated 11-million immigrants in the United State's illegally are watching this potentially crucial election mostly from the sidelines. They can't vote, of course, so their future in this country depends on the choices other people make. Some find that frustrating and are doing whatever they can. They are taking part in get-out-the-vote efforts, knocking on doors, making telephone calls and telling their stories in places like New York, California, Arizona and Virginia. They hope voters will keep them in mind when casting ballots. To many immigrants, the stakes are high: Republican Donald Trump has talked about mass deportations and a border wall. Democrat Hillary Clinton has pledged to work for immigration reform... and, protect President Barack Obama's executive actions on behalf of immigrants.
The "controlled demolition" work on a vacant building that partially collapsed just over two-weeks ago resumes this morning on Jamestown's eastside. That from city Development Director Vince DeJoy... who says the work by H-H Rauh of Lakewood at 10-to-12 East Second Street began last Friday afternoon. DeJoy says the street in front of the three-story structure will be closed at times during the day. Once the demolition is completed... DeJoy says they and the county's Landbank, and others will decide what to do at that site. DeJoy says the area around the location has been fenced off... and, will remain that way once the scene is cleared. The partial roof collapse at 10-to-12 East Second occured the evening of October 20th... and, it also bowed out the walls on the eastside of the structure. DeJoy says the good news is... because they were able to quickly transfer title of the building to the Chautauqua County Landbank... city taxpayers won't be footing the bill.
Authorities are still investigating an accident in which a 7-year-old girl was fatally struck by a school bus in western New York. The Erie County Sheriff's Office says the girl was struck after she exited the bus at around 3:40 PM last Friday near North Buffalo Street in the village of Springville. That's about 35 miles south east of Buffalo. Police say the girl was taken to a hospital where she later died. Investigators are looking into what caused the accident.