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Investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire in Jamestown Tuesday evening.  The Jamestown Post Journal reports that the Fire Department was called to 37 Chestnut Street just before 9pm after a neighbor spotted the fire and called 911.  It took crews about 45 minutes to knock down the blaze.  Crews had to cut vents into the roof with chainsaws to help fight the fire.  Officials say the residents of the home were not inside when the fire started.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a missing 17 year old. Allison Nicole Pavlock of West Street in Glade Township left home approximately 9am Tuesday and is believed to be headed to Arkansas.    Police believe she may be with Mary Delp and Bridget Powers.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Allison Nicole Pavlock is asked to call State Police at 814-728-3600.
This is a vacation week for many school students in Chautauqua County.  But... some Jamestown High School musicians may be anxious to get back because they have a major trip planned.  Meghan Murray, JHS band director, says the Red Raider Marching Band has been invited to march in Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The parade will be televised on Channel 7 in Chicago and will available through live streaming beginning at 1 PM Eastern Time on March 11th.  Murray says they'll be playing the "Goll Way Piper..." and, see the Chicago River turned green.  Murray says the itinerary is packed with events including museum tours, dinner theater, a visit to the aquarium, and a cruise.  A total of 130 students will take the trip, along with 30 adults to fully chaperone the adventure.  All of the funds were raised by students and their families.  No taxpayer dollars are involved.  
An early morning domestic violence incident yesterday has landed one Jamestown man in jail.  City Police say... just before 3 AM... they responded to a domestic incident at a West Seventh Street address where they met a pregnant woman who said that 18 year old Michael Brown pushed her down and head butted her while she was holding her small child.  Brown is also accused of breaking a phone in an attempt to prevent her from calling for help.  The woman was taken to WCA Hospital as a precaution and shortly before 4 AM... police returned to the address after getting reports that Brown was in the area.  He was later found on East 5th street and arrested for criminal mischief in the 4th degree and endangering the welfare of a child and taken to city jail without further incident.
Local Congressman Tom Reed's four town hall meetings in this part of his huge 23rd Congressional District drew a lot of attention last weekend... but, not just from interested constituents.  There were a number of local, regional and national media on hand... including NBC TV, and the New York Times.  Times Congressional Correspondent Thomas Kaplan has covered a number of the town hall sessions that Congressional Republicans -- like Reed -- have been holding.  Kaplan says there's a lot of interest nationally in the large turn-outs, and protests. Kaplan says he has never covered a phenomenon like this... but, is quick to add that he did not cover the TEA Party attended Congressional town halls during the Obama Administration when that movement began.  The TEA Party... short for "Taxed Enough Already..." was highly critical of a number of policies enacted by the former President... and, began following Obama's Obama's first presidential inauguration in 2009 when his administration announced plans to give financial aid to bankrupt homeowners.   Fifty conservative activists in February of 2009 agreed to join against Obama's agenda and scheduled series of protests.
The sixth-annual SOUPer Bowl Sunday to raise money for UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital was a "great success."  That from UPMC Chautauqua WCA Development Director Megan Barone... who says this year's event drew record-setting attendance... and, sponsors.  The program raised 8-thousand dollars to support the hospital's Robotic Surgery program... as well as the Rapaport Fund at the WCA Foundation.  The event was held at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and was organized by the WCA Foundation, Media One Group, Maplevale Farms, and the Rod and Gun.  It featured 15 homemade soups that were served by fourteen local restaurants and caterers.  The Game Time Sports Bar and Grill came out victorious... and, so far the event has raised 34-thousand dollars over six year.
The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame has become known for not just inducting members who played the traditional "stick and ball" sports... and, that was again evident this year.  In addition to football, basketball and other traditional sports... hunting and auto racing were among the sports celebrated at this year's induction Dinner in Lakewood Monday night.  Jamestown's Sammy LaMancuso was a long-time racer... who never ran much outside of the area... but, made a name for himself at Stateline and Eriez Speedways.  He appreciates what the Hall has done. While Schnars, Squirt Johns and Emory Mahan were among the big names at Stateline through the first 20 years... LaMancuso also did well.  One of his personal high-lights was in 1956... the year Stateline opened.  He won what was then the infamous "Team Race" with Joe Sauer.  Other sports recognized Monday included national championship hunting... with Jake Ensign... who has won every major title.
Fredonia village lawmakers talked more about North County water and whether or not the village of Fredonia should become part of the regional water district last night in the north county.  Two weeks ago... the board heard a presentation from Mayor Athanasia Landis of an engineering study that examined the costs involved in joining the district.  Based on the cost figures outlined in the study, it appeared joining the district would be more expensive than having the village continue to produce its own water.  Mayor Landis says County Executive Vince Horrigan attended the workshop meeting. Horrigan said last week that he felt it’s important for the village to still consider a project involving an interconnect with the city of Dunkirk, even if the village decides not to join the water district.  No decision was expected at last night's meeting... but, Dr. Landis wants to hear from trustees on where they stand on the issue.  More on that session later this morning.
Fire has damaged a home in the Cattaraugus County town of Ellicottville.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers in Little Valley say the call on Maple Road came in about 4:30 this morning... and no injuries were reported.  However... crews were there several hours.  Ellicottville volunteers were joined at the scene by Mansfield... and, Great Valley fire crews.  No cause has been listed.