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Several fire companies remained at the scene of a structure fire late last night at a well-known restaurant in the village of Bemus Point.  


Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say crews were called to the Hare 'n Hounds Inn at 64 Lakeside Drive shortly after 9 last night.  Smoke and fire were reported in the area.  


Maple Springs crews were initially called in for mutual aid and, later Ellery Center, DeWittville, Ashville, and Lakewood were called in.  No injuries have been reported.  The extent of damage was still being assessed.


An overnight fire now blamed on arson has destroyed a vacant house, and damaged another home, and two vehicles on Jamestown's southside.  
Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey says crews were called to the scene at 213 Barrett Avenue shortly after 2 AM Wednesday and, found heavy fire and smoke coming from the structure.
Harvey says it took about an hour to bring the fires under control.  He says fire damage was heavy to the house at 213 Barrett, while it appears 209 Barrett is salvageable.  He says three families with a total of 14 people are being helped by the local Red Cross because 209 Barrett is not habitable right now.  
He says 10 off-duty firefirefighters were also called in and, he says they all did a very good job with a challenging situation for 10 firefighters initially responding.  
Harvey says fire crews were at the scene until about 6 AM and, investigators were called to the scene.  No one was hurt.
A measure that would help local governments consolidate with the municipal neighbors has been approved by the Chautauqua County Legislature by a wide margin.  
Lawmakers in Mayville approved the legislation to assist government dissolutions, 17-to-1.  Hanover Republican George Borrello who chairs a county task force on dissoluton and consolidation praised the measure offered by Sheridan's Terry Neibel.  Borrello says, due to the county's efforts, three of four recent dissolutions have been approved. 
Niebel says the legislation that would offer up to $50,000 in help with unanticipated costs for towns and villages that decide to dissolve, or consolidate services.  He emphasized that this measure was not intended to "encourage" municipal dissolutions after CSEA-Local-#807 President Bonnie Peters took the idea that dissolutions save money to task.  
She cited that was not the case when the village of Seneca Falls dissolved a few years ago into the town of Seneca Falls.  Earlier Dunkirk Democrat Robert Bankowski earlier said he was a supporter of the initiative but, last night, after Peters spoke, said he would oppose the measure.  It still passed overwhelmingly.
A city man is jailed for allegedly robbing another Jamestown man at knife-point Tuesday afternoon and, taking cash and property from the victim.  
City officers were called to scene in the area of East Sixth and Spring Streets about 2:45 PM and, were told by the victim that he had been robbed.  Police say the suspect in the robbery, 46 year-old Daryl Coleman, and another man fled the scene before they arrived.  
However, officers located both men a short time later on Prendergast Avenue and, allegedly found Coleman in possession of one of the items reported stolen.  He was arrested for first-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  
He was also accused of violating his parole.  Coleman is being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 
A drug raid on the city of Jamestown's northside has led to the arrest of a city man and, seizure of a quantity of crack cocaine.  
City police say members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force arrested 30 year-old Warkim Keys during the raid conducted at 2 PM Tuesday at 1002 North Main Street.  Task Force members were assisted by the Jamestown Police SWAT Team and, found Keys in a neighboring front yard.  
The crack cocaine was found in Keys' apartment.  Keys was arraigned on charges including third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance and, was sent to the county lock-up without bail.
 Anyone with information on illegal drug trafficking in Jamestown is asked to contact the task force at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477.  You can also send a tip to their Tips 4-1-1 app.
The United Veterans Council of Jamestown is putting out an appeal for help in placing flags at Lakeview and nearby cemeteries.  
This year's Cemetery Chairman, Joe Paladino, says volunteers can meet at Soldier's Circle in Lakeview Cemetery at 6 PM Thursday.  There'll be a brief ceremony, and then small flags will be passed out.
Paladino says they had the largest group of volunteers ever last year, and they hope for more this year.  Hugh Golden, the Business Manager at Lakeview, says veterans' graves have been pre-marked to make finding them easier.  
He adds, when the work is done, the display is something to behold with 1,200 flags at Soldier's Circle alone.  No pre-registration is required, just go to Soldier's Circle at Lakeview Cemetery Thursday at 6 PM.
A teacher and coach in the Corning, New York-area has announced that he is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 23rd Congressional District seat in 2018.  
Painted Post resident Rick Gallant says he has "devoted his life to educating young people and serving our communities.  I look forward to taking that work ethic and focus to Congress to ensure our children have a bright future, and to bring good jobs to our district."  
Gallant has been a teacher and basketball coach in the Corning-Painted Post School District the past 17 years.  He says incumbant Republican Tom Reed is voting "in lock-step" with President Donald Trump and his party.  
Too often he says Reed has said one thing here at home and voted another way once he's in Washington.  He says it's time for a representative who will deliver more than "lip service" to the district.
The first-ever NCAA Division-Two Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament at Diethrick Park in Jamestown was a huge success, and featured some outstanding baseball.  
That from Jamestown Jammers Manager Anthony Barone who was involved with the event which was hosted by top-seeded Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Mercyhurst Coach Joe Spano wanted to hold the tournament here because the park was available, and a top-notch facility.  Barone says they "hit a home run" with the five-day event.
West Chester University from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area won the tournament over Winston-Salem State from North Carolina in Monday's title game.  Barone says while the Atlantic Region tends to be "pitching heavy" there were 27 home runs hit in the tournament.
 He says there was a lot of talent for the nearly one-dozen pro scouts on hand in Jamestown to see.  Barone says Mercyhurst and, most of the other schools involved brought plenty of fans, too.  He says aside from some rain on Sunday there were no problems.  
With the win, West Chester University advances to the Division-Two College World Series in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Dunkirk Police have located a 16-year-old runaway from Auburn who may have traveled with another runaway who died last Saturday at Brooks Memorial Hospital.  
Police Chief David Ortolano says a patrol located the teen, identified by Auburn Police as Morgan Eppinger, around 7 AM Wednesday.  She had disappeared from the Cayuga Center May 15th, around the same time as 17-year-old Destani Williams.  
Williams was brought into the hospital in Dunkirk where she later died from an apparent drug overdose. The medical examiner is still awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine a cause of death.  
Ortolano says Eppinger has been turned over to the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.  


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's directed state law enforcement officials to step up security and patrols at high-profile locations across the state after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.  


The Democratic governor says the state is increasing security at airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems.  At least 22 people were killed and dozens of others were injured late Monday in the blast at the Manchester Arena.  


In a statement Cuomo called the explosion "an inexplicable and abhorrent assault on our universal values as human beings." 

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