Ongoing funding issues especially what comes from the city of Jamestown has led the Prendergast Library's Board of Directors to decide to sell much of the library's artwork.
That from Library Director Tina Scott who says the board made it's unanimous deicision yesterday about two years after the board initially started the process. Scott says the art to be sold will be mainly what was bought using funding left in Mary Prendergast's will and from the Packard Estate.
She says there are also 10 paintings they've acquired over the years that would also be part of the auctions. Scott says there are about 40 pieces of artwork that will be sold by Sotheby's Auction House in New York City in the near future.
Scott declined to give details of the sale involving Sotheby's but, says the library should receive between $1.1-million and $1.6-million dollars for the art. She says the decision was a "very difficult" one from the board.
However she says given a $250,000 cut the past year from the city, and other staff and funding cuts the board had little choice.
Firefighters from more than a half dozen departments battled a blaze that heavily damaged a home in the town of Westfield Thursday afternoon.
Westfield firefighters responded to the blaze at 75-78 Martin Wright Road around 3:30 PM and, got mutual aid from Brocton, Ripley, Portland, Mayville, Dewittville, East Dunkirk, and Sherman.
There are reports that no one was home at the time of the blaze but, two dogs perished in the fire that caused extensive damage to the one story structure. The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was sent to the scene to determine a cause.
JPD officials release drowning victim's name.
The city man who died late Wednesday afternoon in what appears to be an accidental drowning in Jamestown's Chadakoin River has now been identified. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says that a woman had called 911 just after 3 PM, saying she was with 47 year-old Dennis Plummer when he went into the water to try and cool off and, slipped under the water a short distance from shore near Winsor and Harrison Streets.
Samuelson says the county's Dive Team was also called in.and, found the man a short distance away in more than 10-feet of water. Samuelson says it's a tragic way to begin the Summer season adding that they aren't sure if Plummer knew how to swim or not.
While the current can be strong in some parts of the river he says the depth can be an issue, too especially at that location.
Samuelson says it goes from several inches deep to several feet very quickly.
A Jamestown man has been arrested on Felony court warrants during a raid on an upstairs apartment on the city's eastside.
Jamestown Police say members of the city's Metro Drug Task Force executed the warrants at a home at 45 Bush Street with the help of the JPD SWAT Team. They arrested 28 year-old Roberto Figueredo on the warrants for third-degree assault, and second-degree conspiracy.
Police add they allegedly found Figueredo in possession of a quantity of marijuana and, he was arrested for unlawful possession. Figueredo was arraigned in city court... and, sent to the county jail without bail.
Chautauqua County Republicans have endorsed a "strong and full slate" of candidates for this Fall's election.
That from County Republican Committee Chairman David Wilfong who says the panel met recently to endorse county-wide and county legislature races. Wilfong says they are enthusiastically backing Legislator George Borrello for county executive, and Larry Barmore again for County Clerk. He adds they also endorsed candidates for all but three legislature seats.
Wilfong says they include several Jamestown-area Republicans starting with one in the Lakewood-area. In District-10, P-J Wendel is running for re-election. Wilfong himself is running again in District-11.
He says Elizabeth Rankin will run again in District 12. He says there are changes in District-14, where Dan Pavlock is running in place of Mark Tarbrake, who is moving from the district. Also John Davis running in District-16, replacing Ron Lemon, who is not running again.
Wilfong says they've had to find new candidates in three legislative districts including District-#6 which will now have Silver Creek's Gary Cerne running in Borrello's place. Others endorsed include Kevin Muldowney in District-1 Robert Scudder in District-2 and, Terry Neibel in District-5.
Current Legislature Chairman David Himelen of French Creek was endorsed in District-18 along with former Chairman Jay Gould in District-17.