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An overnight fire has heavily-damaged a two-story apartment house on Jamestown's southside. 


City Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Finson says crews were called to the scene at 14 Lindwood Ave. for the blaze just after 2 a.m., and, people were reportedly trapped on the roof.  However Finson says the people living in the second-floor apartment were able to get out of the building safely by the time fire crews arrived.  He says there were seven people inside the second-floor apartment that were able to get down off the roof, and out of the house while the three people in the downstairs apartment were already out. 


Finson says once firefighters accounted for everyone inside they looked to get inside to battle the flames.  However he says the building was not safe at that point and, crews pulled three handlines to put out the stubborn blaze.  Finson says it took about an hour to bring the fire under control but, adds a crew is still there dousing hot spots. 


Most crews returned to the fire station at 7 a.m.  An off-duty shift was called in.  Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and two pets perished in the blaze.  The cause is under investigation.  Finson says the building will be torn-down today.

For the first time since the proposal was announced there was a little 'back-and-forth' between Jamestown officials and a Falconer official regarding the proposed annexation of about 4-acres of property in the village at the city line into Jamestown. 


As he has during all recent City Council meetings Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel addressed lawmakers about the plan to bring the land, belonging to the Board of Public Utilities into the city.  Rensel again asked what city officials have heard from their constituents and, referred specifically to recent comments made by Council President Greg Rabb, who said recently that he didn't hear any "burning negative" comments about the proposal. 


However, he says he would like to hear what negative comments have been made.  Rensel said he was concerned that council members weren't really talking to consitutents, and debating the matter, but just "following directions" on the matter.  That drew the ire of At-Large Councilman George Spitale who shot back that all Rensel has done when he comes to their meetings is hurl insults and, he referred to last month's public hearing in Falconer on the proposal as "a set-up."  The BPU formally requested the city look into annexing the land the board uses to house it's Dow Street Substation.

Five people have been arrested and three guns and, a large amount of drugs were seized over the past weekend by Jamestown police during three different separate incidents. 


City Police were called to the area of South Main Street and Newland Avenue about 6:30 p.m.Sunday on the report of a person with a gun.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers arrived and, got information about the suspect, identified as 24 year-old Giovanny Torres, and, his direction of travel. 


Samuelson says police arrested Torres a short time later after what appeared to be dispute with another person.  He says the loaded hand-gun was found to have been stolen from a Rochester, NY location back in 2015. 


Samuelson says Torres was found in possession of the hand-gun which was seized.  He says Torres was arrested for second-degree criminal possesion of a weapon and, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.  He was being held pending arraignment.


The second gun-related incident was early last Friday morning in which three people were arrested for being in possession of two loaded hand-guns and, a large quantity of Heroin and cocaine. 


That happened when officers were called to the scene of a gun being pointed at someone at 601 Lafayette Street.  CIty police were called to the scene shortly after 3 a.m., and made contact with a group of adults and children gathered outside the residence.  Officers were approaching when one person later identified as 27 year-old Jean Jimenez-Camacho, ran off and police pursued.  She was caught and initially charged with obstruction. 


Police later found the original suspect, 26 year-old Juan Tuffino, Junior, hiding inside, and arrested a tenant of the building, 30 year-old Sasha Montanez, after finding the guns and drugs, which were found in the presence of children.  Samuelson says all three suspects face a number of Felony charges including multiple-counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts each of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  If you have any information on alleged drug activity call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477.

Sheriff's officers in Cattaraugus County say three children were among the six people who have been hospitalized after a pickup truck crashed off a rural western New York road. 


Deputies say the accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the town of Freedom, where the Cattaraugus, Wyoming and Allegany county lines meet 40 miles southeast of Buffalo.  Deputies say the man's truck crashed off state Route 98 into a parked minivan with two children in it, then hit another child and two adults who were in front of a yard sale near the van. 


The driver and the adults were taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, while the children were taken to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

Chautauqua County's Congressman will be holding his annual Manufacturing Summit in his 23rd District later this week in the Rochester-area. 


Corning Republican Tom Reed made the announcement during yesterday afternoon's weekly conference call with regionial media nothing that they'll have several panels involved in the program focusing on what he calls the "optimism" surrounding the future of U-S manufacturing. 


He says they'll be looking mainly as supply chain, and trade and tax reform will be discussed.  Reed says there are two main areas of focus for him on helping manufacturing one is access to cash, and the other is access to investment opportunities. 


Reed adds that one panel will focus on ways to bring the North American Free Trade Agreement into the 21st Century and, creating what he called a "fair and level playing field" so US manufacturers can make it here to "sell it around the world."  He says the summit will be held Fridayfrom 9 AM to 2:15 PM at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua and, that'll be followed by a tour of GW Lisk Incorporated in Clifton Springs at 3 p.m.