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Flames have destroyed a vacant home at the corner of Lincoln and 5th Streets in Jamestown. 

 

City fire crews were called to the scene at 426 East Fifth Street shortly before 5 AM.  Lieutenant Don Mowery says they found heavy fire in much of the building when initial crews arrived.  Mowery says there was heavy fire coming from at least half-the-building on both floors, and one exposure nearby was being theatened.  He says it took about 45-minutes to bring the flames under control.  He says no one was inside the building, and the alarm was called in by a passer-by. 

 

Mowery says they pulled hand-lines to put the fire out at 426 East 5th and protect a nearby exposure at 7 Lincoln Street.  He says most crews were at the scene about three hours.  One crew still there. 

 

Mowery says an off-duty shift was called in to assist.  He says two firefighters suffered minor injuries.  Mowery says no utilities were hooked up to the building.  The cause is under investigation.


Three people were found dead after a reported shooting late Sunday morning in a home near North East Pennsylvania. 

 

State police at the scene in North East Township confirmed that three people were deceased in an area containing some mobile homes and houses behind a machine shop.  Police said Sunday it appeared to be a murder-suicide.

 

The Erie Times-News reports 53-year-old Jack Hemmis apparently shot a man and woman, both in their 50's, several times and then turned the gun on himself.


The 16th annual Scandinavian Festival wrapped up Sunday at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. 

 

Festival organizer, Don Sandy speaking Saturday was pleased with how the event went.  He says there was a nice crowd on hand -- especially for the Mid-Summer event late in the morning. 

 

One of the special moments at this year's festival was a tribute to the late Norm Owen.  Known as the inventor of the 'korv burger', Owen was a committed leader of the America Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, and worked hard for the festival each year.  Sandy said during the planning this year people often said, "well, Norm would have done it this way." 

 

The 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums made a special appearance, and played Amazing Grace in Owen's honor.


A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly stabbing a woman during a "violent domestic incident" on Jamestown's westside. 

 

City police say they were called to the scene at 401 West Seventh Street just after Midnight Saturday and, on arrival found the female victim with a stab wound to the arm.  Officers say they learned that 48 year-old Carlos Castellano had stabbed the woman during a brief argument. 

 

Police say the victim was treated for a non-life threatening wound at the scene.  Castellano was arraigned on one count each of second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon and, sent to the county lock-up.


A city man has been arrested for allegedly shooting off three compressed air guns within the Jamestown City limits. 

 

City police were called to the scene in the area of Barrows and Willard Streets late last Thursday night on a report of a man shooting off a B-B gun.  Officers say they found 36 year-old James Chapman trying to leave the area in a car but, he was stopped on Forest Avenue. 

 

Police found the air guns that Chapman had just purchased and, was reportedly shooting off to check to see if they worked properly.  He was charged with unlawful discharge of firearms within the city limits, and issued an appearance ticket for City Court.


Threatening skys and some rain in the immediate Jamestown-area Sunday morning may have kept some people away but, those who were on hand for the annual World Series of Cars at Bergman Park were treated to another good show. 

 

That from local Babe Ruth President Russ Diethrick who says the skys were kind of ominous about mid-morning and, that kept some participants at home.  But he says once there was a break in the clouds people and cars really began arriving.  In fact, he says the cars were backed up onto Baker Street once the sun came out. 

 

For the first time this year Russ Diethrick says the World Series of Cars was not a "judged" show with prizes.  He says that may have played a role also because a number of people with classic and vintage cars look for judged shows. 

 

Diethrick expressed his appreciation to the Dave Warren Dealerships, which brought several trucks to the event as well.  Officials say preliminary counts show they had more than 100 cars and other vehicles on hand for this year's World Series of Cars.


The annual Chautauqua County Fair gets underway this morning at the fairgrounds off Central Avenue. 

 

That from Fair Board member Dave Wilson who says everything has come together well.  Wilson says the rainy weather hasn't set them back, and hasn't created any real issues there.  He says they'll begin the 135th fair with the traditional cannon shot at 10 a.m. following remarks from several local officials and dignitaries at the Main Gate. 

 

Wilson says they've really been working to get the fairgrounds and events ready the past several months but, adds they begin work on the next year's fair once the current one ends.

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