An early morning fire Monday in Jamestown that destroyed a vacant home at the corner of Lincoln and 5th Streets has now been ruled arson.
That from city fire officials who say the investigation is on-going into the blaze at 426 East Fifth. City Fire Lieutenant Don Mowery says crews were called to the scene shortly before 5 a.m., and, found heavy fire through-out much of the structure.
Mowery says they were unable to make an interior attack due to the intensity of the blaze and, it took about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control using master stream lines to put out the fire, and a handline to protect an exposure at 7 Lincoln St.
Mowery says no one was inside the building, and the alarm was called in by a passer-by. He says most crews were at the scene about 3-hours. 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 city's Department of Development tore down the house yesterday afternoon.
A former Jamestown police officer who is now the Police Chief in the town of Carroll has been awarded more than $170,000 in damages regarding time he served with the military overseas.
Attorney Michael Macomber of Albany who represented Timothy Wright has announced that Wright received the award last week in State Supreme Court. Macomber says the court ordered the police department and city pay Wright just over $44,000 plus an additional $44,000 as liquidated damages, and further ordered the city to pay him just over $83,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs. The case resulted from what Macomber says was JPD denying vacation time and a promotion within the department.
U-S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Jamestown yesterday morning to officially roll-out new legislation designed to get to what she calls one of the "root causes" of the nation's Heroin and opioid addiction crisis.
The New York Democrat was at the Mental Health Association in Jamestown to announce the Opioid Addiction Prevention Act... which addresses the need to curb the amount of opioid pain killers that a doctor can prescribe to someone with "acute short term pain."
In 2015 Gillibrand says the Centers for Disease Control reported the amount of opioids prescribed was enough for "every American to be medicated around the clock for three full weeks." Gillibrand says the legislation has come out of meetings she's had with several families who have been impacted by the crisis like Jamestown's Kim Carlson whose son, Alex Foulk, died of a Heroin overdose in February of 2016.
She says his problems started when he was prescribed a pain killer for a hockey injury in January of 2015. Carlson says he died from a drug overdose on February 26th of last year. She says it was a combination of Heroin and, a large amount of Fentanyl. She says in "her grief" she decided to do what she can to help others overcome the horrors of addiction. Local leaders urged support of the bill.
The 135th annual Chautauqua County Fair is officially underway.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's local representative Lori Cornell read a special proclamation from the top state leader during today's opening ceremonies held at the fairgrounds in the city of Dunkirk who wished the fair a "wonderful week." Cornell also assisted in firing the Civil War-era cannon during the ceremonies.
County Executive Vince Horrigan was among those present. Horrigan says the fair is a great way to enjoy the summer in Chautauqua County and, expressed his appreciation to the Fair Board for it's hard work. He predicted the weather this week will "be "fair!."
Others turning out included Assemblyman Andy Goodell, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and several county legislators. After the ceremonies concluded, the elected officials had the opportunity to tour the fairgrounds with 4-H members. This year's Chautauqua County Fair continues through Sunday, July 30th.
A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly backing his boat into another vessel that was moored off Loomis Bay Road in the town of Busti seveal days ago.
Sheriff's officers say 19 year-old Raymond Yoder of Mayport, PA allegedly backed his rented boat into the other boat during the late night hours of July 15th and, left the scene.
Deputies say they investigated and that led to Yoder being identified as the operator of the rental boat. He was arrested for a violation of the state's Navigation Law and, issued an appearance ticker for Busti Town Court.