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Flames have destroyed a two-story home along Chautauqua Lake in the Vukote area of the town of Busti, just west of the village of Lakewood. 


Lakewood fire crews were called to the scene at 2398 Lakeside Drive shortly after 7 o'clock last night.  Fire Chief Kurt Hallberg says firefighters found heavy fire coming from "all four sides" of the home on arrival. 


Hallberg says they also had to dodge a "live wire" that was down in the driveway.  He says they began pouring water on the home and, the exposure side of the home next door on the west side of the house.  Hallberg says the family inside the home escaped safely. 


Hallberg says it took about 10 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  He says the cause is under investigation but, says the residents heard a "popping noise" and then the fire started. 


Hallberg says they were joined at the scene by Ashville fire crews and Celoron was on stand-by.  No firefighters were injured.  However two pets perished in the blaze.



Due to last night's fire in the Lakewood-area Board of Public Utilities water customers on Fairmount Avenue and west toward the Ashville BOCES may see discolored water. 


A hydrant was used in fighting the blaze on Lakeside Drive.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says when hydrants open, the water stirs up any sediment that may be in the water lines.  Don't do laundry unless your water is clear.



There's been an unexpected turn in the attempted murder trial of a Buffalo-area man accused of attacking a Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputy last September. 


We learned late this afternoon that Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley declared mistrial in the case.  District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the decision was made after Public Defender Ned Barone said a DNA report was never provided to his office.  It's a report he'd had since Spring and, adds he had fully-intended to get the report to Barone.  However it was not provided until the prosecution had begun presenting it's case.  It was then that Barone began asking for a mistrial. 


Barone says it's disheartening because he was feeling good about how the case was going from the defense's perspective.  However he adds he needs to have the evidence he's requested before trial.  Barone says not having that evidence made it harder for him to prepare his defense. 


Swanson says he takes responsibility for what happened and says they need to make upgrades and improvements to their procedures because technology and information gathering has changed a lot in the past 20 years. 


Judge Foley did deny Barone's initial request to dismiss the charges against Haffa including first-degree attempted murder.  A pre-trial conference has now been scheduled for Sept. 22.



A city man is jailed on a number of charges, including drug possession counts after allegedly leading police from several local agencies on a high-speed vehicle pursuit Monday night that started and, ended in Jamestown. 


City Police say officers spotted a pick-up truck, operated by 47 year-old Thomas Kimbrough, Senior, run a stop sign at the corner of Prather and Barrett Avenues shortly after 9 p.m. 


Police say they tried to stop the vehicle but Kimbrough allegedly sped off and police pursued him onto Baker Street Extension and into the town of Ellicott.  The chase then went into Lakewood, and West Ellicott before Kimbrough stopped on West 15th Street, and he fled on foot. 


Police say he was caught after a short foot chase, and found with 6.8-grams of cocaine packaged for sale.  He was also accused of driving while impaired. 


Kimbrough faces several charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.



Gas prices in the Jamestown area jumped 10-cents this week to $2.69 per gallon for regular, unleaded fuel. 


That from the AAA East Central's Gas Price Report.  The price for regular, unleaded at the pump continues to reflect the offline refineries in the south due to Hurricane Harvey, while simutaneously shortening the supply available. 


The current Energy Information Administration report says that regional gasoline supplies dropped to 60.5 million barrels last week.  At this time last year local gas prices sat at $2.39 per gallon a 30-cent difference.  Nationally the price is holding steady at $2.67 this week.

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