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Crews are on the scene of what officials say is a fully-involved structure fire in the Jamestown city area of Whitley Avenue and 6th Street. An off-duty crew was called in at 4:15 this morning.
 
The intersection of Whitley and 6th Street is currently closed off to traffic, Jamestown Police recommend using 3rd Street for your commute. More on this story as it develops. 
 
 
A Jamestown teen is facing multiple charges after an alleged strong-armed robbery in the city yesterday evening.
 
City police say they were called to the 600 block of Prendergast Avenue for a report of a strong-armed robbery with a gun. On arrival, officers were advised that the suspect took off on foot towards North Main Street.
 
Officers did locate the suspect, 19 year-old Jillian Matthews in the area of North Main Street and 7th Street. A search warrant was obtained to locate the weapon used in the robbery and, officers were able to locate an imitation pistol inside the residence. Matthews was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
A city man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for shooting his estranged wife to death in a parking lot on Jamestown's southside last November. 
 
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says both sides were ready to begin the second-degree murder trial of 36 year-old Keith Robbins.  However, Swanson says Robbins' attorney wanted to speak with him before opening statements were to be made.
 
Robbins was accused of shooting and killing his wife, Sheri, in the parking lot at 9 Prospect Street about 9 AM the morning of last November 10th
 
Swanson says getting the plea was better than if the case had gone to trial for second-degree murder because Robbins could have gotten out of prison sooner, after 15 years for good behavior.  He says 20 to 25 years with no appeal is a "very satisfying result." 
 
Robbins was arrested last November 15th after a six-hour standoff with police at this father's home on Todd Avenue.  He was also accused of stabbing City Police K-9 "Mitchell" during the stand-off.
 
 
Chautauqua County's Congressman is among the slim majority of House members who voted in favor of the overall, GOP budget plan adopted late Thursday morning. 
 
GOP leaders were reportedly scrambling for votes on the plan, which would pave the way for a 10-year, $1.5-trillion tax cut measure that is now a high-priority of President Donald Trump. 
 
Reed says the budget is "a critical step towards making reforms to our broken and outdated tax code."  However, he and Buffalo-Area Congressman Chris Collins were the only two members of the New York delegation to vote for the plan.
 
 
Fire investigators say an unattended grill was the apparent cause of a fire that heavily damaged the back part of an apartment house in Sinclairville. 
 
Chautauqua County fire investigators say Sinclairville firefighters were called to the scene at 6381 Route 60 about 7:30 PM Wednesday
 
Officials say tenants of one apartment had started the grill on the rear deck but, left it unattended for some time until they noticed the back portion of the home was on fire.  Sinclairville fire crews were assisted by several area departments.
 
 
An earlier fire at an Ashville home has been ruled accidental due to a malfunctioning exterior light. 
 
Ashville firefighters were called to the scene at 33-93 Carpenter-Pringle Road shortly before 5 PM Wednesday
 
Officials say the home owner was inside his home when he was alerted by neighbors that his attic was on fire just above the ceiling.  He was able to get out and fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze. 
 
The owner was taken to UPMC Chautauqua WCA hospital with chest pains but, later was released. 
 
 
The months of October and November are peak months for car-deer related crashes across the state, and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says the same is true here in our county.
 
He says if you see one deer, chances there may be more nearby.  He says it's also important to stay in your lane if a deer should cross in front of you, break sharply.  But, he says hit the brake once you know impact is likely, then slowly release the brake.  Deer are most active at dawn and again at dusk.

 

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