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A Falconer man who allegedly set a dozen fires in Jamestown and Falconer in March of 2017 is now being held in the Chautauqua County Jail after being arraigned in county court on two dozen counts...  
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says the cases in Pennsylvania involving 20-year-old Jonathan Young have been resolved, allowing him to be sent back to Chautauqua County.
Young was serving a sentence in the Butler County Jail in western Pennsylvania.  Swanson says Young was arraigned on a 25-count indictment before County Court Judge David Foley and, was sent to the county jail on one-million dollars cash bail -- $2-million property bond.  The charges in Chautauqua County stem from more than a dozen fires in the Jamestown-area, including a major fire that damaged a half-block commercial area in the Village of Falconer.  
A Cattaraugus County man faces felony driving while under the influence charges following a traffic stop on the westside of Jamestown early Thursday morning...  
City police pulled over a tan Ford sedan at the intersection of Cherry and West 5th Street for multiple infractions and say the driver appeared to be under the influence of drugs.  Later identified as 44 year-old George Keech, he was arrested for driving on a suspended licesnse.  Officers determined Keech was driving while ability impaired by drug through a series of sobriety tests.  He was arrested and jailed pending arraignment. 
A Silver Creek man had to be treated with Narcan after he was found unresponsive Wednesday afternoon...  
Sheriff's deputies were called to 12 Jaekle Avenue in the Village for an unconscious male.  Shortly before 2 p.m., first responders gave the 35 year-old one dose of naloxone for an apparent overdose.  He was then sent to Lakeshore Hospital for further treatment. 
The Jamestown Jammers quest for a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship begins tonight at Diethrick Park...  
However, after last night's home game, the Jammers will have to become "road-warriors" if they're going to win the title.  Last minute efforts to find a compromise with Babe Ruth Baseball over the use of Diethrick Park fell through... and, Jamestown will play game three on Saturday -- if it's needed -- at Geneva.  The city of Jamestown is the park's landlord but, Mayor Sam Teresi says it was up to the two parties to resolve the matter.
Teresi made his comments after this past Monday night's City Council meeting.  Since then, the Jammers have informed the league that Diethrick Park will be unavailable once the 16-to-18 year-old World Series begins at Noon Saturday.  Jammers Manager Anthony Barone tells the Jamestown Post-Journal that he thought there was a way to work around the competing schedules but, it didn't happen.  Barone says he and his top-seeded team are viewing these circumstances as a "challenge."
It came down to the final day, but every player coming to Jamestown for the 16 to 18-year-old Babe Ruth World Series will have a place to call home...  
World Series Host Family Chair Kathy McMaster says they got the final family they needed Thursday morning, just in front of the first teams arriving into town.  Finding enough host families was made more difficult this year because the teams in the 16 to 18 year range are allowed to bring more players than the younger divisions.  In addition, McMaster says the host family program is 'new again' since the last series in 2015, which did not use the host family program.  She says some players, this year, will be staying at Jamestown Community College.
All the players for the World Series should be in Jamestown by early this morning.  Events begin with a skills competition at 6 PM this evening at Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park.  The Babe Ruth parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday on Third Street.  The baseball games begin at Noon Saturday at the stadium.  
New York state lawmakers from the region played a pivotal role in helping to secure funding for the new National Comedy Center, which is now open to the public....  
Jamestown-area Assemblyman Andy Goodell, and State Senator Cathy Young were on hand for Tuesday's ribbon cutting and, praised the effort to make the center a reality.  Goodell says it will be a "phenominal international attraction."
Young says that state funding totalled just over $16-million a lot of that being what's called "bridge funding" that was used to leverage private investment in the $50-million project.  Young says the state ended up being the biggest funder of the project because they "believed in the project."  Both Young and Goodell, along with others, noted the Comedy Center will be a significant employer, with some 32 full-time equivalent jobs being created, along with about 180 spin-off jobs in the area.  Governor Andrew Cuomo was on hand for Tuesday's festivities and, helped cut the ribbon on the new facility.
Volunteers from the community are an essential part of the success of the annual Lucy Comedy Festival and the ongoing work of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown...  
Cindy Aronson, a member of the Comedy Center board of directors, has been recruiting volunteers for seven comedy festivals.  She says 370 community residents have stepped up to help this week.
With the Comedy Center now open, there's a new, ongoing need for additional helpers.  Anyone interested can apply through the Comedy Center website.  The commitment is a minimum of four hours a month.  As for Wednesday's opening of the center, Cindy Aronson said "We have arrived. 'Team Jamestown' made it."
The Jamestown area is about to be introduced to some fine young men, who play excellent baseball...  
That's the assessment of Eugene Reynolds.  He's come to Jamestown from Alexander City, Alabama to be the Tournament Director for the 16 to 18 year old Babe Ruth World Series.
Reynolds has been Tournament Director for about a dozen World Series for 16 to 18 year-olds.  He says this level of Babe Ruth can be a real springboard for talented players.  Reynolds complimented the Jamestown Babe Ruth committee for its work over the last year getting ready for the games that start at noon Saturday at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park.  
A New York judge has rejected a lawsuit brought against Fox News by the parents of a Democratic National Committee employee killed in 2016...  
The judge said Thursday he understood Seth Rich's parents might feel his death was exploited for political purposes.  But he says the lawsuit lacked specific instances of wrongdoing necessary to proceed to trial.  A lawyer says the parents are disappointed and will appeal.  Joel and Mary Rich claimed Fox News turned Seth's death into a "political football" by claiming he had leaked DNC emails to Wikileaks during the presidential campaign.  Rich was killed in what Washington police believe was a random robbery attempt.  U.S. District Judge George Daniels also dismissed a related suit by a private investigator.

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