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Final clean-up of Falconer arson fire site now underway...
A collaborative effort among several south county communities will allow the site of an arson fire a year-and-a-half ago in Falconer to be cleaned-up... and redeveloped.  Chautauqua County officials joined with others -- including Falconer Mayor Jim Rensel -- to announce the communities providing landfill credits so a contractor can take the debris from 29-to-37 West Main St. to the Ellery facility at no charge.  Rensel thanked officials in the towns of Poland, Ellington, Gerry, Carroll and the village of Celoron, for donating their landfill credits to help.  County Executive George Borrello praised the effort... which will allow the village to move forward on re-developing the location -- including the Chautauqua County Landbank.  In addition... the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency will assist with managing the remaining demolition and clean-up.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy recalled that the Falconer fire corresponded with a series of arsons in Jamestown.  Four of them occured the following day in the city, and they needed four different crews to demolish those structures.  Local police and the Chautauqua County District Attorney's office have accused a Falconer man, 20 year-old Jonathon Young... of setting about a dozen fires in the immediate Jamestown area.  Young was extradicted from Pennsylvania... where he faced similar charges... earlier this year.  

More information on West Ellicott House fire...
A number of fire companies were called to a house fire in West Ellicott early Friday morning.  According to the Post Journal, a neighbor spotted the fire at 67 South Alleghany Ave.  The home was vacant at the time of the fire.  Crews from Celeron, Lakewood, Busti, Fluvanna and Kiantone were on the scene for about a half an hour.  Fire investigators were called to the scene, though at this time a cause has not been released.  It was determined the first started near the garage.  The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities said Friday that water could be discolored in Lakewood and Celeron due to the fire.  

Investigation ongoing into fatal car-motorcycle accident in Cattaraugus County...
The investigation is continuing into a fatal car-motorcyle crash in the Cattaraugus County town of Olean just over a week ago.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley aren't releasing many details... but, say the accident occured on Route 16 just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 18th.  Deputies say the motorcycle was southbound when it was struck by a Sports Utility Vehicle that was turning onto Route 16 from Fairview Land.  The operator of the bike was rushed to Olean General Hospital where they were pronouned dead.  The driver of the SUV was also taken to Olean General... and, treated for minor injuries.  No charges have been filed.  

Anderson Precision signs new Flex Plan Agreement with BPU...
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has signed a new, four-year Flex Plan agreement with a local employer to help it save on it's electric costs.  BPU General Manager Dave Leathers, and Mayor Sam Teresi, were at Anderson Precision Products Friday afternoon to sign the new agreement... which runs from this coming November 1 through October 31 of 2022.  Anderson's Co-Owner, David Archer, says their past agreement has helped them grow their global sales and purchasing efforts.  Anderson Precision makes precision-turned metal parts... and, fittings to meet almost any requirement on a global-scale.  The company won the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce's 2018 "Manufacturer of the Year" award.  Teresi says there are just a few, small ways that local government can assist local businesses.  He says this is a good one, because the BPU becomes "tool" to assist economic development. 

City woman arrested for DWI and Drug possession following Frewsburg accident...
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly being drunk when she was involved in a one-car, rollover accident in Frewsburg this past Tuesday.  State Police in Jamestown were called to the scene on Sawmill Run Road... and, found that 45 year-old Robin Smith was the lone occupant of the vehicle.  Troopers and Frewsburg firefighters helped Smith out of the vehicle... but, she was found to be intoxicated.  She was allegedly found to be in possession of morphine and clonazepam, both controlled substances for which she did not have a prescription.  Smith provided a breath sample.. and, was found with a blood alcohol content of point-15.  She was arraigned in South Valley town Court on charges including Felony DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, issued appearance tickets.

Jamestown man arrested in Kiantone for trespassing...
A man wanted on a warrant in the city of Jamestown was arrested in Kiantone for tresspassing onto a person's property early Thursday morning.  Sheriff's officers responded to Carlson Road for two people fighting... and, spoke with the victim on arrival, who reportedly said 25 year-old Ryan Paulisick had additionally taken property and damaged their vehicle.  Paulisick allegedly fled the scene prior to the officers's arrival... but, was located quickly by Ellicott Police.  He was taken into custody for the outstanding warrant, prior to officers obtaining an arrest warrant for the Carlson Road incident.  Paulisick will be appear in Kiantone Town Court at a later date. 

State reached agreement with feds on "I LOVE NY" program sign...
State and federal transportation regulators have reached an agreement allowing "I Love NY" highway signs to stay in place without costing New York $14-million in highway funding.  The Federal Highway Administration had warned the state that the 514 big blue tourism signs along highways from Long Island to Buffalo didn't adhere to regulations and were distracting to drivers.  New York stood to lose federal funding if the dispute wasn't resolved by month's end. 

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