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Fire heavily damages major apartment complex in Warren County, PA...
Firefighters in Warren County, PA were busy battling a blaze at the Conewango Apartments on Holly Street in Glad Township late Friday night.  According to the Warren Times Observer... the fire apparently broke out initially in the easternmost apartment, the farthest from Conewango Avenue.  Glade Volunteer Fire Department was in charge at the scene and firefighters and equipment from numerous departments including the city of Warren, Pleasant, Russell, Scandia, and Starbrick responded.  At least 13 engines lined Holly Street and Conewango Avenue.  At about 9:40 p.m., the fire appeared to be out. but... heavy smoke began pouring from near the middle of the five-apartment building at about 9:52 p.m. and the firefighters left the roof.  At 9:56, flames burst through the roof and rose high into the air.  Flames were still visible at the roofline near the center and east end of the building after 11 p.m.  A neighboring building was also reportedly damaged.  Information about injuries, the cause of the fire, and other details were not available at press time. 

Molinaro's Manhattan campaign headquarters damaged, Antifa claims responsibility...
Vandals have damaged the Manhattan campaign office of Marc Molinaro, the Republican running for New York governor.  Molinaro says the damage includes smashed windows, a spray-painted door and glue put in the locks at the Metropolitan Republican Club, a long-time gathering spot for Republicans that hosts one of Molinaro's campaign offices.  The damage was discovered Friday.  Molinaro says he believes "radical leftists" possibly members of "Antifa" are behind the vandalism.  State Republican officials say a note was left behind boasting that the vandalism was "just the beginning." 

Erlandson presented Hamilton Award...
Retired biology professor at Jamestown Community College, Tom Erlandson, has received one of the area's major, community service awards.  John D. Hamilton Award Committee Chairwoman Bridget Johnson made the presentation to Tom Erlandson during last night's banquet... hosted by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation at the new, Celoron Harborfront Hotel.  Erlandson was named for his local contributions to academics and politics, and service organization.  He says that's especially the case when you're doing something that you love... and, don't consider it work.  He also reflected on John Hamilton... whom he got to know when he first worked at JCC.  In addition to being a long-time member of the faculty at Jamestown Community College... Erlandson is also a former Chautauqua County Legislator... and, Ellicott Town Board member.

Pumpkintown officially opens in Busti...
A new, seasonal attraction has officially opened on Baker Street Extension near Jamestown... as the ribbon was cut late this morning on the first-ever "Pumpkintown" on the former Cedarquist Farm property on the southside of Baker Street Extention in the town of Busti.  Pumpkintown is the brain-child of Eric Anderson, Marshall Miner, and Jason Jember... and, takes an "educational approach" to agriculture to teach how vegetables are grown, and cider is made.  Refreshments and food are available.  Anderson says they'll be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October.  General admission is $10.... children under 2 are free.  He says seniors 65 and over are half-price... and, all veterans are free.

Two city men arrested for burglary, drugs and weapon possession in Allegany County...
Two men from Jamestown are jailed in Allegany County, New Yrok for burglary, and drug and weapons possession in town of Scio.  State Police were called to a location on Pine Street just before Midnight this past Wednesday on a report of suspicious activity.  Troopers arrived, and found a back door open, but, they found no one inside the home -- which was for sale.  Police called in their K-9 unit... and later found both 49 year-old Kenneth... and, 28 year-old Terry Kendall.  The older Kendall was found laying in a nearby woods with a stun gun, and a quantity of methamphetime in his possession.  The younger Kendall was found walking not far from the scene.  Both were arraigned on a charge of second-degree burglary... while Kenneth Kendall is also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both were jailed pending further court action.

Rosas proposes 2019 Dunkirk budget...
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas has unveiled a tentative 2019 city budget that totals nearly $23.68-million dollars.  That's about a $1.1-million increase in spending.  But, Rosas says the budget achieves some important goals.  Among them... he says is keeping it balanced and holding the line on property taxes.  He says their fund balance remains in compliance with the state's Generally Accepted Accounting Principles... and, they will not be raising taxes.  One of the biggest challenges, the loss of revenues from the mothballed NRG plant.  Rosas says the city is looking to utilize more shared services and is searching for more grant funding. 

Developers interested in burned out location at 29-37 W Main St. in Falconer...
There is already interest among some developers in locating in one of two burned-out commercial building sites in Falconer.  Village Mayor Jim Rensel says final clean-up at 29 to 37 West Main Street... which was hit by an arsonist last year... is nearly complete.  Rensel was happy that a number of local communities agreed to transfer their landfill credits to help the village take debris to the county landfill in Ellery.  As the clean-up was underway... Rensel said there was already interest.  He adds that village officials have begun meeting to put together a re-development plan for the West Main Street site... and, are seeking resident imput on what should be there. 

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