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A man living in a home in the town of Gerry is being treated for serious burns suffered in a house fire -- near Sinclairville -- early yesterday morning...  

Sheriff's deputies say Sinclairville fire crews were called to the scene at 3083 Old Chautauqua Road, shortly before 6 a.m. and, found heavy fire coming from the structure.  However, officers say the unidentified man was able to drive himself to a nearby house after being burned.  The man was then flown by Starflight Helicopter to The Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of burns over much of his body.  County fire investigators say the blaze started when a heating appliance caught nearby bedding materials on fire.  The man lived alone and, his name if being withheld pending the notification of family members.

Federal, state and local authorities were reportedly involved in arresting an armed man who had been on the run following a bank robbery in the region near Wrightsville, Pennsylvania... 

Police -- as well as the FBI -- were reportedly involved and, found the man -- who has not been identifed.  Monday's incident led to the Warren County School District putting it's northern and western "attendance areas" under lock-out until the situation was taken care of.  The Warren Times-Observer announced just after 1 p.m. that the district had "received word that the suspect is now in custody” and all schools were no longer under lockout status.  During the lock-out, students were returned inside the school, and school business continued as usual.  

The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division will move its regular session to the Robert H. Jackson Center on Thursday...  

Marion Beckerink, Director of Development at the Center, says it's an unprecedented opportunity to hear the finest litigators practicing the art of appellate argument.
The public is welcome to attend the session that starts at 10 a.m. Thursday.  Anyone interested should appear by 9:30 at the latest, as space is limited and regular court security will be enforced.   Five judges will be in place for the Thursday morning session, and will participate in an afternoon continuing education program for attorneys.  Contact the Jackson Center to register.  A day later, on Friday, three federal judges will come to the center for another continuing education session.

Three people escaped injury after their Sinclairville home caught fire early last Saturday morning...  

Sheriff's officers say Sinclairville Fire crews, along with several other mutual aid departments, responded to the scene at 7025 Rood Road shortly before 3 AM.  Deputies say two adults and one teenage occupant were able to escape the residence safely.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team responded to the scene and began an investigation.  At this time, they say no cause has been determined, but investigators add the investigation is continuing.

She's on the ballot, but State Senator Cathy Young is running for re-election unopposed...  

However, the Olean Republican says that doesn't mean she isn't following the other contests in the Senate.  Young says she is hopeful that the GOP can retain control of the Senate and, says there's a lot at stake for the upstate region.  She says that's because the last time Republicans lost control, spending and taxes shot way up.

Young says Republicans are doing what they can to hold-on to the majority, with many GOP candidates even doing a lot of door-to-door campaigning.  Young has been in the State Senate since 2005 and, became the first woman to ever chair the Senate Finance Committee in 2016.

Young was in Dunkirk with several other officials to announce a $750,000 grant for the Senior Center and to cut the ribbon at Point Gratiot. 

U-S Senator Charles Schumer says progress is being made getting federal safety investigators fuller access to the limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people two weeks ago...  

Schumer told reporters in Utica a National Transportation Safety Board representative was given "limited access" to the wreckage Friday.  He says a full investigation team could have access as early as later this week.  The senator's comments come a day after people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that investigators have privately expressed frustration over their inability to fully examine the limousine.  The limo remains in the possession of state police after the operator was charged with criminally negligent homicide.  Spokesmen for the police and the NTSB say they're cooperating.  Police say all 20 people died from the impact of the crash.

Incumbant Republican Congressman Tom Reed has picked up a major national endorsement just two weeks before the November 6 election...  

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to comment on a number of issues, but also tweeted his support for Reed.  That message read "Congressman Tom Reed of New York's 23rd District has done a great job.  He has my complete and total Endorsement!"  Reed this morning said he "appreciates" the president's support and, adds that Trump's style has brought results.

Reed says he also appreciates Trump's "positive disruptive" force that has turned Washington, D-C upside down, because he says it's for "the American people."  At the same time, the Corning Republican says he remains concerned about some of those Twitter feeds, and the President's at-times, inflamatory rhetoric.  He says, when he has a problem with Mr. Trump's rhetoric, he takes it directly to the president himself.  Reed initially supported Jeb Bush for president at the beginning of the 2016 election cycle, but threw his support to Trump once Bush withdrew from the race. 

Democrat Tracy Mitrano has picked up a significant endorsement in her run against Tom Reed for the 23rd Congressional District...  

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul appeared with Mitrano last Saturday at the United Steelworkers Local 2683 in Dunkirk to announce that she is endorsing Mitrano.  The Buffalo area Democrat says the district -- and state -- will be in "much better hands" if Mitrano is elected.

Mitrano told supporters that Tom Reed has "turned his back" on the people of the 23rd Congressional District, and that she wants to give working and middle class people a voice.  Hochul and Mitrano were also joined by Chautauqua County Democratic Election Commissioner Norm Green, Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, and Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis.

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