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An overloaded electrical wall outlet is the reported cause of an apartment fire at a multi-unit dwelling near Jamestown Community College....  

City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 154 James Avenue shortly before Noon yesterday and, found smoke coming from the second-floor where the apartment is located.  Coon says they found the occupants outside and, were able to get water onto the blaze quickly.

Coon says they were also able to rescue a cat from inside the apartment.  Aside from the fire damage to the apartment, he says there was some smoke and water damage elsewhere.  No one was hurt.  Coon says an off-duty shift of seven was called in to assist.  Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour.  Fire investigators were there about another two-hours.

Three Jamestown residents have been arrested following a reported fight on the city's eastside and, they were allegedly found with drugs in their possession.....  

City police were called to the scene at East Second and Buffalo Streets shortly before 5 PM last Saturday and, officers first found 44 year-old Victor Cameron in possession of a small amount of marijuana.  Police say they also found the driver of a car at the scene,54 year-old Melinda Cameron, in possesion of marijuana and methamphetimine.  She was also allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol while driving.  The third person, 36 year-old Kristin Raymond, was foud to be in possession of a heroin/fentanyl mixture and, resisted arrest.  All three were arraigned on drug possession charges, and jailed pending further court action.

With Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi's decision to not run again this Fall, it's expected that there may be a few announcements before the end of the month about potential candidates for the open seat.....  

First-term at-large City Councilman Andrew Liuzzo has already announced his intentions to run this Fall.  He's the first of what could potentially be three Republicans seeking the GOP nod to run.  Another is long-time Councilman Tony Dolce, who said Monday night, it's on his mind.

Dolce says he was caught off-guard by Teresi's announcement last night, but, understands decisions have to be made soon -- especially if there's a primary.  He says he understands why Teresi has decided not to run again and, says it's a "hard decision" to make.  Dolce has been on the City Council since Jamestown's last mayor was in office.  He is a government studies teacher at Jamestown High School. 

An Olean man faces felony charges following an early-weekend vehicle pursuit through several Cattaraugus County town with drugs in his possession....  

Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say Salamanca Police attempted to stop a four-door sedan just before 3:30 AM Saturday, but the operator allegedly fled at a high rate of speed onto Interstate-86.  Deputies assisted and took pursuit once outside of the City limits.  Police say 35 year-old Brandon Blackshear exited the highway off Exit 26 and onto Route 16 towards Olean, until deputies were able to stop the car with assistance from Olean Police.  Blackshear reportedly took off on foot and was later taken into custody.  He's being held in the county jail without bail and is due back in several court jurisdictions at a later date. 

The New York state Assembly has voted to ban offshore drilling off the state's coast.....  

The Democrat-controlled chamber passed the measure on Monday.  It's expected to pass the Senate in coming days, and is supported by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The legislation would specifically bar the state from granting permits for drilling or oil or gas exploration in offshore areas controlled by the state.  While the state can't control areas overseen by the federal government, supporters say a state ban would make it much harder for any drilling to occur close to coastal New York.  The action comes after the administration of Republican President Donald Trump proposed to open more offshore areas to drilling.

State officials say New York's income tax receipts are down more than $2-billion so far, and Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is placing the bulk of blame on the effects of last year's Republican-led federal tax cuts....  

Cuomo says at a state Capitol news conference Monday that the federal law capping a deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000 is the main culprit for a projected $2.3 billion deficit.  Cuomo, joined by Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and budget director Robert Mujica, says he'll be making adjustments in the $175 billion state budget proposal he unveiled last week.  The governor didn't provide specifics.  He has until mid-February to make budget amendments.  Democrats in Albany had warned that the tax cuts would hurt predominantly Democratic states such as New York.

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