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Flames heavily-damage Clymer Home Tuesday night...
Flames extensively damaged a home in the town of Clymer last night... and, early this morning.  Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say Clymer firefighters were called to the scene at 696 Marvin Road about 8 p.m. Tuesday.  They were assisted at the scene by volunteer crews from Panama, Ashville, and Sherman.  County Fire Coordinators were also called in.  No injuries were reported.  Firefighters were at the scene until about 1:30 this morning... but, were called back for a re-kindle about 2:15 a.m.  They were there about 45 minutes.  The cause is under investigation.

Garage fire also damages home in Brocton...
Several area fire departments were called to the scene of a house fire in the town of Portland late Monday.  Crews from Brocton, Portland, Fredonia, Cassadaga and Dewittville were among the departments that responded to the fire at 7940 Route 380 around 5 p.m.  The fire reportedly started in a garage and spread to the adjoining house.  There were no reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

More bitterly cold temperatures, Lake Effect Snow through end of the week...
The start of spring is a couple of weeks away... but, our weather will remain "mid-winter like" for the next couple of days.  We saw unseasonably cold temperatures and strong winds yesterday... and, that cold air will remain today.  A Winter Weather Advisory was discontinued earlier this morning... but, more lake effect snow is on the way tonight.  Forecaster Jim Mitchell at the National Weather Service says we'll see that -- even though most of Lake Erie is frozen and snow covered.  Mitchell says there's also an event called "upsloping" taking place where moisture is brought out once the winds hit the hilly areas inland from the lake.  He says the highs both today and Thursday will remain in the lower teens... which is more than 20 degrees below normal.   A break in the cold will be coming this weekend.

Double-Tree by Hilton Opens in downtown Jamestown...
The ribbon has been cut on the new, $20-million Double Tree-by Hilton Jamestown hotel on West Fourth and Washington Streets.  The official opening was hosted by Hamister Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Hamister during Tuesday's ribbon cutting on the second-floor concourse of the hotel... and, he praised the public-private efforts to get the former Holiday Inn back up and running again.  Hamister also noted their efforts to make the hotel a show-place... and, exceeding the guidelines Hilton sets for their Double-Tree Hotels nationwide.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello noted some of those amenities because he has stayed frequently during his travels at Hilton Hotels.  The Hamister's became interested after visiting with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and Development Director Vince DeJoy about five-years ago.  Teresi says one word -- "wow!" -- described what he's seen.  The state provided $2.4-million from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and, there was support from Empire State Development for the project.  Hamister also thanked Chautauqua County and it's Industrial Development Agency for it's $900,000 tax abatement agreement.  The new Double Tree has 147 rooms, and is starting out employing 33 people.

City woman arrested for allegedly "flashing" a school bus...
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly exposing herself to students on a school bus.  City police were called to the area of Crescent and East Second Streets about 2:20 p.m. Monday on a report of a disorderly woman flashing herself.  Witnesses pointed out 39 year-old Crystal Pollard... who was hiding from police.  Officers arrested her for public lewdness... and, she was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.

Three people arrested in connection with serious February crash in Cattaraugus County...
Three people from Cattaraugus County have been arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a rollover crash in the town of Conewango last month that left another person seriously hurt.  Sheriff's deputies in Little Valley say the accident occured on Route 241 just before 3 a.m. last Feb. 10.  Officers have now arrested 59 year-old Terry Snyder, and 25 year-old Brandon Cox -- both of South Dayton -- and 41 year-old Christopher Ellis of Leon for second-degree obstruction after they went to another location.  Snyder is also charged with leaving the scene... and, Cox and Ellis are also charged with offering a false written statement.  All three were issued appearance tickets for Conewango Town Court.

Advocates pushing for added money for Aging Services in New York state...
Advocates for New Yorkers 60 years and older say millions more in state funding is needed to provide in-home services such as meal deliveries.  Officials from AARP's New York chapter and other organizations that deal with issues facing older residents are lobbying lawmakers in Albany on Tuesday to push for another $25 million in state funding.  The groups say the funding will help New Yorkers age in their own homes rather than in costlier, taxpayer-funded nursing homes. 


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