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The investigation is continuing into the cause of an early morning blaze Sunday that extensively damaged a two-story single family home in Jamestown....  

City Fire Battlion Chief Chris Dahlgren says crews were called to the scene at 332 Camp Street about 3:15 AM and found plenty of smoke coming from the home on arrival and, there was heavy fire on the east side of the house.

Dahlgren says the Board of Public Utilities and National Fuel were called in to shut-off services.  He says an off-shift was called in to help keep firefighters fresh in the heat and they rotated firefighters in and out of the building.  Dahlgren says two firefighters suffered minor injuries.  One was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment and later released.  The owner of the home was not home at the time.  The cause, again, remains under investigation.

An 18 year-old city woman faces a Leandra's Law violation after allegedly being drunk when her car struck another head-on early Sunday morning on Jamestown's eastside....  

Officers accuse 18 year-old Michelle Grimm of driving into the on-coming lane, and struck the vehicle at the intersection of Allen and King Streets shortly after 4 AM.  Police say a 15 year-old child was in the car with Grimm at the time, making it a Leandra's Law violation.  No injuries were reported, but Grimm faces charges including aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, DWI, and endangering the welfare of a child.  She was jailed pending arraignment.

A Jamestown man is jailed on several charges after he allegedly grabbed a knife and shoved a woman to the floor of an eastside home before fleeing police....  

City officers were called to the scene last Friday night and, learned that 24 year-old Juan Rodriguez had entered a home in the area of Crescent and Winsor Streets and grabbed the knife.  After running from the home, police found Rodriguez a few hours later inside a vehicle during a traffic stop.  He was arrested for first-degree criminal contempt, aggravated family offense and second-degree burglary and harassment.  Rodriguez was jailed pending arraignment. 

The heat may have kept the numbers down, but spirits were high as the18th annual Scandinavian Festival came to a conclusion Sunday at Jamestown Community College....  

Sarah Goebel from Bemus Point, a member of the Thule dancers, said the heat and humidity were particularly hard on the dancers, many of whom were wearing heavy wool outfits.  For festival organizer, Don Sandy, the three day event becomes of a place of celebration for a few quick days and then it's gone.  Sandy confirmed the festival will be back next year.  Nancy Jones, Vice President of the American-Scandinavian Heritage Society believes such events are important because it allows people to know their roots, where they came from.

Final preparations are underway for the 75th anniversary Gerry Rodeo at the Rodeo grounds of Route 60, which begins a week from this Wednesday.....  

Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley says their committee meets monthly... and, has been getting the grounds shored up for the four-day event, July 31st through Saturday, August 3rd.  Performances will begin at 8 PM each night.

Cooley says they'll have a number of special activites and recognitions going on during the rodeo.  New this year, he says is fireworks for the first time ever.  Cooley says they'll have them each night after the rodeo events.  He says there will also be a reunion for Rodeo Queens down through the years.  Cooley says they'll also have the Kids Rodeo again this year and, a large number of vendors on the grounds.  They'll also have their famous Beef Barbecue dinners each night at 5 PM, and, dinner/Rodeo combo tickets are available.  For more information, go on-line to gerryrodeo.ORG, or call 985-4847.

A city man drowned late last week in Lake Erie while he was swimming to beat the heat in Barcelona Harbor in the town of Westfield....  

Sheriff's officers and Westfield Police were called to the scene just before 4:30 PM Friday of a possible drowning.  Deputies say a search was conducted and, he was located in the water by members of the department's Water Emergency Team.  Officers say 24 year-old John Penhollow was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Chautauqua County Medic, county Fire Police, North East, Pennsylvania fire crews, and the Coast Guard assisted at the scene.

A Brocton woman has been arrested for allegedly assaulting another person with a baseball bat, biting them and lighting some of the victim's belongings on fire....  

Sheriff's officers were called to a home in the village late last week on a report of a physical altercation.  After investigating, deputies say they took 26 year-old Rose Weary into custoday and, charged her with second-and third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, fifth-degree arson 5th.  Weary was arraigned and released pending a future court appearance.

Chautauqua County lawmakers are expected to take action this week on a motion that would express their opposition to having wind farms locate in Lake Erie....  

This would follow similar action taken by the Erie County Legislature in June because of reports that a company had reached out to the town of Evans.  Hanover Democrat Kevin O'Connell is among the supporters of the motion and says the turbines could disrupt sports fishing.

O'Connell says the motion, if passed would be sent to state officials because Lake Erie shoreline residents don't want them.  The motion has the backing of Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello who has been a vocal opponent of wind farms.  The full legislature will hold its monthly meeting next Wednesday.

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