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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 21, 2020

Flames have destroyed a multiple-story home in the city of Jamestown's northside.  City fire crews were called to the scene at 614 Spring Street about 6:40 AM Monday in bitterly cold temperatures to battle the flames.  

Fire Battlion Chief Roger Sigular says they found a lot of fire coming from the building when they arrived.

Sigular says crews assumed a "defensive posture" to put out the blaze.  He says there were still some hot spots and, more of the roof had collapsed in on the building... which he said was already in "poor" condition.  Sigular says just one person was living in the building and the tenant was able to get out safely.  He says no firefighters were hurt.  An off-duty shift was also called in.  Sigular says the Department of Development was working to bring in a crew to do an emergency demolition.  The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

In addition, Fire crews from multiple departments battled a house fire in the town of Stockton late Sunday.  County fire dispatchers say crews were called out to the blaze at 73-34 Route 380 around 8:30 PM Sunday, with crews on the scene for nearly six hours.  No injuries were reported and, the cause is under investigation.

The possibility of local Congressman Tom Reed running for governor in 2022 is more of a Congressional campaign tactic.  

That from announced Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano... who says Reed is getting publicity for himself by putting Governor Andrew Cuomo "on the ballot" this year.  Mitrano says, when Reed talks about the Democratic governor, it pulls more Republicans to the ballot box in the 23rd District.

Mitrano says "none of us should be fooled by this."  She says Reed has failed the people of the 23rd District, and as governor, he would fail the people of New York state.  Reed is on the ballot for re-election this year.  He defeated Mitrano for his fourth-term in the House in 2018.  Mitrano made her comments during a press conference in Jamestown last Friday.

A Randolph man was arrested for allegedly injuring a woman during a domestic incident in the town over the weekend. 

 Following their investigation, Cattaraugus County Sheriff's officers say 38 year-old Joshua Meacham was taken into custody for allegedly hitting the victim in the face with a glass.  Deputies say the victim was transported to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment.  Meacham is to appear in Randolph Town Court at a later date on a charge of second-degree assault. 

The Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission wants area residents to enter a competition called 'Imagine Jamestown.'  

The city's Interim Director of Development, Crystal Surdyk, says they are looking for ideas to improve Jamestown neighborhoods with a focus on housing and vacant lots.  There are three categories:  professional, student, and 'all others.'  The plans are due in April, with winners to be announced in May.   Surdyk says they are not limiting the ideas, and they are encouraging people to 'team up' and 'think big.'  She adds the commision is committed to putting the winning ideas in place.  More information is available at the website ''  Surdyk talked to the public about the 'Imagine Jamestown' competition during Doors Open Jamestown, last Saturday.  Residents outside the city are also welcome to compete.  

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting at the Lakewood Wal-Mart store early last weekend and, being found in possession of drugs.  
Lakewood-Busti Police were called to the scene on Fairmount Avenue late last Friday, and found that 21 year-old Mathew Brown was seen taking items from the store, and left without paying for them.  Police say he was stopped in the parking lot with those items in his possession.  He was also allegedly found with a quantity of methamphetamine in his possession.  He was issued appearance tickets for Busti Town Court.