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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 2, 2020

Firefighters from multiple departments were busy yesterday morning.... battling two separate fires in the Village of Falconer. The Post-Journal reports, crews were first called to a residence at 217 East Pearl Street shortly after 2AM.... and, found heavy fire coming from the second floor of the house. The newspapers says the second fire occurred about 7:45 AM on Interstate-86.... for a report of a semi tractor-trailer with its tires on fire. No injuries were announced, nor a cause for either blaze at this time. The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities says, due to the house fire, discolored water was reported in the Village on Sunday.

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly threatening a woman with a handgun on the city's southside late Saturday morning.  Jamestown police were called to the corner of Newland and Forest Avenues about 10 AM on a report of a person with a weapon.  When they arrived... officers say they saw a man who matched the description of the suspect walk into a home at 262 Forest Avenue.  The female victim was able to positively identify the man... and police arrested 36 year-old Walter Duprey for second-degree menacing.  He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.

A man from Buffalo was arrested early last weekend for allegedly abandoning a small dog inside an abandoned vehicle in the town of Stockton.  Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Bone Dry Road just after 4:30 PM Friday... and, found the dog inside the car while it was just 17-degrees outside.  Officers say further investigation showed that 32 year-old Josiah Schuaman had left the car, with the dog locked inside, for more than 24 hours prior to their arrival.  Schuaman was issued an appearance ticket for Stockton Town Court on one count of Abandonment of Animals. The dog was not hurt.... and, was turned over to the Stockton dog control officer to be transported to the SPCA. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York has received approval to conduct its own tests for the COVID-19 virus.  The move is aimed at providing quicker turnarounds for results.  Cuomo said the state's test has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and that testing will begin immediately at Wadsworth Lab near the state Capitol in Albany.  New York City officials separately announced the FDA had approved their application to develop a test and would soon begin COVID-19 tests in the city.  There are no confirmed COVID-19 -- otherwise known as Coronavirus -- cases in New York state, though there is one person under investigation in New York City.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone presented Dispatcher Brenda Katta with Emergency Communicator of the Year award from the New York State Sheriff's Institute.  The presentation took place during last week's County Legislature meeting in Mayville.  In making the presentation... Quattrone says the award was based on Katta's consistent hard work and professionalism. A large number of co-workers turned out for the presentation, along with representatives from several law enforcement agencies in Chautauqua County.

There was some stiff competition that the National Comedy Center in Jamestown had to beat out to become USA Today's "Best New Museum."  Results of the national vote were finally released late last week... and the center... which opened in August of 2018... won out over 19 others nominated for the honor.  Comedy Center Spokesman Gary Hahn says they are "thrilled" with the win... adding that many of the others were children's or science museums.

Hahn says their closed competitor during the voting was the Cooke Science Museum in Decatur, Alabama.  He says the Comedy Center trailed the Cooke Museum after the first day of balloting on January 20th.  However... the National Comedy Center took over the top spot the following day, and was never passed.  He says the Alabama museum finished second in the four-weeks of voting.  The National Comedy Center finised second in USA Today's balloting last year for "Best New Attraction".