News Headlines for Sat., Mar. 7, 2020

Fire destroys Farmhouse north of Lander, Pa... just south of state line...
Fire has destroyed a farmhouse in Warren County, Pennsylvania's Farmington Township... just south of the New York state line.  Lander firefighters were called to the scene at 6655 Miller Hill Rd. just after 10 a.m. Saturday.  Fire Chief Mike Chase says a passer-by called in the alarm... and, says first arriving crews attempted an interior attack... but, turned back because the floor was burned-out.  About a dozen fire companies battled the blaze by an exterior attack.  It took nearly three-hours to bring the blaze under control.  Several Chautauqua County departments responded... mainly to shuttle water to the scene.  Traffic was diverted for several hours.  No one was home at the time.  One firefighter suffered a leg injury.  The cause is under investigation.


Sen. Borrello recalls working on late Congressman's first campaign...
A memorial service is planned for later this spring for former Congressman Amo Houghton, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 93.  Local State Senator George Borrello says he worked on Houghton's first campaign for Congress as a high school student in 1986.  Borrello called Houghton a "great inspiration... and, "a businessman who truly cared about the community."  He says Amo was very happy to see Chautauqua County put back into the Southern Tier Congressional district again 10 years ago, after being part of a South Buffalo-Erie County District.  Houghton served nine terms in the House of Representatives... and, represented Chautauqua County for all but one of those terms.   


Senator Chuck Schumer praises Houghton on word of his passing...
New York's Senior U-S Senator is praising late Congressman Amo Houghton as "a class act."  In a statement issued late this morning... the Brooklyn Democrat said Houghton "literally had the Southern Tier in his bones and represented Upstate New York with vigor and bipartisan effectiveness.  From delivering for farmers, to protecting the environment, to civil rights, to preserving America’s industrial excellence at Corning... Amo was never afraid to do what he felt was right.  May he rest in peace.”


Six people arrested in Jamestown after home check turns up Methamphetamine...
Jamestown Police arrested six people after they allegedly found drugs during a home check Wednesday afternoon.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were assisting Child Protective Services on a check at 238 Fairmount Avenue at 3 p.m. when they reportedly found 29-grams of methamphetamine on a table, in plain sight.  Three of the residents... 35-year-old Hollie Petroff.... 42-year-old John Ferguson... and 41-year-old Stephen Dean, were charged with two-counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Samuelson says the other three were found to have outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court.... and, officers placed 34-year-old John Kellom, Jr..... 33-year-old Jared Gilbert.... and 33-year-old Amanda Pennhollow under arrest.  All six were sent to the City Jail pending arraignment.  Officers were also assisted by the Jamestown Department of Development, who condemed the house following their investigation. 


Man arrested for drug possession following suspicious person investigation in Jamestown...
A Jamestown man was arrested for drug possession following a suspicious situation early Friday morning.  City police were called to Foote Avenue shortly after 2 a.m., on a report of a male wearing a dark hoodie allegedly trying to light an object in the street on fire.  While at the scene... police allegedly found a man matching the description in the area of Allen and Sherman Street... and, identified him as William Jackson, Junior.  Officers say Jackson was wanted on a warrant out of the city of Dunkirk.... and, further investigation revealed he was in possession of 13 glassine envelopes containing 2.6-grams of a fetanyl compound.  William was taken into custody... and, later turned over to Dunkirk Police on appearance tickets shortly after.  


State could see more revenues through March of '21.... but, coronavirus makes it uncertain...
New York could see at least $700-million dollars in extra tax revenue through March 2021... but, the state's economic outlook is nonetheless uncertain because of the new coronavirus outbreak.  The state's latest economic forecast says the spread of the disease could end up severely restraining global and domestic growth and hurting global supply chains.  But forecasters say a quick resolution to the outbreak could make the economic outlook less bleak.  The governor and Legislature's annual consensus forecast was released earlier in the week.