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**(New) Search for convenience store robber underway in Warren County...

Authorities are looking for a man who allegedly held up the Kwik Fill convenience store and gas station in Sugar Grove, PA.  State Police in Warren say the male suspect entered the store shortly before 2 p.m. Friday... and, demanded money.  No weapon was shown... but, the man spoke in broken English... and, ran off with an undisclosed amount of money.  Anyone with information is asked to call State Police... or Pennsylvania Crimestoppers.

City man arrested for allegedly stealing prescription pain killers from Falconer supermarket...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a number of prescription drugs from the Top's supermarket in the village of Falconer.  Ellicott Town Police were called to the scene of a robbery in progress at the South Work Street location about 6:15 p.m. Thursday... and, found the suspect -- identified as 22 year-old James Hayes of Wilson Place -- had been caught by a store employee... and, a customer in a corner of the parking lot.  Officers say they learned that Hayes allegedly went to the store's pharmacy... and, handed the clerk a note demanding several narcotic prescriptions.  The employee complied with the demands... and, Hayes allegedly ran off.  However... the clerk advised another worker of the robbery before the suspect could flee... and, he was caught.  Hayes was arraigned in Poland Town Court on a charge of third-degree robbery and petty larceny charges... and, sent to the county jail pending a bail hearing.

Fire damages two-family apartment building in Jamestown...

A two-story apartment house on Jamestown's southside was extensively damaged in a mid-morning fire today.  City fire crews were called to 151 1/2 Prather Avenue shortly before 8 a.m., and, Battalion Chief Matt Russo says they found smoke pouring from an attic vent.  However... all occupants were out.  Russo says they pulled two hoses to douse the flames on both floors.  He says one truck pulled a 1 3/4 inch handline to deal with the first-floor... and, another pulled a second line to put out the rest upstairs.  Russo says they called in a off-duty shift of 12 firefighters.  Half of those went to the scene.  He says they had the flames under control within half-an-hour.  Russo says most of the damage was done to the second-floor of the home.  He says some windows had to be taken out of both floors... and, there was mainly water damage on the first floor.  Fire crews were at the scene less than 2 hours.  Russo says there was one occupant in each apartment... and, they are both being helped by family members.  No one was hurt.  Russo says fire investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze.

Jamestown Fire Dept. awarded major, federal grant...

The Jamestown Fire Department has been awarded a $464,000 federal grant to help buy two, new major vehicles that will replace two pieces of equipment that are falling into disrepair.  City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Russo... who wrote the grant application... says this is "great news" for the department and the community they serve.  Russo says the grant is part of the 19th round of funding from the U-S Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighter's Grant Program.  The money will help buy a new pumper truck... and, ambulance.  Russo says the current truck is 33 years old... while the ambulance is 20 years old.

Goodell finds, good, bad, and ugly in new state Budget...

New York State has a new budget in place... about three days ahead of schedule.  The Assembly last night approved all 11 budget bills... marking the third year-in-a-row New York's had an on-time budget.  While there are parts of the $135-billion spending plan local Assemblyman Andy Goodell likes... there are others he doesn't.  Goodell says there are two main positives.  One is a $75-million boost in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program... or CHIPS Funding.  He says that will be a big help to local highway departments.  The other is the $1-billion increase in school aid.  About $19-million of that is coming to Chautauqua County.  Assembly Republicans planned to debate most of the issues... and, they also introduced some what are called ``hostile amendments.''  In Albany... hostile amendments are proposed by the minority party to make clear their opposition to legislation crafted by the majority party.  Hostile amendments are quickly rejected by the majority, but the required debate can be lengthy.  One area hotly debated was the lack of restorative funds for the developmentally disabled.  Goodell says he was "very, very disappointed" that only $30-million of the $120-million cut was restored for private entities -- such as The Resource Center.

Changes to 66th annual Jamestown Easter Egg Hunt announced...

The weather forecast is looking better for Saturday in the Jamestown area... but, the city's annual Easter Egg Hunt will remain indoors because of snow and mud on the grounds of Allen Park.  That from city Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley... who says workers and volunteers have been busy preparing the old Allen Park Ice Rink for the hunt.  Ciesla-Hanley says there is also a major change in how children will be allowed into the hunt.  The age groups remain the same... but, only ONE group will be allowed inside the rink at a time... starting at 10:30 a.m.  The youngest group goes first... to the oldest.  She says... otherwise... they'll have the 3,000 chocolate eggs hidden inside the rink.  There will also be 30 prize eggs... and, two Gold and two Silver Eggs.  WJTN will cover the 66th annual Egg Hunt during "The Times of Your Life" broadcast from 10 to 11 a.m.

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