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City firefighters make quick work of two small fires Monday...
Jamestown firefighters were busy Monday afternoon and evening with a pair of minor structure fires.  City Fire Battlion Chief Brian Acterberg says crews were called to 277 Ivy St. shortly before 2 p.m. on a report of a kitchen fire.  Acterberg says the occupants were out of the house on arrival... and, they found light smoke coming from inside the house.  The fire was already out, and crews helped ventilate the house, and clear out debris.  Acterberg says crews were at the scene about 40 minutes... and, the cause was found to be a cooking accident.  There was no serious damage to the house... and no one was hurt.
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Firefighters were called early last evening to a small blaze in the basement of a vacant, dilapitated home at 132 Water St.  Acterberg says crews arrived about 6:15 p.m., and, quickly found the fire and put it out.  He says crews were at the scene just over an hour.  No one was hurt... and, the cause remains under investigation.


County reports one new death, 59 New COVID-19 cases from weekend...
There are 59 new cases of the COVID-19 virus being reported over the past weekend in Chautauqua County... but, the infection rate has fallen below 1%.  The county's Health Department reports 23 of the new cases were reported in Dunkirk... while there were 9 in the Jamestown 14701 zip code.  There have now been a total of 7,834 cases... while there was one death reported... bringing that total to 140.  Officials add there are now 125 active cases... and, nine are hospitalized.  There are 7,569 recovered cases.  The seven-day infection rate has now fallen to .8-percent... the first time it's been under 1% since very early in the pandemic.


Monday marks one-year anniversary of State of Emergency declared in Chautauqua County for COVID-19 pandemic...
It was one year ago Monday that Chautauqua County officials declared a State of Emergency due to the new coronavirus.  However... the county didn't register it's first case of COVID-19 until later in the month.  County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler said the county's COVID-19 Response team assembled for the first time to evaluate the local situation.  Schuyler called on local health care providers to give testing priority to those most at risk because of a limited number of test kits being available.  County Executive PJ Wendel later said the state's new, 100-percent workforce reductions took effect for non-essential businesses.  


Cuomo accuser interviewed by A-G's office... 
One of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment accusers met with investigators working for the state attorney general's office for more than four hours Monday via Zoom.  A lawyer for Charlotte Bennett says that during the interview she revealed new details about Cuomo's behavior and a "sexually hostile work environment."  Bennett also provided investigators with 120 pages of records.  Cuomo, a Democrat, has said that he will cooperate with the investigation.  His office didn't immediately comment Monday when asked about Bennett's interview.  Bennett says Cuomo quizzed her last June about her sex life and inquired about her willingness to have a sexual relationship with an older man.


City man arrested following high speed chase...
A Jamestown man faces several charges following a high speed chase that occured yesterday on Route 60... just north of the city.  State Police in Jamestown say they tried to pull over a northbound vehicle... but, add the driver didn't comply... and, sped off at a high rate of speed.  Troopers say they pursued the car, operated by 21 year-old Johnathan DeJesus-Godineaux, for several miles before the vehicle left the road, and became disabled in a ravine.  DeJesus-Godineaux was taken into custody... and, while being searched, a bag of methamphetamine and a set of brass knuckles were found in his possession.  Further investigation revealed that the license plate on the car had been reported stolen in Michigan.  DeJesus-Godineaux was taken to the State Police barracks and issued appearance and traffic tickets for Gerry Town Court.  He was not hurt in the accident.


Sinclairville man arrested for assault and unlawful imprisonment...
A Sinclairville man has been arrested for allegedly punching another person several times during a fight that occured in the village back on Mar. 6.  Sheriff's officers say they took 26 year-old Zachary Sauberan into custory yesterday on a warrant for second-degree unlawful imprisonment, and, second-degree harassment.  Deputies say... after punching the victim several times he did not let the person leave the location for an extended period of time.  Sauberan was taken to the County Jail where he was held pending centralized arraignment.


Stone named new Jamestown City Parks Manager...
The city of Jamestown has a new Parks Manager... but, it's a very familiar face.  Mayor Eddie Sundquist recently announced the retirement of long-time Parks Manager John Williams... and, that City Arborist Dan Stone has been promoted to the position.  Stone expressed his appreciation... and, noted that the workers in the department make the job go smoothly.  He cited a recent letter to the editor of The Post-Journal from Lind Funeral Home praising the workers for their professionalism in takng down the several dozen Catherdral Oak Trees on West Third Street.  Stone has been City Arborist for the past several years... and, had to make the difficult decision to take down the aging and diseased trees.  Williams worked in the parks department around two decades before retiring recently.  Sundquist says, one of the first things Stone will do, is look for a new arborist. 


 

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