Local News Headlines

Fire heavily damages Prospect St. home in Jamestown...
Flames have extensively damaged a one-family apartment house on the city of Jamestown's southside.  City Fire Battalion Chief Brian Aceterberg says crews were called to the scene at 85 Prospect St. shortly after 1 a.m., and, found heavy fire and smoke coming from the first floor.  However... Acterberg says the six occupants inside had all gotten out safely.  He says they did have to search for a pair of dogs.  One was later found deceased... while the other was rescued and given oxygen at the scene.  Acterberg says it took firefighters about one-and-a-half hours to bring the blaze under control.  He says they did have to chase some hot spots inside the building.  Acterberg says an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in.  No firefighters were injured... and crews were at the scene until about 7:15 this morning.  The cause remains under investigation.


Two people from NW Pennsylvania have been charged in connect with Capital Riot of Jan. 6...
A woman and a man from Northwestern Pennsylvania are some of the latest people to be charged in connection with the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol.  Pauline Bauer from Kane was heard to shout, "Bring Nancy Pelosi out" on bodycam audio during the Jan. 6 riot.  Bauer appeared in a contentious online court hearing Wednesday with a federal judge and was charged with obstructing Congress and disorderly conduct.  William Blauser, Jr. of Ludlow also appeared on charges of illegally entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct.  Both were released on bond.  Also on Wednesday, five people from Western New York... most from around Buffalo... were charged with various crimes related to the attempted insurrection.  


Schneider very pleased with outcome of this week's school budget votes in NYS...
The high number of voter-approved public school district budgets across New York state possibly set a new record this past Tuesday.  That from NYS School Boards Association Executive Director Bob Schneider, who was still tallying numbers today.  Initially... NYSBBA reported 99.2-percent of all budgets passed on Tuesday... but, says that number has since grown.  Schneider is estatic about the results... and, says it's great news for those districts.  He says the 99.3-percent eclipses last year's 98.4-percent.  Schneider says the current percentage ties the highest number ever recorded by NYSBBA.  In addition... Schneider says 21 of the budgets required a 60-percent supermajority to exceed the state's 2-percent property tax cap... and, 18 of those did pass on Tuesday.  He says that's about 85-percent... much higher than the near 60-percent average of the past nine years.  Schneider says only five budgets statewide were defeated last Tuesday... and, most of those were on Long Island.  He says increased state and federal aid were the obvious key factors in lowering taxes for property owners.  All budgets in Chautauqua County were approved this week.  


Woman from Sinclairville faces Felony charges in domestic incident...
A Sinclairville woman faces Felony charges following a domestic incident with her husband.  State Police in Fredonia were called to the scene about 4:30 yesterday afternoon... and, arrested 30 year-old Shaina Love for third-degree criminal mischief... and, first-degree criminal contempt.  Troopers say they responded to a 911 complaint about a domestic dispute in progress... and, found that Love had thrown an object at the front kitchen window, causing it to shatter, during an argument.  Further investigation revealed an active ‘refrain from’ Order of Protection was in place, and that Love’s husband was the protected party.  Felony charges were placed due to the amount of damage.  She was arraigned at the County Jail, and later released with appearance tickets.


A dozen new COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday...
The Chautauqua County Health Department reports the area's COVID-19 infection rate has fallen again... and, the number of recovered cases has now grown to nearly 9,000.  Officials say there were 12 new cases of the virus the past day... and, there have now been a total of 9,164 cases.  They say 64 cases are now active, and three people are hospitalized.  The infection rate has fallen to 1.3-percent... and, 8,947 cases have now recovered.


Local JDRF Walk scheduled for this Saturday...
Young people with Type 1 Diabetes are encouraging everyone to come to Bemus Point this Saturday to support the ‘Walk for a Cure.’ It'll be held at 2:45 p.m., beginning at the Bemus Point Golf Club and going through the heart of the village.  Two mothers of Type 1 diabetics, Traci Thompson and Lori Cornell, worked to put the local walk together after the large one in Buffalo, sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, was cancelled due to COVID-19.  Maple Grove sophomore, Ben Cornell, one of the Type 1 Diabetics who will participate Saturday, is looking forward to seeing a lot of people Saturday.  Another Type 1 diabetic, Bryce Steffens, has volunteered his family’s business, The Bemus Point Golf Course and Tap House, to be the headquarters for the walk.  Donation canisters will be placed throughout the village.  All the money collected will go to turn 'type one' into 'type none.'


Rudy Guiliani's son, Andrew, announces his candidacy for governor...
A third candidate... Andrew Giuliani... says he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of New York.  That could set up a battle with third-term incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo.  The 35-year-old son of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced his campaign in an interview with the New York Post.  Giuliani served as a White House aide under former President Donald Trump and has more recently been a commentator for the conservative network Newsmax.  He has never before run for public office.