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Celoron firefighters confine fire to second-floor bedroom in duplex fire...
Quick work by firefighters helped contain fire damage to an upstairs bedroom inside a duplex in the village of Celoron this morning.  Celoron Fire Chief Jordan Bailey says crews were called to the scene at 19 Maple Street about 9:30 a.m., and saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the left-side apartment.  He says the blaze appeared electrical in nature.  Bailey says the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team is on hand to determine a cause.  He says they called in extra manpower from Jamestown, Busti and Lakewood, and county Emergency Services, and, that helped them get the fire under control in just a few minutes.  Bailey says the blaze appeared to originate in one corner of the bedroom where the fire was contained.  He says all the occupants were out safely when crews arrived.  Firefighters were at the scene about an hour-and-a-half.


School bus driver arrested on Seneca Nation for allegedly driving school bus while under influence of drugs...
A Silver Creek woman is facing several charges, including driving under the influence of drugs, after she was pulled over while operating a school bus on Route 438 on the Seneca Nation territory Tuesday.  According to multiple media reports... the Erie County Sheriff's Office assisted Seneca Nation marshals who had stopped the bus -- being operated by 63-year-old Marianne Clayton -- after it reportedly swerved into oncoming traffic near Woodchuck Road.  Deputies say there were nine Gowanda Central School students on the bus at the time of the incident.  Clayton has been charged with three felony counts of aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle, a misdemeanor count of DWI-Drugs, and seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  She was later released to a sober third party.


Police identify Creek Creek man killed in ATV accident...
A 25 year-old Cherry Creek man has now been identified as the man killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in the village early yesterday morning.  Sheriff's officers say they, and Cherry Creek firefighters, were called to a location on Main Street shortly after Midnight... and, determined the ATV was northbound on Main Street when Shayne Matteson lost control.  The vehicle then rolled over... and, Matteson was pronounced dead at the scene. 


North county man arrested on federal drug and firearms charges...
A Dunkirk man has been arrested on federal drug and firearms charges following a raid last weekend in the north county city.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 35 year-old Christopher Torres was charged by criminal complaint with possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, maintaining a drug-involved premises, and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. Prosecutors say last Sunday... Drug Enforcement Administation agents and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant of Torres' home on Eagle Street.  They add that investigators recovered a loaded UZI pistol, four other firearms, digital scales with suspected cocaine residue, several small bags of suspected cocaine and marijuana packaged for sale, among other items.  Kennedy says the charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, and a maximum of life in prison.


Final preparations underway for 13 year-old BRWS in Jamestown...
Final preparations are underway for the 40th anniversary 13 year-old Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown this August... and, it's going to again be a community effort to pull it off.  That from Public Relations Division Chairwoman Kim Ecklund... who says they are still seeking sponsors to buy-out Diethrick Park each day during the series... which is set for August 14-- 21.  Ecklund says they can always use volunteers to help out in a number of ways, especially because some COVID protocals remain in place.  She says they are specifically seeking sponsors for three of days there are four games at Diethrick Park... that Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  She says the title game is already sold out.  Ecklund says sponsorship for the four-game days costs $2,500 each.  She says they have to raise the approximately $200,000 to hold the series as well.  To get more information... call her at 664-0405.  You can also go to baberuthworldseries.org.


Former Warren, PA Congressman Bill Clinger dies at age 92...
A retired, long-time member of Congress from Warren County, Pennsylvania has died at the age of 92.  Representative Bill Clinger, Junior of Warren died this past Friday.  Wikipedia says Clinger was an officer in the U.S. Navy... and, was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1972... and ran for Congress against incumbant Joseph Ammerman in November of 1978.  He was a member of the House for nine terms... from 1979 to January of 1997.  He retired from Congress after seeing a rise in partisan politics.  Following his retirement... Clinger served as the chairman for the Chautauqua Institution's board of trustees... and became a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Advanced Governmental Studies. 


County reports only 12 New COVID-19 cases over Memorial Day weekend...
There are only 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 being reported in Chautauqua County over the long, Memorial Day Holiday Weekend.  The county's Health Department reports there are now 9,249 total cases that have been reported... and, there were just two each in Jamestown and Dunkirk.  Officials say there are currently 41 active cases... and, five of those are hospitalized.  They add there were no new deaths... and, 9,054 cases have now recovered.  The seven-day infection rate is 1.4-percent.