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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., July 20, 2022

House fire in Kennedy involves two structures near fire hall...
A huge house fire in Kennedy has spread to a neighboring property... and, firefighters from at least 10 departments are at the scene -- near the fire hall.  Chautauqua County Fire dispatchers say Kennedy fire crews were initially called to the scene at 72 Second St. on shortly after 10 a.m., and, found heavy fire coming from the home.  The flames had already begun spreading to the neighboring property.  Mutual aid was called in from  Frewsburg... Falconer... Gerry... Ellington... Sinclairville... Randolph... Ellery Center and Fluvanna.  Chautauqua County EMS was also called in... but, no injuries have been reported.  


138th Chautauqua County Fair opens with traditional cannon shot...
Aside from the usual canon shot... those taking part in the opening of the 138th edition of the Chautauqua County Fair Tuesday morning at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk sounded a familiar theme.... "it's great to see everyone at the fair..." and, "it's great to be back."  Among those voicing those feelings were County Executive P.J. Wendel, and 4-H'ers Rachel Comstock of Gowanda and Mackenzie Graziano of Forestville.  The fair is back and fully open this week... after nothing in 2020 and a just a limited 4-H show in 2021.  With all that behind them... Mackenzie Graziano reflected on what makes the fair so special for her and the five goats she brought to show... noting that it's great to show off how much work you've done to get them ready.  The 4-H Meat Animal sale will be Friday at noon.   The first grandstand show was to be the Latin Pop band 'Rumba Caliente' tonight at 7 p.m.  However... they've had to cancel for unforeseen reasons, and "Banda DS" will appear in their place.


Weather Service forecaster says, after Wednesday's heat and humidity, it should be a "fair" week at the Fair...
Except for one possible rain interruption in the weather... it should be a "fair" week at the County Fair through Sunday.  That from Forecaster Kirk Apfell with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says today will be hot and muggy... with a high around 90.  However... a cold front will come through late tonight, and that will likely bring some scattered rain showers.  Apfell says don't expect anything like the soaking rain like we had earlier this week... where everywhere in the region received at least an inch of rain.  Some places wound up with two or more inches.  As for today... Apfell says be sure to keep hydrated, and stay out of the sun as much as possible.  Once the front comes through... we'll see pretty fair weather with highs each day around 80.  Apfell says the next chance of rain come late this coming weekend.


Gas prices in Jamestown-area down again this week...
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area have fallen again this week to under $4.70 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel.  The AAA East Central Gas Price Report says... to begin the week... most places were charging about $4.69 a gallon.  However... some places are now charging just over $4.65.  That's an 11 cent drop from a week ago.  AAA says the national average has fallen 15-cents the past week to $4.52 a gallon.  That's 46 cents less than a month ago.  AAA says the recent price decline is due to lower domestic demand for gasoline at the pump... and, a much lower global price for oil.  The cost of a barrel of oil is now around $100... down from $110 two weeks ago.


Search for suspects in Jamestown tire slashings continues...
Jamestown police are continuing to investigate a crime spree last weekend in which two subjects were allegedly involved in the slashing of about 30 vehicle tires.  City poilce say they were alerted to the crimes... which primarily occured during the overnight hours on Friday, July 8 through the morning hours of Saturday, July 9.  Residents in the area have been asked to check any security camera video footage that they may have.  The impacted areas include McKinley Avenue, Charles Street, Norwood Avenue, Chautauqua Avenue, Delaware Avenue, Front Street, Forest Avenue, and Chambers Street.  Anyone with video footage or information regarding the suspects is asked to contact Detective Morganti at 969-5565 or at Morganti@jpdny.com.  JPD officials also thanked Johnson Family Towning for voluntarily assisted many of the victims with changing their tires free of charge.


City man arrested for causing jail disturbance...
A Chautauqua County Jail inmate has been accused of covering himself in bodily fluids in order to cause a disturbance in the jail earlier this month.  Sheriff's Officers say... once 46 year-old Winfred Clark of Jamestown started the disturbance... he came in contact with several jail employees.  Clark was arrested for aggravated harassment of an employee by an inmate... which is a class E felony.  He was arraigned, and returned to the jail.


Brocton woman arrested for second-time for domestic incident...        
A Brocton woman was arrested for a second-time late last weekend for allegedly shoving a person who had a valid order of protection against her.  Sheriff's officers were joined by State Police in responding to an Ellicott Rd. address in the village about 10 a.m. last Sunday.  Deputies accuse 33 year-old Cassie Dash of pushing the other person during a disturbance at the home.  Dash was arrested for second-degree criminal contempt... and, second-degree harassment.  She was processed... and, taken to the county jail pending arraignment.  She's to appear in Portland Town Court at a later date.