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News update for Thurs., July 4, 2013

Fire destroys town of Ellery home on Chautauqua Lake...

A fire that could be seen several miles away has destroyed a single-family 'Crosswinds' home in the town of Ellery on Chautauqua Lake.  Maple Springs and DeWittville fire crews were called to the scene at 51 Marina Drive Extension just before 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.  Maple Springs Fire Chief Doug Conroe says he could see heavy smoke coming from the home as he was first responding to the call.  He says the home was fully-engulfed in flames when they arrived.  Conroe says it took about half-an-hour to bring the blaze under control, and allow firefighters to get inside to make an interior overhaul.  He says the family had left the house about half-an-hour before the blaze broke out... and, were boating on the lake at the time.  He says neighbors called in the fire.  Conroe says they had a great turn-out of manpower and equipment from 10 departments.  He says they had five tanker trucks at the scene... and, they did get additional water from Chautauqua Lake.  Conroe adds the home appears to be a total loss... and, the roof on the adjacent garage sustained roof damage.  He says crews were there until about 1:30 Thursday morning.  One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion... while another had to be treated for an ankle injury.  The cause is under investigation.

Dunkirk woman arrested for alleged assault in Hanover last month...

A north county woman is accused of striking a boy on the side of his head several times during a domestic dispute in the town of Hanover early last month.  Sheriff's officers say 39 year-old Carriee Clarke of Dunkirk... was recently arrested for the June 5 incident on Angell Road.  Deputies say Clarke was arrested at her Leming Street home on a warrant following an investigation into the incident.  She was arraigned in Hanover Town Court on third-degree assault... and, endangering the welfare of a child charges.  Clarke was released pending a future court appearance.

Gas Prices hold steady during July 4th holiday locally...

Gasoline prices remain stable as Fourth of July travelers head to their holiday destinations.  In fact...the price for a gallon of regular, unleaded in the Jamestown-area remain unchanged at just over $3.71 per gallon this week.  The AAA's Fuel Gauge report says prices locally range from $3.70 to $3.72 a gallon.  Nationally... the Fuel Gauge reports the average retail price is just under $3.48 a gallon.  That's 8-cents less expensive than one week ago.  Regional supply disruptions in May and early June in some parts of the country have been resolved... and, prices have come down in those areas.