A fire that could be seen a few 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 PM 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 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. Conroe says the home appears to be a total loss... and, the roof on the attached garage was severely charred. 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... but, Conroe says it appears accidental at this time.
After a very dark and rainy start to the fourth of July... the rain stopped late this morning... and, it turned out to be a pretty decent Independence Day. Despite some high dark clouds at times... the threat of rain has gone... and, all fireworks displays got in last night. The rain only affected early events in Lakewood... where the annual Firecracker 10-K and fun runs and walks went off despite the rain. There was also a kids run. The rain let up about the time the Mayville Parade was to be held. Fireworks were held last night in Lakewood... Bemus Point... Mayville... Midway State Park... Findley Lake... Dunkirk... and, Betts Park in Warren.
New York officials say more state troopers in unmarked sport utility vehicles are on the road this summer looking for drivers who are texting instead of watching where they're going. The summer campaign against texting while driving, now subject to stiffer penalties, includes state police in what authorities call ``Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement'' vehicles. They're taller than average and intended to let officers see better into other cars to determine if somebody is texting. The unmarked vehicles in various colors have hidden emergency lights. More than 30-thousand tickets were issued in the state for texting at the wheel last year -- up 234 percent from 2011.
A Dunkirk woman has been arrested for allegedly hitting a boy on the side of his head several times during a domestic dispute in the town of Hanover early last month. Sheriff's Deputies say 39 year-old Carriee Clarke of Dunkirk... was recently arrested for the June 5th incident on Angell Road. Officers 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 charges of third-degree assault... and, endangering the welfare of a child. Clarke was released pending a future court appearance.
The long-time manager of the Jamestown Municipal Band has passed away after devoting more than half his life to the organization. Just prior to Wednesday night's annual Fourth of July Concert at Allen Park... it was announced that Al Smeragliolo died earlier in the day following a heart attack earlier in the week. Band Director Rick Lundquist says the 82 year-old Smeragliolo was a "friend and a mentor." Lundquist says Smeragliolo joined the band when it was first formed in 1953... then left for a year to serve in the U-S Army. He then returned to play with the clarinet section for the next 58 years. Lundquist says Smeragliolo was a good man... who always had the band's best interests first in mind. He adds Smeragliolo was "always encouraging." Al Smeragliolo was also a retired Band Director from the Panama Central School District. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
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-dollars-71 cents per gallon this week. The Triple-A'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-dollars-48 cents 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.
An Ashville man apparently wanted to celebrate the Fourth of July early in Jamestown following Wednesday night's fireworks display after the Jammers game. A city police officer saw 53 year-old James Kris expose himself while several people were standing around at Falconer and Curtis Streets about 10 PM. Police say Kris had begun dancing -- with his pants down -- when he was arrested. He was arraigned on one county of public lewdness... and, jailed pending further court action.