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WJTN News Headlines from Fri., Oct. 28, 2022

(From Friday) Elderly Stockton man dies in dump truck accident...
A Sinclairville man has died from injuries suffered when dump truck he was driving got too close to a pond bank in the town of Stockton... and, tipped over into the pond.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Waterman Road about 5:30 p.m. Thursday... and found the dump truck had backed off the road near the pond when the accident occured.  Deputies say the driver, 82 year-old William Rossow became trapped in the vehicle under the water.  Officers say two neighbors in the area heard the accident and were able to get Rossow out of the vehicle.  Rossow was transported to a local hospital for his injuries and was later pronounced dead.


Thursday night fire in Jamestown causes burns to one victim, house is extensively damaged...
Flames have extensively damaged the second-floor of a two-story apartment house on Jamestown's westside.  City fire crews were called to the scene at 216 West Seventh St. about 8:20 p.m.  Fire Battalion Chief Shawn Shillings says he was first on the scene... and, says the fire had a pretty good head start... with a lot of fire venting from the windows on the second-floor.  Shilling says it took about 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control... and, an off-duty shift was called in.  The fire ended up melting much of the second-story siding on the front of the building... and, destroyed a front porch door on the second-floor.  Shilling says this was what fire officials call a "room and contents" type of fire.  He says one of the several occupants of the home suffered burns and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.  There was no word on that person's status.  Everyone else escaped the blaze safely... and, are currently being assisted by the local Red Cross.  Fire investigators Friday said the blaze was accidential, and caused by a malfunctioning electric outlet on the second-floor.


County Legislature approves airport restaurant lease to Studio D Catering...
A local catering business that also operates a food truck in Jamestown will soon be moving into the vacant restaurant location at the Chautauqua County Airport north of the city.  The County Legislature Wednesday night approved an emergency resolution to lease out the space to Studio D Catering... which has operated in Jamestown since 2015.  Airport Manager Shannon Barnhart read a letter from Studio D Owner Diana Scott... and, says Scott is looking to expand it's private catering business, provide "grab-and-go" breakfasts and lunches for some 150 workers within a three mile radius of the airport, and help grow business at the airport itself.  Legislators were very receptive... with Jamestown Republican David Wilfong noting the possibilities.  Wilfong says there's already a food preparation business there... and, this could be used to boost the county's case for getting commercial air service back to the airport.  The measure was approved unanimously.  The Jamestown Airport has had several food service and restaurant entities try to make a go of it at the airport.  In recent years, though, it's been difficult finding a tenant... especially during the pandemic.


Legislature approves Landfill Commission appointments...
County lawmakers have backed the confirmation of four appointments to the county's new Landfill Commission.  The legislature passed a resolution, 17-to-1, during its monthly meeting.  Dunkirk Democrat Robert Bankoski says... while he supports the four people chosen by County Executive P.J. Wendel... he does not support the commission itself.  Fredonia-area Democratic lawmaker Susan Parker cast the lone "no" vote, saying that there has been no explanation for why the commission was created.  Parker says they really don't know what the commission is charged with doing... and what kind of help it will provide the county, and surrounding community in Ellery.  The four appointees are Republican legislators John Davis and Dan Pavlock, and citizen members Mark Schlemmer and James Van Volkenburg.


City Council approves $8,000 for roof repairs to Fenton History Center...
The Jamestown City Council has unanimously approved allocating $8,000 to the Fenton History Center for emergency roof repairs.  In recent months... a leak has developed in part of the roof... and, Fenton officials approached city leaders for help in making the repairs because it's affecting other parts of the building.  City Council President Tony Dolce says part of the roof had started leaking, and now it's caused some damage inside and outside the building.  However... Dolce says -- at some point -- the entire roof is going to have to be replaced on the nearly 150-year old structure... which is owned by the city.  He says the $8,000 will come from the city budget's contingency account set aside for emergency expenses.