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WJTN News Headlines for Thurs., Jan. 12, 2023

Several fire companies battle house fire on Moon Road into early Thursday morning...
Fluvanna and several other fire companies were called to a house fire at 3384 Moon Road late Wednesday night.  County fire dispatchers had no official report early Thursday... but, a picture posted by the Jamestown Post Journal suggests damage was significant.  Crews were initially called to the former farmhouse about 10:20 p.m.  There was no known personal injury... and no one was living there.  Firefighters were called back to the scene around 6 a.m. for a rekindling of flames at that location... at the intersection of Strunk and Moon Roads in the Town of Ellicott.  


Car, part of garage heavily-damaged by fire in Stow...
No one was hurt when a car caught fire in Stow about mid-morning Wednesday... and, spread to the wall of a nearby garage.  Chautauqua County fire dispatchers say Ashville firefighters were called to the scene on Stow Ferry Road shortly before 10 a.m., and, found the car fully-involved in flames, and spreading to the garage.  Ashville was joined by Bemus Point, Chautauqua and Sherman fire crews at the scene.  There was a report the fire started accidently as a person was working on the vehicle at the time.


Schumer in Jamestown to announce push for burned-out Crawford Furniture factory site clean-up...
New York's Senior U-S Senator was in Jamestown Wednesday to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to expedite efforts to clean-up of the former Crawford Furniture factory site.  During a news conference in front of the burned-out structure on Allen Street... Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said local communities don't have the resources to do the environmental work... then clean-up.  The New York Democrat says $3.5-billion was set aside in last year's infrastructure bill for situations like this... and, adds that Congress has also brought back the federal Superfund tax program.  Schumer says that allows the EPA to go after the current or former owners for those clean-up costs.  He and Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist noted that the city, and the EPA, had begun working with the latest property owner to remove old solvents, varnishes and other toxic materials from the building.  However... Sundquist it looks like the clean-up costs could be upwards of 2-million dollars.  He's pleased that Schumer and Congress were able to reinstate the federal Superfund program in 2022... and Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel echoed those sentiments.  Schumer says the EPA would be able to fully fund the clean-up once the review is done... and, a plan is drawn up. 


Supreme Court allows NYS Gun Ban to remain in place as court case move forward...
The Supreme Court is allowing New York to continue to enforce a sweeping new gun law banning guns from ``sensitive places'' for now while a court challenge plays out. The justices on Wednesday turned away a plea by the law's challengers. The gun owners wanted the high court to lift a federal appeals court order that temporarily put on hold a lower court decision blocking portions of the law. The appeals court hasn't finished its review of the case, and justices are often reluctant to weigh in under those circumstances. The justices could still consider the case and the law more generally in the future.


Langworthy joins chorus calling for Santos to resign...
Current 23rd District Congressman Nick Langworthy remains New York state GOP Chairman... and, in that capacity is supporting Long Island Republicans in calling for the immediate resignation of embattled Congressman George Santos.  The Nassau County Republican committee Wednesday morning called for Santos' immediate resignation in the wake of lies about his background, and career were discovered.  Langworthy says he's facing "multiple investigations by prosecutors over his personal and campaign finances and lies about his resume and family heritage."  The chair of the Nassau County GOP Committee says Santos' ``lies were not mere fibs'' and that he had ``disgraced'' the U.S. House.  Despite the call, the local party has no mechanism to remove Santos from office.  He was sworn in to the U.S. House last week.


Man arrested following domestic incident on Jamestown's eastside...
A 40 year-old man has been arrested following a domestic incident on Jamestown's eastside for allegedly holding a woman against her will and choking her.  City police were called to the scene shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday... and, arrested 40 year-old Khalif Swanson, Junior.  Officers says they determined the unidentified woman was being held inside the residence against her will.  Police say they also found that Swanson had allegedly choked the victim.  He was arrested for second-degree strangulation.. second-degree unlawful iomprisonment... second-degree obstruction of governmental administration... second-degree harassment... and Aggravated Family Offense.  Swanson was jailed pending arraignment.


Schumer talks airline outage while in Jamestown...
While in Jamestown... Senator Schumer also addressed the computer outage that threw air travel across the U.S. into chaos Wednesday morning.  Thousands of flights had to be canceled or delayed after a government system that offers safety and other information to pilots broke down.  The problems stranded some planes on the ground for hours.  The White House said there was no evidence that a cyberattack triggered the outage.  That was confirmed by Senator Schumer.. and, President Joe Biden said he directed the Department of Transportation to investigate.  The breakdown showed how much American air travel depends on an antiquated computer system that generates alerts called NOTAMs - or Notice to Air Missions - to pilots and others.

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