A woman visiting from Australia was killed in a three car accident in the town of Pomfret Monday afternoon. New York State Police report that 49 year old Carolanne Boulionis of Melborne was driving a 2013 Dodge Ram north bound on Route 60 just before 1:30 when she lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the oncoming lane where she was struck by a Freightliner Stake Truck driven by Andrew Wicks of Cattaraugus. A third vehicle driven by Alexander Thurston of Silver Creek sustained damage when it hit the back of the Freighliner. Boulionis was taken to Brooks Hospital by Alstar Ambulance where she was pronounced dead by Dr. Andrew Covey. Wicks was taken to Brooks Hospital with a complaint of chest pain. Thurston was not injured. Mrs. Boulionis was in the U.S. staying on Hopkins Street in Jamestown.
Jamestown Firefighters are still on the scene of a house fire at 82 Bowen Street just before 10pm Monday. A stretch of Falconer Street from Bowen to Sturges has been closed due to the fire and the city is doing an emergency demolition of the home. We'll have more details about the fire as they become available.
A Jamestown man was taken to the hospital after leading police on a chase through the south side of the City Monday. Just after 9pm police attempted to pull over 24 year old Bryan Bobe on Forest Avenue for speeding and having an inadequate exhaust. Bobe took off, running multiple red lights and stop signs leading police on a chase that led to Foote Avenue. Bobe made a number of attempts to hit patrol vehicles during the pursuit. The Chase ended when Bobe lost control of his vehicle on Foote avenue and collided into another that was travelling north on Foote Avenue. Bobe was taken to WCA by Alstar Ambulance and faces a number of charges including Unlawful fleeing a police officer, and felony reckless endangerment. Town of Ellicott Police, Lakewood Busti Police, New York State Police and the Chautauqua County Accident Reconstruction team all provided assistance.
An arctic air mass has moved into the region for the second time in the past two weeks... but, this time we won't see temperatures quite as cold as they were back on January 7th. The mercury in the Jamestown-area dropped to at least zero in many parts of the region overnight... and, will be below zero late tonight and into early Wednesday. The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Wind Chill Advisory from 6 this evening until 11 AM Wednesday. However... Meteorologist Jim Mitchell in Buffalo says this "clipper system" is not as fast moving as the earlier one. Mitchell adds, though, that like the last system... we won't see a lot of snow with it. He says we got some "nuisance" snow last night... and, will get some more over the next couple of days. However... he says there won't be much accumulation. Mitchell says the winds will pick up a little late today... but, not like earlier in the month. He says wind chills tonight will dip to 15 to 20-below zero.
An electrical problem is being blamed for a blaze early Monday morning that's destroyed a large, single family home on Route 380 in the town of Gerry. Gerry Fire Chief James Miller says the initial alarm was called in just after 2:30 AM. Miller himself lives near the 40-69 Route 380 address... and, he says the house was fully-ablaze -- from ground to roof -- when he left his house... and, he called for mutual aid. Miller says about a dozen mutual aid companies assisted... mainly with tanker trucks to bring water to the scene. The owner got out okay... and, one firefighter suffered a minor injury. The owner was the only person inside the house. The local Red Cross is helping that individual. Miller says they brought in an excavator to help deal with hot spots. He says they set up a shuttle from two ponds to get water to the scene... and, because of that... a stretch of Route 380 from Kimball Stand to Towerville Road was closed for a few hours.
The New York State Museum has posted an online exhibit featuring a newly discovered audio recording of a 1962 speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. Museum officials say it's the only known recording of King's 26-minute speech commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Park-Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. In gratitude for the speech... Governor Nelson Rockefeller donated money to help rebuild African American churches that had been burned down in Georgia. The online exhibit posted Monday includes the audio recording, the manuscript of the speech from state archives, and photos from the event. The recording was discovered recently by museum staff working to digitize thousands of audio and video recordings in the museum's collection of more than 15-million dollars in artifacts.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have agreed to spend the first 163-million dollars from New York's share of the national settlement with JPMorgan on mortgage relief and housing programs this year. The first installment of the state's $613 million share will be divided... with $81.5-million going to the state's general fund and earmarked for use by New York's two housing agencies. Officials say the other $81.5-million this year will be used by the attorney general's office for mortgage relief. Schneiderman helped negotiate a national $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan over faulty mortgage-backed securities. He and Cuomo have been in talks on use of the settlement funds.