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Firefighters on West 10th Street in Jamestown. The fire was reported after 2 a.m., the fourth such structure fire in a three-hour span. 
P-J photo by Eric Tichy

Police Seek Tips As Rash Of Fires Ruled Arson

A rash of arson attacks in the past 48 hours has city investigators scrambling to find potential links — and more importantly, suspects. Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, said the fires are “no question” a result of arson, and ...

Fire roars from a window at an East Sixth Street structure Friday in Jamestown. Several fire departments were called for assistance after five fires broke out, four in vacant properties. 
P-J photo by Eric Tichy

Even With Help, Battling Fires Proved No Easy Task

Residents and onlookers stared as if in a trance in the early morning hours Saturday on West 10th Street in Jamestown as a vacant property quickly erupted in flames. With limited manpower and equipment by that point due to three other structures burning elsewhere in the city, firefighters ...

Report Finds Reasons For Merging Schools Vary

In a time of declining enrollment and suffering educational program offerings, some districts look to merging with neighboring districts to help out. But what allows districts to merge successfully? Why merge in the first place? According to a study by the University at Buffalo, a smaller ...

Blaming Conservatives, Trump Signals New Openness To Dems

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, as aides signaled a greater willingness to work with moderate Democrats on upcoming legislative battles from the ...

Pictured, from left, is Gregory Peterson, village attorney; Cindy Peterson, his wife; and Mayor James Rensel.
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Peterson Recognized For 40 Years Of Service To Falconer

FALCONER — Falconer village attorney Gregory Peterson was recently presented a certificate of recognition for 40 years of service to the Falconer community. Mayor James Rensel and the village board presented the certificate during their monthly board meeting. “It is a great honor to ...

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Fletcher Teacher Shares Challenges, Rewards

Johnna Conti is dedicated to her work, and believes each day is a chance to have the day of a lifetime. With the changing pace of education, each day is a new adventure that she gets to embark on. Conti said this pace keeps her coming back each day. She is a first-grade teacher at Fletcher ...

Goodell, Young Against Annexation

Even though the state Legislature will play no role in the annexation of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Dow Street substation, both state Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown, are against the proposal. Young said she has helped to secure million of ...

The scene from Friday's structure fire on Crossman Street in Jamestown. Police believe the four fires that broke out are likely due to arson. 
P-J photo by Melinda Centi

Police Narrowing Down Suspects In Arson Attacks

A rash of arson attacks in the past 48 hours has city investigators scrambling to find potential links — and more importantly, suspects. Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, said the fires are "no question" a result of arson, and investigators ...

Firefighters on West 10th Street in Jamestown. The fire was reported after 2 a.m., the fourth such structure fire in a three-hour span. 
P-J photo by Eric Tichy

Firefighters Battle Four Structure Fires In Rapid Succession

Several structure fires broke out in rapid succession late Friday and early Saturday in Jamestown, gripping a city that has seen multiple blazes in less than a month. The first fire was reported shortly after 11 p.m. Friday at 654 E. Sixth St. Multiple off-duty firefighters were called to ...

City Men Indicted On Federal Drug Charges

Two drug kingpins from Jamestown face a potential life sentence after handed an 11-count federal grand jury indictment Friday. According to acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr., 34-year-old Juan Pacheco, and Andrew Garner, 36, were charged with conspiracy to distribute over five ...

Petitions Gathered In $14M Findley Lake Sewer District Plan

FINDLEY LAKE — Town of Mina officials and local residents will find out next week whether enough signatures were secured to send the proposed Findley Lake Sewer District to a public referendum. March 22 was the cut-off date for property owners in the proposed district to petition to the ...

Off-duty firefighters were called to the scene of 621 E. Sixth St. for a reported structure fire Thursday evening.
P-J photos by Michael Rukavina

Third Fire Reported This Month Rips Through Sixth Street Residence

City firefighters are making a habit of responding to a residence on East Sixth Street. On Thursday, and for the third time this month, Jamestown Fire Department were summoned to 621 E. Sixth St., near the corner of Sixth and Grant streets, for a reported structure fire. Crews arrived at the ...

Fire and Arson Investigation units are pictured in downtown Falconer, the site of a major structure fire Wednesday.
Photo by Nicholas Fuller

Falconer Mayor Looks To Restore Normalcy In Wake Of Fire

FALCONER — As investigators work to identify the cause of Wednesday’s harrowing fire in Falconer, village officials are hoping a sense of normalcy will soon resume. On Thursday, Falconer Mayor James Rensel told The Post-Journal that many businesses near the fire-damaged structure at 29-39 ...

Bob Caldwell, owner of the Hogg Shoppe, and Don Phillips, owner of Picker's Choice, load up a trailer with donations for those who were displaced by the fire. As of Friday morning, the trailer was filled. 
P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

In Wake Of Fire, A Community Shows Its Support

FALCONER – The Hogg Shoppe in Falconer has tables piled high with clothes, personal care items and more – but they're not for sale. Instead, the shop has become a gathering spot for donations to benefit those who were displaced by this week's devastating fire in downtown Falconer. ...

Legislature Shows Support For Great Lakes Program

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County legislators are taking a stance against President Donald Trump’s plans to slash funding for a program that’s helped improve Lake Erie and the Great Lakes system as a whole. During Wednesday’s meeting, the legislature unanimously supported a motion ...

Reed Fires Back At Cuomo’s Criticism Of AHCA Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and other members of New York's congressional delegation are firing back at criticisms of health care reforms levied by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. blasted the New York Delegation for working to add an amendment to the American Health Care Act that ...

January Unemployment Rate Higher Than Prior Year

The January unemployment rate in Chautauqua County has spiked from the year before, according to the New York State Department of Labor. Preliminary data shows the county with a 7.1 percent jobless rate. That’s up from January 2016 when the county’s unemployment rate stood at 6.5 percent. ...

Bemus Point Man Convicted Of Mail Fraud In Federal Court

BUFFALO - A federal jury has convicted James A. MacCallum, 46, of Bemus Point of mail fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael DiGiacomo and Brian J. Counihan, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated ...