House fire on Willard Street in Jamestown remains under investigation....
Jamestown fire investigators are continuing to look for the cause of a fire that destroyed a multi-story home on the city's eastside late Thursday night that left one person homeless.  City Fire Lieutenant Bruce Sheldon says crews were called to the scene at 382 Willard St. about 9:45 p.m., and, found heavy flames coming from the structure.  Sheldon says firefighters were not able to get inside the structure, and took a defensive posture to fight the blaze.  He says the lone tenant of the building was at work at the time.... and, no one was hurt.  An emergency demolition was ordered late Thursday.  Crews were at the scene for several hours.  An off-duty shift was called in to assist at the scene and at the City Hall fire station.
 
 
Bus fire in Cattaraugus County under investigation... but, no one hurt...
State Police say three children and the driver escaped injury after their school bus caught fire in the Cattaraugus County town of Yorkshire early Friday morning.  The blaze involving a Pioneer School District bus occurred just before dawn.  The bus was completely engulfed in flames.  Troopers are investigating the cause, but believe a possible engine issue may have triggered the fire.
 
 
Animal Abuse registry proposed for Chautauqua County, lawmakers to vote on it this month...
The Chautauqua County Legislature's Public Safety Committee will consider a local law next week that would authorize the creation of an animal abuser registry.  That from County Executive George Borrello says the local law would create an on-line registry to identify any county resident who has been convicted of animal abuse crimes.  He says the list will be able to be used by anyone to check on who has abused or neglected animals.  Borrello says there are great organizations and people involved in the effort.  He adds there are people who have been convicted of animal abuse in the county who are still able to buy an animal because there is no registry.  The local law would also require animal shelters and pet sellers to examine the Animal Abuser Registry to confirm that the name of the potential owner is not listed.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office would be responsible for establishing and maintaining the registry.  The Public Safety Committee will take up the proposed local law at its March 21 meeting.  
 
 
Jamestown man arrested following alleged violent domestic incident...
A city man faces multiple charges including unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child stemming from a domestic dispute overnight.  Officers responded to 188 Falconer Street where the victim stated 26 year-old DeVonte Chandler allegedly put his hands on their neck causing the victim to be unable to breathe.  The victim said Chandler then threw them onto a rocking chair where an infant was sleeping.  Officers located Chandler a short distance away and was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
Flu Epidemic in NYS beginning to loosen it's grip...
The flu continues to loosen its grip on New York, with state health officials saying the number of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases has dropped for the third consecutive week.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late this week that the number of flu cases reported to the Department of Health fell last week to around 37-hundred... that's down from about 6,400 the previous week.  Cuomo says the number of New Yorkers requiring hospitalization for the flu dipped just under 700 last week, compared to more than 1,000 the week before.  State health officials say the total number of lab-confirmed cases of the flu since it was deemed widespread in New York state in December has topped 111,000, with more than 20,000 people requiring hospitalization.  The flu is blamed for the deaths of eight children.
 
 
Mason says her research has found a lot of microscoping plastic in bottled water...
Go back to the tap!  That's the message from a professor of chemistry, and chairwoman of the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences at the State University of New York at Fredonia.  Dr. Sherri Mason says she has found microscopic particles of plastic in nearly all major brands of bottled water.  Mason says they investigated 59 bottles from 11 different brands, and found 93-percent has plastic pollution in them.  Her research is now receiving international attention... including from the B-B-C.  It has also drawn the attention of the World Health Organization.  She says consumers need to reconsider where they get their water from... and, should look at going back to tap water.  Dr. Mason has done extensive research into microplastic pollution.  That research led to Congress passing the Microbead-Free Water Act in 2015.
 
 
 

WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 19, 2018

The state's Public Employee Relations Board arbitration panel has awarded Jamestown police officers a two-percent pay increase for 2016 and 2017...   On Thursday, the Post-Journal reported...

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