Fire damages back part of Flagg Ave. home in Jamestown...
Jamestown fire investigators are still looking for the cause of a blaze that heavily-damaged the back portion of a one-family home on the city's eastside Friday afternoon.  That from Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon... who says crews were called to the scene at 31 Flagg Ave. shortly after 3 p.m.  Coon says they were able to use an "aggressive attack" to push the flames back.  He says crews got the flames under control in about 15 minutes.  He adds there is severe damage to the back of the structure, and moderate elsewhere.  Coon says the family was not home at the time... and, there were no human injuries.  He adds three pets also survived... but, two cats had to scurry to other parts of the home... while a puppy got out.  Coon says the family was still looking for the pet.  He adds the family is being helped by relatives as they secure the house.  The cause remains under investigation.  Coon says an off-duty shift of 12 firefighters was called in... and, crews were at the scene for just over two hours.
 
 
Stockton man arrested for alleged rape...
A Stockton man is being held on $75,000 bail after allegedly raping another person followinng an investigation at a location on Route 380 in the town of Stockton.  Sheriff's deputies say they were looking into reports of "suspicious activity" at the address... and found that 34 year-old Leland Breese had sexual intercourse with a victim without their consent.  Officers say a warrant was issued for Breese's arrest by a Stockton Town Judge on a charge of first-degree rape.  Deputies arrested Breese at a Jamestown home in Friday... and, he was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court.  Breese was sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Dunkirk man arrested for alleged robbery in Hanover...
A north county man is being held on $30,000 bail after Sheriff's deputies received a report of an alleged robbery that occurred on Route 5 in the Town of Hanover.  Officers say an investigation determined that 20 year-old Melwin Berrios of Dunkirk had forcibly taken property from a victim, while being aided by two other suspects.  Berrios was arrested on Thursday and committed to the Chautauqua County Jail. 
 
 
Sheriff's Deputies dies after brief battle with Leukemia...
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's officer who gained widespread praise for helping save the life of another man in 2013 has passed away following a breif battle with Leukemia.  The Post-Journal reports today that 44 year-old Michael Seeley of West Ellicott... who had been a Sheriff’s deputy, firefighter, and dispatcher... died last night at the Cleveland Clinic.  The paper says Seeley was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last August.  He underwent a bone marrow transplant in November after his sister, Jennifer Scolton, was found to be a match.  However... the transplant didn't take hold, and he was readmitted to Cleveland Clinic last month.
 
 
Apthorpe says graduation rates climbing for more affluent in Jamestown district...
While the New York State high school graduation rate edged above 80-percent in 2017... it remained steady at 76 to 77-percent the past three years in the Jamestown school district.  However... School District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says the four-year graduation rate has increased from 81 to 89 percent for students that aren't "economically disadvantaged" as compared to a six-percent decrease in rates for disavantaged students.  He says there are two different "stories" happening here.  One is they have phenominal college prep programs for students, but, student achievement for children living in poverty is "getting worse."  Apthorpe says that he and the Board of Education feel that they "have to do something different" to turn the negative trend around.  He says Jamestown School district will be holding a meeting with community and business leaders in March to discuss ways to implement a change to improve student graduation rates that involve community partnerships.  
 
 
Teresi to make presentation on DRI Progam at NYCOM Conference in Albany...
Several mayors from across the state -- including Jamestown's Sam Teresi -- will be on hand in Albany for next week's state Conference of Mayor's annual Legislative conference.  Teresi... who is past President of NYCOM... says the three day program begins on Sunday afternoon... and, runs through Tuesday.  He says he'll be among the headliners this year... along with the mayor's of Olean and Glens Falls.  Teresi says all three have won Downtown Revitalization Initiative awards the past two years... and adds they'll talk about how to apply for the award... along with the process.  He adds that Governor Cuomo has already announced there will be another round of DRI Funding this year.  Teresi says made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
 
 
Reed votes against House appropriations bill...
The federal government was back up and running again this morning after a short shutdown that lasted just over five-hours.  Both the Senate and House of Representatives passed a two-year spending plan, but local Congressman Tom Reed was not on board.  The Corning Republican says he had concerns about what he calls "out-of-control" government spending.  Reed says the spending plan will add to the national debt... something he has opposed since he was elected in 2010.  Reed did support increasing military spending, but didn't support this plan.  He says he voted for a package to fully-fund the military to make sure they had the resources they need that was "fiscally-responsible."  Reed says that plan was paid for... but, this is not.  The website www.govtrack.us says that Republican Chris Collins, and Democrats Brian Higgins and Louise Slaughter, all voted in favor of the measure.
 
 
 

WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 24, 2018

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