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A Jamestown man... wanted for violating his probation... has been arrested after an alleged stand-off with police early last weekend.  City police conducted a warrant check in 32 year-old Maurice Hough at 218 Fulton Street just after 6:30 PM last Friday.  However... when they entered the house... Hough was allegedly trying to climb out a window.  When he saw officers waiting for him outside... they say he went back inside the home and barricaded himself inside a bathroom.  Police say Hough also allegedly armed himself with a knife.  The JPD SWAT Team was called in... and, he was later arrested without further incident.  Hough was additionally charged with resisting arrest.

 

An Amish woman and one of her children are being treated at an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital after their horse and buggy was struck by a car in the town of Clymer.  Sheriff's officers say they and three fire companies were called to the scene on Route 474 near Wickwire Road about 7 PM Friday.  Deputies say the driver of the car... 67 year-old Ann Beebe of Panama... was westbound when she struck the horse and buggy from behind.  Officers say there were two adults and four children inside the buggy.  The woman and child were treated at the scene... then taken by ambulance to the Hamot Medical Center for further treatment.  An adult male and three other children were evaluated at the scene... and, did not require further treatment.  An investigation found Beebe was allegedly driving drunk... and, she was arrested for DWI, speeding, failed to use due care while approaching a horse, and imprudent speed approaching a horse.  The investigation is continuing... and, more charges are pending.

 

The Ashville and North Harmony communities gathered last Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary for the Ashville Fire Department. Starflight Helicopter landed on the department's new helipad as part of the day's festivities on Stow Road... near the intersection of Interstate 86 and State Route 394.  Ashville Fire Department President... and, past Chief Mike Gleason... thanked everyone for coming.  Gleason calls the 100th anniversary celebration a "big honor...." A number of local and state elected leaders were on hand... including State Senator Cathy Young... who thanked the approximately 45 members of the department.  However... it wasn't just for responding to "so many" fires a year.  Young says it's for the "profound" impact each volunteer firefighter has had on the community... because they save property... and, "more importantly -- lives."  Young says that has an "exponential" impact on the community.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell called the Asvhille Department the "backbone" of the local community. 

 

Starflight's arrival at the Ashville Fire Department's 100th Anniversary wasn't just a "side-show" for the celebration.  It was part of it.  Over the past several months... the department was able to obtain additional land to set up the new helipad... which was also dedicated during the Centennial.  The land was obtained from members of the Morton Family.  Bob Miller says he spoke with Ashville Department member Bob Fredrickson about the property during an open house for the new fire hall a short time ago. The 60-foot-by-60-foot helipad has lights on each corner so it can be seen at night... and, will have a heating element so ice and snow can't pile up on it.  Officials say having a helipad so close to Interstate 86... and, Route 394 will be critical in getting crash victims to area hospitals quickly.  They also say Ashville provides a key service on I-86 because they are the only fire department with a hurst tool from the Chautauqua Lake Bridge to the State Line in Findley Lake.

 

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department is taking part in a nation-wide crack-down on motorists who drive while impaired through Labor Day.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says the "STOP-DWI Crackdown" began last Friday... and, runs through September 1st... and, will also include State and local police agencies.  Gerace says it's part of an effort to reduce the number of impaired driving injuries and deaths.  The last DWI Crackdown took place over the July 4th Holiday... and, resulted in 5 arrests for DWI by the Sheriff's Office... along with more than 80 other arrests and tickets.  He says removing drunk drivers from local roadways is "one of our top priorities."

 

A Warren, Pennsylvania teenager has been arrested for allegedly gropping a 15 year-old girl early last weekend in Pleasant Township.  State Police in Warren were called to the scene on a complaint that 18 year-old Kirby Kingsley grabbed the victim in a sexual manner.  Troopers took Kingsley into custody on one count of Indecent Assault.  He was arraigned in District Court... and, sent to the Warren County Jail on 25-thousand dollars cash bail.

 

A Dunkirk man faces a number of charges after allegedly running a red light... and, leading Jamestown police on a short vehicle pursuit on the city's northside.  Officers say they spotted a blue car run a red light at the intersectio of North Main and East Fourth Streets shortly before 2 AM Sunday.  They add the vehicle cross the double-solid yellow lines as it speeded up North Main.  Police activated their overhead lights and siren... but, the driver didn't pull over for more than a quarter-of-a mile.  They then stopped 33 year-old Gregory Negron-Garcia... who was later found to allegedly be drunk.  Negron-Garcia was arrested... and, faces charges including Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated... Speeding... and, failure to yield the right of way to emergency vehicles.  He was jailed pending arraignment.

 

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