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The investigation continues into what caused an early morning trailer fire, in which a Kennedy woman was seriously burned yesterday morning.... 

Sheriff's Officers say Kennedy firefighters -- with mutual aid --  were called to 2 Munson Road shortly before 7 AM in the Town of Poland.  Deputies say two people were inside the residence at the time flames broke out and, one person escaped injury.  However,  Police say the other occupant, 66 year-old Linda Hammerbeck, was intially treated at the scene before being flown to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. There's no word on her condition at this time. 


Kennedy firefighters were called to the scene at 2 Munson Road shortly before 7 AM and Fire Chief Keith Bean says they found the trailer fully-engulfed in flames when they arrived. He says the woman was initially taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown for treatment.   Bean says the trailer home was a total loss and, the cause is under investigation.  Frewsburg firefighters joined Kennedy at the scene, along with County Fire Coordinators.  Randolph was on stand-by.  Crews were at the scene about three-hours.

Two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury of trafficking significant amount of Methamphetamine in the Jamestown area while a person under the age of 18 was present....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 32 year-old Brandon Smith of Jamestown, and 34 year-old Mark Maio of East Randolph, are charged with narcotics conspiracy, and possession with intent to distribute meth and marijuana.  Kennedy says Maio is also charged with using and maintaining a drug-involved premises and possession with intent to distribute meth on premises where an individual under 18 was present and resided.  Kennedy says the investigation began in May of 2018 and, both men were arrested during a raid of Maio's home back in late January of this year.  If convicted, agents say both men face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison, and a $10-million fine.

A Warren, Pennsylvania man is being treated for serious injuries at an Erie hospital after his speeding motorcycle struck the back of a Sports Utility Vehicle Sunday night....  

State Police in Warren say 45 year-old Bradley Gern was operating his Harley-Davidson without a helmet on Pleasant Drive just after 9:30 PM when he came upon the SUV, driven by 56 year-old Patricia Fredericks of Warren.  Troopers say Gern hit the brakes but, his bike still struck the back of the vehicle and, he was thrown from the motorcycle.  Police say he was flown to UPMC Hamot for treatment.  No charges have been filed.

A Jamestown man faces several charges for allegedly holding a woman at knifepoint early Saturday morning....  

City police responded to 40 West 8th Street just after 9 AM on a report of a person with a weapon. On arrival, learned 37 year-old Peter Rosado was allegedly holding the knife to a woman in a hostage situation.  Officers say they negotiated with Rosado for a period of time before intervening and arresting him.  While taking him into custody, one officer sustained cuts on his hand from the knife Rosado had.  He's being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Dunkirk yesterday to get a look at how local officials used $1.5-million to upgrade the Dunkirk Pier....  

The ribbon was cut as part of a $2.5-million grant provided by the Empire State Development Corporation's Smart Growth Community Fund.  Hochul says the program is designed to provide the money, but, allow the localities to determine it's final use.

Hochul was among the VIPs who attended the ribbon cutting and, spoke about the improvements that include increased seating and green space.  She says they've turned the lakeshore area into something that's become a destination point for visitors.  Mayor Willie Rosas says the Dunkirk Pier project is part of an effort to improve the city's waterfront.  Rosas says they have improved their beaches, parks, and now the pier area. 

It's now official,  Paramount Pictures will be using Barcelona Harbor in the Town of Westfield for scenes in its upcoming movie, "A Quiet Place: Part 2."  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says the filming will take place sometime after Labor Day....

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says the filming will not only provide the county with an economic shot in the arm, but also give it national exposure.  Tranum says it helps the county's visability and, adds "you can't pay for that kind of advertising."  Empire State Development announced last month that filming in Chautauqua County would take about 10 days.

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