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>Purported victim arrested on outstanding warrant

JAMESTOWN -- A fight at Dawson Metal on Tuesday evening led to the arrest of the purported victim.

Jamestown police said the man, who initially identified himself as Oscar Lamb, told employees at the Barrows Street business that he was being chased by several subjects in an SUV.

Police were called and began to question the victim.

Officers said the man's story changed several times during the investigation, and it was determined that he had lied about his name.

It was eventually learned that he was really Laverne Riley, who was wanted by Dunkirk police on an outstanding robbery warrant. Riley was charged with criminal impersonation and held for Dunkirk officers.

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>Crowd control call leads to chase, arrest

JAMESTOWN -- A check of a group of people blocking traffic in downtown Jamestown led to an arrest Tuesday night.

City police were called to East Sixth and Pine streets a little after 9:30 p.m. During a street check of the subjects involved, officers attempted to pat down Michael Grissom, no age or address given.

Officers said Grissom began to struggle and eventually ran off. During a foot chase, the suspect allegedly tossed a gun over a fence. Officers eventually caught up to Grissom and tackled him.

A check of the weapon showed that it had been stolen from Somerset, Pa. Grissom is facing a long list of charges including criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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>Chimney fire damages home in Panama area

PANAMA -- A chimney fire that got into a wall and then the attic heavily damaged a Panama-area home Tuesday.

Panama firefighters were called to the Burham home at 1587 Swede Road about 10:45 Tuesday morning. Fire Chief Eric Franzen said they found heavy flames coming from the second story on arrival.

Fire crews were at the scene nearly six hours. No one was hurt.
"We did save some of the residents' belongings, basically everything that was on the first floor," Franzen said. "Some of it did get water damage. The second story was a total loss."

Ashville and Lakewood fire crews assisted at the scene. Water was trucked in with additional help from Sherman, Chautauqua, Celoron and Sugar Grove, Pa., crews.

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