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Fast-moving fire guts upholstery firm

LAKEWOOD -- A fast-moving fire Saturday afternoon destroyed the Lakeland Upholstery Co. at Chautauqua and Summit avenues.

Lakewood Assistant Fire Chief David Norberg said firefighters arriving at the scene at 2:10 p.m. discovered flames shooting from the windows. Reportedly, a passer-by witnessed a window blown out.

Norberg said the fire moved swiftly.

"This used to be the Lakewood Post Office (and) it is a wide-open building all the way through," he said. "There's no fire walls inside this building."

Norberg pointed out that the material inside the building fed the blaze.

"Fabrics and different types of upholsteries (resulted in) very toxic, very black smoke," he said. "It's very difficult to put these types of fires out."

Owner Larry Conner said the business had closed about an hour and a half earlier.

Lakewood was assisted by Ashville, Busti and Celoron firefighters. The building is owned by Nancy Bargar. The cause is under investigation.

Child-abuse reporting course scheduled

OLEAN -- A child-abuse recognition and reporting course on March 27 will meet New York state certification requirements for new or renewed licenses.

The class meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County campus in Olean. To register, call the Continuing Education Office at 372-1661, Ext. 5501.

Real estate classes at JCC site

OLEAN -- A series of real estate classes at Jamestown Community College's Olean campus beginning March 5 will provide 22.5 hours toward agent license renewal at a total cost of $140.

Costs are also broken down for students wishing to attend one or more courses in residential real estate principles, residential financing, market analysis and valuing income property.

For information, call the college at 372-1661, Ext. 5501.

Management development classes offered

OLEAN -- Jamestown Community College will offer Management Development Institute classes in March at the Cattaraugus County campus in Olean.

The curriculum lists one-day sessions covering topics such as human factors, sexual harassment, customer service, conflict management, communications and problem solving.

For information, call the Continuing Education Office at 372-1661, Ext. 5501.

Library holding story time registration

OLEAN -- Children's winter story time registration is under way at Olean Public Library.

The free program runs through April 6 and is available to children in several age groups on a space-available basis.

Daytime programs include Mother Goose Time for babies up to 18 months, Mostly Mother Goose for toddlers from 18 to 30 months, Toddler Time for children 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years old, Picture Book Parade for 3 1/2 to 5 years, and Stories and More for children in kindergarten through second grade.

Bedtime story hours are also offered in three age groups: Bedtime for Babies, babies to 18 months, Teddy Bear Time for toddlers older than 18 months and Family Bedtime for children over age 3.

For information, call the library at 372-0200 or register in person at the children's area of the library at 134 N. Second St.

Crash victim remains hospitalized

BATAVIA -- One of two women injured in a January car crash that killed two people remains hospitalized with foot and facial injuries.

Bonnie S. Macleod, 40, of Avon, was driving with Patricia A. Arend at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 27 when a car driven by Donald W. Schultz crossed the center line and struck her car head-on, police said.

Arend, 52, died in the crash. Ben Davis, 21, a passenger in Schultz's car, died two days later. Schultz was treated for cuts.

Macleod is in satisfactory condition in Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital.

Schultz, 22, pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of second-degree manslaughter, two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree assault, second-degree vehicular assault and two counts of driving while intoxicated.

He was released after posting $10,000 bail.

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