Jamestown man charged with arson
Ronald D. Smith, 47, of Jamestown was charged with second-degree arson following an investigation. Jamestown Fire and Police departments were called to the report of a fire at 21 Sturges St. at 2 p.m. Upon arrival smoke and fire could be seen coming from the basement area of the multi-family dwelling.
Members of the Jamestown Fire Department were able to quickly extinguish the fire before it reached the main floors of the home. Fire investigators determined the cause was arson and the fire was intentionally set. Subsequent investigation led investigators to believing Smith had set the fire in the basement. All occupants of the house were able to escape without injury from the fire. Smith is currently awaiting arraignment in the Jamestown City Jail.
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office
Jaclyn McNamara, 29, of Lakewood, was issued appearance tickets by investigators for misuse of food stamps and fraudulent receipt of benefits $1,835 in food stamps that she was not entitled to have.
Kristin Burham, 29, of Ashville, was issued appearance tickets for petit larceny and misuse of food stamps. Burham allegedly received $950 in food stamp benefits she was not entitled to have.
Deputies were sent to the area of Woodcrest Avenue and Route 5 in Portland for a report of a highly intoxicated female pushing a stroller. Upon arrival, deputies located an unattended infant child as the female babysitter was unconscious due to alcohol consumption. Portland Emergency Medical Service and Child Protective Services (CPS) were contacted to check the child, and to treat the female. Fedyszyn was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The child's mother was later located. Fedyszyn was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. CPS is conducting an investigation, and further charges may be pending.
On Feb. 25, Sheriff's patrol received a complaint of stolen and forged prescription pad pages belonging to a health care provider at Heritage Green Health Care Center. During the investigation, Dawn M. Smith, a nursing supervisor at the facility, was identified as the suspect. Smith cooperated with deputies and once the investigation was concluded, Smith surrendered at the Town of Ellery Court and was arraigned on the charges. Smith posted the necessary bail and was released pending further court proceedings.