In 1913, the coroner's jury in the case of Sylvia Davis, whose death resulted from taking poison administered by mistake by Helen Koepp, a nurse in the emergency hospital at Warren, held its final session on this morning. Koepp appeared before the jury and stated that she might have given the patient a solution of formaline, although she was so excited when she testified that she could not recall just what did happen. Dr. Chapman, who was called after it was discovered that the poison had been given the young woman, testified that such a solution of formaline would not, in ordinary cases, cause death within less than 12 hours and, in his opinion, Davis died as the result of shock after learning she had taken poison. The jury exonerated Koepp but censured the board of directors for failing to take proper precautions regarding the labeling of bottles containing poison.
Jim John and Basin Ebrahim, two Albanians from Jamestown engaged in a fight on Steele Street near the municipal light plant, the result of which was the wounding of Ebrahim and the arrest of John on the serious charge of second-degree assault. The prompt interference of Guiseppe Agate, Edward Seaburg and George Linton, prevented, it was said, what might have been a murder. The two men engaged in a rough and tumble fight. John got the other man down and with a knife, stabbed savagely at him. The downed man received a blow in his shoulder. Agate, Seaburg and Linton then pulled John from the prostrate man, snatched the knife and broke the blade into bits. John then jumped on a bicycle and peddled at a rapid rate east towards Brooklyn Square. Policeman Michael Hannon, who was near the corner of Forest Avenue, saw the man coming and arrested him on suspicion. The suspicion proved to be well founded.
In 1938, Charles Anderson, 72, of North Main Street, Jamestown, well-known operator of the Anderson Machine shop in Race Alley for many years, was in critical condition at Jamestown General Hospital as a result of a savage blow to his face struck by Patrick Martino, 22, of Hazzard Street. Anderson was struck by Martino while the two were discussing a minor traffic collision at Foote and Prather avenues. Anderson was still unconscious at edition time and his condition was considered grave, especially in view of his advanced age. Martino, one-time amateur boxer, was in a cell at police headquarters under an open charge. Witnesses said that Martino threatened to strike Anderson and said he would "If you weren't so old." Suddenly, without any warning and while Anderson was completely off guard, Martino struck the aged man a solid blow to the face. Anderson dropped like a log and the back of his head struck the brick pavement.
Fire, believed to have been caused by a short circuit in an automobile, destroyed the frame building housing the general store at Charlotte Center around 12:45 a.m. Fire departments from Sinclairville and Cassadaga responded to a call for assistance but the flames had made too great headway and their efforts were confined to keeping the flames from nearby buildings. The store had been operated by Clifton Smith, who stated that the loss would be approximately $3,000, which was not entirely covered by insurance. The building was owned by Squire Green of Busti. Soon after the flames were discovered, the call was sent to Sinclairville but that department's truck developed motor trouble and a call was sent to the Cassadaga department. Smith said he believed a short circuit in his car, which was housed in a garage adjoining the store, was responsible for the blaze.
In 1988, a student protest over the shortening of library hours seemed to have turned into a good thing for the administration at the State College of Fredonia. According to reports from the college, about 400 students staged a sit-in Wednesday night to protest a temporary policy that closed the library two hours earlier each weekday evening. Library hours were curtailed when the college was forced to cut its budget because of state revenue shortfalls. When students realized that they didn't get angry at administrators, they got angry at the state.
Parents met at Pine Valley Elementary School following the peewee and midget league football practice to discuss ambulance coverage at games. A group of about 25 parents wanted an ambulance on the field for football games and had requested a meeting with the Cherry Creek Village Board to discuss its concerns. Most parents were not as concerned about potential insurance liability claims as they were about the safety of their children. One parent, Bill Perkins, asked why the actions of one man (Cherry Creek Fire Chief) Raymond Sheldon, Sr., who turned a South Dayton ambulance away from the gate at a game the past Saturday, brought about the whole issue. "I don't understand," Perkins said. "For years, there has been an ambulance at the games. Now, suddenly, insurance becomes a problem."