JAMESTOWN – Officials from the Jamestown Police Department are reporting that they’ve received 65 complaints of fireworks this month in the city limits. Police say the number for the entire month of June was at 31 complaints. Officials are reminding the community that the possession and use of fireworks is illegal in New York State. Section 270.00 of the New York State Penal Law (Unlawfully Dealing with Fireworks and Dangerous Fireworks) covers the offenses and potential charges that range from a violation up to a class A Misdemeanor.Changes in the New York State Law have allowed the sale and possession of sparkling devices in designated counties. They (Sparkling Devices) are legal to possess and use within Chautauqua County and the City of Jamestown. Under section 270.00, sparkling devices are defined as devices that are ground-based or hand-held devices that produce a shower of white, gold, or colored sparks as their primary pyrotechnic effect.Additional effects may include a colored frame, an audible crackling effect, an audible whistle effect, and smoke. These devices do not rise into the air, do not fire inserts or projectiles into the air, and do not explode or produce a report (an audible crackling sound is not considered a report). Ground-based or hand-held devices that produce a cloud of smoke as their sole pyrotechnic effect are also included in this category. Police say the use of any fireworks creates both a fire and safety hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks start an average of 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires caused five deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage. In 2018, U.S. Hospital Emergency Rooms treated an estimated 12,900 for fireworks related injuries, half of those injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the eye or other parts of the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2018 injuries.Police encourage the community members to leave the fireworks to the professionals and to attend displays if they are offered in the area during the upcoming holiday. Police also remind everyone to utilize common sense when using legal sparkling devices within the city, as they can also be dangerous if not properly handled. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
New Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked with the former Manchester United player at Molde, and is keen to secure his services once again. Norway international Magnus Wolff Eikrem has already joined Cardiff, while a deal for his compatriot Mats Moller Daehli is expected to be completed before the weekend meeting with West Ham. Cardiff have made an approach to sign Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf. And Solskjaer is now also looking to bring in Diouf after a Hannover spokesperson confirmed to Press Association Sport the Bundesliga club had received an approach from Cardiff. Cardiff are believed to be prepared to pay around £2.5million to sign the 26-year-old, who has scored 30 goals in 61 appearances for Hannover. Press Association
By Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Former Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase will not be welcomed at this year’s Wimbledon championships and could be stopped at the gate if he tries to attend, organisers said yesterday.The 70-year-old former French and U.S. Open champion is provisionally banned from all International Tennis Federation (ITF) events after hurling allegedly racist and sexist comments during Romania’s Fed Cup tie with Britain last month.All England Club chairman Philip Brook said he “condemned” the behaviour of two-time Wimbledon runner-up Nastase.“In terms of an invitation to the Royal Box, he won’t receive one this year,” Brook said at the club’s spring news conference.Club chief executive Richard Lewis went further, saying Nastase “could be stopped at the gate” if he tried to enter the grounds with a ticket.Romanian Fed Cup captain Nastase, who courted controversy throughout his career, was booted out of his country’s tie with Britain for “unsportsmanlike” behaviour.The singles rubber between Britain’s Johanna Konta and Sorana Cirstea was briefly suspended after remarks made by Nastase to Konta and Britain’s captain Anne Keothavong.Nastase had already run into trouble during the World Group II playoff tie in Constanta, after allegedly making a derogatory comment about American great Serena Williams’ unborn child.