A Celoron man and a teenager are under arrest for allegedly being found in possession of Methamphetime and other drugs during a raid late Friday afteroon in the village. Members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force... along with the State Police C-NET Team... received information about alleged drug activity at 37 Smith Street... and executed a search warrant about 12:30 PM. Task Force agents were assisted by the JPD SWAT Team... and, arrested 38 year-old Lindsey Harrison... and, the 17 year-old at the scene. Officers add that Harrison was allegedly trying to flush evidence down a toilet when they entered. They also found a quantity of Meth... prescription pills... packaging materials... and drug paraphernalia. Harrison was arraigned on one count each of fifth and seventh-degree criminal possesion of a controlled substance... possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence charges. The teen was also charged with fifth-degree criminal possession. Both were sent to the county jail without bail.
Fredonia police are investigating an incident in which one person was shot after charging the owner of a home on Liberty Street early last Saturday morning. Village Police were called to the scene about 2:30 AM. Officers say the homeowner was awakened by two people allegedly pounding on his door about 2:22 AM. Police say the man answered the door... and, had his legally-owned gun with him. The homeowner told police the man and woman pushed their way into the house before a brief verbal exchange between he, and the two subjects. The owner then allegedly pulled his gun... and, told the pair to leave... which they finally did. The unidentified homeowner then went onto his front steps to get a look at the vehicle... when the male suspect got out of the car... and, charged at him. The suspect allegedly threatened the homeowner before the man fired several rounds at the suspect. The suspect was hit, and, then got back into the car and drove off. The homeowner called 9-1-1... and, the vehicle was stopped in the village. The suspect was treated at the scene... then flown by Starflight to the Erie County Medical Center. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Fredonia Police at 679-1531.
It appears the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development will be joining the county's Industrial Development Agency at it's new headquarters on Jamestown's westside. The county legislature's Audit and Control Committee has approved moving the department from the Riverside Industrial Center near Brooklyn Square... to the BWB Building on West Third Street. Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon says.. since the IDA is moving to that location... it made sense for planning and development staff to do likewise. Moving both entities to another location in Jamestown had reportedly been in the works for sometime because there has been interest expressed by industrial developers in that building. Chagnon says IDA Director Kevin Sanvidge confirmed that there are interested buyers. He says the best part of the move is that the county's Planning and Economic Development Department will be paying the same rent that it had been paying for it's location in the Riverside Center. The department has been paying about 822-dollars a month for the location.
A Ripley teenager has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a hand-gun illegally. Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene in the town of Ripley about 6:25 PM last Sunday. Deputies say -- upon further investigation -- they found that a 17 year-old did illegally possess a revolver-style firearm. The youth was later arrested for criminal possession of a firearm... and, will appear in Ripley Town Court at a later date.
A Celoron woman faces a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs following a traffic stop on Route 60 in the town of Kiantone. State Police in Jamestown say they were conducting a Road Check last Wednesday... and, stopped 55 year-old Leisa Gates... and, a trooper smelled marijuana coming from inside her car. During the investigation... police found a pipe containing marijuana residue, a marijuana cigarette and a small amount of marijuana vegetation. Gates was given a sobriety test... which she failed. Gates was taken to State Police Barracks for additional testing by a Drug Recognition Expert. In addition to DWAI... Gates was also ticketed for unlawful possession of marijuana.
Exit polling shows young people turned out in big numbers for last week's New York state Primary election. CIRCLE... an independent, nonpartisan research center at Tufts University... found that across the state, the turnout of young voters was higher than in previous presidential primaries, making up a record-breaking 18-percent of all voters. CIRCL's Youth Coordinator, Abby Kiesa, says youth participation has been increasing across the nation this year, especially in Republican primaries. Young voters made up 10-percent of those casting ballots in the New York Republican primary, which did not mark an increase. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has had strong support among younger voters nationwide, and that was true in New York as well. But... Kiesa says there was a sharp divide, with 81 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds supporting Sanders, but only 53 percent of those 25 to 29. She adds a majority of those 30 and older favored Hillary Clinton... who won the Democrat Primary. Kiesa says the sample rate for young voters in the New York Republican primary was too small to get a reliable estimate of how their votes were divided among the candidates.
New Yorkers spent more on the state lottery and state-regulated electronic gaming machines than ever before last year... generating a record of almost 10-billion dollars in revenue. The state's Gaming Commission released the numbers on Friday. They cover the fiscal year that ended March 31st. Most of the 9.7-billion dollars in revenue came from traditional lottery tickets and instant scratch-off games. Nearly $2 billion of it came from video lottery terminals, which are similar to electronic slot machines. Gaming Commission Executive Director Robert Williams says the New York state lottery remains the most profitable lottery in North America.
A Pennsylvania government commission is giving its divided approval to regulations toughening oil and gas industry permit requirements. The agency that reviews regulatory changes voted 3-to-2 Thursday in favor of the new regulations, State-Impact Pennsylvania reported. The three Democratic appointees voted "yes." Drillers will now have to identify schools or playgrounds near wells, and if water supplies are damaged drillers will have to fix them or replace them with alternatives that meet federal standards. Natural gas drillers won't be able to store waste in pits, or use brine to keep down dust or to de-ice. Industy officials say the changes will add costs and could threaten businesses. Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley says the fears are exaggerated. Environmental advocacy groups supported the proposed rules, although many say they're not strong enough.
A sad day on the local sports scene. Long-time Jamestown Post-Journal Sports Editor Jim Riggs passed away last Saturday morning at Roswell Park Cancer Institute at the age of 65. Riggs had battled Leukemia for the past year, or so. He had spent 40 years at the newspaper... and, impacted many lives through the years. He started as a staff member... and, succeeded Frank Hyde as Sports Editor. In recent years... Jim had been a half-time guest on many of our WJTN play-by-play football and basketball broadcasts. He was also an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife, Sharon... and, son Jim.