Two Jamestown men have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of drugs, as well as a loaded handgun in a parking lot at Jamestown Community College Thursday night....  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a patrol was checking out the area on Falconer Street about 10 p.m. and, checked on a suspicious vehicle with several people inside.  Officers found several items littering the ground near the car and, called in a K-9 unit to search the vehicle.  Police found a small amount of marijuana and, a 22-calibur handgun under the passenger seat.  Samuelson says 18 year-old Andre Richards -- a former JCC student -- was arrested for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and Felony possession of a weapon on school grounds.  He was also charged with trespassing.  Samuelson says 21 year-old Damone McNamee was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana. 


A Westfield man has been indicted on two counts of second-degree murder in connection with a 10 year-old homicide case in the village of Westfield...  

District Attorney Patrick Swanson announced Thursday that 31 year-old Rance Freeman, Junior was arraigned on the two counts for the death of 55 year-old Jeffrey Johnson.  Swanson says Johnson was found dead in his home on November 8 of 2008, the cause was not included in the press release.  However, the D-A extended his thanks to Westfield Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office for their "continued efforts in investigating this case."  Freeman pleaded not guilty to the charges and, was remanded to the County Jail on $500,000 cash bail pending a future court appearance.

 

Chautauqua County has been awarded $1.2 million through New York State's Municipal Restructuring Fund to develop a Water and Wastewater Cooperative....  

County Executive George Borrello says the project was originally included in the 2017 Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition.  Borrello says the funding will be released in phases, provided the project continues to advance, with the Phase-One award of up to $50,000 to develop a formal project plan and structure.

 
Three members of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department -- one of them a deputy -- have received the Sheriff's Award for Excellence in helping to save three people....  

Sheriff Joe Gerace presented the awards at the beginning of this week's legislature meeting, including one to Deputy Adam McAdoo, who saved the life of an eight-month old child who stopped breathing at the Mayville Diner back on November 8.  Gerace says McAdoo was having lunch when he heard the child's mother scream. McAdoo used "back-blows" to get the child breathing again.

Gerace also presented an Award of Excellence to two dispatchers, one who is out on maternity leave.  He says Kim Muscato took a 9-1-1 call November 9 from a mother whose four-week-old baby had stopped breathing.  Gerace says he heard Muscato -- over his car radio -- calmly instruct the parents on how to do CPR on the child.  Gerace also recognized Dispatcher Steven Jagoda, who took a call from a "very upset" woman on September 16.  He says her husband had stopped breathing and Jagoda was able to help the woman get her husband positioned so he could breath until EMTs arrived.


The annual Jamestown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration is tonight!  

Marketing and Events Manager Zach Agett for Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, says the over 20 year-old tradition starts with the line-up at 5 p.m. on West Third Street between Hallock and Porter Avenue.  Agett says this year's theme is a "sweet" ode to the Candyland board game and features Jeff Smith as the Grand Marshall for 2018.

Agett says there will also be live music leading up to the parade from We Speak Canadian, as well as hot chocolate provided by Meals on Wheels, Fowler's Taffy and kettle corn for sale.  Agett says there will be fireworks after Santa arrives and helps light the tree at the end of the parade.   He says the lighting of the city's Christmas tree begins the parade, while fireworks will be displayed above the Spring Street parking ramp about 8:00.  The Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration is sponsored by the Resource Center. 


Democratic members of the Congressional "Problem Solver's Caucus" have struck a deal with the new majority leadership to change House rules regarding bi-partisan bills to pass....  

That from Republican Problem Solver's co-chairman Tom Reed, who says the changed were agreed to by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Ranking Member Jim McGovern.  Reed says "these rule changes represent a hopeful and substantial breakthrough to empower the people we represent, enable rank-and-file members to truly govern and, make it easier for bipartisan bills to pass." The eight measures include a "consensus calendar" which states a bill with 290 co-sponsors needs to be reported out of committee within a 25-day period.  If not, it will go onto a new calendar until the bill is considered.

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