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WJTN News Headlines

A Town of Carroll man died after being pinned under his tractor Monday afternoon.  Chautauqua County Sheriffs Deputies and the Frewsburg Fire Department were called out to Warren Road just after 3pm on a report that 37 year old Michael McCray was pinned under a farm tractor. McCray was pronounced dead at the scene.


A "large quantity" of heroin was found -- ready for sale -- during a drug raid at an apartment on Jamestown's eastside yesterday afternoon.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says city police and members of the State Police C-NET Team had been conducting surveillance the past several weeks on an apartment at 241 Crescent Street.  However... just as they were preparing to raid the location about 1 PM Tuesday... officers spotted the main suspect, and a woman... leaving the apartment.  The man... 27 year-old Jensen Vazquez... was found with the heroin. Samuelson says they also found another quantity of packaged heroin inside the apartment.  The woman allegedly with Vazquez -- 22 year-old Salena Hare -- was also arrested.  The third person... 25 year-old Janelle Cornelius... was located inside the apartment.  All three are charged with Felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, were jailed pending arraignment.  Samuelson says the investigation is continuing... and, more arrests are expected.


A Lakewood man has been arrested for allegedly running a Methamphetime Lab inside a town of Westfield home.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they had received complaints about a suspicous situation at the residence at 83-78 Schultz Road.  Task Force members say neighbors were concerned about the people staying there, and a strange odor coming from the home.  Drug agents Monday night investigated the situation... and, interviewed 43 year-old Christopher Swanson.  He was detained until Task Force members checked out the house...where they found materials used to produce methamphetime... a quantity of 'Meth...' a quantity of marijuana... and, a shotgun.  After finding the items... the Task Force called in the county's Hazardous Materials Team to collect the toxic materials... and, render them safe.  Swanson faces a number of charges... including criminal possession of precursors of Methamphetime... criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal possession of a weapon.  A criminal background found he has Felony convictions in Alaska... so the weapon's charge will be a Felony.  Swanson was arraigned and sent to the county jail on 10-thousand dollars bail.


A Dunkirk man is in the County Jail after firing a .357 Magnum at another man in the north county city Monday night.  Dunkirk Police report that 24 year old Justin Matteson of 92 Ruggles Street made threats to another man and fired one shot shortly before 10pm. No one was hurt during the incident.  When Police arrived at the scene Matteson had fled on foot.  After a search police recovered the .357 Magnum and arrested Matteson.  Matteson faces a number of charges including 2nd Degree Criminal Posession of a weapon and Reckless endangerment.  He is now in the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of 50 thousand dollars bail or 100 thousand dollars property bond.


WIVB TV in Buffalo is reporting that New York State Police and the Department of Environmental Conservation carried out a search warrant to seize 19 exotic animals from the JNK Exotic Animal sanctuary in Sinclairville. Captain Frank Lauricella with the DEC says they mainly rescued tigers along with 3 lions, 2 bears, and 2 wolves. All are being sent to other sanctuaries in the country. Officials say most of the animals are pretty thin. According to JNK’s website it had been in business for nearly 20 years, but more recently Lauricella says they were keeping the animals illegally.Officials say the owners were stripped of their permits for the animals are were operating without a license. The animals are being sent to Nevada, Colorado, and Florida.


Jamestown police are asking the public's help in finding the man who walked into a downtown Jamestown restaurant late Monday night and robbed money from two cash registers.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a "dark skinned" Hispanic man walked into the Tim Horton's Restaurant at 21 South Main Street about 10 PM... and, walked behind the counter.  Witnesses say he then demanded cash from the registers.  Samuelson says the man is described as being between 20 and 30 years old... about 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10 inches tall... and, weighing about 140 pounds.  He was wearing a bulky, black jacket with a hood and red stitching on it.  Samuelson says -- if you have any information -- you're asked to call city police. Samuelson adds the man was also wearing long blue jeans shorts... and, white shoes.  He says the suspect fled the store on foot after grabbing the money... and, ran towards the CVS store on the other side of Harrison Street.  Samuelson says they've already interviewed store employees and four customers who were in the restaurant at the time.  Again... if you have any information... call the JPD Tip-Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Chautauqua County's Congressman says the Buffalo Veteran's Regional Benefit Office has improved it's processing of disability claims... but, the backlog is still a problem.  Corning Republican Tom Reed is reacting to a U-S Department of Veteran's Affairs report that the Buffalo office... which is used by many vets in the area... is the fifth-worst in the U-S.  Reed says he's talked with the director of the Buffalo Office... and, says while there have been positive steps taken... the situation is still "not acceptable...." Reed says... within the past year... Congress has boosted funding for the nation's V-A Centers to deal with disability claim backlogs... and, other issues.  Ongoing issues with the V-A were brought into sharp focus recently with the deaths of 40 veterans who were still awaiting care at the V-A Hospital in Phoenix.  Reed isn't calling for V-A Secretary Eric Shinsecki to resign... or be fired... but, adds he's getting close. Reed says the Buffalo V-A is primarily blaming a transition from paper to electronic records for the remaining backlog.  He made his comments during his weekly Conference Call with Southern Tier Media.