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News Update for Fri., May 30, 2014

Approximately 600 doses of Heroin seized during Friday morning raid in Jamestown...

A major drug bust in the city of Jamestown has taken about 600 doses of heroin off the street... but, police say that's still just the tip of the iceberg.  Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings says city officers and members of the State Police C-NET Team raided a home at 113 Willard St. about 9 a.m. Friday... where police also found most of the 29 grams of uncut heroin.  Snellings adds one person found in one of two vehicles parked on Willard Street also had some heroin in it.  He says the person in the car... 20 year-old Carmen Lopez... was arrested for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminally using drug paraphernalia.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says she faces other charges... and, more arrests are expected.  Both Snellings and Samuelson say the amount of heroin found... about 60 bundles of the narcotic... is "significant."  But... Samuelson adds there's still a lot of operations out there for users to get their fix.  Samuelson adds the heroin had an estimated street value of $7,200.  Lopez is jailed pending arraignment.  Snellings adds this raid was unique because the heroin had not yet been processed.  He says anyone with information on illegal drug activity in Jamestown can call their anonymous tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

Former Frewsburg Postmaster sentenced to 2 years probation...

The former Frewsburg Postmaster has been sentenced to 2-years probation for stealing just over $14,000 from the local post office.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Jr. says 51 year-old Donna Spencer of Falconer had been convicted of misappropriation of postal funds by a postal service employee.  Spencer did face up to 10-years in prison.  Chief Federal Judge William Skretny handed down the sentence late Thursday.  Assistant U-S Attorney Russell Ippolito, Jr... who handled the case... says that Spencer was employed by the U-S Postal Service since 1986.  Between February 13, 1999, and July 19, 2013 -- while in Frewsburg -- Ippolitto says Spencer took the cash from customers for buying postage stamps... but, kept the cash for herself instead of depositing it.

City fire department puts new pumper truck, ambulance in service...

The Jamestown Fire Department has put two new, significant vehicles in service to help them better respond to fires... and, other emergency situations.  Members of Fire Station-#5 backed a new, $400,000 pumper truck into Station-One during a traditional fire department ceremony.  However... the truck will be housed at Station-#5.  Deputy Fire Chief Chet Harvey called it a "proud day" for the fire department... and, says they got a lot of federal help in buying the equipment.  Harvey says that helped them buy the $515,000 worth of equipment.  Mayor Sam Teresi recalled talking to Harvey... and, Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings about the purchases... and, said they convinced him that they could get a federal grant to help defray most of the costs.  Teresi praised both them... and, the department for their efforts to upgrade the equipment they need to do their jobs.  The Public Safety Team applied for -- and, got -- a $464,000 federal Assistance to Firefighter's grant was used to pay most of the cost of the truck... and, a $114,000 ambulance.  The city's share of the purchases was just under $52,000.