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News Update for Mon., June 2, 2014

Jamestown police looking into arrival of tenant just before last Friday night's shooting on West Seventh St. in the city...

City police are looking into circumstances surrounding one person that had just returned to the westside apartment house shot up by someone late last Friday night.  That from Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says they have received a number of tips... but, nothing leading to an arrest yet.  Samuelson says officers were called to the scene just after 11:30 p.m. in response to several calls of gun-shots being fired in the area of West Seventh Street.  Samuelson says the house... which was in the 100-block of West Seventh... was apparently targeted by whoever fired the shots.  No one was hurt... and, Samuelson says if you have information, but, don't want to give your name... you can.  He says call their tip-line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  Fortunately... no one was hurt in the incident.  Samuelson says whoever did the shooting hit the house with 12 "large calibur" shots.  He adds they found several shell casings at the scene.  Again... if you have any information on the shooting... you're asked to call Jamestown Police on their confidential Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. 

Gerace announces Sheriff's Dept. Drug Drop Box now installed in Mayville...

A drug "drop box" has now been installed in the lobby of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office in Mayville.  That from Sheriff Joe Gerace... who says the box was acquired at no cost to the taxpayers through a grant provided by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators office.  Gerace says the drop box is available to the public 24 hours a day... and, it's use is anonymous and free of charge.  He says the proper disposal of prescription drugs will help prevent these drugs from falling into the wrong hands... and, is also much safer for the environment than to have the drugs flushed down a toilet.  Both prescription drugs and illegal drugs will be accepted at the drop box.  No needles or other "sharps" will be accepted.

Leone says county passes threshold for state disaster funding from recent flash flood damage...

Chautauqua County officials says they've put all the numbers, so far, together... and, will now submit preliminary damage estimates from the flash floods that hit different parts of the county last month.  County Emergency Services Director Julius Leone says the county has been working with the State Emergency Management Office and has a tallied up a damage total of about $1-million.  Leone says they finished up the preliminary numbers last Wednesday... and, they meet the state threshold.  He says the now the focus is on having the region and state meet the federal numbers.  Leone says it's going to be another two to three-weeks to see if the region qualifies for a federal declaration.  He says state officials will add up the damage figures from about eight counties that were hit by the severe weather.  In the meantime... Leone is encouraging any property owner with uninsured damage to contact their local government offices... or, the County Emergency Services Office.  He says they're also trying to get a Small Business Assistance Declaration.  He adds their office number is 753-4341.