Jamestown police seized a loaded revolver... a quantity of Heroin... and, cash during a drug raid on the city's northside late yesterday afternoon. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they also arrested 26 year-old Steven Mojica-Medina of 628 Spring Street as part of their on-going investigation into the sale and trafficking of Heroin. Jamestown police... along with JPD SWAT Team members and the state Police C-NET Team... raided the lower apartment shortly before 5 PM. Samuelson says they found a quantity of packaged cocaine -- and, some not yet packaged -- with a street value estimated at 3-thousand dollars. He says investigators also found the loaded 357-calibur pistol in the apartment... and, found three small children were also living there. Samuelson says Mojica-Media was arrested on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... one count of criminal possession of a firearm... and, three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The three children were turned over to a relative... and, Child Protective Services is investigating. Mojica-Media is jailed pending arraignment. Anyone with information on narcotics trafficking in Jamestown can call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
The state and the Seneca Nation are joining forces to come up with solutions to the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that's sweeping New York State. The Seneca Nation's "Drug and Alcohol Abuse Task Force..." and State Senator Cathy Young of the Senate's "Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction," hosted a roundtable forum on the growing problem yesterday in Irving. Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder, Sr. says it’s a problem for everyone. Senator Young calls Wednesday's roundtable discussion an historic event because it's the first time that the Seneca's have joined forces with state government on such a collaborative effort. State Senator Phil Boyle... who chairs the Senate task force... says Wednesday's forum was one of 18 held across the state. The group has been developing legislation and recommendations... and will issue a final report. It recently proposed 25 bills to deal with addiction... prevention... and, detering the trafficking of heroin... and, other opioids.
Legislation allowing 20 more Family Court judges across the state has cleared the State Assembly... and, if approved... would allow a second Family Court justice to be seated in Chautauqua County. Assemblyman Andy Goodell says bills have now cleared both legislative chambers. Goodell says both the Senate and the Assembly will negotiate over the final allocation of judges. The Bemus Point Republican says he's hopeful an agreement can be reached before the session ends on June 19th. Goodell also points out that there is another crucial deadline…for candidate petitions. They are due by July 10th, if the new judgeship is finalized.
The mayors of Buffalo, Jamestown and 14 other New York cities have written state lawmakers, urging them to approve a measure requiring mortgage lenders to maintain so-called ``zombie properties.'' The measure crafted by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman would make banks and other lenders responsible for homes that have been abandoned after the start of a foreclosure. "Zombie" homes are properties that have been abandoned after their owners receive a notice of foreclosure -- Even though foreclosures can take years and occupants are entitled to stay until the process is completed. The homes often fall into disrepair, reducing property values and putting a drain on local governments. Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says both he and the City Council fully support the proposal... which includes a registry of vacant and abandoned homes that will -- "give our code enforcement, and public safety officers an important tool for our continued neighborhood revitalization efforts." Schneiderman's bill would authorize fines for lenders who fail to maintain abandoned homes.
Gas prices in Chautauqua County are up slightly this week -- 3-tenths of a cent -- per gallon. The Triple-A's Fuel Gauge reports the average price for regular, unleaded went up from 3-dollars-84.5 cents a gallon to just under 3--85 to begin the week. Nationally... the Triple-A says drivers will experience little relief at the pump... and, prices are likely to remain between 3-dollars-55 cents... to 3--70 per gallon. The Fuel Gauge says that's similar to last summer’s range. One week into the summer driving season, the average price nationally is 3-dollars-66 cents per gallon. This is about 5-cents more than on the same date last year. Triple-A says continuing geo-political concerns -- mainly involving Russia and Ukraine... major refinery disruptions... or a severe hurricane season that started on June 1st, could send the national average higher than anticipated. However... the lack of such factors could allow prices to fall below the range.
With the Jamestown and Warren-areas so close in proxmity... there's a lot of interest among gun owners -- and would-be owners -- about differences in the gun-laws between New York and Pennsylvania. In fact... a "concealed carry" seminar in Warren on June 14th is now completely full. Media One's Ron Smith talked with Warren County Sheriff Ken Klacamp (Clay-camp) about what's required in Pennsylvania. Klacamp says you can get two kinds of gun permits in Pennsylvania. One is the 'license to carry....' Klacamp says the other is a Hunting and Fishing permit that's issued by the county Treasurer's Office. One concern for someone living in Bradford... who's buying a gun in Erie... is what to do if they get pulled over in New York if they're traveling on Interstate 86. Klacamp says make sure to keep the weapon in it's original package... and, keep the gun and ammunition separate. He adds that while a New York state resident can get a license to carry in Pennsylvania... a Pennsylvania resident cannot obtain a license to carry in New York. For more information on Pennsylvania gun permits... check the Warren County website.