Four people have been arrested as part of three separate raids that took place early Wednesday morning in the city of Jamestown at suspected drug houses. City Police Drug Investigators... and, members of the State Police C-NET Team... executed search warrants at 52... 58... and, 61 Franklin Street about 6 AM... and, took the four into custody. JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says they seized about 260 processed doses of Heroin... and, a loaded shotgun. Samuelson says the heroin was found a 52 and 58 Franklin Streets.... along with a large amount of cash. One of the suspects... 62 year-old Raul Rodriguez-Colon... and, the sawed-off shot-gun were found at 61 Franklin. He says it's "a victory" when they can get a gun off the street. Three of the people... 37 year-old Jose Sanquiche (San-keysh)... 30 year-old Juan Vargas-Lopez... and, 26 year-old Stephanie Castro... were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Rodriguez-Colon was charged with criminal possession of a firearm. All four were arraigned late yesterday in City Court... and, sent to the county jail. Anyone with information on illegal drug activity in the city can call JPD at 483-7537... or their Tip-Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
A man who was shot twice by another man behind the Appleyard Terrace in Jamestown early Tuesday night is now in stable condition at an Erie hospital. That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says officers were called to the scene at 608 East Second Street just before 7:30 PM. Samuelson says they found the unidentified victim... and, learned the suspect -- now been identified as 20 year-old Trenton Grant -- had fired four shots in an open area behind the housing units there. Samuelson says Grant is a black male... about 5-foot-8 inches tall... and, weighing 170 pounds. He adds that Grant is also wanted by Lakewood-Busti Police in connection with the theft of the hand-gun used in the shooting, a safe, lap-top computer and jewelry from a Lakewood home last Thursday. Samuelson says another Jamestown man... 20 year-old Isaiah Pearson... is also wanted in connection with the theft in Lakewood. Samuelson says the victim underwent emergency surgery at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania... and, is stable with non-life threatening wounds. Samuelson says the motive for the shooting is not known...but, adds there was allegedly some kind of confrontation that led to it. If you have any information... you're asked to contact Jamestown Police at 483-7537... or the anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
A Warren, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting a woman for 27 years. State Police in Warren say they arrested 66 year-old William Gisselbrecht-the-third yesterday following an investigation on his relationship with the unidentified woman from 1976 to 2003. Troopers say Gisselbrecht was arrested on a warrant at his home... and, arraigned in District Court on multiple counts including rape and aggravated indecent assault. He was sent to the Warren County Jail on 200-thousand dollars bail.
There's still one public school system that has yet to begin the new school year in Chautauqua County... and, that's in Bemus Point... where classes begin today. That from Superintendent Mike Mansfield... who says they're ready for a full-day for ALL students... including their new full-day Pre-K. Mansfield says they decided to delay starting school for a day compared to other districts in recent years so staff can better prepare to meet the new state standards for teaching, and testing. Mansfield says there's one project they're finishing up at Bemus Point Elementary School... and, that's installation of a new roof. He says the rainy weather this Summer delayed some of that work. But... Mansfield says the most intrusive work is done. The Elementary School held it's open house last night. Mansfield adds their next capital project remains in the "planning phase" at this point.
The Jamestown Public Works Department will be doing paving work the next two weeks on portions of West Second and West Third Streets -- beginning tomorrow (today). DPW Director Jeff Lehman says the work on both Second and Third Streets will be done from Washington Street to Main Street. Lehman says there will be driving lane restrictions... parking restrictions... and, temporary road closures in these project areas will begin tomorrow (Thursday) through Friday, September 19th. He says motorists should expect delays when travelling through this project area... and, should use alternate routes of travel. As always, you should use extra caution while driving through this, and other, construction areas.
Former Buffalo-area Congresswoman Kathy Hochul's (HOE-kuhl's) bid to become New York's next lieutenant governor has been endorsed by New York City's mayor as she pushes back against a Democratic Primary challenger who has questioned her liberal credentials. Mayor Bill de Blasio called Hochul a progressive who stood up for her beliefs in Congress. De Blasio announced his endorsement yesterday at a City Hall appearance where Hochul vowed to support liberal priorities... like a higher minimum wage, and the Dream Act for young immigrants.
Several people close to discussions tell The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that at least three groups have entered final negotiations to buy the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula... real estate mogul Donald Trump... and, a Toronto-based group that had included rocker Jon Bon Jovi have received formal documents in advance of a bid deadline on Monday.
One of the Buffalo Zoo's young polar bears, Luna, is recovering after surgery to repair a broken leg. Luna fell about 14-feet into a protective moat on Saturday. On Tuesday... zoo officials said that X-rays revealed she fractured her tibia and fibula above the ankle joint on her left rear leg. The 1-year-old underwent surgery to repair the fracture on Sunday.