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Five people are under arrest... and, a sixth is being caught after four more drug raids in Jamestown yesterday morning on East Second Street.  That from Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says officers, the JPD SWAT Team... and, members of the State Police C-NET team executed a search warrant about 10 AM at one apartment at 840 East Second... and, three others at apartments at 1091 East Second.  Samuelson says they found more than 36 bundles of Heroin and cash at 1091 East Second.  Fortunately... he says no weapons were found.
Samuelson says four people were arrested at the 1091 East Second Street location for criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, two with burglary.  They include 51 year-old Jose Diaz-Solis... 37 year-old Cesar Santiago... 31 year-old Hiram Donato... and, 30 year-old LizMarie Rodriguez.  At 840 East Second... Samuelson says they arrested 20 year-old Valerie Comacho... was allegedly in the house with two young children, and a quantity of marijuana.  He says the five people were arrested in all... with most of them at the 1091 East Second Street location.  Samuelson says she faces child endangement charges.  Samuelson cited tips to the JPD Tip-line as being critical to the investigation.  That tip-line number is 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Two sisters from southern Chautauqua County convicted of stealing money from the post offices they worked at have each been given two-years probation in federal court.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior announced Thursday that 35 year-old Amanda Elliott of Ellington... and, 30 year-old Tamara Elliott of Falconer were sentenced by Chief U-S District Court Judge William Skretny.  Hochul says Amanda Elliott was Postmaster in Lily Dale from December of 2012 to September of 2013.  She was sentenced to two years probation... and, ordered to pay back about 55-hundred-80 dollars she stole in restitution.  Meantime... her sister, Tamara, received the same amount of probation... but, also received three months home confinement... and, was ordered to pay 11-thousand-326-dollars in restitution.  That's the amount she allegedly stole while she was postmaster in Ellington.  The theft of postage stamp proceeds occured during the same time period as her sister.


Officials say a police officer has died in a shooting in Rochester and a suspect has been apprehended.  Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli says 32 year-old Daryl Pierson was shot just before 9:30 Wednesday night when gunfire was exchanged during a pursuit.  Ciminelli says Pierson is survived by his wife and two young children.  He was an eight-year veteran of the force and the first member of the city's police force to be killed in the line of duty since 1959.  Ciminelli said the suspect was in surgery at a local hospital.  A bystander also suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Mayor Lovely A. Warren said early Thursday that words cannot express the sense of sorrow and loss caused by the officer's death.  She said the city's police officers put their lives on the line each day.


The police shooting in Rochester hits close to home for many local police officials... including Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace.  While such incidents are rare in Chautauqua County... Gerace says the potential is always there. The last police shooting in Chautauqua County occurred nearly 10  years ago when an officer was wounded in the village of Fredonia.  That officer... who later retired... made a full recovery.  Gerace says training helps... but, he adds that officers have to always protect themselves. While details have not been worked out... Gerace expects a big turnout for the officers funeral.  On their Facebook page... Dunkirk Police expressed their sympathy and condolences for the family of the fallen Rochester Police officer. 


An accidental needle stick involving a Solid Waste Division employee a couple of weeks ago has prompted the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities to remind residents to dispose of "sharps" safely.  BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says the employee was not seriously hurt... nor did they have any serious health impacts after getting stuck by the needle while picking up garbage.  Robbins says Sharps can be disposed of in puncture resistant... leak-proof materials. Robbins adds that some pharmacies offer red sharps containers for sale... and, they also accept sharps containers.  She adds that containers should allow sharps to be easily placed inside... but, difficult to remove.  The container should be capped... and, labeled as "hazardous materials."  Robbins says that will help their workers since they're picking up hundreds of bags a day... and, many may contain sharps.  She says sharps include needles... syringes with needles attached... lancets... razor blades... and, other items that could cause punctures... cuts... or abrasions.


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area continue to drift downward this week by about three cents a gallon to 3-dollars-72 cents.  The Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report says this week they surveyed 19 area gas stations, and mini-mart stations.  The Fuel Gauge says the price for regular, unleaded was just under 3-dollars-72 cents... which is down from 3--75.2 last week.   Last year at this time... it was 3-dollars-84.7 cents per gallon.  Nationally... Triple-A says the average price is the lowest on record for this date since 2010... when the national average was 2-dollars-68 cents.  The current price is 21 cents less than the same date in 2011... and, 40 cents less than 2012.