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Two men arrested for allegedly possessing, and looking to traffic "crack" cocaine during traffic stop...

Two men were arrested late Monday night in Jamestown for allegedly being in possession of "crack" cocaine.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson adds that one had the intent of selling it.  Samuelson says officers pulled over a car... being driven by 48 year-old Timothy Hopkins of Celoron... for allegedly failing to signal a turn on Falconer Street at Dunn Avenue.  Officers say they discovered the front seat passenger, 37 year-old Daryel Cotton of Buffalo, was in possession of a quantity of "crack" cocaine packaged for sale.  Police add that Hopkins was in possession of a small amount of "crack."  Cotton was charged with Felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... while Hopkins was charged with seventh-degree possession.  Cotton was sent to the county jail without bail... while Hopkins was released pending further court action.  Anyone with information on the trafficking of illegal narcotics is asked to call the City Police Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

Sheriff's Deputies arrest trio for alleged robbery in village of Fredonia...

Three young Fredonia men have been arrested for allegedly robbing the occupants of an apartment in the village with hammers last month.  Sheriff's officers says they concluded a lengthy investigation into the break-in last Aug. 19 with the arrests of 20 year-old Stephen Meyers of Curtis Street... and, 19 year-old Justin Schreier... and, 18 year-old John Dewey -- both of 60 Temple Street.  Deputies say the trio entered the home at 42 Eagle Street... and, threatened the occupants before having them lay on the floor.  Officers say they took some money... and, a backpack with unknown contents.  After further investigation by the Sheriff's Office... warrants were issued for the three men on charges including first-degree robbery... first-degree burglary... and, second-degree menacing.  They were arraigned in Fredonia Village Court... and, sent to the county jail on $60,000 bail each.

Reed hails House passage of RAMI Bill he co-authored...

Chautauqua County's congressman says just over a year's worth of work on an advanced manufacturing bill he co-authored has come to fruition.  The House late Monday night approved the "Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act."  The measure was co-sponsored by Corning Republican Tom Reed... and, Massachusetts Democrat Joe Kennedy.  Reed says the unanimous approval of RAMI is "great news..." and, he says the move is now to have the Senate pass it.  He says there is excitement growing there... where there is Republican and Democrat co-sponsors.  It would then move onto the president for his signature.  President Obama has indicated that he will sign the measure... which he spoke about during the State of the Union address last March.  Reed says RAMI will focus on new manufacturing concepts... and, supporting those in regional centers where the idea will move from being a concept to commercial reality.  Reed feels there are centers... and, the people with the ideas in the 23rd Congressional District to make the region competitive for the $300-million that'll be used to help support moving innovative manufacturing ideas from concept to reality.  Grants for the funding will come from the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Account in the federal budget.

Lit cigarette triggers trailer fire in Portland...

A lit cigarette igniting some combustables is the apparent cause of an early morning blaze in a mobile home fire in the town of Portland.  Portland firefighters were called to the scene at the New Horizon's Trailer Park on Route 5 about 3 a.m.  Firefighters from Portland, Westfield and East Dunkirk, assisted Portland along with the county's Emergency Services Department in battling the smoky blaze.  Fire officials say the occupants of the trailer were able to exit without injury.  The local Red Cross is assisting the family that lived there with emergency needs.


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