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Four Jamestown residents arrested during Meth drug raid; wanted man in connection with other Meth case among those taken into custody...

Four Jamestown residents are in the county jail without bail for allegedly being involved in running a Methamphetime Lab on the city's westside.  Police add that one of those involved was also wanted from a previous drug bust earlier this year.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force arrested 30 year-old Beau Jones when they raided an apartment at 600 West Fifth St. shortly before 7:30 last night.  Samuelson says they found a "one-pot" method lab in place... along with 4 ounces of meth oil, and a quantity of Meth.  He adds they also brought in the state Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team to handle the clean-up.  Samuelson says they removed the meth, and materials for making the drug.  In addition to Jones... Samuelson says officers also arrested 29 year-old Rocco Beardsley... 28 year-old Brandon Smith... and, 29 year-old Aimee Hogg.  He says all four face Felony charges of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, third-degree unlawful manufacture of Methamphetime.  Samuelson says they worked closely with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force on the raid.  If you have any information on illegal drug trafficking in the Jamestown-area... call city poilce at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

Young says Chautauqua County will have to lay-out plan to cut property taxes if sales tax increase is to fly in Albany...

If Chautauqua County wants to increase the sales tax rate to 8 percent... it will have to lower the county's property tax.  That's according to State Senator Cathy Young... who said late Friday that a property tax cut has to be part of the bill's language.  Young says Senate Republicans feel "heavy property taxes" suffocate home owners... and, stifle jobs and economic growth.  With that... she says such wording is needed to get it approved.  Young says she is looking at the feasibility of requiring a 3-percent property tax levy decrease -- or $2-million -- as part of the legislation.  Young says that even with the language change... it would not be an easy process.  County Executive Vince Horrigan is seeking the increase to help close a $6-million structural deficit in 2016... and, to help lower the county's property tax rate. 

Cesana says it "was time" to retire as TRC Director...

The time was right to step aside.  That from the long-time director of The Resource Center in Chautauqua County on why he's retired after 27 years as the organization's leader.  Former Center Director Paul Cesana today is reflecting back on his 40 years working with the developmentally disabled... including his time as TRC's leader.  Cesana says he's pleased with what was accomplished during that time... and, wanted to step down at a time where he can enjoy retirement.  He says it was something he had to think about, and after some time, Cesana decided now is the time.  Cesana's successor, Denise Jones, has referred to him as a pioneer in what he did at The Resouce Center.  TRC Board Chairman, Dr. Todd Jacobson, says that -- under Cesana's direction -- "The Resource Center has maintained and expanded it's position as a recognized leader among organizations" that support people with disabilities.

Jamestown's 68th annual Easter Egg Hunt set for a week from Saturday...(corr)...

The weather is looking iffy right now... but, no matter how it is... the city of Jamestown's 68th annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place a week from tomorrow on Sat., April 4.  That from City Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley during today's announcement at City Hall.  Ciesla-Hanley says they have plans in place for if it snows... rains... or is "seasonal" outside.  She says they will make an announcement next Thursday on where they'll be.  If it's good outside, and park conditions are good, they'll be at their usual location in the park.  Otherwise, they'll be inside the Allen Park Ice Rink.  Ciesla-Hanley says if the hunt has to be held indoors... there will be more of a "procedure" in place for getting the various age groups in and out of the building.  In addition to about 5,000 chocolate eggs... she says there'll be 30 prize eggs... and, Gold and Silver Eggs containing major prizes.  The hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. next Saturday morning.

Trout Fishing Season to begin next Wednesday, Apr. 1 -- and, that's no joke...

New York conservation officials say the state's fishing season for trout and salmon will open on Wednesday.  The Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner says some of the season's best fishing can be found in lakes and ponds immediately after the ice is out.  With 7,500 lakes and ponds and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, the state also is home to an estimated 1.9 million anglers, while nearly 300,000 others come from out-of-state.  A study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates the industry generates nearly $2 billion in economic activity annually and supports almost 17,000 jobs.  The DEC plans to stock over 2.3 million catchable-size brook, brown and rainbow trout in 312 lakes and ponds and about 2,900 miles of streams.


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