News Headlines for Thurs., Aug. 20, 2015

Two arrested in Appleyard Terrace Heroin bust...

Two Jamestown residents are jailed for allegedly being found in possession of Heroin in the presence of four small children they were babysitting at an eastside apartment.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says an ongoing drug investigation led members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force to 616 East Second St. -- Appleyard Terrace -- about Noon Wednesday.  Samuelson says the department's SWAT Team raided the apartment... and, they found 24 year-old Ramael Fields... and, 28 year-old Teela Nicholas inside.  Police searched the location... and, found a quantity of Heroin in a bedroom.  They add the four children were not hurt... but, did have access to the Heroin.  Nicholas and Field were arrested... and, charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, four counts each of endangering the welfare of a child.  Both are being held pending arraignment.


Jamestown man arrested for allegedly stealing items from Silver Creek store...

A city man has been arrested for allegedly taking several items from a store in Silver Creek without paying for them late last month.  Sheriff's Deputies say they arrested 33 year-old Lee Lookenhouse last weekend on a warrant for petty larceny issued out of Hanover Town Court.  Officers say the arrest warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred last July 20 at the Dollar General store on Route 5.  Lookenhouse was received directly from Erie County Sheriff's officers... and, was taken to Sheridan Town Court for arraignment.  Lookehouse was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail with bail to be set... and, is due in Hanover Town Court at a later date.


U.S. Diplomat reacts to news about friend Jimmy Carter now being treated for brain cancer...

A long-time American diplomat and author says he believes former U-S President Jimmy Carter will fight his brain cancer with the same determination he showed while in office.  Dennis Ross was one of today's featured lecturers at Chautauqua Institution... and, has been a long-time friend of Carter's.  He also worked with the state Departments of a number of presidents... both, Republicans and Democrats -- often working on issues involving Israel.  Ross says Carter's defining work was the 1978 Camp David Peace Accords... which he says was "entirely a function of his."  Carter and his diplomatic team served as the intermediaries between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin... and, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.  Ross was heavily involved in the 1993 and 1995 peace deals in the Middle East.  Speaking with our Jim Roselle... Ross says -- when negotating a peace deal -- you have to be practical and deal with the situation "on the ground."  Ross began his government work in the Department of Defense under Jimmy Carter... and, is now a Special Assistant and Envoy for President Obama.  He is a distinguished Fellow with the Washington Institute.  Ross and another Senior Fellow at the institute -- Ghaith Al-Omari -- spoke today as part of "The Middle East Now and Next" week at Chautauqua.


Sweat arraigned today on criminal charges in connection with escape with Matt in early June...

A convicted killer who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York has been arraigned on criminal charges stemming from the breakout.  A judge entered a not-guilty plea for David Sweat at his arraignment Thursday in Plattsburgh on two felony counts of first-degree escape and a charge of promoting prison contraband.  Sweat escaped back on June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility with fellow inmate Richard Matt.  Matt was shot dead June 26... and, Sweat was shot and captured two days later.  The prisoners used power tools to saw through steel cell walls and steam pipes to reach a manhole outside the prison.  The 35-year-old Sweat is already serving life without parole for the killing of a sheriff's deputy.  Sweat was hospitalized after his capture and then sent to a different prison.


Johnson Foundation makes $250,000 gift to CLA for new equipment...

The Chautauqua Lake Association has received a quarter-of-a-million dollar grant to help the CLA with replacement, repair and reconditioning it's equipment.  The CLA has announced the grant... from the Johnson Foundation in Jamestown... will mainly be used for the purchase of a new, Aquatic Weed Harvester, and Shore Conveyor.  Association President Craig Butler says their equipment is in "good working order."  However... he adds that "looking to the future, we realize we need to start replacing our equipment to maintain our efficiency with annual lake maintenance."  Johnson Foundation Trustee John Sellstrom says they're "happy" to have "substantially" supported the CLA for over 20 years.  He says the lake is the "most valuable natural resource asset in Western New York."  The CLA has headed up weed harvesting efforts on Chautauqua Lake for many years.