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A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly letting her 3-year-old boy wander outside their eastside home without supervision.  City police were called to the area of Falconer and Stowe Street shortly after 8 this morning... and, found the child playing in the street.  Officers say the child was also not properly dressed for the weather.  Police checked the area... and, finally located the mother.  Following a short investigation... they arrested 21 year-old Valerie Camacho... and, charged her with endangering the welfare of a child.  She was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.


A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly trafficking Heroin across the entire city following a recent raid on the city's southside.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say 21 year-old Aaron Johnson of Newland Avenue was arrested last Friday on a warrant issued in city court.  Task Force members say Johnson sold quantities of heroin to undercover agents at several locations across Jamestown.  He was found inside the home... and, was arrested for third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.  Agents say Johnson was arraigned... and, sent to the county jail on 20-thousand dollars cash bail.  Anyone with information about illegal narcotics trafficking across the county is asked to call the task force at 1-800-344-8702.


An Erie County, New York man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a nurse who was trying to help him in the emergency room of a north county hospital.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to Lake Shore Hospital in Irving shortly before 8 PM Monday on a report of a disorderly man.  Deputies say the man... 25 year-old Thomas Schmid, Junior of Angola... is accused of striking an RN at Lake Shore with a closed fist... injuring her and damaging some of her property.  Officers say Schmid was arrested... and, charged with second-degree assault... second-degree harassment... criminal mischief... and, disorderly conduct.  Schmid was arraigned in Hanover Town Court... and, sent to the county jail on 40-thousand dollars cash bail... 80-thousand property bond.


A discount tool and equipment retailer based out of California is planning to locate a Jamestown-area store on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood.  Mayor David Wordelmann says village officials have received a preliminary proposal from Harbor Freight Tools to put a new store in vacant space inside the former Grossman's Lumber store.  Wordelmann says Bargain Outlet is using about half of the approximately 45-thousand feet of space there... while Harbor Freight will use the other half. Wordelmann says the village board last night voted to send the proposal to the planning board... which will consider the plans later this month.  Once that has taken place... he says the plans come back to the village board for final Site Plan review.  When that's approved... Harbor Freight will be able to get a building permit to renovate the part of the store they'll use.  There's no word yet on how many people would be employed by the retailer... which boasts of 600 stores nationwide. 


Preparing the future workforce is important to grow advance manufacturing... but, there are three different areas that also need to be addressed to bring about more jobs.  That from Congressman Tom Reed... who used a National Manufacturing Month event at Truck-Lite in Falconer to push that agenda.  The Corning Republican says manufacturer's -- like Truck-Lite -- are most concerned about the "cost of doing business."  Reed says that was also an issue he heard during an earlier stop at RHI Monofrax in Jamestown. Reed says perhaps the biggest issue of the three is taxes.  He says it's time for changes to the United States' complex and "antiquated" tax code that is the "least competitive in the world."  Reed says the third item is trade... and, opening up market around the world.  The biggest trade issue on the table right now is the "TPP..." the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.  It involves 12 Pacific Rim nations -- including the U-S -- and, the tentative agreement was reached back on October 5th.  However... while Reed says he wants to see the details of it before voting on it.


Two Jamestown men have been arrested for allegedly assaulting at least two people early yesterday morning on the city's south side.  City Police were called to the scene in the area of 10 South Main Street... where one of the victims pointed out the two men... who were walking away from the area.  Officers say they called to the two men... who then ran off.  However... police say they apprehended 21 year-old Michael Near-the-second... and, 19 year-old Ishmael Johnson... a short distance away.  Police say one of the victims positively identified the two men... and, they were arrested for third-degree assault... and, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.


Plans to demolish the collapsed portion of the Coburn Block in Dunkirk have come to a standstill... and, Chautauqua County Rural Ministry is apparently feeling the pressure to get things moving.  But, the Rural Ministry's Executive Director, Kathy Peterson, says they are being stymied because of the owner of 125 Central, the only portion of the block not owned by CCRM. Three structural engineers have been consulted... and, Peterson says they need to shore up the wall before any demolition work can get underway.  She says it's frustrating because they've done their part to get the clean-up going.  The entire Coburn Block facility has been closed since the collapse occurred two weeks ago Wednesday.  Rural Ministry continues to distribute food bags to the needy at the corner of Central Avenue and 2nd Street from 11 AM to 1 PM each day.  The anti-poverty agency is also helping people with non-food related needs.  


Firefighting foam used to fight oil train spills and fires is being deployed to 19 cities across New York state.  The foam concentrate is stored in trailers along with equipment needed to apply the foam to an oil spill.  The foam forms a blanket over oil spills and contains fires.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says the trailers are being placed in cities along the north-south and east-west routes of oil trains that cross the state, from Buffalo to Albany and Plattsburgh to Rockland County.  The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is placing the trailers near major population centers along rail lines and waterways.  The trailers will be deployed by early 2016.  Local fire departments will be trained to use the equipment.


A plan to expand a racino in New York's Southern Tier into a full resort casino has won the endorsement of state gambling regulators.  Tioga Downs was the only contender for a single casino license available in the region, one of the state's most economically challenged.  The plan also calls for a hotel, new restaurants and a concert venue at the site of the current racino in Nichols.  Formal licensure is up to the state's Gaming Commission following Wednesday's endorsement by a state gambling location board.  Local officials say the casino will mean jobs and more tourism.  Tioga's plans were initially rejected last year when the location board endorsed three projects in the Catskills, the Finger Lakes and in Schenectady.