Local News Headlines

Two Jamestown residents arrested following drug raid...

Two city residents have been arrested following an early morning drug raid Friday for allegedly dealing "crack" cocaine from an apartment on Jamestown's westside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and the state Police C-NET Team executed a search warrant at 314-to-316 West Fourth St. about 6 a.m.  Once inside... Samuelson says investigators found a quantity of crack... and, drug paraphernalia.  Police arrested 27 year-old Steven Edmund... and, 20 year-old Lorilynn Moriarty on one count each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Both were jailed pending arraignment.  Additional charges are expected.  Anyone with information on illegal narcotics sales is asked to call the Metro Drug Task Force at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. 


City man jailed following alleged stabbing on westside...

A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for allegedly stabbing another man during an early morning incident Thursday on the city's westside.  Jamestown police were called to the scene at 283 Fairmount Ave. just after 2 a.m., and, found a 23 year-old male victim who had been stabbed in the chest.  Officers say the unidentifed victim was taken to WCA Hospital... and, was later transferred to the Erie County Medical Center for further treatment.  He is reportedly in stable condition now.  City police say they arrested 33 year-old Eric Barbee... who was charged with second-degree assault.  He was arraigned and sent to the County lock-up.


New surveillance cameras up and running downtown, thanks to foundation funding...

Reducing police response time... and, giving officers more "eyes in the sky" are the reasons for six new surveillance cameras being placed downtown Jamestown.  That from city officials... and, a leader with a local foundation... which is funding the project.  Johnson Foundation Trustee and Attorney John Sellstrom says this is the kind of project they back... and, is in the spirit of the two brothers who founded the organization.  Sellstrom says traffic on North Main Street -- at Eighth -- is viewed as helping with traffic issues -- along with fighting crime.  City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings says they appreciate the $112,000 grant provided by the Johnson Foundation to cover the entire cost of the project.  He adds the new cameras bring to eight the number they have in the city now. 


Ortolano says investigation continuing in fatal car chase...

A Dunkirk man wanted on a parole violation was killed when his car crashed during a vehicle pursuit with police on Lake Shore Drive East in the north county city Thursday night.  Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says State Police located 23 year-old Bryan Willis... who was allegedly operating the vehicle... and, tried to pull him over.  However... officers say the vehicle speeded up... and, later crashed.  Ortolono says they are working with the State Police on the investigation.  He says Willis lost control of his car... and, the vehicle and struck a vacant home at the corner of Lake Shore Drive East and North Ermine Street.  Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene.  Ortolano says troopers found a loaded handgun inside Willis' vehicle.