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Two more drug arrests in Jamestown Thursday brings number of five over past two days...

Two more Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly trafficking significant amounts of narcotics in the city.  Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and members of the State Police C-NET Team raided a suspected location at 903 North Main St. late Thursday morning.  Samuelson says the JPD SWAT Team assisted in gaining entry to the residence shortly after 10 a.m.  He says they found 52 bags of Heroin -- packaged for sale -- along with a small amount of prescription pills.  Police arrested 43 year-old Annabelle Rodriguez and 21 year-old Tatiana Lopez on several charges... and, found two small children inside the residence.  Samuelson says both ar charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Lopez is also charged with seventh-degree criminal possesion, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Both were sent to the city jail pending arraignment.  Anyone with information on illegal drug trafficking is asked to call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPs... that's 483-8477.

Two residents jailed without bail for drug raid early Wednesday...

Two Jamestown residents are jailed without bail following an early morning raid Wednesday on the city's eastside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and State Police C-NET Team raided a residence at 8 Cowing St. about 6:15 a.m.  Samuelson says the Jamestown Police SWAT Team helped make entry into the home... where they found 32 year-old Michelle King... and, 23 year-old Robert "A-J" Porter.  Police also allegedly found a quantity of methamphetime, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and cash.  Samuelson says both King and Porter were both arraigned on charges of third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  Both were then sent to the county jail.

Head of Mental Health Assoc. says drug problem worse in 2015 than previous two years...

With today's arrest -- there have now been five people arrested over the past two days -- for alleged narcotics trafficking in the city.  It appears to reinforce the opinion of one person on the "front lines" in the area's opiate drug epidemic who says the problem is as bad -- if not worse -- than the past two years.  Up until recent weeks... 2015 had been comparatively quieter than last.  However... Chief Executive Officer Rick Huber with the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County says a traffic stop that uncovered half-a-pound of Heroin provided it's still very much out there.  Huber says it's a "heavy-duty amount of Heroin."  He says law enforcement had told him they're seeing as much Heroin as before... and, more in the way of powder cocaine... and, methamphetimes. He is also among those disputing a recent county report that shows the number of overdose deaths over the past year are low compared to where the county is in other areas.  That report shows the county had 2-and-a-half times the number of babies born addicted to drugs... yet there were only 14 overdose deaths reported.  Huber made his comments recently on Media One Group's "Community Spotlight" program.

County Gas prices drop again this week...

Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area have fallen another four-cents over the past couple of weeks... while the national price inches closer to the $2-a gallon mark.  The AAA East Central Fuel Gauge report says the price for regular, unleaded has dropped from $2.40 to $2.36 this week.  AAA says the average price was determined by reports from 19 local service stations.  The Fuel Gauge reports that gasoline was $3.15 per gallon this time last year.  The national average have now fallen 3-cents to $2.04 a gallon.... which AAA says is within fractions of a penny of the multi-year low reached this past January.

Presentations continue on upgrading area around new National Comedy Center...

Making downtown Jamestown more "pedestrian-friendly..." and, easier to find places should be a goal to improving the area around the new National Comedy Center.  Another key part of "maximizing" on the new attraction is making more use of the nearby Chadakoin Riverfront area.  That from an urban architect and designer from the world-wide firm A.E.COM... during a presentation at the Robert H. Jackson Center Monday night.  In their experience... Vaughn Davies says you need "great storefronts... and, "managing how people move through the downtown."  He adds the area should be inviting to locals -- not just out-of-towners.  Davies says successful places are ones that locals want to show their out-of-town friends and relatives.  He says the area surrounding the 35,00 square foot Comedy Center more attractive will help bring in the support businesses that are needed in that part of the city's westside.  A.E.COM's report was commissioned by the Gebbie Foundation.  Gebbie Executive Director Greg Edwards says Davies, and A.E.COM's Economic leader, Linda Cheu hit it "out of the park" during an earlier meeting at Gebbie.  More than 100 people attended last Tuesday night's first public presentation of the plan at the Jackson Center.


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