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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 Street late Thursday morning.  Samuelson says the JPD SWAT Team assisted in gaining entry to the residence shortly after 10 AM.  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.


There's been an uptick in recent days with the number of drug arrests in Jamestown and the surrounding area.  While 2015 has overall been a 'quieter' year for drug raids and arrests... the problem seems to be getting worse.  That from one of the people who has been on the "front lines" of the local war on drugs.  Chief Executive Officer Rick Huber with the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County says there's strong evidence that the drug problem is not going away anytime soon. Two arrests Wednesday yielded Heroin... Methamphetime... and, presciption pills -- among others.  Huber also points out that -- just a few months ago -- there was a traffic stop in the Jamestown area where half-a-pound of Heroin was seized.  He says that's a considerable amount... and, evidence the problem still very much exists.  Huber made his comments recently on Media One Group's "Community Spotlight" program.


An Eastern New York sheriff is urging residents of his county who are licensed gun owners to arm themselves when they leave home, citing recent mass shootings in the United States and Paris.  Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, a Democrat, posted a message to the department's Facebook page less than 24 hours after 14 people were killed in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.  The post quickly drew hundreds of comments, for and against it.  Van Blarcum tells The Associated Press he's ``not trying to drum up a militia of any sort.'' But... he said police are ``partners with the public in crime prevention.''  Van Blarcum says the largely rural county in the Catskill Mountain region has 10-thousand licensed handgun owners.


NRG Energy shares are surging after the power company announced the resignation of long-time CEO David Crane.  The company says Crane is stepping down immediately, and he will be replaced by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mauricio Gutierrez.  Crane has served as CEO since 2003, a year before Gutierrez joined the Princeton, New Jersey-based company.  NRG Energy fell to a 10-year low after the company said Tuesday that it agreed to sell power plants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  The company also announced third-quarter earnings last month that fell well short of expectations.  The stock is up 7 percent to $11.55 in morning trading.  But that share price had fallen 60 percent so far this year, as of Wednesday's close.


New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says the lack of progress on the NRG repowering project is "frustrating."  It was nearly two years ago when Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to Dunkirk to announce the agreement to convert the plant from coal to natural gas.  During a visit to the north county yesterday afternoon... Hochul was asked about the project... which is stalled because of a lawsuit filed earlier this year by a competing company. Hochul was in Fredonia to speak about the Governor's "Enough is Enough" initiative to combat sexual assault on college campus.  She is traveling across the state to help roll out the new law passed in June that applies to all New York college and university campuses.  Hochul says students need to know "their rights..." and, that the "game has changed."  Hochul says there are several options for sexual assault victims including how to report the incident and the availability of assistance and resources from each campus.


The process continues in the formation of a North County Water District.  The Chautauqua County Legislature has set a public hearing to be held Wednesday night, December 16th the night of the panel's monthly meeting in Mayville.  The hearing in legislature chambers will begin at 6:45 PM.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says the hearing is an important step in creating the water district. There are some portions of the North County area that will not be getting public notices because they will not be receiving Dunkirk city water.  He says it's those who receive water from the village of Fredonia... and, the town of Hanover and village of Silver Creek.  The public hearing will give individuals the opportunity to voice their comments and questions about the formation of the district.


It may not feel like "Christmas" yet... but, all is ready for the biggest event in downtown Jamestown leading into the Holiday Season.  The annual Tinseltown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration is set for tonight on Third Street beginning at 6:30 PM.  The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is again heading up this year's event... and, Events and Marketing Associate Edwin Rodriguez with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation says the parade begins with Christmas Tree lighting at Tracy Plaza... and, adds that's one of several activities. Rodriguez says the major parade sponsor is again The Resource Center.  He adds that one new sponsor is Elite Kreations Auto Detailing... which is sponsoring the transportation for this year's Grand Marshall.  Santa’s trip through downtown ends at Tracy Plaza and signals the start of the parade fireworks off the Spring Street Parking Ramp.  Line-up for the parade in the area of the Third Street Bridge begins at 5 PM.  For more information... call the JRC at 664-2477.


A person familiar with the decision has told The Associated Press that USA Hockey has selected Buffalo to host the 2018 World Junior Championship tournament.  The person spoke on the condition of anonymity on Thursday because a formal announcement won't be made until Friday.  Buffalo was selected over four other finalists to host the event, beating out Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa, Florida.  It will mark the second time the tournament has been held in Buffalo.  The 2011 World Juniors were held in Buffalo and drew more than 330,000 fans during the 11-day event. It was the second-best attended junior tournament at that time.  The tournament is likely to start in December 2017 with the title game held in January 2018.