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A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly making and selling Methamphetime from a home 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 the home at 221 East Eighth Street shortly before 7 AM Friday.  Samuelson says investigators found materials used to manufacture Meth... and, a quantity of Methamphetime inside.  He says they arrested 39 year-old Harry Radke was arrested for third-degree unlawful manufacture of Methamphetime... and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Samuelson says the State Police C-C-SERT Team was also called in to secure the dangerous chemicals used. 
The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force has taken another Heroin dealer... who was also in possession of a loaded hand-gun... off the streets.  Captain Samuelson says the task force... and, State Police C-NET Team... raided the lower apartment at 15 Stowe Street about 3:45 PM Thursday... and, arrested 26 year-old Mario Adams.  Samuelson says they found a loaded, 22-calibur hand-gun... and, about 4-grams of Heroin, and, two dozen Methadone pills. Samuelson says it's a "good day" for law enforcement when they get a loaded hand-gun off the streets.  He adds that the serial number on the hand-gun had been filed off... which may result in federal charges.  Samuelson says Adams was arraigned on charges including two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, sent to the county jail without bail.  Anyone with information on illegal drug trafficking in the city is urged to call the Metro Drug Task Force Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
A Jamestown man is jailed without bail for allegedly selling quantities of cocaine to undercover police in recent weeks.  Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 36 year-old Scott Meachum early Friday during a raid at 932 East Second Street on an arrest warrant out of Ellicott Town Court.  Task Force members say Meachum had been trafficking cocaine in the village of Falconer.  He was arraigned on one count each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.  He was then sent to the county lock-up.  The Task Force asks anyone with information on illegal narcotics trafficking in the area to call 1-800-344-8702.
The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency is using now using outcomes data to measure it's success in four different areas.  That from IDA Director Kevin Sanvidge... who was the keynote speaker at Friday afternoon's annual meeting of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce at Moonbrook Country Club in Jamestown.  Sanvidge talked about how the IDA worked, and the projects they've been working on.  He then outlined the "scorecard" they now go by.  Sanvidge says the first benchmark is working to increase the tax base. Sanvidge says they're trying to expand that base by 1.1-percent each year.  He adds that the second is building sales tax off the tourism, and other related industries.  The others are expanding the number of people working... and, cutting unemployment.  He says they are looking at expanding "everything" from manufacturing to tourism.  Sanvidge says his agency has a number of ways to attract new business... and, get ones already here to expand.  He says the major one is through low-interest loans from the Al Tech Revolving Loan Fund.
Chautauqua County did "extremely well" in the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council and Upstate Revitalization Initiative awards were issued this past Thursday.  That from County Executive Vince Horrigan... who says the awards were webcasted around the state.  Western New York didn't get the largest share of funding among the 10 regions... but, the 83.9-million dollars in REDC funding will help dozens of projects in the region.  Horrigan says a wide variety of local projects were supported. More than two dozen projects in Chautauqua County were awarded R-E-D-C funding.  The largest went to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown... which received just over 2-million dollars in funding.
Former state Senate leader Dean Skelos (SKEH'-lohs) has been convicted of charges that the once-powerful Republican used his office to extort about 300-thousand dollars in salary and other benefits for his son.  A federal jury in Manhattan reached the verdict Friday after a public corruption trial that featured wiretap recordings of unvarnished conversations between Skelos and his only child, Adam.  Adam Skelos was also found guilty in the case.  Prosecutors said the tapes were proof the pair schemed behind the scenes to pressure three companies into agreeing to employ his 33-year-old son.

Some unseasonably warm weather is has moved into western New York... and, Chautauqua County... that will last through the weekend and possibly into Monday.  The National Weather Service reports a warm front moving through overnight that will bring temperatures in the 60s this weekend.  Forecaster Jim Mitchell says the war