JPD officials warn of IRS Tax Scam that took more than $4,000 from city woman...

Local police are issuing a new warning about an old telephone scam that cost one person from the city of Jamestown more than $4,000.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson is renewing his call to beware of what's called IRS Tax Scam.  Samuelson says that's where someone posing as an IRS Tax Agent calls... and, says the person -- typically an elderly victim -- owes thousands of dollars in back taxes.  He says, under no circumstances, would the IRS call someone saying they owed money with first sending a notice in the mail.  In one local case... Samuelson says an elderly person was taken for more than $4,000 after she sent multiple money orders to Las Vegas and Orlando addresses.  He adds multiple addresses are a red flag as well.  Law enforcement officials say the IRS will contact you in the mail first if you have any kind of situation where back taxes are owed.  He adds the IRS would never ask you for personal information... and, would not threaten arrest.  He adds even their caller ID can look convincing... and, they tend to sound "very convincing."


City man arrested a predicate offender for assault and robbery...

A city man and a teenager are jailed without bail for allegedly assaulting a man with a baseball bat... and, robbing him of his money late last month.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says their investigation into the January 23rd incident at 248 Broadhead Ave. led them to arrest 30 year-old Rocco Beardsley... and, the 16 year-old youth.  Samuelson says the victim was initially taken to WCA Hospital... then transferred to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA for further treatment.  Both Beardsley and the teen have been charged with one count each of first-degree robbery... and, second-degree assault.  They were both jailed without bail.


Statistic show shootings in NYS in Domestic Abuse cases much lower than larger states...

FBI records reviewed by The A-P show guns were used in 195 domestic-related killings in New York from 2006 through 2014.  Nationally... records show just over 6,200 people were killed in such attacks, with current wives and girlfriends accounting for 75-percent of the victims.  New York's number compared with 637 in California, with a population twice as large, and with 798 in Texas, the second most populous state.  Gun ownership rules in New York are among the strictest in the nation... and, restrict ownership and access by domestic abusers.


Tranum says county Chamber and MAST to move temporarily while Manufacturing Technology Institute is expanded and upgraded...

A major reconstruction and expansion project at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College means a temporary move for two tenants of the building.  The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier have been housed at the MTI the past several years.  However... the head of both business groups, Todd Tranum, says they'll be moving to JCC's Annex Building a week from today.  While there'll be some minor inconvenience... Tranum says they're excited about the project.  He says there's been program growth at the MTI, and with that, they'll be moving into the Annex building near the corner of Falconer and Curtis Streets.  He adds there'll be signs placed so visitors can easily find their temporary offices.  Tranum adds they expect to be there between 6 and 9 months... but, adds their contact information remains the same.  He adds there will be no change in their Dunkirk location during the temporary move in Jamestown.  For more information... call 484-1101.

 

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