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Jamestown police are working to find the possible source of a batch of Heroin that may have been involved in a couple of overdose deaths in the area over the past weekend.  City Police Chief Harry Snellings adds that there were also a couple of overdose "saves..." thanks to the anti-opiate drug Naloxone -- or Narcan.  Snellings says the couple of weeks have been busy ones for law enforcement and first-responders. In addition... there was the overdoes death of a 22 year-old Ellery woman back on February 17th after she was given two doses of Narcan.  CPR was also performed on the woman... who later died on arrival at WCA Hospital.  At the same time... there have been Narcan "saves" in recent weeks.  Snellings confirms there were two involving city police and firefighters last weekend.  Two Narcan were administered in one instance.  However... Snelling's reiterated that the "treatment side" of the problem needs to be fully-addressed. Until then... he says the area is going to continue to see more members of the community getting involved with Heroin... or other opiates, and unfortunately, more people losing their lives to the opiate addiction crisis.


A Brocton man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting another person last Sunday in the north county village.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene at 62 Kinney Street just after 2 AM for a reported altercation between two people.  Deputies say they found that 20 year-old Sebastian Hernandez-Rojas had punched and kicked the victim in the residence -- injuring the victim.  Hernandez-Rojas was arrested for third-degree assault... and, was arraigned in Brocton Village Court.  He was then sent to the county jail on 3-thousand dollars cash bail.  Deputies say the victim refused treatment.


A more potent Winter storm will move into western New York later today after three straight days of warmer... but, windy conditions.  That from National Weather Service Forecaster Bob Hamilton... who says we were still seeing strong winds across the county late last night.  Hamilton says that strong, Winter storm is on the way for late Tuesday and Wednesday.  He says computer models were showing that storm system would either be over the area... or just to the south and east.  Hamilton says that's the difference between steady snow... or a mainly rain event.  Hamilton said late yesterday there was still a lot of uncertainty about the amount and type of precipitation that the area will get from the storm.  However... late last night... the computer models were showing the snowfall would mainly be to the north of the city of Buffalo. 


Local Congressman Tom Reed has revised a proposal he is sponsoring aimed at lowering the cost of college... and, reducing the amount of debt that students and their families face.  The Corning Republican says the change is being made to his 'Reducing Excessive Debt and Unfair Costs of Education...' or REDUCE Act.  Reed says it requires colleges and universities with endowments larger than one-billion dollars to distribute part of the profits as tuition relief for students from middle class families. Reed says some of those funds are going for extravagant campus enhancements... such as state of the art gyms... and, rock walls.  He's also calling for transparency regarding where the endowment funds come from.  He adds that he's also signed onto two bills... one that makes it easier to take part in "dual enrollment" programs... where high school students can also take college courses while they're in school.  Reed is also co-sponsoring the "Flexible Pell Grant for 21st Century Students Act..." which would allow students who are learning at an excellerated rate in college to draw additional Pell Grant funding.

A New York judge has scheduled arguments TODAY on a lawsuit challenging Republican Senator Ted Cruz's presence on New York's primary ballot on April 19th.  State Supreme Court Justice David Weinstein is considering the claim by two men who say Cruz isn't ``a natural born citizen'' of the United States as constitutionally required for eligibility.  Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada... though his mother was a U.S. citizen living there at the time.  His father was a native of Cuba.  Barry Korman and William Gallo argue that in American common law citizenship status cannot simply pass from parent to child.  The New York Board of Elections, which put Cruz on the ballot, is defending against the lawsuit.  The 45-year-old Cruz, a lawyer, was elected to the Senate from Texas in 2012.


Democrats in New York state have officiallly nominated U-S Senator Charles Schumer to run for a fourth term.  State Democratic Committee members unanimously backed Schumer yesterday during a meeting in Westchester County.  Schumer appears to be in a comfortable position with eight months to go before the November election.  His favorability ratings remain good in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans two-to-one... and, he has 24-million dollars in his campaign account.  The Brooklyn native also is poised to take over the leadership of the Senate's Democrats following the retirement of Minority Leader Harry Reid after the election.  Schumer says he will continue to focus on helping the middle class.  New York Republicans will hold their nominating convention on Friday in Buffalo.


A former guard has admitted he unwittingly helped two killers escape from a northern New York prison by smuggling in tools.  Gene Palmer pleaded guilty in court on Monday to a felony count of smuggling in needle-nose pliers and a screwdriver and two misdemeanor counts related to prison contraband and official misconduct.  A judge sentenced him to six month in jail and about 5-thousand dollars in penalties.  Palmer also resigned his $74,644-a-year job.  Palmer admitted providing inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat with tools and access to a catwalk electrical box at Clinton Correctional Facility.  He was accused of giving them hamburger meat that had hacksaw blades hidden inside. His lawyer says he didn't know what was in the meat.  Matt was shot and killed.  Sweat was wounded and caught.