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Horrigan pleased with opening meeting of Regional Solutions Commission...

Discussions regarding shared services in Chautauqua County are underway in Mayville... with the first meeting Thursday of the county's Regional Solutions Commission.  County Executive Vince Horrigan called it a "great kick-off meeting..." with some 50 to 75 representatives from across the county in attendance.  Horrigan says they had everyone from concerned citizens, to mayors and supervisors, and highway superintendents.  He says the discussions should set the stage for projects for shared services to be developed.  The next meeting of the Regional Solutions Commission has not been announced yet... but, Horrigan expects it to be held within the next month.  He says any citizens who want to become involved in discussions should call the County Executive's office at 753-4211.

City man, woman arrested during drug raid on Crescent Street in Jamestown...

The Jamestown Police Department's ongoing effort to get 'street-level' drug dealers off the street has led to the arrest of an eastside man.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force arrested 39 year-old Antonio Wiggins during Thursday night's raid at 251 Crescent St.  Samuelson says the task force was assisted by the Jamestown Police SWAT Team in executing a search warrant about 7:20 p.m.  He says they found more than a quarter-pound of marijuana, and about two-grams of powder cocaine inside during the investigation.  Samuelson says Wiggins was arrested for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.  He adds that during the raid... a second person... 54 year-old Cretia Goldsmith... was arrested for becoming disorderly.  Samuelson says Goldsmith attacked one officer... punching them.  He says Goldsmith was arrested for second-degree harassment and Unnecessary Noise.  Samuelson says both were sent to the city jail pending arraingment.  Anyone with information on the sale of illegal narcotics is asked to call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

Nine people arrest in major drug bust in Dunkirk...

The top cop in the north county city of Dunkirk commending the work of his department, and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, after a major Methamphetime and Heroin bust Thursday afternoon.  The raid at 36 West Fourth Street took place at 4 p.m., and, led to charges against nine people.  In addition to the arrests... Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano says they discovered a lot of materials and equipment used in making Meth.  Ortolano says they found "quite a bit of material... and, the sale of Heroin that was taking place."  Among the arrests, he says, were 24-year-old Fredrick Gutekunst, 45-year-old Robert Kaczor, Sr., 21-year-old Robert Kaczor, Jr., 22-year-old Sean Korzenski, 44-year-old Wendy Kaczor, 19-year-old Shelby Esperson, all of Dunkirk, along with 36-year-old Sean Henry of Silver Creek, and 22-year-old Aron Sikes of Fredonia.  A ninth person, Brian Lidlow, showed up and wanted to buy some drugs during the raid itself.  He was also arrested.  All nine were taken to police headquarters... and, are being held for arraignment today. 

Three jailed on $30,000 bail each after police, Task Force, raid suspect Meth Lab operation...

Three people are jailed on $30,000 bail each for allegedly operating 10 one-pot, Methamphetime Labs in an apartment in Brocton.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene at 150 West Main Street shortly before Midnight Thursday for a suspicious situation, and people having breathing problems.  Residents in the building were also reporting noxious fumes coming from Apartment-#2.  On arrival... officers interviewed the occupants... 25 year-old Ashley Muscato, 24 year-old Neale Brown, and, 21 year-old Ashley Guest.  They also found a number of items in plain view that were allegedly used to make Meth... and, called in members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.  Agents then located more items and quantities of Meth and marijuana.  The State Police C-C-SERT Team was also called in... and, they found the 10 pots used to make Meth.  The C-C-SERT Team helped to decontaminate the apartment.  All three were arraigned on several charges... including third-degree unlawful manufacturing of Methamphetime... and, sent to the county lock-up.

Comedian Mark Russell honors Jim Roselle for "genuine curiosity" in interviewers...

During his 60-plus years here at WJTN... Jim Roselle got to meet and interview a number of celebrities, and big names in various walks of life.  However... one became a good friend in recent years.  Political Comedian Mark Russell is a resident of Chautauqua Institution... where he met Jim.  Russell soon became a frequent guest on Jim's Chautauqua broadcasts.  Mark Russell even wrote the introduction to the book he co-wrote with Walt Pickut about the people Jim had interviewed.  Russell says he wrote "I had the impression that he was a folksy, intellectual not just to be that way... but, his radio studio was a folksy front porch right in the middle of the folksy, intellectual Chautauqua Institution."  Our Dennis Webster spoke with Mark Russell over the phone Friday morning from Washington, DC.  Russell says he told PBS Host Jim Lehrer about Jim's passing... and Lehrer commented on how nice a man Jim was... and, how that's lacking in today's political discourse... and, people are called "scumbag, thug, or sleeze-ball."  Russell says Jim's passing will leave a "huge void" at Chautauqua this Summer

In New York... Minimum Wage compromises being looked at...

Several possible compromises are being discussed as lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo negotiate a deal on the governor's proposal to enact a $15 an hour minimum wage.  Potential changes to Cuomo's proposal include a slower phase-in of the increase.  Cuomo wants to gradually raise the wage from $9 to $15 over three years in New York City and over six in the rest of the state.  Other ideas including exempting farmers from the wage or temporarily halting scheduled increases if an economic downturn occurs.

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