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Two Frewsburg men have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a house early yesterday morning on Jamestown's southside.  City police were called to the area of Hazzard Street and Sabin Avenue shortly before 2 AM on a report of a suspicious vehicle.  Officers say Sheriff's Officers and Ellicott Police were also called to the area... and, found a home that had apparently been broken into.  Police then spotted two people inside.  However... in talking to the owner, no one was living there, and no one was allowed to be inside.  With the help of the JPD K-9 Unit... officers then found the two men, and evidence that they were there to steal a number of items.  Police say that 19 year-old Wyatt Mann... and, 20 year-old Scott Cappadonia were arrested... and, charged with second-degree burglary, and criminal mischief.  Both are being held pending arraignment.


There have been more than a dozen Heroin overdose deaths in the immediate Jamestown-area through the first few weeks of March.  However... the startling number is not as surprising when considering the recent drug bust that led to the seizure of more than 400 individual doses of the powerful narcotic.  That from Chief Executive Officer Rick Huber with the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County... who tells our Terry Frank the problem appears to have gotten worse since the beginning of the year. Huber says the problem never really got any better.  In fact... the problem may be intensifying due to what's being "cut" with the Heroin.  One recent overdose involved a person smoking the drug... which was laced with the drug Fentanyl.  Huber says it now appears some of the drug is being cut with something else... possibly some kind of synthetic drug.  There is still a "stigma" attached to people who are addicted to drugs... but, Huber says that's slowly being broke down, as families are starting to identify their loved one's problem in newspaper obituaries. 


A Cattaraugus County woman is being held on 50-thousand dollars bail for allegedly running a Methamphetime Lab in the town of Machias.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say they arrested 57 year-old Debra Davis of Yaht Club Drive following an investigation into the alleged operation.  She faces charges including third-degree unlawful manufacture of Methamphetime... and, for unlawfully disposing of a Meth. Lab.  Davis was arraigned and sent to the Little Valley lock-up.


A Panama man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a four-wheeler from a town of Clymer home earlier this month.  Sheriff's officers say their investigation showed that 19 year-old Jason Earle had entered the home about 6:30 PM on March 3rd... and, took the all-terrain vehicle.  Deputies say a warrant was issued late last week... and, Earle was arrested without incident.  He's been charged with second-degree burglary and Criminal Mischief... and, third-degree Grand Larceny.  Earle was arraigned in Clymer Town Court... and, sent to the county jail without bail, pending a recommendation by the District Attorney's office.


Within a few days... New Yorkers will likely find out whether the minimum wage is going up.  Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to enact a 15-dollar an hour wage is one of several issues to be decided as the Democratic governor and state lawmakers seek to work out a state budget deal before an April 1st deadline.  Other items include funding for roads and bridges and competing tax plans from the Assembly and Senate. The Democrat-led Assembly wants to raise taxes on millionaires while cutting them for other tax payers; the Republican-controlled Senate is pushing a much bigger middle class tax plan.  The final spending plan is due by this Friday -- April 1st.


It was a chilly... but, beautiful, sunny day for the hundreds of children that took part in the city of Jamestown's 69th annual Easter Egg Hunt this past Saturday.  This year's event was dedicated to long-time WJTN Morning Man Jim Roselle... who announced from the egg hunt the past several years.  We continued on that tradition with Matt Warren and Russ Diethrick covering the festivities.  Matt spoke with 5-to-8 year-old Gold Egg Winner, Brehanna Gawn of Jamestown. In the 9 to 12 year-old age group... the Golden Egg was found by Jamestown's Ryleigh Anderson... who also found one of the other 30 prize eggs.  The Silver Egg in that catagory was found by Alyssa Peters of Eldersburg, Maryland... who's family was visiting relatives here.  Alyssa says this is the fourth or fifth year she's been here for the Egg Hunt.  The Silver Egg in the 5-to-8 year-old catagory was found by Jamestown's Aiden Rhodes.  The prize Silver and Gold eggs were sponsored through a donation in memory of Mark Hess... a long-time supporter of the Egg Hunt.  Gift cards were given to the winners.


Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted an Easter egg hunt and open house at the New York state governor's mansion this year, the first of what the governor hopes will become an annual springtime tradition.  Sunday afternoon's event also included tours of the historic residence in Albany and opportunities to meet the Democratic governor.  Only ticketed guests could attend.  Tickets were obtained through the governor's website.  Cuomo and his family watched as visitors took part in activities including an egg roll.


A midlevel state court agrees that Senator Ted Cruz can remain on New York's April 19th presidential primary ballot, saying the challenge over his U.S. citizenship was filed too late.  Judge David Weinstein ruled earlier this month that the petition to knock the Texas senator off New York's Republican primary ballot missed the statutory three-day deadline.  The Appellate Division has agreed, writing that Cruz filed January 26th at the state Board of Elections, but the objection didn't arrive until February 17th.  Plaintiffs Barry Korman and William Gallo maintain Cruz isn't ``a natural born citizen'' of the U.S. as constitutionally required for eligibility to be president.  cruz was born in Alberta, Canada. His mother was a U.S. citizen living there.  His father is a native of Cuba.