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A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly operating a Methamphetime Lab that apparently caught fire... and, extensively damaged his second-floor apartment last month.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers and members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force were called to the scene at 136 Maple Street shortly after Noon last April 18th.  Fire crews were called to the scene about 11:45 AM.  Samuelson says investigators noted that they had found several items in the debris that appeared to be used to make Meth.  He says police and drug agents confirmed that... and, a warrant was issued for the arrest of the tenant, 36 year-old Richard Brown.  Brown was located late Tuesday... and, arraigned on one count of Felony Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetime.  He was then sent to the county jail without bail.  Police say more charges are expected.


A Lakewood man faces several reckless driving, and stolen property-related charges following a high-speed chase early Monday night in the town of Busti.  Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they... along with Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force agents, and State Police... tried to serve a warrant on 22 year-old Dylan Abby of Packard Way.  But... as Jamestown Police followed Abbey... he drove off at a high-rate of speed. After fleeing for a short distance... officers say Abbey abandoned the vehicle... and, fled on foot.  Officers gave chase and later took him into custody.  Police arrested Abbey on a state Parole warrant... and, later found he was allegedly driving a stolen car.  Further investigation led police to obtain a search warrant for 22-91 Fairmount Avenue in Busti... and, several additional items were found... and, more charges will be filed.  Abbey faces charges including first-degree reckless endangerment... criminal possession of stolen property... and, unlawfully fleeing police.  He also faces a drug-related charge.  Abbey is jailed in Jamestown pending further court action.


Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a backroom master whose name was synonymous with political power in New York for a generation, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison.  With that... officials believe he is destined to take his place atop the state's crowded lineup of crooked politicians behind bars.  Silver, a 72-year-old Manhattan Democrat, lowered his head slightly and closed his eyes briefly as a stern U.S. Judge Valerie Caproni announced his fate.  Caproni said -- quote -- "I hope the sentence I impose upon you will make other politicians think twice until their better angels take over -- or, if there are no better angels, perhaps the fear of living out his golden years in an orange jumpsuit."  She also ordered Silver to forfeit $5.3 million and pay a $1.75 million fine.


"It's very disappointing to say the least."  Those are the feelings of Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan regarding the decision by a Falconer-based maker of custom hose and tube assemblies to phase-out it's local plant operations... and, move them to Buffalo.  Horrigan is reacting to the decision by Power Drives, Incorporated of Allen Street to move to 801 Exchange Street in Buffalo this Summer.  Company officials say they need larger facility for their plant.  But... Horrigan doesn't believe space was the only issue. As he understands it... Horrigan says Power Drive is trying to consolidate it's three locations into two... and, also considered moving to Erie, Pennsylvania.  He also believes workforce development was an issue for the company, and may have factored into the decision.  As for losing Power Drives... and, it's nearly 100 jobs... Horrigan says his administration has still has a good record in retaining local business.  An announcement issued by Power Drive said it's 98 employees were notified Monday about the move.  Company officials say about two-thirds of the employees will be given a chance to move with the company to Buffalo.


Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are on the rise again this week... up by about 8-cents for a gallon of regular, unleaded fuel.  The Triple-A's weekly Fuel Gauge Report says the average price locally is up from about 2-dollars-29 cents to 2--37 this week.  That's based on reports from 19 local service stations in the area.  At this time last year... the price was 2-dollars-74 cents a gallon.  The national average is now almost 2-dollar-22 cents.  Nationally... Triple-A says gas prices are at their highest levels in more than six months... and, the national average has remained above 2-dollars a gallon for 40 consecutive days.  The Fuel Gauge says today’s average price represents an increase of eight cents per gallon.


Acting Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson has announced that no charges will be filed against a homeowner who was involved in a shooting that occurred on Liberty Street in Fredonia on April 23th.  Swanson says charges, though, are forthcoming against two others involved... including the person who was shot.  Swanson, who is also a gun owner, says the homeowner did use discretion in utilizing the .45-caliber handgun that police say was legally owned. Swanson did not identify the homeowner.  He would also not identify the other parties involved in the early morning shooting.  However... he says they each face a charge of criminal trespass.  Otherwise... he would not comment further on the matter.  Police officials did identify the person who was shot as James Duman of Dunkirk.  He was treated at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo... and, was later transferred to the Chautauqua County Jail where police say he was being held for a parole violation. 


The 17th annual "Cents for St. Susan's" campaign is underway to help Jamestown's largest soup kitchen raise money to help feed the hungry in the community... and, it's importance is still high.  The campaign was kicked-off yesterday morning at the Board of Public Utilities' headquarters... with most of the fund-raiser's sponsors on hand.  BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins helps lead the effort... and, says the BPU can't directly donate to charities... but, they can help lead this "very important" effort. Robbins says the sponsors help in two ways... donating money to the campaign, and putting out those bright yellow canisters people can drop their change into.  St. Susan's Executive Director Jeff Smith says those donations help them run the center, and feed the area's needy.  Smith says they're on a pace to serve another record number of meals this year... with more than 5-thousand meals already served OVER last year's pace.  The Cents for St. Susan's campaign runs through July 5th.  Local sponsors include: National Fuel... Northwest Savings Bank... and, the Weinberg Financial Group.  The Media One Group is a media sponsor of the Cents for St. Susan's effort.