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A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly firing two shots with a stolen gun during an altercation with another man on the city's northside last night.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 811 Prendergast Avenue about 8:20 PM on a report of several shots being fired.  Samuelson says police learned that another man with the alleged suspect... 28 year-old Jonathan Negron-Rosario... had gotten into a verbal argument with the victim.  The victim then grabbed a bat... and, Rosario allegedly fired the .357-calibur hand-gun into the air.  No one was hurt.  He was arrested... and, the gun was found to have been stolen in Camden, New Jersey in 1993.


A Jamestown man was arrested during a raid Thursday afternoon for allegedly trafficking "crack" cocaine from a home on the city's eastside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 40 Thayer Street shortly before 2 PM... and, found the suspect, 22 year-old Darin Butts, Junior, inside.  Samuelson says they also found an 18 year-old woman, and a small child along with 11-grams of "crack" cocaine.  He says Butts was arrested on charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, endangering the welfare of a child.  The 18 year-old was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.


A second kind of Methamphetime has surfaced in the Jamestown-area in addition to what is made locally.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force found 7-grams of Crystal Meth in the possession of alleged "street-level" dealer Garson Butcher during a raid yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon at 230 Forest Avenue.  Samuelson says police got a search warrant just before some apparent customers were coming out shortly after 1:30 PM. Samuelson says there were 13 Amphetime pills in Butcher's possession.  He says investigators can't say where exactly the "Crystal Meth" is coming from... but, adds it's the lowest quality of the illegal drug... and, is often made in southwestern states -- like Texas.  He says the state Police C-NET Team also took part in the raid... where drug agents also seized a digital scale.  Butcher was arraigned on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... criminally using drug paraphernalia... and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He was sent to the county jail without bail.


A nearly four-year-old murder case in the Cattaraugus County town of Great Valley has finally seen an arrest.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say a joint investigation with the District Attorney's office has led to the arrest of 24 year-old Jaron Ruth of Buffalo.  Deputies say Ruth is accused of shooting and killing Heney Ackley during a robbery at Ackley's Route 417 home back in September of 2012.  Officers say Ruth is currently serving a prison sentence at the Orleans Correctional Facility on an unrelated charge.  He was indicted by the Cattaraugus County Grand Jury for second-degree murder... two counts of first-degree robbery... and, two counts of first-degree burglary.  Ruth is to be arraigned on the new charges on June 20th.


State Police in Warren have now identfied the person killed in Wednesday afternoon's fatal car accident in Warren County's Springcreek Township.  Troopers now say that 18 year-old Jordan Ayala of Corry was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-car crash on Old Route 77.  Police say Ayala was driving east at an apparent high-rate of speed when he lost control just after 1 PM... and, the car cross the road, and slammed into an embankment.  Troopers say the vehicle flipped over and traveled about 100 feet down a hill and struck a ditch.  Police say Ayala was ejected from the vehicle.  His three passengers... 18 year-old Bret Anderson of Corry, and two 16 year-olds from Corry... were taken to Corry Memorial Hospital for treatment.  The investigation is continuing.


When you attend this summer's Chautauqua County Fair, you will be able to see poultry exhibits.  State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball announced the end of the ban on all live fowl competitions and exhibits at the State Fair in Syracuse and at all county fairs across the state.  Emily Reynolds of Cornell Cooperative Extension says it will be a great chance for kids in their 4-H program to demonstrate what they've learned about their poultry. Because of the ban... Reynolds says modifications had to be made so 4-H members could still have a program last year.  However... the competition took place at a location away from the county Fairgrounds in Dunkirk.  The State Agriculture Department had issued the ban in May 2015 to prevent the spread of avian flu.


The county's Chamber of Commerce will hear more about what's happening in local government this morning during it's annual County Executive Breakfast.  Chamber leaders say Executive Vince Horrigan will address the business group about 8:30 AM at Webb's Captains Table in Mayville.  About 100 businesses will be represented at the event... which will feature some short remarks by Horrigan... then a question and answer session.  Chamber officials say the pending closure of the NRG Plant in Dunkirk... and, the move by the Athenex pharmacutial company to the county... will be two of the main topics discussed.