One person was shot... while two others have been arrested... after an attempted robbery, and fight in the village of Brocton escalated into a shooting incident. Sheriff's officers were called to the scene on Central Avenue shortly after 11 PM last Friday for the fight. However... on arrival they found that one of three people visiting two people at the home was allegedly shot by one of the residents. Deputies say the other two ran from the home... and, both were later found and arrested in Westfield. The person shot was not identified... and, was flown by Starflight to the Erie County Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. The two men arrested... 35 year-old Lamar Matthews of Thayer Road, Portland, and 39 year-old Shane Wynn-Hopkins of Meadville, Pennsylvania... are both charged with third-degree attempted robbery. Wynn-Hopkins was also charged with second-degree burglary. They were arraigned and sent to the county jail on 50-thousand dollars bail each. The third person has not yet been charged... and, the investigation is continuing.
A Jamestown man is under arrest for allegedly trafficking cocaine to undercover police officers in the city. Agents with the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force joined with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.., and, others... to raid the residence at 614 Prendergast Avenue about 7 AM Friday. Task Force members say they found 36 year-old Efrain Mariera-Lebron inside... along with a quantity of cocaine... and, a large amount of cash, and scales to weigh narcotics. Police say they charged Mariera-Lebron with third-degree criminal possesion... and, sale of a controlled substance. He was arraigned, and sent to the county jail without bail. The City Police SWAT Team... and, state Police C-NET Team were also involved in the raid.
Testimony has wrapped up in a legal case involving Chautauqua County and the town of Ellery... which is attempting to stop an expansion of the County Landfill. State Supreme Court Judge Frank Sedita-the-third heard from both sides in the case this week in State Supreme Court in Mayville... with testimony concluding about mid-week. County Executive Vince Horrigan says he feels the county presented a solid case for the expansion which would involve county owned property. The State Department of Environmental Conservation gave the County a permit for the proposed 53-acre expansion after an environmental review... but, the town argues that the state agency failed to give it a hearing in front of an administrative law judge regarding environmental issues raised by town officials. They also argued that the DEC failed to address how to mitigate the concerns. Horrigan says it could be several weeks before they receive a ruling from Judge Sedita.
A Jamestown woman has been arrested for allegedly assaulting two teenagers -- and, choking one of them -- at a camping area in the town of Ellery. State Police in Jamestown say they were called to the scene last Saturday... and, arrested 28 year-old Brittany Love. Troopers accuse Love of entering a camper at the unidentified location... and, she grabbed one of the teens by the neck, and choked the youth for a period of time. They say Love then allegedly struck that subject... and, then struck and scratched the other teen. Both victims were under 17 years of age. Love was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child... second-degree harassment... and, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. She was arraigned in Ellery Town Court... and, sent to the county jail with bail to be set... pending a future court appearance
Securing the nation's borders would not only help the problems caused by illegal immigration... but, it would also help stem the United States' major drug problem. Those are the feelings of Republican U-S Senate candidate Wendy Long... who is opposing Democratic incumbant Chuck Schumer in this November's election. Speaking recently with Media One Group News... Long was asked about her top issues. She says securing the border is number-one. Long also says that people here illegally often take jobs away from Americans. She says there also needs to be complete reform of a tax system that is now totally corrupt... and, benefits people like Schumer... who help campaign donors with favorable tax laws. Long says it's also time to help relieve Farmers in New York state from burdensome regulations, and tax laws. She feels Schumer is a "professional politician..." who is detacted from his constituents in New York State. She is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform Parties lines... and, you can find out more on-line at Wendylong-dot-COM.
U-S Senator Charles Schumer says federal regulators are too slow getting bad food off the shelves. The New York Democrat is calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to review its recall process from top to bottom to determine if it's doing enough to prevent contamination-related food illnesses. The action follows a preliminary report by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggesting the FDA has taken far too long to initiate food recalls. Schumer notes that a 21-state E. coli outbreak linked to tainted flour began in December but the recall wasn't issued until May. According to the FDA... at least 57 products have been recalled since May 31st due to listeria, salmonella and other bacteria.
Work is moving ahead on the North County Water District. Chautauqua County legislators approved a resolution this past week to provide interim funding... and, to establish capital accounts for the district. County Executive Vince Horrigan says he also had a meeting with state officials in Buffalo for an update on the project. While the project is moving ahead without the village of Fredonia... Horrigan isn't closing the door on any future involvement by the village. Horrigan says O'Brien and Gere is doing some analysis on Fredonia's system, and village officials are awaiting that information. Otherwise... he says it's "full speed ahead" for the rest of the district. Horrigan says the district is looking for government efficiency grants, especially when it comes to some of water metering costs that will be involved in the project.
The cigarette tax in Pennsylvania is going up by a buck per pack, giving smokers one more reason to quit or cross the border to buy. The tax will be 2-dollars-60 cents... starting today... from $1.60 now. It's the largest-single increase on the state's smokers since Pennsylvania first imposed a cigarette excise tax in 1935. For Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature, it was a step toward addressing a long-term deficit. Pack-a-day smoker Brent Johnson of suburban Harrisburg says he won't change his habit. But... he feels it isn't right for policymakers to target smokers when they have other options to balance the budget.