City police officials say Pacheco was apparently trafficking illegal narcotics outside the city as well...
The Jamestown man arrested during last Thursday afternoon's major bust on the southside is "an upper level dealer who is providing drugs outside" of the city.  That from Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings on the 15-Kilograms of illegal narcotics seized during the bust at 477 South Main Streets.  Snellings says they also arrested 34 year-old Juan Pacheco... who is allegedly a "major" dealer in both the city and region.  He says they got a break in arresting him at the alleged "stash house" he operated.  Snellings says Pacheco had "garnered" the attention for sometime.  But, adds they had some difficulty getting information.  However... he resurfaced, and police were able to nab him.  Snellings says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force were "very pleased" to get both Pacheco and the $2.4-million worth of cocaine, methamphetime, and marijuana off the streets.  He says the city isn't growing or processing that amount of drugs... so the investigation will likely reach outside the city.  Acting District Attorney Patrick Swanson says Pacheco faces two A-1 Felony charges that carry substancial prison time.  Swanson says he faces 8 to 20 years on each charge in state prison.  He says Pacheco remains jailed without bail on the drug-possession charges... and, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in city court this Wednesday.
 
 
Man found in possession of illegal drug following one-car accident in Gerry...
A Jamestown-area man was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance after his car went off of Route 380 in the town of Gerry and crashed last Saturday afternoon.  Sheriff's officers say they were called to a report of a single-car accident about 4 p.m.  On arrival... deputies say they found that a car, driven by 47 year-old Andre Biekert of Fluvanna-Townline Road... went off the side of the road for no apparent reason.  Biekert was also found to be in possession of an illegal drug.  He's been charged with moving from lane unsafely... unlicensed operation... and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Biekert was issued appearance tickets.  He was not hurt.
 
 
Gerace says there are plenty of positives with new, Video Visit System for county jail...
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says there are a lot of positives about a new video visitation program that is being launched at the County Jail in Mayville.  The new technology will allow people to schedule a visit "on-line" with an inmate of the jail.  Gerace says there are several advantages to offering the program with no cost to county taxpayers.  He says it will cut the number of in-person visits because some people would have to travel long distances to get here.  Gerace adds it will also cut the amount of contraband that visitors try to bring into the jail.  He says the new program should help reduce the number of people that come into the jail's limited visitation area.  It also help personnel when it comes to scheduling visits since it requires on-line scheduling of visits for people who have computers.  To get more information about the system on the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office website... go on-line to www.sheriff.us.
 
 
NYS doing more to help families of murder victims cover basic funeral costs...
The state is doing more to help cover the costs of funerals for murder victims.  Governor Cuomo says that he has signed legislation allowing funeral homes to seek up to $6,000 in reimbursement for expenses such as burial fees, clergy fees, headstones, flowers or obituaries for homicide victims.  Under the old policy, families of victims had to seek the reimbursement themselves -- forcing them to pay the costs upfront.  Cuomo says the bill is intended to give family members ``some peace of mind'' at a difficult time. 
 
 
Schumer wants "swift" review of JFK Airport incident...
U-S Senator Charles Schumer says the recent scare at Kennedy Airport raises ``disturbing'' questions about the facility's vulnerability to an actual attack.  The New York Democrat says Sunday that he wants a ``swift'' review by federal agencies of the incident and the security response to it.  Loud celebrations by passengers watching the Olympics have been offered as one possible explanation for the cause of the incident on August 14.  The reports of gunfire led to chaos and evacuations.  Authorities later determined no shots were fired.  Schumer says the review should focus on security officer training, agency coordination and whether the incident exposed weaknesses in how authorities communicate with the public during a potential crisis.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has already announced plans for his own review of the incident.
 
 
"Move-in" Weekend concluding at SUNY College at Fredonia...
It was "student move-in" Weekend at the State University of New York College at Fredonia this past weekend.  Jeff Woodard, Director of Marketing and Communications at Fredonia... says the university is helping student's get settled in as the new school year is about to begin.  Woodard says more than 250 student volunteers were on hand to help students get moved in.  In addition... SUNY at Fredonia officials expected there to be more than 1,400 vehicles bringing belongings to campus and some 1,200 hot dogs to be cooked in their Welcome Tent.  Classes for the nearly 5,000 students will get underway this week.
 
 
Animal welfare organization calls in state to end milk promotion at state fair...
An animal welfare organization is urging New York state to end a longstanding milk promotion at the upcoming State Fair at Syracuse.  The group Farm Sanctuary says that it has written to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to pull $90,000 in state funds that pay for a milk bar at the fair that charges 25-cents for a cup of milk.  In the letter... Farm Sanctuary President Gene Baur writes that cow milk is better suited for cows than people... and, that dairy consumption can lead to health problems like heart disease in humans.  Cuomo hasn't responded to the letter but he's unlikely to end the promotion. 
 

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