Two Jamestown men have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a stolen hand-gun during a traffic stop early yesterday morning on the city's southside.
City police say they pulled over the vehicle at the corner of Prospect and Barker Streets about 4:45 AM for multiple vehicle and traffic violations. During the course of the traffic stop officers say they found the gun inside the vehicle.
They say a records check indicated the gun had been reported stolen in the city back on March 19th.
Police say 20 year-old Karee Rizzo-Walker and 19 year-old Sharef Corley were arrested without incident. Both were arraigned on charges including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, criminal possession of stolen property. Rizzo-Walker and Corley were then sent to the county jail without bail.
Sunday morning's arrests come on the heels of Jamestown's first drive-by shooting reported since several late last year.
Jamestown police were called to the scene at 6 West 12th Street about 3:30 AM Friday on a report of multiple shots being fired into the house. The Post-Journal reports the JPD Captain Bob Samuelson said that the people inside were likely "targeted."
Samuelson says they don't have an exact number of shots being fired and, adds the occupants were "not cooperative" with the investigation. He says the motive is being looked into but, he says it was likely the result of some kind of dispute, or an altercation.
Samuelson also says there were several children living inside when the incident occured.
If you have any information on the incident... call the JPD Tips line at 483-8477 or leave an anonymous tip via their Tips 4-1-1 app.
The Falconer native under arrest in western Pennsylvania after allegedly starting more a dozen arson fires in the Jamestown-area is also accused of crimes in nearby Warren County, Pennsylvania.
That from State Police in Warren who say 19 year-old Jonathan Young of Kennedy is charged there with Felony burglary and motor vehicle theft, as well as loitering and prowling at night. Young's most noteworthy crime was allegedly setting the fire that destroyed half-a-block of residential and business property in Falconer. Mayor Jim Rensel says residents were stunned by Young's arrest and, the accusations against him.
The Warren Times-Observer reports that Young apparently committed the crimes there on March 26th as he fled New York after setting several fires including five within a three-hour period on March 24th and 25th in Jamestown.
State Police say Young is first accused of breaking into a garage in Pine Grove Township and stealing a car there. He was finally caught on March 28th in Butler County, Pennsylvania for allegedly breaking into a vacant house in Slippery Rock and, trying to set fire to it. Young was arraigned and, is being held in the Butler County Jail on $75,000 cash bail.
Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings say investigators from his department went to Butler County about mid-week last week after learning that Young had been arrested.
Snellings say the local charges were filed as a detainer against Young and, include two counts of second-degree Arson and nine counts of third-degree arson. There was also a fifth-degree arson charge for setting fire to a construction debris pile in Jamestown in the early morning hours of March 25th.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he and state legislative leaders agreed on a 153-billion dollar, 2017-18 budget plan early last weekend.
The Democratic governor said the proposal includes $1.1-billion dollars more in school spending, the authorization for Uber and Lyft to expand upstate, and free college tuition for students from families making $125,000 or less.
The budget was due by April 1st but lawmakers and Cuomo couldn't agree on final details. Lawmakers must still approve the compromise.
The spending measure also includes $2.5 billion in funding for water quality and water and sewer upgrades. The final issues to be nailed down include a proposal to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. Cuomo says that reform was a top priority for Democrats.
The natural gas boom that's hammered coal mines and driven down utility bills is now hitting nuclear power plants.
That's spurring nuclear power plant owners to press lawmakers in Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania for a financial rescue. Their multi-billion-dollar energy company owners say they want the same preferential treatment given to renewables, like wind and solar.
Opposition to a so-called nuclear bailout is uniting rivals and the natural gas exploration industry. The potential for a hit to utility bills is drawing pushback from the AARP and manufacturers.
The dairy group that has run the popular Milk Bar at the New York State Fair since 1952 says it's pulling out because of funding issues with the Cuomo administration.
The non-profit New York State Dairy Exhibits, Incorporated tells The Syracuse Post-Standard that it won't run the Dairy Products Building at the fairgrounds in the town of Geddes.
Group leaders say the move comes after the state only came up with half of the $90,000 subsidy that was supposed to cover expenses for running last year's Milk Bar.
The state kicked in the funding after the group announced before the fair's opening that it planned to double the price of a cup of milk to 50 cents because it was losing money on the operation. The state money prevented the price from being raised for the first time since 1983.