The north county woman accused of shooting and killing a man in the city of Dunkirk has been ordered held over for Grand Jury action.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 28-year-old Rebecca Ruiz made an appearance late Tuesday in Dunkirk City Court for a preliminary hearing, where Judge Walter Drag determined that there was sufficient evidence presented to hold Ruiz in custody. Swanson says a preliminary hearing is just the beginning of the process of trying a felony case, and adds that each defendent has a right to that.
Judge Drag made his ruling after hearing testimony from two Dunkirk Police officers during the hearing. Swanson says the next step is presenting the case to a Chautauqua County Grand Jury. He says bail was set for Ruiz at one-million dollars cash two-million property bond. Swanson says the case must they go before the secret panel within 45 days.
Ruiz is accused of second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Julian Duman on July 6th at her home at 141 Lake Shore Drive East. The two reportedly had a relationship at one time.
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly threatening a woman, who had an order of protection against him with a golf club.
City police add that 40 year-old Simeon Leeper, Senior was also in possession of drugs when he was arrested. Officers were called to the scene at 270 Fairmount Avenue about 3 a.m. Wednesday and, spotted a vehicle leaving the scene. They then detained the vehicle and arrested Leeper who was taken to the city jail.
Police say they found nearly 11-grams of cocaine in his posession and, he tried to hide a quantity of marijuana. Police say Leeper also spit at officers, and ripped up evidence paperwork. He was charged with second-degree menacing, harassment and trespassing in connection with the Fairmount Avenue incident.
He was also charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of trying to conceal or destroy evidence. Leeper is being held pending arraignment.
A Jamestown man and a teenager have been arrested after their Sports Utility Vehicle was pulled over on the city's southside and, the man was found in possession of illegal drugs.
Jamestown officers say they went to pull over the SUV operated by an unidentified 17 year-old male early last Monday night near Willard and Allen Streets. However the 17 year-old driver allegedly ran over a stop sign before driving off at a high speed. He was later stopped and, arrested on several charges including obstruction for those violations.
Meantime police later arrested the passenger, 22 year-old Karee Rizzo-Walker, after he was found with nearly 12 grams of cocaine and, another 5-grams of a "cutting agent" use to mix with and dilute the drug. Walker was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail on charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
There have been some wild animal sightings mainly of Coyotes in the city of Jamestown in recent days.
City Councilman Tony Dolce says he and others have received some complaints and, heard some concerns in recent days. Dolce asked City Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings Monday night what residents should do if they see a Coyote, and have small pets.
Snellings says they aren't equiped to deal with those calls but, says he would recommend people in the city not allow their pets to "run freely." There were some Coyote sightings in the Jamestown-area mainly in the Moonbrook area of the town of Ellicott a couple of years ago.
Encroaching development is believed to, at times drive them into more urban areas. At the time a wildlife biologist with the state DEC said such incidents are relatively rare. But he also recommended that anyone experiencing problems with coyotes call the DEC and report it.
A north county man has been arrested after being accused of forcibly touching a child in the village of Silver Creek last weekend.
Sheriff's officers say they issued an arrest warrant for 27 year-old Arthur Hubbard of Southside Avenue in Cherry Creek late Tuesday morning. In addition to forcible touching deputies say Hubbard was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child out of Silver Creek Village Court.
They says Hubbard was taken into custody without incident and, arraigned on the charges. He was then sent to the county jail with bail to be set, pending a future court appearance.
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area have increased by about a penny this week moving back to just under $2.44 a gallon for regular, unleaded.
That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says the price is up about 6-tenths of a cent from last week's $2.43.9. However that's still down 4 cents from the same time last year. AAA says states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast saw moderate changes in gas prices on the week.
The Fuel Gauge reports that only Washington, D.C. and Maine saw prices increase albeit by one cent while six states saw prices drop. Nationally the price has fallen one-cent this past week to $2.25 per gallon.