A Kennedy man accused of setting a dozen arson fires in the Jamestown-area last year will spend 15 to 30 months in jail in the Pittsburgh-area after admitting to setting a fire in a vacant house...  
 
The Butler-Eagle newspaper reports that 21 year-old Jonathan Young was given the term to be served in the Butler County Prison.  The paper adds that Young was given 395 days time served credit, and he was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution.  After serving his Butler County sentence, Young will be returned to authorities in either New York or in Warren County, Pennsylvania, where he is also wanted on arson charges.
 
 
A city man is jailed on $10,000 bail for allegedly driving while impaired by drugs on a suspended license during a high-speed chase early yesterday morning...  
 
City police say their K-9 Unit attempted to stop a vehicle for no break light and moving from lane unsafely at the intersection of West Fifth and Cherry Streets.  However, the driver reportedly failed to comply after officers activated their emergency lights and sirens.  The driver -- later identified as 23 year-old Alvin Jusino -- then led officers on a pursuit out of the city into Falconer at a high rate of speed.  The pursuit continued onto Route 380 and eventually towards the Village of Mayville.  Police say Sheriff's officers deployed spike strips, causing a flat tire on Jusino's vehicle.  He was taken into custody on Route 430 near Academy Street and, was arraigned on several charges including traffic infractions, third-degree unlawful fleeing from police and, failure to comply with lawful order. 
 
 
Sheriff's K-9 "Link" helped officers find several drugs inside a car parked at a Cassadaga gas station after closing hours Wednesday night...  
 
Deputies responded to a reported suspicious situation at the Kwik-Fill on North Main Street, and spoke with the operator -- 39 year-old Jason Remington -- and his passenger -- 26 year-old Nicholas Botticello.  While speaking with the men, officers allegedly saw Remington try to conceal packaged narcotics, and they were removed while "Link" performed a search, where he found narcotics in multiple locations.  Deputies say Remington was in possession of over half-an-ounce of methamphetamine, 0.6-grams of powder cocaine, various prescription pills, a small amount of marihuana, digital scales, and packaging materials.  He was also found with an electronic stun gun, with a previous criminal conviction making this a felony.  Botticello was found to have a small amount of pot.  He was charged with unlawful possession marihuana, and released.  Remington is jailed on $30,0000 bail on several charges, including two felony drug-possession charges and, felony third-degree criminal  possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and sent to the county lock-up.
 
 
Work will begin soon on a new animal abuse registry in Chautauqua County...  
 
That from County Executive George Borrello, who says the Sheriff's Office will create the registry... now that the legislature approved a local law during Wednesday night's monthly meeting, 19-0.  Borrello says people involved in transactions involving animals will now be required to check the registry.  The measure had been tabled in March.  Borrello credits County Sheriff Joe Gerace with drawing attention to the program.  There is no firm timetable yet as to when the registry would be up and running.
 
 
 
Business leaders in Chautauqua County will get to hear -- first hand -- what's been taking place in Albany during the current state legislative session...  
 
The county's Chamber of Commerce will hold it's annual legislative breakfast today with State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell on hand for the program at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.  Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says they'll be talking about the recently approved state budget and, ever increasing worker's compensation.
 
Tranum says both Young and Goodell will provide some opening remarks and, then take questions from the audience at the forum.  He says several sponsors, including Affinity One, Cummins Engine and Chautauqua Institution, are sponsoring the event.  The Media One Group of stations is also a sponsor of the breakfast.  The cost is $18 per person for Chamber members and $21 for non-members.  For more information, go on-line to Chautauquachamber.org/events or call our offices at 366-6200 or 484-1101.
 
 
There appear to have been two positive outcomes from last week's visit by the Regional Administrator for the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development in Chautauqua County...  
 
Lynne Patton was the guest of local Congressman Tom Reed and got to see many of the outcomes from the Community Development Block Grant program in both Jamestown and Dunkirk.  Reed says first off, both city's will see a definate increase in their allocations in the new Continuing Budget Resolution.
 
In addition, Reed says the region's construction season was discussed.  He says they got Patton to understand that HUD's timeline for releasing funds doesn't fit into what we have in this area and, extensions are sometimes necessary, and have to be secured to make sure the funding is there.  Reed says he's also hoping they can expand the "entitlement designation" to the city of Geneva.  Currently, Jamestown, Dunkirk, Ithaca and Elmira receiving funding as "entitlement" cities.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A Randolph man wanted on several charges by Jamestown police has been located and is under arrest...  
 
City officers say Daniel Fluent was taken into custody at an unknown location.  Fluent was wanted on two counts each of Aggravated Family Offense and first-degree criminal contempt.  He also faces one count each of Aggravated Harassment and fourth-degree Stalking. 

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