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A city man is jailed following his arrest on drug and weapons charges during a raid on his south-side home Monday afternoon...  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and state Police C-NET Team executed a search warrant at 745 Foote Avenue about 12:30 p.m. with the help of the JPD SWAT Team.  Once inside, Samuelson says police found a quantity of crystal methamphetamine and, a 30-06 rifle, and semi-automatic 9-millimeter High-Point rifle.  Police arrested 37 year-old Willie Graham for two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and, one of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was held pending arraignment.  If you have an information on suspected drug activity in the city, call the tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  You can also use the Tips 4-1-1 app.

The crisis facing local dairy farmers in Chautauqua County were laid-out in full view Monday afternoon during a visit by the Republican candidate for U-S Senate...  

New York City's Chele Farley joined State Senator Cathy Young at the Mid-Knight Dairy Farm on the Fluvanna-Townline Road in the town of Ellicott.  Farley blasted incumbant Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand as someone who has only had one bill passed during her 12 total years in Washington, D-C.

Farley expects Gillibrand to vote against the new, U-S, Mexico and Canada trade agreement reached by the Trump Administration and, she let the current Farm Bill expire.  Senator Young says dairy farming is difficult even in the best of times, but right now, it's the worst it's been in years.  In 2014, she says the price per hundred-weight climbed to $28.00 but, has now fallen to $16.00 per hundred-weight.  Mid-Knight Farm co-owner John McKnight got emotional as he talked about how difficult is has been meeting current expenses.

No one was reportedly hurt when a 2x4 piece of the exterior wall of the Hotel Jamestown Building on West Third Street in the city crashed to the sidewalk Monday afternoon...  

An eyewitness to the incident tells us the piece of the building fell near the corner with Cherry Street -- in front of the Hotel Mini Mart -- shortly before 3 PM.  However, it appeared no one was hit by the debris.  Police and others were on the scene by that time and, have closed off the sidewalk area where the brick debris came down.  We do have calls out for more information on the situation, but have not yet heard back.  

As the annual Four-H Week gets underway, the local branch of the organization is celebrating the beginning of a new program, and the addition of a new staff member...  

Kate Ewer, the Four-H Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County says the new offering will focus on STEM, thanks to a grant, provided by the Ralph Wilson Foundation, will run for three years.  Every eight weeks a new group of eight students will engage in a specific project, with some relationship to agriculture.  The new job will be open for application in the near future.  Kate Ewer believes the program will start in early 2019.  More information is available by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Ag Center near Jamestown.    

With the U-S population aging as the Baby Boomer generation begins to retire has come renewed concerns about elder abuse across the nation....  

Here in Chautauqua County, the head of the Elder Abuse and Enhanced Multi-Disciplinary Team says the number of cases they see here and in Erie County, continue to rise.  Kayleigh Feser was the keynote speaker during last Friday's 21st annual Walk Against Domestic Violence.

Feser says the segment of the population 65 or older is expected to double by the year 2050 to 83.7-million people.  She says there are a number of ways abuse happens, including physical, emotional and financial.  She adds that supporting caregivers is very important because the stress they feel in dealing with a loved one can often be difficult.  Feser says the effects of elder abuse on an older person can have devastating consequences.  An elderly person who suffering some kind of abuse is three-times more likely to die within 5-years of that abuse than those who have not.

It took about an hour for Dunkirk firefighters to get a boat fire contained and under control at the Dunkirk Pier yesterday morning...  

Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards says crews were called to the scene about 9:30 a.m. and found a 41-foot fishing boat on fire as the owner was preparing for a fishing excursion on Lake Erie.  Edwards says they made sure the boat didn't have a chance to drift on them.

Edwards says the owner was putting gear in the front of the boat when he looked up and, saw flames shooting from the back part of the vessel.  No injuries were reported.  Edwards says crews had to string a large hose line along the dock to reach the fire and, he says that prevented them from getting water on the blaze quicker than they wanted.  The fire not only damaged the boat, but also a portion of the dock.  Fire investigators will be brought in to determine a cause. 

More than 1,000 people jammed into a riverside park to honor the victims of a limo crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York...  

Some relatives of the dead shed tears as local officials expressed solidarity with them at Monday's vigil in Amsterdam, just west of Albany.  Some victims lived in the small city.  Congressman Paul Tonko told the families, in his words, "We are crushed with you, we are crushed for you."  He's a Democrat from Amsterdam.  The ceremony ended with participants lifting candles above their heads to signal unity and perseverance.  The 19-seater limo ran a stop sign and hit a parked SUV on Saturday in Schoharie.  Two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limo died.  The passengers were headed to a 30th birthday party.

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