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A 15th person has now been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with agents cracking a major methamphetime ring in the city of Jamestown...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior announced late Thursday that the panel indicted Henry Stovall, Junior on charges of methamphetamine conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine, and using and maintaining a drug-involved premises. The other 14 people were arrested after being indicted last week.  The Post-Journal is reporting that Stovall was the man arrested after he fled to the Wrightsville, Pennsylvania area and, was later caught by federal, state and local authorities.  The charges against Stovall and the others carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10-million fine.  The previous 14 were found with quantities of meth, hand-guns, several cell phones, and cash. 

A city man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a loaded 25-calibur pistol during a traffic stop early yesterday morning on Jamestown's southside...  

City police say they stopped a car at the corner of Foote Avenue and Briggs Street about 3 a.m. for inadequate lights and a loud muffler.  Officers say further investigation showed that the passenger, 32 year-old Kyle Kamholtz, was in possesion of the loaded gun.  Kamholtz was arrested for Felony second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, he was jailed pending arraignment.  Anyone with information on any illegal activity can contact the JPD Confidential Tips-line at 483-TIPS (8477).  

The number-one issue facing the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office remains the on-going opioid drug epidemic...  

That from the two candidates seeking the office in two weeks: Democratic incumbant Joe Gerace, and Republican challenger Jim Quattrone during a forum in the Dunkirk-area Thursday morning.  Quattrone, a retired Sheriff's Department Lieutenant, stressed the need for cooperation on all levels-- not only between law enforcement patrols and task forces, but also with public health providers.

Sheriff Gerace has been the county's top-cop since 1995 and says the agency has been leading the effort to control the problem.  He says they have been looking at new programs...including opening a new addiction and dependancy unit in the jail.  Jamestown has had it's own drug task force for several years now and Gerace says he would like the city to rejoin the Southern Tier Task Force.

Quattrone says he believes he is the one who can bring both task forces under a single banner.  Gerace says he believes the Sheriff's Department, though, can only be a part of the solution and, adds that big pharmacutical companies also need to be held responsible -- in part -- for the epidemic.

The Jamestown High School Marching Band is inviting the public to a 'send off' performance on Saturday, before heading to the New York state championships in Syracuse... 

The  band's director,  Meghan Murray, says they'll play at 2:30 p.m. at Strider Field.  Jamestown's 2018 show is based on the Pachelbel Canon.  Meghan Murray says the band is performing 'really smart' right now, showing the best they can do every time.  The JHS Band will compete at 3:29 p.m. Sunday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.  The F2CS Band from Falconer and Frewsburg will also compete on Sunday, at 9:44 AM.  Again, the Jamestown band's preview performance will be SATURDAY at 2:30 p.m. at Strider Field, weather permitting.  It is free.

A Warren County, Pennsylvania man has died from injuries sustained in a car accident Wednesday evening... 

State Police say the crash occurred on State Route 62 when a mini-van crossed the center lane and left the roadway and struck an embankment with its driver's side front end.  Troopers say the heavy impact caused the van to become airborne, then roll onto its roof and slide 145-feet coming to rest in the middle of the roadway.  The driver, 34 year-old Steven Walters -- of Endeavor-- was pulled from the vehicle and transferred to Warren General Hospital where he later died.

A Gowanda man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison following his conviction for distribution of child pornography...  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says 20 year-old Shane Aurand received the term Wednesday from U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo.  Kennedy says the charge carried a minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum sentence of 20 and, a quarter of a million dollar fine.  The assistant U-S Attorney handling the case says that, in March 2017, the defendant started communicating with an undercover law enforcement agent on the messaging application Kik. Aurand shared sexually explicit pictures of a 7-year old child that he produced while babysitting the child at his residence.  He also offered to send the undercover agent pictures of other children, if he received child pornography in return.

The man who has headed up the Jamestown's area's largest soup kitchen for the past four years will soon begin work in another kitchen...  

St. Susan's Center Executive Director Jeff Smith will be the new Food Services Director for the Jamestown Public Schools next Monday.  Smith says his final day as director at St. Susan's is today, but says he will have fond memories of the volunteers, and people they serve there.

Smith says he applied for the school district and, was informed that he had the job a few days ago.  He says he has mixed feelings as he wraps up his work at St. Susan's.  However, he says while he's leaving, the soup kitchen's mission remains an important one in the community.  He says they served just under 122,000 meals last year and, they're on a similar pace this year.  Smith adds they are now also providing meals for the men's U-CAN Center in Jamestown and, that will likely take their meal totals to 140,000 in 2018.  St. Susan's Assistant Director, Katie Murdock, will be interim director while the board looks for a new director.

Several fire companies from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties were called to help put out a blaze that damaged a home in the village of Cherry Creek...  

Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Cherry Creek crews were called to the scene on Southside Avenue just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday.  They were joined by firefighters from Ellington, Kennedy, Sinclairville and, South Dayton and Conewango from Cattaraugus.  No injuries were reported and, crews were at the scene about 2.5 hours.

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he hopes the shock of a mail bomb plot targeting him and other public figures has been enough to help end the country's divide....  

Biden addressed the mailings in suburban Buffalo Thursday during a campaign stop with a western New York congressional candidate ahead of a speech at the University at Buffalo.  Biden and Democrat Nate McMurray stopped for pancakes at a Lancaster restaurant and spoke with patrons and staff, with Biden praising McMurray as "solid" and running for the right reasons.  McMurray is challenging Republican Chris Collins, who is running for re-election while awaiting trial on insider trading charges.  He's pleaded not guilty.  UB says it's increased security for Biden's speech.

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