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Two Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of two loaded hand-guns reported stolen from a home in the town of Ellicott and, methamphetamine...  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says JPD officers and Ellicott Town Police raided the home at 70 Forest Avenue at 2PM Saturday and, arrested 34 year-old Douglas Beardsley and, 19 year-old Camille Lopez in connection with the burglary.  Samuelson said last night the break-in occured early last Friday morning.

Samuelson says both suspects were taken into custody with the help of the Jamestown Police SWAT Team.  He says they also found a small quantity of Crystal Methamphetime, cash and some drug paraphernalia inside the home.  Samuelson says it appears the pair was either selling guns to buy drugs, or trading guns for drugs.  Both Beardsley and Lopez are being held on two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and one count each of criminal possession of stolen property and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Both were being held pending arraignment.  Samuelson says the investigation is continuing and, more arrests are expected.
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(**If you have any information on illegal drug activity in the immediate Jamestown area, call the confidential JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS... or contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.)

 

A bi-partisan group of more than 40 members of Congress is "applauding" both sides for agreeing to reopen the federal government and, sit down at the table to find a long-term agreement....  

The announcement was made jointly early last weekend by Corning Republican Tom Reed of Corning, and Democrat Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey.  They say "we believe it’s best to engage in bipartisan, constructive conversation."  Reed and Gottheimer say the Problem Solvers Caucus will continue to meet and develop substantive, bipartisan solutions regarding border security and immigration.  


On a bone-chilling morning on Jamestown's westside, the Empire State Winter Games second-annual torch relay began in front of the National Comedy Center......  


Publicity Director Mike Martineau thanked Mayor Sam Teresi, and officials with the center for agreeing to host the start of the torch's nearly 600-mile trek across New York state.

Martineau says the torch to be carried initially by the mayor would go to the back of the center, then along with Greater Jamestown Riverwalk to South Main Street.  It would then travel north along Route 60 -- and into Gowanda.  Mayor Sam Teresi expressed his appreciatiion to organizers for starting the relay in Jamestown.

Martineau says the torch will be relayed by students in the Gowanda Center school district through the village and town and to Yorkshire in Cattaraugus County before going north into Buffalo, where it will spend the night.  The torch will arrive in Lake Placid late Thursday afternoon to help kick-off the 39th Empire State Winter Games, which run through Sunday night, February 3rd.


Three C's Catering, in their first Souper Bowl, won the 8th annual event on Sunday at the Lakewood American Legion....  

Three C's Karen Cross said their winning soup was a farm to table 'potato-corn chowder'.  The new Doubletree Hotel took 2nd place, with Group Therapy coming in 3rd.  Proceeds from the Souper Bowl flow directly to the Rappaport Fund for breast cancer technology at the WCA Foundation,  to benefit patients at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.  Around $3,500 was raised Sunday.  This year's Souper Bowl was sponsored by The Jamestown Rebels Hockey team, and the Media One Group of radio stations.  Three C's winning chowder will be available for sampling at the Audubon's Winter Festival next weekend.   


In New York state government news, the gender mix of Albany's often-criticized "three men in a room" method for reaching spending and legislative agreements has been shaken up.....  

Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the new Senate majority leader, joined Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Governor Andrew Cuomo for a meeting of fellow Democratic leaders at the Capitol this week.  Until Cousins stepped into Cuomo's second-floor office Wednesday, such statehouse confabs typically involved three men because men had always held the top three most powerful positions at the Capitol.  Meanwhile, actor-director Ben Stiller thanks the governor for supporting state tax breaks for the film and television industry, and more state budget hearings are on tap.


Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas delivered his annual State of the City message last Friday at Dunkirk City Hall.... 

His message included a look back at 2018 as well as plans for 2019.   Among the projects coming to Dunkirk, he says, is a new waterfront hotel.  Rosas says plans are shaping up for the long awaited Wyndham Hotel.

Rosas also says the city is also committed to bringing a methadone clinic to the city.  He says discussions continue with the nonprofit community service provide Acacia Network.  Rosas says Acacia is still looking at three different sites and, should have a decision within a month or so.  Among other projects slated for 2019, the relocation of the city's animal shelter to the dog park that the city began work on in 2018. 
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It's the time of year for State of the City Addresses.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is slated to give his annual State of the City Address at this coming Monday's City Council voting session.  The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at City Hall.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make it easier for prosecutors to target wage theft....  

The Democrat's proposal would create a new misdemeanor charge of wage theft for employers who improperly withhold an employee's pay.  Current law makes it a felony to repeatedly withhold a worker's pay, but Cuomo's office says the high legal threshold results in few prosecutors.  Cuomo included the change in his state budget proposal to lawmakers, which the Legislature hopes to act on by April 1st.  Last year the state Department of Labor returned nearly $35 million in unpaid wages to 35,000 workers.
 

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