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One person is jailed on $150,000 cash bail for allegedly firing the shots that struck one of three people during an alleged drive-by shooting in Jamestown late last month.... 

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the Chautauqua County Grand Jury has handed up a three-count indictment against 30 year-old Rasul Bonds in connection with the incident, which occured near the intersection of North Main and West Ninth Streets shortly before 3 AM on January 30th.  Samuelson says one person was struck in the face, and seriously hurt, while two others escaped injury.  He says Bonds was arraigned on three counts of attempted murder, and one count of first-degree assault and, sent to the county lock-up.  Samuelson says the investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are pending.

The city of Jamestown's Department of Development has put together an on-line form that will allow the public to help it find "zombie properties" in the city's neighborhoods.....  

That from Director Vince DeJoy, who first outlined the process for the City Council's Housing Committee last night.  During the later work session, Committee Chairwoman Vickye James says an resident can go to the city's website and, click on the "Report Vacant Property" picture on the homepage.

DeJoy says his office wants to know the properties by March 8th.  He says that's when they'll be submitting all their information to the state to obtain grant funding for legal help for people living in a home that's going through foreclosure.  DeJoy adds they'll also be working with lenders to get vacant zombie properties cleaned up, if there are exterior housing code violations.  The lender would then have to pay for those.  As for the state grant, he says the city can apply for up to $200,000.

Another winter weather system is beginning to impact western New York this week, with snow and mixed precipitation expected through the day today....  

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from Midnight until 10 PM tonight for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.  Meteorologist Dave Zaff with the National Weather Service said late Monday that a wintry mix could make travel difficult at times.

Zaff says snow and mixed precipitation is expected with total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch and winds gusting as high as 45 miles an hour.  He says the winds may be strong enough to bring down tree branches and result in isolated power outages.   

A Sinclairville man has been arrested on multiple warrants and for being in possession of drugs during a check of a home in the village last weekend....  

Sheriff's officers say they found 26 year-old Ryan Baker inside and, he was arrested without incident and, found with a quantity of a controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia.  The warrants were issued by Lakewood-Busti Police.  Baker was arraigned on charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and, jailed on $36,000 cash bail.

A Dunkirk man is facing multiple felony charges following an investigation into a residential burglary in the First Ward area dating back to last July.....  

Dunkirk Police say that 25-year-old Bryan Ramos was served arrest warrants on Friday for second-degree burglary, fourth degree grand larceny and, criminal possession of stolen property.  The warrants were obtained in late August for the July 30th burglary.  Ramos is being held in the Chautauqua County Jail on $80,000 cash bail pending a preliminary hearing in Dunkirk City Court.

Chautauqua County officials have taken another major step towards a federal feasibility study that could help open up more funding sources to deal with issues on Chautauqua Lake....  

County Executive George Borrello and others recently met with officials from the U-S Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh to discuss what the study would involve.  Borrello says the lake study was included in the American Water Infrastructure Act recently approved by Congress.

Borrello says he's been joined in the meetings by County Legislator Pierre Chagnon and, Watershed Coordinator Dave McCoy.  He says the study will focus on two major issues:  Flood mitigation and, Habitat Restoration.  Borrello says that will also cover the impact of phospherous on invasive weeds and algal blooms, as well as local wildlife.  Borrello says the study itself could cost up to $500,000.  The effort has the full support of local Congressman Tom Reed.  Borrello made his comments for this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.

A Jamestown teenager was arrested  for allegedly breaking a window during a domestic dispute Sunday afternoon.....  

City police responded to 221 East Eighth Street just before 4:30 PM and, determined a verbal argument occurred between an unidentified male victim and a 17 year-old female.  At one point, officers say the teen allegedly punched a window of the residence, causing the glass to break.  She was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and is being held in the city jail pending arraignment. 

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