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A man from Mayville is jailed on multiple-Felony charges for allegedly trafficking methamphetimine and heroin and, selling it to undercover drug agents during a lengthy investigaton......  

Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force members say they arrested 42 year-old Harry Radke at a home in the village on several Felony warrants shortly after 9:00 Sunday night.  Task Force agents say Radke was found in possession of a quantity of meth. when he was arrested.  He was arraigned on charges including third-degree criminal sale, and possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession and, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Task Force agents continue to ask members of the community to call and report suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods by calling their tipline at 1-800-344-8702 or 716-664-2420. 

There are still a lot of questions to be answered regarding the proposed legalization of recreational marijuana in New York state, including how municipal employers handle it.....  

That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who says a number of issues were raised by the New York State Conference of Mayors when it recently met in Albany.  Teresi says one of the biggest issues is that the state will only be sharing about two-percent of the estimated $300-million in projected revenues with local counties.

Teresi says, while counties would receive two-percent of the revenue from sales, local towns, villages and cities would receive nothing, even though their police forces may have to hire more drug-recognition officers -- or have current ones trained.  He says there are also issues with employee contracts and, what kind of ways being under the influence of marijuana is determined for employees operating snowplow trucks, fire trucks, and other work.  On last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program, he did say the state is still navigating through the legal and health issues regarding pot.

In New York state government news, lawmakers are taking a week off after a frenzied start to the 2019 session....  

The Senate and Assembly have gotten off to an unusually fast start in 2019, passing bills that strengthen gun control rules, codify abortion rights in state law, and relax the statute of limitations on child molestation.  When they return to Albany later this month they will turn their attention to a new state budget, which is due by April 1st.  Not all lawmakers are taking the week off, however.  The Senate has scheduled a hearing Tuesday in Manhattan to examine challenges facing transit agencies.  New York City's dilapidated subway system will likely dominate the discussion, but lawmakers say they will examine bus and rail systems throughout the state.

About 50 people braved the cold to take part in a Noon-time rally yesterday in Fredonia to oppose President Trump's use of a national emergency declaration for border security....  

The protest was one of hundreds held across the nation Monday.  Tina Rousa is with the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Women's Action Group that organized the local protest and, she says their goal was "to shine a light on democracy."

Rousa says a "State of Emergency" is something that should be "used judiscously."  Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas was among those who attended the protest held at the gazebo.  He spoke out against funding the border wall and, that those opposed need to remain "strong and together." 

The nine newest members of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame were inducted during last night's annual banquest at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and, a wide range of sports were recognized.....  

Among then was former Southwestern Track and Field stand-out Cheryl Bailey, who chaired NCAA Committees on women's soccer and basketball for many years.  Prior to retirement, Bailey was the director of the National Women's Professional Soccer League.

Two other women were inducted last night.  Tiffany Decker of Jamestown is still active in the sport of Trapshooting and was inducted into the New York State Trapshooting Hall of Fame last year, but, she says to become part of the local hall of fame is a "great honor."  The other female inductee was the late Luella Kye... who became the first female umpire east of the Mississippi River in 1961.  From Football was Dunkirk native Bob Palcic, who was a football coach in both the college and pro ranks.  Baseball was represented by long-time Fredonia Central School baseball coach Vince Gullo, whose teams have won two state titles.

A Randolph man was found with drugs in possession while allegedly driving without license in Jamestown last Friday night.....  

City police say they stopped a vehicle near Bush and Winsor Streets just before 8:30 PM and, determined that the operator -- 49 year-old Terrance Jackson --  was driving while intoxicated.  Further investigation revealed Jackson had marijuana and narcotics in the vehicle.  He was taken into custody on several charges including DWI, first-degre aggravated unlicensed operation and drug possession. Jackson is being held pending arraignment. 

An Ashville man has been arrested on a warrant for allegedly being in possession of stolen property.....  

Sheriff's deputies conducted a weekend warrant check at a home on Open Meadows Road in the town of North Harmony and took 33 year-old Curtis Hewes into custody for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.  Hewes was arrested without incident, and arraigned before being taken to the Chautauqua County Jail with bail to be set.

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