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WJTN News Headlines for Mar. 26, 2019

An investigation into a violation of a court order of protection has led to the arrest of two Jamestown residents for alleged drug trafficking....  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says some of those drugs included a methamphetimine -- Fentanyl mix.  Samuelson says officers responded to 133 Lakeview Avenue just after 9:30 Monday morning and found that 35 year-old Justin Cusimano had violated that order.

Samuelson says police also found 3.6-grams of Crystal Meth, along with some Suboxone strips and, drug paraphernalia.  The woman at the Lakeview Avenue address, 30 year-old Justine Hancock, was also arrested.  Samuelson says discovery of the Fentanyl mixed in with the Meth has happening all too often and, he says it comes from a "number of sources."  Both Cusimano and Hancock face three counts each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, one of criminally using drug paraphernalia.  (**If you have any information on drug trafficking in the city, Samuelson says call the confidential JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS. You can also contact their Tips 4-1-1 app.)

The longest serving member of the administration of Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi has decided to take a job with Chautauqua County....  

The City Council last night accepted the resignation of Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman , who served as the city's attorney for 19 of Teresi's nearly 20 years in office.  Fiore-Lehman begins her new job as a Chautauqua County Assistant District Attorney on April 11th and, she'll be replaced by local attorney Peter Larson.

Teresi recently announced that he will not be running for an unprecidented sixth-term in office, and, will conclude 20 years in office on December 31st of this year.  While Fiore-Lehman will begin working for District Attorney Patrick Swanson on April 11th, Teresi says she will continue to help advising Larson on matters during the transition.  City lawmakers last night first approved hiring Larson as an "Associate Corporation Counsel" so he can begin working in the office later this week.  They then approved his appointement to be "Corporation Counsel" on April 11th.  Larson is the son of City Court Judge Fred Larson and, is current a partner at the Jamestown law firm of Bly, Sheffield, Bargar and Pillitierri.

A state Appellate Division Court has decided to allow an arbitration panel's decision in favor of the Jamestown police union to stand, but the city is now considering whether to appeal to New York's highest appeals court....  

That from Mayor Sam Teresi after learning the judge in the matter sided with the three-member arbitration panel in favor of pay raises for the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association.  The city argued that it doesn't have the money to pay the retroactive 2-percent raises for the years 2016 and 2017.  More on that later today.

Lawmakers last night approved receipt of $7,000 from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for tree planting this year.  Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce thanked the foundation for the additional $2,000 to help begin replacing hundreds of the city's Ash Trees, which were destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer.

A woman deeply committed to the the renovation of the Marvin House has been named the 2018 Interclub Council 'Woman of the Year.'  

Beth Trosper received the award last night  at the Marvin House.  The Trospers, Beth and David, came to Jamestown in 2005 when David was named pastor at 1st Covenant Church.  Beth quickly discovered the beauty of the Marvin House and the people there, and became head of the Grants Committee.   Beth is also active with  the Bemus Point Study Club, the Philanthopic Educational Organization, and her church.  Before coming to Jamestown, she had a career as a caseworker and supervisor for the Illinois Department of Human Services.  

County Executive George Borrello says he'll be unveiling his proposed Memorandum of Agreement for the Chautauqua Lake Weed Management Consensus Strategy later this week...  

Borrello says he'll lay out the memorandum and, it's 24 tenets, during a news conference this Wednesday morning at the Geraece Office Building in Mayville.  He says the MOA is intended to "bring together the lake agencies and municipalities around Chautauqua Lake so they can more effectively implement in-lake weed management methods."  Borrello adds that he will also be signing the agreement on behalf of the county during the announcement.  He'll be joined by several people, including Deputy County Executive for Economic Development Mark Geise and, County Watershed Coordinator Dave McCoy.

Jamestown police are continuing to investigate criminal mischief incidents in which several cars were hit with a baseball bat recently in various parts of the city.... 

Officers have arrested two women in connection with the incidents, in which the pair allegedly hit the cars from a moving vehicle.  Jamestown police were helped by Ellicott Town and, Lakewood-Busti Police in arresting 18 year-old Kayla Haines, and 18 year-old Mikayla Bartlett, on one count each of Felony third-degree criminal mischief.  Both teens were arraigned, and jailed pending further court action.