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Three Jamestown teenagers will face charges after allegedly breaking into an eastside motorcycle dealership and, stealing three small moto-cross motorcycles.... 

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says investigators were called to Hectors Cycle Sales at 1200 East Second Street about 6 AM Tuesday on a reported burglary.  Samuelson says two of the bandits allegedly broke a window... while a third teen waited outside.  He says they then took the three motorcycles but, adds they were caught on surveillance video.

Samuelson says officers were able to find the first two motorcycles soon after the burglary however, it took a while to find the third over on Newton Avenue in a back yard.  The three 16 year-olds were still being interviewed late Tuesday by the JPD Juvenile Division and, they will then be released.  Samuelson says they will be formally charged when their cases are sent to Family Court. 


A Jamestown man faces several charges following his arrest for allegedly being in possession of drugs and weapons on the city's southside..... 

City police say officers with the third-platoon stopped 19 year-old Randall Mesler, Junior in the area of Columbia Avenue and Myrtle Street just after Midnight Tuesday for what appears to be a hand-gun in his waistband.  Officers say they found Mesler in possession of a CO2 BB-Gun, switchblade knife, heroin in individual packages, 1.6-grams of meth and, drug paraphernalia.  He face charges including felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Mesler was jailed pending arraignment.


Two Jamestown men face weapon and drug charges following a traffic stop Monday afternoon....  

City police tried to pull over a vehicle operated by 20 year-old Brandon Ellis, who had active felony warrants out of Jamestown.  However, Ellis allegedly took off a high rate of speed.  Officers were able to stop the car near Winsor and Orchard Streets just before 2 PM and, took Ellis into custody. His passenger -- 19 year-old Jzon Matve -- was also detained after police found 26 grams of cannabis in the car.  Matve was charged with criminal possession of marijuana.  Brandon Ellis is being held for the outstanding warrant on a weapons charge, aggravated unlicensed operation and vehicle and traffic charges.


The city of Jamestown will weigh it's options now after a State Supreme Court judge rejected a motion by city attorneys to overturn an arbitration panel's decision giving pay raises to member's of the city's police union....  

That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who says the city has two possible paths to take in the matter involving the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association.  The three-member arbitration panel recently voted 2-to-1 to give the rank-and-file members 2-percent pay hikes for 2016 and 2017.

Teresi says city officials are disappointed by the decision but, he also believes they are right in standing firm against the decision.  He says it's not just a matter of what they'll have to pay for 2016-17 but, for 2018 and beyond.  Teresi says, while lawmakers have to consider the cost of an appeal all the way to the State Appellate Division, they also have to look at the impact on future negotiations with both the city's police and fire unions.  State law allows both to take contract matters to arbitration to resolve impasses.


The tax levy would increase slightly under the proposed 2019-2020 budget proposed in the village of Lakewood, but the tax rate would decrease....  

Deputy Mayor Ted McCague's spending plan would increase the levy -- or the total amount to be raised by taxes -- by about $5,000.  However, while discussing the budget during last night's village board meeting, lawmakers noted that the village's total assessment increased by just over 3-million.  With that, Village Treasurer Andrea Windoft says the tax rate would decrease by eight-cents per thousand assessed value.  Windoft says the board Monday night also approved holding a public hearing on the spending plan at 6:50 PM on Monday, April 8th.  


Chautauqua County lawmakers will be taking action on a measure at tonight's meeting that would fund a feasibility study for a Hops and Barley Economic Development project.... 

County Executive George Borrello outlined the proposed cooperative in his State of the County message last month and believes it can be a way to help local dairy farmers who have been struggling economically.

The Legislature will take up the resolution that seeks $20,000 for the study when members hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 tonight in Mayville.  Borrello says presentations have already been made to county lawmakers and several local foundations. 

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