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Suspect(s) sought in connection with Shooting on Jamestown's southside...
A man was shot in the leg multiple times during an early morning incident on the city of Jamestown's southside.  City police were called to a report of shots fired in the area of Charles Street and Newland Avenue just after 3:30 a.m.  Officers say they found the 22 year-old victim, wounded, and he was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.  He was then transferred to UPMC Hamot in Erie, PA for further treatment.  Police say the victim has not been cooperative... and, investigators are asking the public for it's help.  You can call the JPD Tip line anonymously at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  You can also contact them through the Tips 4-1-1 app.

Jamestown man arrested Saturday for alleged threat made in workplace...
In the wake of another workplace shooting incident in Virginia... Jamestown police today are accusing a city man of making terrorist threats in the workplace.  Details are sketchy... but, City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the undisclosed employer about 7:30 a.m. Saturday... and, arrested 61 year-old Thomas Gazdak for Making a Terroristic Threat.  Gazdak was taken into custody without incident, and is being held pending arraignment.  Efforts to reach Capt. Samuelson this morning were unsuccessful.

City police still looking for man, vehicle that may have been involved in potential child abduction...
The search for a black man and a red pick-up truck is continuing in Jamestown after the man allegedly pulled alongside a 12 year-old child walking to school, and tried to the child to get in his vehicle.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to Washington Middle School about 8:15 Friday morning after the child reported the incident to school officials.  Samuelson says the man... who had a high-pony-tail on his head... pulled up alongside the child at Burr Place and Price Street.  He says the child did not talk to the man... who also requested the child's phone number.  Samuelson says he appreciates all the efforts to make children aware of how to deal with such potential crimes.  Samuelson says the man eventually drove off... and, police are still trying to track down the vehicle and driver to find out what happened.  He says the red pick-up has chrome wheels.  If you have any information... call JPD at 483-7537... the Tips line is 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  Samuelson says you can also contact their tips 4-1-1 app anonymously. 

Jamestown man arrested for illegal entering homes, flashing victim at one...
A city man is accused of entering two homes on Wilson Place in Jamestown... and, exposing himself to the resident living in the second home early yesterday morning.  City police say officers were called to the first location about 2 a.m., and, found the occupant had confronted the man, later identified as 29 year-old Jeffrey Buchanon, and Buchanon fled the scene.  While they were at the first home... a second call came in about 15 minutes later of another intruder on the street.  Police say -- after exposing himself -- Buchanon fled the scene... but, he was caught a short distance away.  He's being held pending arraignment on charged including second-degree burglary, attempted burglary, and public lewdness.

City man pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking charges...
A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to trafficking a significant amount of methamphetimine when he was arrested in November of 2017 in Lakewood.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. says 24 year-old Zakiel Fields, Jr., entered the plea before U-S District Court Judge Lawrence Vilardo Friday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and failure to appear after pre-trial release.  Prosecutors say that between March and November of 2017... Fields conspired with others to distribute meth in the Jamestown area.  They say he sold the drug to undercover DEA Agents on July and September of that year.  He and a co-defendant were found with drugs inside two vehicles.  Fields was charged along with 14 other defendants.  He is the third to be convicted.  The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10-million fine.

Morgan responds to Goodell comments on Cuomo's decision to not hold a special election for Senate seat...
With a Republican primary for the vacant state senate seat next month, local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says he is disappointed that Governor Andrew Cuomo didn't call for a special election.  The Jamestown area Republican believes it was due to Democratic candidate Austin Morgan's graduation from college...but Morgan says that's not the case.  He says his campaign had "zero coordination" with the governor's office, and says they had "no influences on the date of the election."  Morgan... who will graduate from Cornell University... says it's his understanding that the governor decided on a Fall election to give GOP voters the chance to decide their candidate.  Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is facing off against Allegany County Legislature Chairman Kurt Crandall in a June 25 primary.  Morgan will take on the winner of that primary.

Business Council supports legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses...
The Business Council of New York State is backing legislation that would authorize drivers licenses for residents who entered the country illegally.  Business Council President and Chief Executive Officer Heather Briccetti says the proposal would boost the state's economy and help businesses that employee immigrants.  The head of the state's largest business advocacy organization also called it the "right and decent" thing to do.  The measure has support from top Democrats in the Legislature but hasn't been scheduled for a vote.  It remains deeply unpopular with some Republican lawmakers.  


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