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Five people are jailed following a major drug bust on the city of Jamestown's eastside early Tuesday afternoon..............  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says several agencies,  including the Jamestown Metro and, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and, the State Police Violent Gang Narcotics Enforcement Team... raided a run-down home at 12 Bishop Street, and arrested 19 year-old Camile Lopez, who was wanted on a federal warrant.  However, he says officers also saw what appeared to be a large quantity of narcotics.

Samuelson says investigators allegedly found the 38 year-old Adams with about 8-and-a-half ounces of meth, while 27 year-old Michael Murphy was allegedly in possession of 3.2-grams of crystal meth.  He says they also found small quantities of fentanyl, and heroin, along with $1,500 cash in the drug house.  Samuelson says it looks like the amount of crystal meth they are seeing trafficked in the city is increasing and will be around a while longer.  All five suspects have been arraigned and sent to the county jail.  (**Anyone with information on illegal drug activity can call the JPD Tips line at 483-TIPS.  You can also contact them at their Tips 4-1-1 app)

A Silver Creek man was arrested following a narcotics investigation late Monday night.....  

Sheriff's Officers say they saw a suspicious vehicle parked outside a closed business on Central Avenue shortly before 9 PM.  Further investigation revealed 28 year-old Kevin Schunk was allegedly in possession of small quantities of marijuana, cocaine and LSD.  He was taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and two-counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Schunk was issued appearance tickets for Silver Creek Court at a later to answer the charges. 

Over a hundred Four-H'ers will be offering animals at the Meat Animal Sale on Friday, beginning at noon at the county fair in Dunkirk.... 

One of them will be Josie Allen, a recent graduate of Sherman Central School.  Earlier this week, she reflected on 10 years in the program.

Allen will be selling her purebred yorkshire hog at the sale.  She says letting the animals go is part of the process, and it's gotten easier over time.  Josie is this year's winner of the 'Chautauqua County Four-H Hog Project Memorial Scholarship' through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  She'll attend Penn State Behrend in the fall to study biology.  

The city of Jamestown has stayed within it's budget for the first six-months of the year but, there are also some concerns on the horizon.....  

At Monday night's City Council work session, Comptroller Joe Bellitto said that, overall, revenue numbers in the more than $36-million spending plan are "within budget estimates."  Bellitto says Board of Public Utilities payments in lieu of taxes from three of the five divisions are ahead of budget so far.  He adds the city will receive it's second-quarter sales tax revenue payment around the first week of August.  As for spending,  he says salary accounts are "in line" with the budget for the first six-months. 
In addition, Bellitto says he's closely following the "400 account" for the Public Works Department's Central Garage, which has used about two-thirds of it's budget so far.  He says that's due to some "pretty large" repairs that have had to be made. 

The city of Dunkirk is working with Jamestown Community College officials to obtain funding from the state for a feasibility study that will look into giving JCC a presence in the city....  

Mayor Willie Rosas says the idea came out of discussions he has had with JCC President Daniel DeMarte.

Rosas says the city is applying for funding through Empire State Development for the feasibility study, which would look at downtown areas of the north county city.  He confirms that the current Brooks Memorial Hospital location is among the sites under consideration.  The current JCC North County campus is located on Bennett Road in the town of Dunkirk.  Common Council members approved a resolution Tuesday night authorizing the city to apply for funding through the State's Consolidated Funding Application process.

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