Local News Headlines

City man arrested by federal law enforcement for drug and weapons possession...
A Jamestown man has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly being found in possession of methamphetimine and a gun inside a car this past May.  U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior says that Jacob Graham was arrested late this week... and, charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Prosecutors say... back on May 7... city police saw two men assaulting another man in the area of Crescent and Cheney Streets.  They say the two suspects quickly got into a car and sped off.  Detectives followed the suspect vehicle, and a marked patrol car stopped the car in a driveway.  Police found two baggies with meth... and, a book bag with a 12-gauge shotgun inside... and, Graham was arrested.  He faces a manditory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life, and a one-million dollar fine if convicted.


County continues Boil Water Order in Brocton-Portland after second leak found in water system... 
A second leak in a water line for the Brocton-Portland water system delayed the free flow of water... but, was quickly taken care of after it was found late Friday morning.  That from Chautauqua County Water Resource Specialist Bill Boria... who says the water began flowing once the intial leak was found.  However... he says they are still asking people to conserve water... and, a Boil Water Order remains in effect -- probably through the weekend.  Boria says they'll be collecting water samples, and they should have results by Sunday.  He says in the case of the second leak... they were able to isolate... and take care of it.  Customers in the Brocton-Portland area should still conserve water through this morning.  The boil water order continues until further notice, with a decision on whether to lift the order to come on Sunday. 


Car driver arrested for allegedly blasting music over several blocks...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly playing his car stereo too loud over several city blocks early Thursday morning.  Jamestown Police say they were called to the 7-Eleven store on East Second Street about 2:40 a.m. for a report of loud music coming from a vehicle.  Officer say... as they approached the car... they could hear the music and stopped the vehicle.  Police say the driver, later identified as 21 year-old James Meuker, refused to give his name initially.  He was later arrested for second-degree obstruction... and unnecessary noise.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Two teens arrested, two others hospitalized following Friday morning fight...
Jamestown Police were called to a reported fight Friday morning allegedly involving two intoxicated teenagers.... and, arrested two others.  Officers say the incident occurred just after midnight at 36 Bush St. and on arrival... learned a 14 year-old female and a 15 year-old girl... a 16 year-old male... and, 19 year-old Xavier Williams... got into an altercation with a person at the home.  Police say Williams allegedly pushed an officer during the investigation and resisted arrest, while the younger boy obstructed officers and resisted arrest.  The two girls were taken to UPMC Chatuauqua Hospital because they were highly intoxicated.  Both males face obstruction and resisting arrest charges.  Williams was sent to the City Jail and the 16 year-old was petitioned to family court and later turned over to the Sheriff's Office on an outstanding warrant. 


Borrello touts heavy Summer event schedule over current two-week period...
Major Summer events in Chautauqua County are in full-swing with the wrap-up of comedy week at Chautauqua Institution... and, the final night of the Gerry Rodeo on tap.  County Executive George Borrello is wearing a big smile these days... as local hotels are booked solid... and, vacantioners are here.  Borrello says this is a "wonderful place to live and visit."  Borrello himself will be volunteering one night to help serve the famous Beef Barbecue Dinners at the 75th Gerry Rodeo.  He praised rodeo officials and the Gerry Fire Department for keeping the tradition going, because it's the longest-running professional rodeo east of the Mississippi River.  Borrello says it's great to have two new hotels on line this year -- compared to last year -- because when so many events are going on, hotel rooms are at a premium.  They are the Chautauqua Harborfront Hotel in Celoron... and the Doubletree by Hilton in downtown Jamestown.  The biggest two weeks of the Summer season in the Jamestown-area continue this coming Wednesday through Sunday with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  It will feature headliners John Mulaney and Sebastian Maniscalco.  For more information on events... go on-line to www.comedycenter.org.


New Steel Rail Cafe opened on North Main St. in Jamestown...
A downtown eatery in Jamestown will be re-opening... but, under new ownership... and, a new name early next week.  Steel Rail Cafe will replace the former Van's Texas Hots at 29 North Main St., and, will actually open it's doors to the public this afternoon.  However... owner Lee Harkness says they'll actually have their "soft-opening" on Monday morning at 10 a.m.  Harkness says they'll also specialize in what their predecesor did -- hot dogs.  He says they'll be selling Sahlen's Hot Dogs.  He adds they'll also have chips, and, have coffee and donuts during the late morning hours.  He says they'll also have some ice cream products at Steel Rail Cafe.  As for the name... Harkness says it comes from his love of railroads.  He says he's accepted no city nor county money to help get himself opened.  He says they'll initially be open starting next Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..