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Two men were arrested on Jamestown's northside late Wednesday night after they were found with drugs... and, one with nearly $18,000 cash in his possession... during a traffic stop.  

City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a patrol officer pulled over a car, driven by 25 year-old Eddie Ortiz, just after 10 PM for failure to keep right on North Main Street at Fluvanna Avenue.  Police then found marijuana, 7.7-grams of cocaine... and, the large amount of money.

Samuelson says officers allegedly found the cocaine and cash in the possession of the passenger... 33 year-old Hector Montanez... who was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.  Samuelson says Ortiz was issued appearance tickets, and released... while Montanez was arraigned, and released by the court.  However... Samuelson says other charges are pending... and, the investigation is continuing.

Two former Starflight pilots have been officially discharged now after admitting to stealing items from the helicopter's hangar in the city of Jamestown.  

Sheriff's officers say they began their investigation into the alleged thefts by 60 year-old Mark Chamberlain of Hamburg... and, 34 year-old Jacob Ventura of Chaffee... last May.  Deputies say they were assisted by Jamestown police in the investigation... and, both men have now pleaded guilty to petty larceny charges.  They say Ventura’s conditional discharge will last 12-months... while Chamberlainss will last six-months.

Chautauqua County has again done very well in getting projects funded during the latest round of awards from the state's Regional Economic Development Council.  

Deputy County Executive for Economic Development Mark Geise says they received word Thursday that 16 projects are receiving a total of just over $6-million. Geise says the Empire State Development corporation is very familiar with what the county is trying to do... and, that helps.

Geise says the nearly half of the funding awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application process will go to Chris Lacarata... who is working to re-purpose a building in Dunkirk to process hops and barley.  He says Lacarata will receive $2.94-million for the project.  Geise says the second major award is going to the Gebbie Foundation in Jamestown to support it's multi-million dollar redevelopment project for the Furniture Mart building on the city's westside.  He says that effort is receiving $1.34-million. The third largest award is $748,000 for the Main Street Sewer Replacement project in the town of Ripley.

A Silver Creek man was arrested for allegedly getting into a delivery truck with another person... and, eating the snack food items inside.  

Sheriff's Officers say a worker at the Frito-Lay property on Route 60 in Dunkirk... came in to get the truck shortly after 3 AM last Saturday... and, found two men sitting in the cab eating Frito-Lay product they allegedly stole out of the back.  Deputies say 23 year-old Benjamin Catalino and the other suspect ran off when the worker said he was calling 9-1-1.  A Sheriff's patrol found the pair walking down the road... and, they were released pending investigation.  Deputies say arrest warrants were issued for both men, and, Catalino was picked up by State Police for a separate incident.  He was turned over to the Sheriff's Office and arraigned on charges of petty larcency and trespassing.