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Jamestown Police say they have now recovered the suspect vehicle reportedly involved in a targeted, drive-by shooting last Saturday night on the city's southside....  

JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says the dark-colored sedan was found parked behind a condemned home on Broadhead Avenue earlier this week.  Samuelson says the vehicle has now been processed for evidence.  He adds there was a prior incident involving the victim and the suspect shooter at a diffrent location that may have also involved shots being fired.  Samuelson says the man remains in critical condition following the incident at Hazzard Street and Newland Avenue.  Police found the victim laying in the street next to his car with multiple gun-shot wounds.  The unidentified man was traveling on Hazzard Stret when the second vehicle pulled up and shots were fired into the victim's car.  A loaded pistol was found inside the victim's vehicle.  The man is still being treated at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  If you have any information, you are asked to call JPD at 483-7537, or their Tips line at 483-TIPS, that's 483-8477.  You can also contact JPD's Tips 4-1-1 app.


Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's alarmed by a report that says the U-S deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic one-trillion dollar barrier this year despite a healthy economy.... 

The news was released late Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office, which says a big spending burst last year, and December's repeal of several taxes that help fund the Affordable Care Act, are the main culprits.

Reed says this is an issue he strongly disagrees with the administration about.  He says they don't view it as "an immediate crisis."  The CBO says this has combined to "deepen the government's deficit spiral" well on into the future, with annual trillion-dollar deficits likely for as far as the eye can see.  The annual CBO update estimates a $1.3-trillion deficit for the ongoing fiscal year and that the accumulated deficit could reach $31.4-trillion by the year 2030.


A former Jamestown City Councilman who was known for being a "straight shooter" has passed away at the age of 77....  

Seven-term Democratic Councilman Jim Ventura represented both the sixth and seventh wards during his 14 years on the panel.  Ventura was also chaired the council's Public Works Committee for several years.  Current Council President Tony Dolce was on council during several of the years Ventura served and says was able to "tell is like it is".

Ventura, who was a long-time union official during his 30-plus years at MRC-SKF Aerospace, also helped with city union matters.  The fact he could be outspoken at times led to some arguments down through the years, but his candor was always appreciated.  Dolce says Ventura left the council in 2007.  He was a U-S Army veteran, serving in Korea from 1961-1964.


A Forestville man is charged with multiple counts of burglary and petting larceny following several reported burglaries in the towns of Ripley, Gerry and Pomfret.....  


Sheriff's deputies say they received several reports of break-ins and thefts in those areas last November and December.  Officers say they did an extensive investigation and arrested 51 year-old Gary Land for allegedly entering two separate dwellings at night unlawfully while the residents were sleeping inside and stole property.  He's also accused of stealing property from several unlocked vehicles.  Lang has been arraigned in Ripley, Gerry and Pomfret Town Courts on charges including two counts of second-degree burglary, and five counts of petty larceny.  The Sheriff's Office reminds residents to lock their homes and vehicles as a precaution.


Now that Fredonia has won the competition for Season 5 of the Small Business Revolution, the work begins soon to select the businesses that will be featured on the reality TV show....  

Amanda Brinkman of SBR says they have decided to increase the number of businesses from six to seven. Meanwhile, the application process is underway.  That from President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum with the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, who says there's a tight timetable because applications are due, on-line, by Midnight, Monday, February 3rd.  Deluxe will announce the seven businesses on February 20th, with filming to get underway in March.  The company expects to use $500,000 to help turnaround the businesses. 

 
A political backlash over New York's new bail law may have dimmed some moderate Democrats' appetite for further criminal justice reforms in 2020....  

Reformers had been riding high last spring after persuading the legislature to pass an overhaul that eliminated cash bail for most nonviolent crimes.  They were hopeful of winning additional reforms on issues like parole eligibility, solitary confinement and police accountability.  Now, those same advocates find themselves on defense amid deep criticism from prosecutors and law enforcement officials, who say the new bail law has jeopardized public safety.  Most of the concerns revolve around stories of criminal some defendants being released from jail under the new law, then committing new crimes.

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