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News Update! for Tues., May 14, 2013

Blaze at Krempa Medical Associates on Monday in Jamestown ruled an arson...

The blaze that destroyed the Krempa Medical Associates building in Jamestown was intentionally set.  That from City Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says the determination was made following an extensive investigation by City police... the Jamestown Fire Department... and, the county's Forensic Investigation Team.  City firefighters were called to the scene at 23 Ivy St. about 2:30 Monday morning.  Fire officials say the blaze had a big head start.  Samuelson says investigators combed through the debris most of the day... and, determined the cause was arson.  He says they're looking for the public's help... and, are especially looking for anyone who may have seen someone with a suspicious burn and, was seeking treatment.  A couple of witnesses who spotted the blaze said they heard an explosion.  Samuelson said he can't confirm that... but, did say "there was an ignition" of some kinds.  He wouldn't say if they suspected a disguntled patient or employee of setting the blaze... but, added they are looking into that, and other possible angles.  Samuelson says if you have seen someone with a recent, suspicious burn... or have other information... call City Police at 483-7531.  You can also leave anonymous tips at the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.  Samuelson says all calls will be kept confidential.  One firefighter suffered a minor injury in the blaze.

Three people arrested in April 30th drug raids in Lakewood now formally charged...

Three Jamestown residents have now been formally charged in connection with a major marijuana growing and trafficking operation found at two locations last month in the town of Busti.  Lakewood-Busti Police add that 31 year-old John Boardman and 30 year-old Jennifer Grundstrom of 529 Busti-Sugar Grove Road... and, 30 year-old Brad Strickland of 515 Busti-Sugar Grove Road were arraigned in Busti Town Court on several drug-related charges.  Boardman was jailed on 30-thousand dollars bail on charges that include second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, and unlawfully growing Cannibis.  Police add that Strickland was jailed on 20-thousand dollars bail on similar charges.  Boardman was ticketed for criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, marijuana.  More than 500 growing pot plants... and, a controlled substance were seized during raids on the two locations.

Cuomo and ex-wife lobbying for passage of Farmworker Bill...

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy, are each pushing to protect migrant farm workers' rights.  Kennedy says the workers are abused under remnants of Jim Crow laws.  Kennedy appeared in Albany with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to support the bill that would give overtime pay, days off, worker's compensation and other benefits to farm workers who pick fruits and vegetables in the state.  Separately... Cuomo says he's pushing Senate Democrats who, if they united, could out-vote the Republican senators who have blocked the bill for more than a decade.  Cuomo says he will also meet with the Farm Bureau.  It argues the abuses are overblown, driven by unions seeking more members, and that most farm hands have good, long-term relationships with their employers.