Local News Headlines
The final autopsy on a Jamestown man who was tasered while in police custody last February shows he died from what a coroner calls the "acute intoxication of two drugs." Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley says 30 year-old Charles Baker had apparently ingested the two drugs before, and, as he was being arrested following a traffic stop on February 16th. Baker allegedly became combative with police as he was being arrested... and, officers used a Taser to subdue him. Foley says the Buffalo-native was put in a "confinement" chair for about two hours before being put into a cell where he suffered his first seizure. Foley's office investigated to see if the tasering had anything to do with Baker's death. However... the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office reports that high-levels of cocaine... and, the pain killer Tramadol... were the cause. Police say Baker allegedly tried to destroy several cocaine "baggies" while he was being arrested, and booked. Authorities say he ingested at least one baggie... and, possibly two. With the autopsy complete... Foley says the case has been closed.
A vehicle stop in Jamestown late yesterday morning has led to the arrest of a city man whose allegedly been involved in the sale and distribution of "crack" cocaine in the area. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the department's drug investigators and the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team stopped the vehicle on Cole Avenue -- near South Main Street -- just before 11:30 AM Wednesday. Samuelson says they found a passenger inside... 29 year-old Joseph Zaso... who was reportedly in possession of more than three ounces of "crack"... and, more than 2-thousand dollars cash. He says authorities believe the drug was in the process of being sold on the street. Zaso has been charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, is being held pending arraignment. City police say more arrests are expected. Anyone with information on the illegal sales of narcotics in Jamestown is asked to call the JPD Tip-Line at 483-TIPS... or 483-8477.
A city man has been arrested on several charges... including one Felony... after allegedly fighting with police following a reported domestic incident. Jamestown police were called to the scene at 15 Kenmore Avenue shortly after 11 o'clock Tuesday night... and, found the female victim inside the garage adjacent to the home. The suspect... 27 year-old Thomas Cashmore-the-second... was also there. The victim told officers that Cashmore allegedly broke an exterior window outside the residence. Police then began talking to Cashmore -- who was initially calm -- and talked about what happened. However -- without warning -- police say he charged at them and tackled one officer to the ground. Following a brief struggle... officers say they subdued Cashmore and arrested him. But... he later spit blood on an officer's uniform. He's awaiting arraignment on charges of criminal mischief... obstruction... and, resisting arrest.
The Majority Leader on the Chautauqua County Legislature has announced that he wants to be the next county clerk. One day after long-time Clerk Sandy Sopak announced she was not running for re-election... Gerry Republican Larry Barmore says he'll seek the GOP nomination to run for the open seat. Barmore's admits that he had actually been looking at running for the past six to eight-months. The owner and operator of Gay Mark Tire and Wheel in Cassadaga for the past 40 years... he says he was waiting to see what Sopak was going to do first.
Barmore is finishing up his third-term on the county legislature... and, has served on the Administrative Services... and, Public Facilities Committees. He has also been Majority Leader the past few years. He says he has "vast experience" in managing a staff... and, working within a budget. Barmore admits that running for county-wide office will be a bigger, and different challenge... but, one he looks forward to. He says he looks forward to a "vigorous campaign." If he was to stay on the legislature... Barmore was likely to face a primary challenge by fellow Republican Mark Tarbrake because reapportionment put both into the same legislative district.
Governor Cuomo says he has a plan to distressed upstate cities and counties in New York restructure and save money. Cuomo is also putting at least 80-million dollars in state assistance behind his proposal made Tuesday. He's calling for creation of a state financial restructuring panel. He says the board will help those local governments wanting help to merge and consolidate services... possibly lay off more workers... and, to permanently restructure operations. Some local officials -- including Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi -- were in Albany for Cuomo's announcement... and, welcomed the approach as another tool to maintain needed services. Teresi says -- to him -- "that's one of the real attractions of a program like this." However... some mayor's felt it avoided the biggest issues. Syracuse's Stephanie Miner, who wasn't invited to Cuomo's event, says local governments are burdened most by pension and health care costs mandated by Albany.