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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., May 4, 2022

City man arrested on drug and weapons charges in Tuesday morning raid...
A Jamestown man was arrested during an early morning drug raid on the city's southside Tuesday.  City police say members of the Jamestown Metro... and, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Forces executed a search warrant on the upper apartment at 102 Sampson St. just after 6 a.m.  They were assisted by the JPD SWAT Team... and, arrested 51 year-old Ronald Bartlett at the scene.  Drug agents also found a quantity of heroin... nearly 12 ounces of methamphetamine... scales... packaging materials... and, a cane sword.  Bartlett was charged with second and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... third-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.  He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity in the city... call the anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


Man arrested with "Ghost Gun" in town of Carroll...
A town of Carroll man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a 9-millimeter un-serialized "ghost gun."  State Police in Jamestown say their Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested 37 year-old John Peterson at his Scott Road home on a warrant during a raid late Monday.  Troopers say that... after consultation with the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office... Peterson was arrested for third-degree criminal possession of a disguised gun... and, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was then sent to the county jail on $5,000 cash bail... $10,000 property bond.


Jamestown comptroller reports city, unofficially, finished 2021 with $1.7-million...
The unaudited review of the city of Jamestown's final 2021 budget is showing a significant cash surplus... which is helping the city get closer to it's recommended fund balance.  Comptroller Ryan Thompson presented his department's findings during Monday night's City Council work session... and, says the unofficial surplus is $1.7-million.  Thompson says that was largely because revenues came in much higher than expected to the tune of about $2.2-million.  Thompson says the big reason for that was much higher than expected sales tax revenues... which is says came in $1.2-million more than was projected.  As for other areas... he says salaries were up -- namely up about $300,000 for public safety due to two new contracts going into effect.  Thompson says 2021 was the first year since they city began receiving an additional one-million dollars in state aid that it did not get that aid.  With last year's surplus... he says their total fund balance is $7.7-million... with $5.7-million undesignated for other costs.  Thompson says the recommendation is to have about two-months worth of expenses... or $6.4-million on hand.


Borrello sounds off on Hochul decision to name Delgado as Lt. Gov...
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that she is appointing Eastern New York Congressman Antonio Delgado to serve as her new Lieutenant Governor.  Delgado currently represents New York's 19th Congressional District... which includes the Hudson Valley and Catskills.  State Senator George Borrello says he replaces Brian Benjamin... who recently resigned in the wake of a corruption scandal.  Borrello says it's a good change to have a moderate in the office.  Borrello adds that he was disappointed that the Democratic-led State Legislature passed a bill that changes state election law to relax the rules for a candidate to vacate a party ticket.  Benjamin recently resigned from the position after being charged with corruption. 


City teen arrested for allegedly firing off AR-15 in Brooklyn Square Saturday...
Jamestown police have arrested a teenager who allegedly fired off a stolen AR-15 rifle in the Brooklyn Square area last weekend.  City police were called to the area of South Main and Harrison Streets about 11:30 p.m. last Saturday on a report of a person armed with the rifle.  On arrival... police located the male subject running through the parking lot carrying a rifle.  Investigation showed that the 17 year-old had fired the rifle... which was reported stolen in Lakewood... and, he was arrested for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. 


Jamestown man arrested for threatening firefighter, officer with handgun...                 
A city man has been arrested for allegedly threatening a Jamestown firefighter with a hand-gun during an incident yesterday afternoon near Station-One.  City police say the firefighter flagged down an officer shortly before 2 p.m. near the police station at 201 East Second St.  The firefighter said a man -- later identified as 64 year-old Peter Ludwig -- had just pointed a gun at them... and, that person then went into the police station.  Officers say Ludwig left the police station and approached an officer outside, and again brandished the gun.  He was quickly arrested... and, charged with second-degree menacing, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  He was jailed pending arraignment.


Local writer, editor Walt Pickut discusses new book...
Jamestown writer Walt Pickut is the co-author of a new book called "The First Counterspy: Larry Haas, Bell Aircraft, and FBI's Attempt to capture a Soviet Mole."  Pickut says it's a true story from the World War-Two era about a secret project Larry Haas led in Buffalo to develop jet propulsion, which Soviet spys were after in that day.  Pickut says Larry Haas lived 'under the radar' and his story's been buried for 80 years.  "The First Counterspy" is available at local bookstores and online stores such as Amazon.