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WJTN News Headlines for Wed. July 27, 2022

Four arrested during drug raids at two Prendergast Ave. locations...
Four Jamestown residents have been arrested in a pair of drug raids at two locations in the 800-block of Prendergast Ave.  City police say a 'several months long' investigation resulted in search warrants being executed at 850 and 854 Prendergast just before 4:30 p.m. Monday.  Members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force were helped by the JPD SWAT Team at 854 Prendergast... where six people were found inside.  A search of the residence led to discovery of 53 grams of fentanyl, 41 grams of methamphetamine, 30 units of LSD, mushrooms, suboxone, cocaine, scales, packaging materials, cash, a switchblade knife, a 12-gauge shotgun and a bullet-proof vest.  No one was found at 850 Prendergast... but, police did find a quantity of Fentanyl and cash.  The most serious charges were placed against 21 year-old Austin Weatherby... who faces two counts of Felony criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon among his charges.  Police say 23 year-old Cora Waddington also faces two Felony drug possession charges.  The other two arrested... 39 year-old Corinna McCreary, and, 21 year-old Dalton Nuse... face lesser charges.  All four were jailed pending arraignment.


County lawmakers to act on district Reapportionment maps tonight...
Chautauqua County Legislators will take action on two reapportionment maps when they meet tonight in Mayville.  The Legislature's four Democratic members support a proposed map that would reduce the number of legislative districts to 17.  County Executive P.J. Wendel says he supports the proposal keeping the number of legislative districts at 19.  Wendel believes it meets all of the "5 or 6" metric requirements.  There is also a proposal on the agenda that would put the plans up for a public referendum... although Wendel doubts it will have enough support... because a bi-partisan group of lawmakers "came up with these election maps."  Tomorrow night's agenda also includes approval of a new legislator for District 10... which includes Lakewood and much of Busti.  Incumbant Republican Ken Lawton has resigned because he has moved out of the area... and, Lakewood resident Jamie Gustafson is being voted on to replace him.  Tonights meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.


Ghostfish Brewing Co. to open new facility in Westfield...
A leading popular brewer of gluten-free craft beer will soon open a new processing and distribution center in the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield.  The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency has announced that Seattle-based Ghostfish Brewing Company will open the center in existing vacant space in the discovery center.  The IDA Board has approved a resolution authorizing loans from the Al Tech Revolving Loan fund to 3811 Holdings, LLC -- doing business as 'Ghostfish Brewing Company East.'  IDA Project Manager Kristine Morabito says "as the largest dedicated gluten-free brewery in the U-S, Ghostfish Brewing Company has built a customer base that is extremely loyal.  A well-established business, they are currently distributing to 17 US States and two Canadian Provinces.”  GBC East President Richard Smith says the brewery will occupy 51-hundred square feet at the Grape Discovery Center. 


Gas prices in Jamestown-area down again this week...
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area continue to fall... dropping by about 13 cents over the past week.  The AAA East Central Gas Price Report says the average price began the week at $4.62 a gallon.  But... several stations in the area are now charging just under $4.56 a gallon for regular, unleaded fuel.  Last week's price was about $4.70 a gallon.  AAA says modest demand for gas and lower oil prices resulted in pump prices falling again, down 17 cents since last week to $4.35 a gallon.  The steady decline is due to low domestic demand for gasoline and oil prices that remain in the mid-$90s per barrel.  


City Council approved shared services agreement with JPS for sidewalk plowing...
The city of Jamestown is moving ahead with a shared services agreement to provide sidewalk snowplowing services to the Jamestown Public Schools.  However... there's still be no consensus yet on how to provide the manpower to do the work.  That from Mayor Eddie Sundquist after lawmakers voted unanimously to move ahead with the program... beginning next Winter.  Sundquist says they're still talking with the Parks employees' union about how that will be handled.  During initial discussions with the school district... officials were looking at hiring two laborers who would have other duties when snowplowing is not needed for the sidewalks.  There's also been discussion about making them seasonal laborers.  The school district will purchase the two sidewalk plows... and, the city will provide some matching funds for the purchases. 


Jamestown city lawmakers also approve appointments to new Broadband Commission...
City lawmakers Monday night also approved four appointments by Mayor Sundquist for the new commission created to help city officials decide whether to provide municipal broadband to residents.  Sundquist hosted a Broadband program at the Prendergast Library earlier this year... bringing in an expert in the area to discuss the concept.  He says the new members will join with others yet to be chosen... and, will include representatives from local foundations, the Board of Public Utilities, and city council.  The Board of Public Utilities would likely be the entity involved in extending the service.  The citizen members of the panel include: former Paragon Cable Manager Dan Swackhammer... Bill Johnston... Brendon Fager... and, Philip Zimmerman.