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Two Jamestown area men arrested for allegedly stealing hand-guns, and other items in burglaries, and one for allegedly growing marijuana...

A routine home visit by state Parole agents has led to the arrest of two men -- one from Jamestown -- for allegedly stealing three hand-guns... growing marijuana... and, their involvement in several burglaries.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the arrests culmintated from a major, multi-agency investigation.  Samuelson says it all started when state Parole agents... and, a city police officer visited the 610 Jefferson St. apartment of 34 year-old Kenneth Wynn.  He says they located, and seized more than 50 growing pot plants... and, two of the three guns.  Samuelson says they learned about the third-gun... which was taken from a Celoron home... during the investigation in Jamestown.  He says police then linked up with Ellicott Town Police to investigate the Celoron location... where they found 25 year-old Kevin Schrecengost.  Samuelson says they got a search warrant... and, found the third gun there.  He says their investigation led to Schrecengost being charged with several counts... including two of second-degree burglary... and, two more of third-degree burglary.  Wynn is in the county jail for violating his parole... and, will later be arraigned on charges including two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Samuelson says State Police also assisted in the investigation which got "three dangerous weapons" off the streets.  He adds the investigation is continuing... and, if you have any information... you can call the JPD Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

Jamestown man arrested for allegedly stealing an SUV at Lakewood-area dealership... and, driving it while drunk...

A city man is jailed on $20,000 allegedly stealing a Sports Utility Vehicle... and, taking it for "a ride" in the village of Lakewood.  Lakewood-Busti Police say they pulled over the 2000 Ford Expedition shortly after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday because it didn't have any license plates on it.  Further investigation showed the driver... 42 year-old James Schnars III of Jamestown... had allegedly taken the vehicle from National Auto Distributors on Fairmount Avenue.  Schnars was arrested... and, arraigned on charges including fourth-degree Grand Larceny... criminal possession of stolen property... and, driving while intoxicated.  He was then sent to the county lock-up.

Silver Creek man now stable after falling under bus...

A north county man trying to flag down a bus in Silver Creek is now in stable condition after he reportedly lost his footing and fell underneath the motor coach.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene at Central Avenue and Howard Street just after Noon Wednesday... and, found the victim, 50 year-old Robert Stankowitz of Silver Creek... under the Coach USA bus.  Deputies say Stankowitz was running after the bus on Howard Street when it stopped for the stop sign at Central Avenue.  Officers say the bus then turned right onto Central... but, Stankowitz lost his footing and went down, under the bus -- as it continued it's turn.  Witnesses were able to alert the driver to stop so Stankowitz wasn't hurt further.  He was flown to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment.

Red Cross says donations way down this Summer, similar to last Summer...

There's usually a drop in blood donations to the American Red Cross during the Summer months... but, there's a serious blood shortage now for the second year in a row.  That from Southwestern New York Chapter Director Bill Tucker... who says they typically account for a drop in donations during the months of June, July and August.  However... Tucker says this year's situation -- nationwide -- has been termed an emergency.  That's because donations are down 10-percent from expected levels.  Tucker says they've been reaching out to their regular donors because they need all blood types.  He says -- if you're able -- they're asking their regular donors to stop by the Jamestown Chapter House... or at any upcoming blood drive in the county.  Tucker adds they're also encouraging anyone who has never given to consider giving the gift of life.  He says that in order to give blood... you must be at least 17 years of age... weigh at least 110 pounds... and, in generally good health.  For more information... call 1-800-RED CROSS. 



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