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A Jamestown man faces a Felony charge following his arrest during a lengthy narcotics investigation for allegedly being in possession of a loaded handgun.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says 33 year-old Juan Rivera was arrested after a length investigation by city police drug investigators and State Police C-NET Team members.  Samuelson says the JPD SWAT... and, State Police Special Operations Response Team... raided two residences at 245 and 251 Fulton Street early Wednesday morning.  He says they found the pistol at 251 Fulton. Samuelson says Rivera was located inside the residence at 251 Fulton Street... and, arrested on the criminal possession of a firearm... and, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges.  He was arraigned... and, sent to the county jail without bail.  Samuelson says city police appreciate the public's help in solving such cases... and, adds the investigation is continuing.  More arrests are also expected.  If you have any information on the illegal sales and trafficking of narcotics in the Jamestown area... call the city police Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


A Mayville man has been arrested for allegedly forcibly touching a woman in the town of Chautauqua earlier this week.  Sheriff's officers say they investigated the reported incident... which allegedly occured on Plank Road this past Monday night.  Upon further investigation... deputies lodged charges against 46 year-old Douglas Swan of Snug Harbor Road.  Swan is accused of gropping the woman... and, will appear in Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.


Chautauqua County's new, expanded ban on smoking on all county property will go into effect in November... on the same day of the Great American Smoke-Out.  That from Tri-County Tobacco Free Programs Director Laurie Adams... who says they're pleased the legislature has overwhelmingly approved the new ban, 21-to-3.  It prohibits smoking inside... or within 100-feet of any roofed structure.  That includes county parkland.  Adams says the policy will help everyone. Adams says... once the new law takes effect... people will know two things.  One is that it protects lives... the second is it saves dollars.  She says it helps save on health care costs... and, for smokers who want to quit... they can save money that would be spent on cigarettes.  An amendment prevented a total ban on ALL county property after Tom Erlandson argued it couldn't be realistically enforced in wooded park areas.  While the committee Adams was part of wanted a complete ban... she says this is a great step foward.  Adams says the Great American Smoke-Out takes place next November 21st.


It was a clear, sunny day for the first day of classes for most Chautauqua County School districts Wednesday... and, it was a relatively safe one, too.  Local police report no major problems with traffic.  There were a couple of minor traffic accidents -- one near a Jamestown School -- but, there were no injuries reported.  The Sheriff's Department also reports a quiet first day for several other districts... including Cassadaga Valley... Fredonia... Pine Valley... Clymer... Sherman... Falconer... Panama... and Silver Creek. 


The families suing over a deadly 2009 airliner crash near Buffalo have won access to an internal report that two airlines fought to keep out of trial.  A federal judge's decision last week gives lawyers for the passengers' families access to an audit of the operations of Colgan Air.  The commuter flight stalled and crashed into a house in suburban Clarence in February 2009.  All 49 people on board and a man in the house died.  Three of the people who died on the plane had connections to Chautauqua County.


The Jamestown Jammers put up two big innings on way to locking up a New York-Penn League baseball play-off berth last night.  Jamestown never trailed on way to a 9-to-4 win over the State College Spikes to take the league's wild-card spot.  That means Jamestown plays the number-one seeded Spikes in the play-offs this coming weekend.  Despite the loss... State College wound up with the best record in the league.  The first game of the best of three-series is at Diethrick Park this Friday night... and, General Manager Matt Drayer says the Jammers get a chance to extend what's been a great 20th anniversary season.  He's urging fans to come out for Game-One on Friday night.  In addition to this being the 20th anniversary in Jamestown for the Jammers franchise... this was also the first season of the organization's new affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates.


U-S Senator Charles Schumer is asking federal officials to work with Cornell University on dairy safety issues.  Schumer took a tour of the new food science facility at Cornell Tuesday... and, made the request to the Federal Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


With a filing deadline for the next state police entrance examination falling on Sunday... the agency has just under 27-thousand people signed up to take it.  After several years with no trooper training classes due to budget limits, there have been three, with 181 trainees currently at the State Police Academy heading towards a December 10th graduation.  Another class starting in January will draw from the current candidate list.  A total of 26-thousand-883 have signed up to take it. 


Tensions in the Middle East -- in particular involving Syria -- has led to an increase in gasoline prices... both locally and nationally.  Here in the Jamestown-area... the Triple-A's Fuel Gauge reports the price for a gallon of regular, unleaded has jumped by about 5-cents to 3-dollars-85 cents.  Nationally... the average price for regular, unleaded is now 3--59 a gallon.  The Fuel Gauge reports today's national average is 5-cents more than one week ago.  Monday marked the end of the summer driving season with the fourth highest Labor Day price on record.