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News Update for Mon., Oct. 28, 2013

City police investigating one-car crash on eastside...

Jamestown police are investigating a one-car, personal injury accident at Second and Buffalo Streets late Monday morning.  Few details have been released... but, officers say the vehicle went off the road, and struck a utility pole about 11:30 a.m.  Police were joined at the scene by city fire rescue personnel.  At least one person was treated for moderate injuries.  More when it becomes available.

County Legislature set to vote this week on latest offer to buy County Home in Dunkirk...

The Chautauqua County Legislature will vote this Wednesday on the latest offer to buy the County Home in Dunkirk.  VestraCare of Long Island... which operates two other homes in Central and Eastern New York... has offered $16.5-million for the facility.... which has just over 200 residents.  Legislature Chairman Jay Gould says it's also the last, best chance for the public to express it's feelings over the potential sale.  Gould says that may make for a long meeting... because he expects a lot of people to be on hand.  He says he... and, other lawmakers... have been receiving e-mails, phone calls, and other communications from the public on the possible sale.  He says he usually replys to those who send the communications... but, hasn't always had the chance.  Earlier this year... the legislature came up just short of the 17 votes needed to sell the home to an Evanston, Illinois firm.  However... County Executive Greg Edwards says he believes this is the best offer they have received so far... especially because VestraCare has already purchased the Ulster County Home... and, understands nursing home operations in New York State.  Wednesday's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Alleged city "crack" maker arrested...

A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly making "crack" cocaine inside a eastside home... and, and, selling the narcotic drug.  Jamestown police say investigators and members of the City Police SWAT Team -- armed with a search warrant -- raided the home at 414 Winsor St. early last weekend.  Upon entry... officers say they saw the occupants in the process of making the narcotic drug using a butane torch.  During a subsequent search... police say they found eight-grams of cocaine... 300 grams of marijuana... a large quantity of prescription narcotic pills... and, various drug paraphernalia.  Investigators also say they found a number of items that were allegedly stolen... including flat screen televisions... and, other items that had been traded for drugs.  The resident... 33 year-old Joseph Thayer... was arrested on several charges.  They include third and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminial possession of drug paraphernalia.  The city Department of Development later condemned the house because it was in violation of several housing codes.  Police say the investigation is continuing... and, more charges are expected.  Anyone with information on the illegal drug sales in the city is asked to call the JPD confidential Tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


JHS Marching Band finishes second in their division at state championships...

The Jamestown High School Marching Band concluded its season Sunday by taking second place in their division at the state championships in Syracuse.  JHS Junior Jacob Sandstrom is one of the Drum Majors.  He says he was very pleased with Sunday's performance... which he called "terrific" because they've come "a long way" this season.  The band's show, called 'Dreams of Flying,' included the building of an airplane on the field.  The band's other Drum Major, Madison Walker-Blake said conducting at the Carrier Dome was kind of 'surreal.'  Band Director Meghan Murray says she was delighted with Jamestown's second place finish.  Murray says about half of the band members were new this year... and, that made it challenging at the start of the season.  But... she says their finish was "pretty outstanding."  Murray thanked all the individuals and businesses who've supported the band through the season.  Taking first place in the division was Lancaster... topping Jamestown by just over two points. 


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