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News update for Wed., Dec. 18, 2013

City police investigating two robberies similary in nature; but occur differently...

Jamestown police are asking for the public's help in solving two similary... but, different armed robberies that occured over the past six days.  The latest occured late Tuesday night in a driveway at 114 Vega St.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the two victims involved say they were getting out of their car shortly before 11 p.m., when a second vehicle pulled in behind their's.  Samuelson says two black males got of the car... and, one displayed what appeared to be a shotgun.  He says the armed suspect reportedly struck one of the victims on the side of the head with the gun.  He says the suspect then allegedly took cash and belongings from the victims.  The man struck with the gun was treated for a head injury.  Samuelson says it's believed the victims were targeted.  If you have any information... you're asked to call the JPD Tip-line at 483-8477.

No one hurt in second robbery from last Friday...

The first robbery occured last Friday night on the grounds of Jamestown Community College... where two men wearing masks approached two victims on a bench about 7:30 PM.  Samuelson says one of the suspects displayed what appeared to be a pistol... and they robbed both victims of cash and their personal belongings.  He says an 18 year-old male from Cleveland, Ohio has been arrested for criminal possession of stolen property... and, adds this was -- again -- not a random act.  The two suspects are described as being dark-skinned... over 6-foot tall... and, in their early 20s.  They ran off towards the JCC dorms.  Some of the stolen property has been found.

Co. Health Department releases Community Health Assessment... and, three areas that need to be address -- including newborns affected by drugs...

The newest Community Health Assessment of Chautauqua County shows growing problems with the number of newborn babies hospitalized with narcotics already in their bodies... and, overall drug abuse.  Mental Health is also among the growing issues found in the report... which was recently presented to the state Health Department.  County Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says those issues... and, the ongoing issue of chronic health problems... like diabetes... were identified through the assessment.  Schuyler says it's a "Core" public health requirement from the state... which high-lights five areas of prevention they want to have addressed.  The counties then decide on three priority areas they feel need to be addressed from the assessment.  Schuyler says women, infants and children were another growing concern.  She says the issues include women getting pre-natal care... low birth-weight, and premature babies.  Schuyler says positive drug screens for newborns are a big issue... which "really points to the bigger picture of the health of your community."  She says the county's Community Health Planning Team will now move on implementing the health improvement plan.  Schuyler says the county's four hospitals... Department of Mental Hygiene... and, the Chautauqua County Health Network... collaborated on the plan.