Two Buffalo-area men are jailed on one-million dollars cash bail each for their major involvement in the home invasion-robbery earlier this month at 188 Falconer Street that led to an exchange of gunfire with police. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says a Chautauqua County Grand Jury recently handed down the 22-count indictments against twin brothers Jaquan and Maqwan Martin... both 23 years of age. Samuelson says the charges include six counts of first-degree robbery... and, four counts of first-degree burglary. Both were arrested at the scene during the early morning hours of July 1st. Several others are under arrest in Buffalo or Chautauqua County on parole violations... and, also face charges in this case. More arrests are expected.
Jamestown police are still looking for two men who allegedly stabbed another man during a home invasion-robbery early Tuesday morning on the city's eastside. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 100 Hedges Street just after 1 AM for a reported stabbing. On arrival... officers were told that two men entered the home... and, stabbed one of the occupants in the chest before robbing them of cash and other property. Samuelson says drugs were apparently involved. Samuelson says the suspects wore clothing to cover their faces... but, one is reportedly a black male with darker skin... and, the other man had lighter skin. He says the suspects fled before police arrived. However... Samuelson says the victim and location were apparently targeted by the suspects. The male victim is in stable condition at WCA Hospital. If you have any information on the incident... call JPD at 483-7537... or their confidential tip line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.
Two more public forums on the on-going problem with Heroin and other opiate drug use and abuse in Chautauqua County will be held early next month. That from County Executive Vince Horrigan and Mental Hygiene Services Director Patricia Brinkman... who says the forums will be held in Dunkirk and Jamestown on Monday, August 4th. Horrigan says the morning session will be held from 9 AM to Noon at Jamestown Community College's city campus... while the second one will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at JCC's North County Training Center in Dunkirk. More than 200 people attended an initial forum in Mayville last March despite blizzard-like conditions. Horrigan says that's why he's made developing a comprehensive plan to deal with all aspects of the problem a priority. He says the initial forum produced a Steering Committee that developed five smaller "Action Teams" to deal with all aspects... from prevention to law enforcement and the courts. For more information on those teams... or the upcoming forums... call the county's Department of Mental Hygiene at 753-4104.
The trial for a man who is accused of killing a Fredonia woman four years ago got underway late yesterday morning. Opening statements were given in the murder trial of Jason Wells. He is accused of beating and stabbing 81-year-old Ruth Fisk inside her apartment at One Temple Square in February of 2010. Wells has been charged with second-degree murder. If convicted... Wells could get up to 25 years to life in prison.
A Falconer teen is accused of being in possession of an illegal weapon last weekend after he was found acting suspiciously on a village street. Ellicott Town Police say the 18 year-old... who is not being identified... was stopped Sunday on Homestead Street... and, interviewed by officers. Further investigation uncovered the weapon... which was confiscated by police. The teen was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon... and, issued an appearance ticket for Ellicott Town Court.
Over 100 maple producers from across New York spent a final day in Chautauqua County Tuesday... touring maple syrup operations here. David Munsee of Big Tree Maple in Lakewood was one of the local organizers of the New York State Maple Tour that began last Sunday. Munsee says producers are always anxious to learn what others are doing. Steve Childs, the New York State Extension Maple Specialist was here for the event. He says there is more to the tour than just technology. Childs adds, that despite the cold spring, New York had its third largest syrup crop this year, at 546,000 gallons.
Data security breaches reported over the past 8 years have exposed the private records of nearly 23 million New Yorkers. That's according to a new report from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman's office also says deliberate hacking was behind 40 percent of the incidents... with 900 breaches involving 7.3 million records last year alone.