A city man is jailed without bail for allegedly trafficking drugs and being in possession of 15 "long-guns" following his arrest while walking his dog on Jamestown's eastside last Friday...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team and the FBI had been investigating 27 year-old Tyler Anderson for some time, and were conducting surveillance on his home at 2256 Willard Street Extension just before 2:30 p.m. in the town of Ellicott.  Samuelson says they moved in when Anderson took the dog for a walk, they then raided the home and found four pounds of marihuana and must over two ounces of cocaine.
 
Samuelson said he wasn't sure if any ammunition was found during the raid or if the guns were loaded.  However, he says they are pleased to have those illegally possessed guns off the street and that's why the FBI was involved.  Samuelson says Anderson also faces federal charges for possessing the guns.  He says Anderson initially resisted arrested, but was eventually taken into custody on several local charges, which also include criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
 
Six other people were also arrested early last Friday morning in drug-related raid-- one on Jamestown's southside, and the other on the northside...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, State Police C-NET Team were assisted by the JPD SWAT Team in executing search warrants shortly after 6 a.m. at 238 Forest Avenue, then at 22 Basett Street about 6:40.  Samuelson says much of the information they get about suspected drug activity in the city comes from their tipline ( 483-8477).
 
Samuelson says the Tips 411 App can be downloaded for free.  At 238 Forest Avenue, police arrested 44 year-old Christine Dean after learning the location was being used to traffic Crystal Methamphetime.  Police allegedly found a quantity of meth, drug paraphernalia and cash inside.  Dean was arrested for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  She's jailed without bail.  Two others were arrested for endangering the welfare of an incompetent or disabled person.
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At 22 Bassett Street, police arrested three others and allegedly found 21-grams of Methamphetime, cocaine, suboxone, paraphernalia, and cash inside.  Officers say 38 year-old Stacie Yancer, 24 year-old Morgan Merrill-Larson, and 26 year-old Dustin Newbree were arrested for third, fifth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controll substance, as well as endangering the welfare of a child.  All three were arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
 
 
A Frewsburg man was arrested over the weekend following an investigation into harassment and unwanted contact by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office... 
 
Deputies say 43 year-old Eric Sohl allegedly intiated contact with a person between December 2017 to March 2018, after repeatedly being told to stop such contact. A warrant was put out for Sohl on two counts of fourth-degree stalking. Deputies say he was taken into custody Saturday afternoon and remanded to the county jail on $1,000 bail.
 
 
State health officials say the number of confirmed influenza cases across New York has decreased for the second consecutive week last week...  
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that about 6,400 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu were reported to the state Department of Health last week, about half the number reported the previous week.  The Democrat says the number of flu-stricken people requiring hospitalization dropped for the fourth straight week to just around 1,070.
 
 
The local Red Cross is helping the lone occupant of a home that was extensively damaged by a fire on Jamestown's southside during the overnight hours last Saturday...  
 
City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Coon says crews were called to the scene at 106 Charles Street shortly before Midnight last Friday and says they found light smoke initially coming from the peak of the roof, and ceiling areas.  However, he says they found a lot of fire in the upper floors, but found it originated on the first floor.
 
Coon says it took some time to get the blaze under control because of the building's "balloon wall" construction.  He says they were able to get the lone occupant out safely, but adds they couldn't save the structure, which had extensive damage to all three floors of the building.  Coon says an off-duty shift of eight firefighters and a shift commander were also called in.  He says crews were there for about five hours.  Coon says no injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation.
 
 
A three-person arbitration panel will try again to meet next month in an effort to break the impasse between the city of Jamestown and it's policemen's union from the past two years...  
 
That from Mayor Sam Teresi, who says the arbitration was postponed from last month after one of the two out-of town arbiters had a health issue and could not attend.  Teresi says the panel will now meet on Thursday, April 12, and will also meet on Friday, April 13 -- if need be.
 
The union, the Kendall Club-Police Benevolent Association, will have it's representative.  The city will be represented in the arbitration hearing by City Clerk and Administrative Services Director Todd Thomas.  A Buffalo arbitrator, Howard Foster, will also be involved in the three-way meetings.  The contract (once the panel decides) will run from December 31, 2015 to the end of 2017.  Teresi says the process still allows discussion to continue towards a negotiated settlement right up to the time a decision is rendered, but he says he's doubtful one will be reached at this stage.
 
 
In state government news, Republican Marc Molinaro says he's poised to make his run for New York governor official...  
 
The Dutchess County executive has told Republican Party leaders he's running but he's yet to announce his candidacy to voters.  That could soon change.  In a letter to local GOP chairpersons obtained by The A-P, Molinaro writes that he'll publicly kick off his campaign "in the near future."  Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to require more information about the groups behind online political ads picked up the support of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. 
 
 
A Jamestown-area health care organization has been recognized by the federal government for it's solutions to delivering health care in the region...  
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed says the Chautauqua County Health Network has received the 2018 Champion Impact award from the Health Resources and Service Administration.  Reed adds that the Health Network also received Honorable Mention for the Innovations in Health Care Delivery award.  The Corning Republican says, "the model that CCHN has pioneered to provide health care results for people in rural communities is a valuable asset to our community, and I join in applauding them for receiving this award".  Network Director Ann Abdella says they're "thrilled" to receive the recognition. 

News Update for Tues., June 19, 2018

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