Four people are jailed, three of them following a raid at a home on the city of Jamestown's northside last Friday...  
 
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they were assisted by several agencies in executing a search warrant at 9 Crossman Street about 1 p.m. Friday.  He did not provide details, but says three people were taken into custody during the raid.  Samuelson says one other was arrested on a Felony warrant after he was spotted on the street, and chased to a location on Prendergast Avenue.  City police were assisted by the JPD SWAT Team, State Police and, the U-S Postal Inspector Service. 
 
 
A Mayville man is jailed on $5,000 on mulitple warrants has been arrested in the town of Chautauqua on drug possession charges...  
 
Sheriff's deputies say they did a warrant check at a home on Chautauqua Street and, found 39 year-old Michael Watson inside.  Officers say Watson was wanted on warrants out of Busti and Ellicott town courts.  They say further investigation showed that Watson was in possession of a controlled substance, and he was also charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned in Busti Town Court and, sent to the county lock-up.  Watson will also appear in Ellicott and Chautauqua Town Courts at a later date.
 
 
Invasive weeds in about 100-acres of Chautauqua Lake will be treated over the next two days with herbicides...  
 
The state Department of Environmental Conservation granted permits for the towns of Ellery, Busti and North Harmony to head up the program, which will involve applying the herbicide in the lake's southern basin.  County lawmakers decided not to provide added funding for the program and Executive George Borrello says they are focusing money on trying to get to the root problem of the weeds.
 
Borrello adds they are also supporting streambank stabilization, and helping farmers to stop fertilizers from getting into the lake and, feeding the weeds.  Originally, the DEC permitted the towns to treat 191-acres.  However, the CLP was only able to raise half of the 500-thousand dollars they needed to treat those areas.  Borrello says, while he believes in a "reasonable" and limited use of herbicides, there is not yet consensus to do that. 
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The three towns involved will start Herbicide application at 7 this morning and, continue through much of the day.  The largest area -- about 50-acres -- is in the town of Ellery.  There are just over 39-acres in Busti and, about 19-acres in North Harmony.  There may be a second day of application Tuesday.  The DEC says there should be no swimming, fishing and animal consumption of lake water in those areas for 24 hours after treatment. 
 
 
In New York state government news, the state Senate is beset by gridlock as Republicans hold on to power by the thinnest of margins....  
 
With one member away on military duty... Republicans are relying on the support of a renegade Democrat to stay in control.  But with the chamber split, Democrats are demonstrating they can shut down work when they choose.  The deadlock prevented votes on several bills last week and forced Democrats and Republicans into an uneasy detente.  Meanwhile, sports gambling supporters are making a final push before the session ends in two weeks.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has said there isn't time to craft the complicated regulations for sports betting.  But others hope to include sports betting in a final session-ending deal.
 
 
More than a hundred friends gathered with Ruth Lundin at the Audubon Community Nature Center Friday to celebrate her retirement as the center's President... 
 
Lundin said she was excited for Audubon as it 'catapaults to another level' and for herself, because she'll get to attend to some things that had 'to take the back burner.'  She said everyone who worked with her has improved the center and has been improved by it. Lundin has led the Audubon for nineteen years. A new President has not yet been named for the Riverside Road facility.  
 
 
It was quite the scene Saturday afternoon at the front door of the James Prendergast Library in Jamestown...  
 
Young people were reading aloud to an audience that included attentive dogs.  A hotdog sale and a petting zoo were occurring at the same time.  It was all part of the third annual Jim Roselle Read-a-thon. The event is named for the late Jim Roselle, a longtime WJTN announcer, and fan of the library.  The Prendergast's Executive Director, Tina Scott, says Roselle would have been right at home. The read-a-thon is held in conjunction with the library's quarterly book sale.  Tina Scott says the next big project at the Prendergast is the major replacement of leaking windows.  
 
 
A Dunkirk man has pled guilty to federal charges of cocaine possession and trafficking in U-S District Court in Buffalo...  
 
Assistant U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior has announced that 30 year-old Fred Santiago entered the plea before federal Judge Frank Geraci, Junior to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, five kilograms or more of cocaine.  Prosecutors say between July of 2016 and early May of 2017, Santiago conspired with co-defendant Michael Pacheco to distribute 'kilogram quantities' of cocaine in and around the region.  The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $10-million fine.  Sentencing is scheduled for next September 20.
 
 
Dunkirk School officials have sent a letter to the city in an effort to continue discussions over establishing a school resource officer for the new school year...  
 
That's the word from Superintendent James Tracy following a recent Dunkirk School Board workshop meeting.  Dr. Tracy says the budget approved by voters earlier this month includes funding for the position. Off-duty officers have been volunteering to handle the duties on a temporary basis through the rest of this school year.  Dr. Tracy hopes an agreement can be reached soon in order to have someone on board by the start of the 2018-19 school year in September.

WJTN Headlines for Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

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