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The investigation is continuing into a shooting incident early last weekend in which a dozen "large calibur" gun-shots were fired into a home on Jamestown's westside.  City police responded to the 100-block of West Seventh Street about 11:36 PM Friday after receiving several calls of gun-shots being fired in that area.  On arrival... they found that 12 rounds had been fired into the home.  Officers say five people were inside the house at the time... but, fortunately... they say no one was hurt in the incident.  Police say they also recovered shell casings and other evidence they believe is related to the incident.  Anyone who may have information on the shooting is asked to call Jamestown Police at 483-7537... or JPD's anonymous tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.

 

The shooting incident in Jamestown wasn't the only one in the region last weekend.  State Police in Warren say someone fire several rounds from what is believed to be a rifle towards the Chapman Dam beach area in Clarendon, Pennsylvania.  Troopers say the gun-shots came from north of the beach area between 1:30 and 2 PM Saturday.  They say one round struck a female victim who was watching her grandchildren swim.  Police add that numerous people were on the beach at the time.  They add the woman was struck in the left shoulder... and, was flown to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment.  State Police are asking anyone who has may have information on the incident to call them at (814)-728-3600... or Warren County Crimestoppers.  State Police were assisted by several agencies... including the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

 

Seizing about 30 grams of heroin during last Friday morning's drug bust in the city of Jamestown has happened before.  But, seldom has it been pure heroin.  That from City Police Chief Harry Snellings... who says they State Police C-NET Team members raided the home at 113 Willard Street... where they found most of the illegal Narcotic.  Snellings says they also allegedly found a small quantity of the drug in the possession of 20 year-old Carmen Lopez... who was in one of two vehicles police also checked out on Barrows Street, based on the investigation that led up to the raid.  What's "unique" about the seizure... he says... is that the drug had "not even been processed for sale yet."  In addition to the unprocessed marijuana... police also seized packaging material... scales... and, other paraphernalia -- and, some cash.  Police says the just over 29 grams of uncut heroin is the equivalent of about 600 doses of the drug. 

 

In addition to the 20 exotic animals seized at a Chautauqua County wildlife sanctuary last week... there were several domestic animals found at JNK's "Call of the Wild" last week.  With that.. the state Department of Environmental Conservation called the Chautauqua County Humane Society to the scene later in the week.  Humane Society Community Relations Director Edwin Rodriguez says DEC officials called their Cruelty Investigator... who obtained a court warrant to get the 19 animals. Early last weekend... Rodriguez said he did not know what kind of condition the animals were in... though the exotic animals were malnourished... and, showed signs of neglect.  He says they already have 30 dogs in the shelter... with 10 more coming from foster homes... so they need to adopt out some.  With that... they're running a special through next Saturday on ALL dogs over six-months of age to make room for any new arrivals.  For more information... contact the Humane Society at 665-2209.  Rodriguez made his comments on last weekend's "Community Spotlight" Program.

 

A Stockton man recently featured on the county's Wanted List on several felony warrants has been arrested after being spotted on the Stockton-Cassadaga Road early last weekend.  Sheriff's officers say 55 year-old Timothy Banach was inside a vehicle on the Stockton-Cassadaga Road last Friday night when he was seen.  Deputies say they knew Banach was wanted on those outstanding warrants.  Officers tried to stop Banach... and, the man driving the car.  They drove off... but, into a yard off Stockton-Cassadaga Road where Banach got out and tried to run away.  Deputies brought in K-9 Drago... and, after a brief standoff... Banach surrendered to the K-9.  He was arraigned... and, is being held in the county jail without bail... and, further charges may be pending.

 

U-S Senator Charles Schumer is proposing a new federal database where youth organizations could check the criminal backgrounds of adults seeking to volunteer or work with children.  The proposed legislation follows recent child pornography charges against 71 people in the New York City area, including a Boy Scout leader, a Little League coach and individuals who taught at a Jewish girls' seminary and classes at a Catholic church.

 

Incumbant New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has survived a challenge from the left to win the nomination of the liberal Working Families Party.  Cuomo... a Democrat... received the endorsement at the party's convention Saturday in Albany following a floor fight from liberals unhappy with Cuomo's support for business-friendly tax cuts and charter schools.  Cuomo defeated a bid for the nomination from Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout.  Before the vote... New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged delegates to support Cuomo.  And, the governor addressed delegates by phone, promising to push liberal priorities and to work to return the state Senate to Democratic control.  Cuomo faces Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in the fall election.

 

State police say a hiker has died after falling 150 feet down a ravine in western New York.  Troopers say 25-year-old Stephen Wagner of the Wyoming County town of Sheldon was walking with a friend in his hometown shortly before 6 PM Saturday when he lost his footing and fell down the ravine... landing in water.  State police, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office, and the county rescue team responded to the scene.

 

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