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News Update for Wed., June 18, 2014


City and State police arrest city woman during Heroin drug bust near Jamestown's Love School...

A Jamestown woman has been arrested following a second drug bust involving Heroin near Love Elementary School on the city's northside.  Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says members of the JPD Drug Enforcement Unit... and, state Police C-NET Team raided an apartment at 614 Spring St. early Wednesday afternoon.  Samuelson says they found the occupant... 28 year-old Leslie Rodriguez... trying to flush some of the Heroin in her possession down a toilet.  He says it was packaged for sale... and, she was able to flush a small quantity of it down a toilet before being arrested.  In addition to the Heroin... Samuelson says officers found packaging material... and, $6,000 cash.  He says this was not a major bust, "any little bit helps."  He says the major concern was the proximity to the school.  The bust a couple of weeks ago not far down the street led to the discovery of a loaded revolver.  Samuelson also says they've been getting a lot of help from citizens on their anonymous tip-line.  Rodriguez was arrested for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal tampering.  She's being held pending arraignment.  If you have any information ion the illegal sales or trafficking of narcotics... call the JPD Tip-Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


State Senate and Assembly approved package legislation to help stem Heroin epidemic...

State lawmakers lawmakers have agreed on legislation designed to help curb the growing heroin epidemic in New York.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says the eight bills approved today Include requiring insurance companies to better cover substance-abuse treatment... creating a statewide public awareness campaign to prevent opioid use... and, harsher penalties to crack down on illegal drug distribution.  The legislation would also require every anti-overdose kit, which contains the drug naloxone -- or Narcan -- to include an information card on how to administer the drug... and, how to recognize the symptoms of a heroin and opioid overdose.  Cuomo, a Democrat, says there were more than 89,000 heroin and prescription opiate treatment cases in New York last year, up from roughly 63,000 in 2004.  Experts say today's heroin is cheaper and more potent than it was in the 1980s.


JCC Board okays 2014-2015 budget...

The Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees has approved a $35.4-million dollar budget for 2014-2015 that includes a $95 in-state tuition increase.  It's the first budget created under the administration of JCC President Dr. Cory Duckworth... who says the spending plan is about 2.4-percent higher than the college's original 2013-2014 spending plan.  JCC's fiscal year begins Sept. 1.  Duckworth expressed his gratitude to the college's administrative team to help him put together "a budget that will serve the college’s students and our communities well."  JCC's Vice-President of Administration John Garfoot says the spending plan includes a state aid amount of $2,497 per Full-Time equivalent student... which is up slightly from last year.  Garfoot adds they are "mindful of the impact of tuition increases on our students."  But... he believes this increase will be offset by financial aid for most of our students, particularly those in greatest need. 

 

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