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News Update for Thurs., June 19, 2014


One person dead, another in critical condition following attempted Murder-Suicide in town of Westfield...

The investigation is continuing into what appears to have been an attempted murder-suicide that took place early Thursday morning on Route 5 in Barcelona.  Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call about 2:30 a.m. from a home where the victim went to after being shot.  Gerace says the resident reported a woman came to the house looking for help.  He says deputies got there... and, found the victim... who was immediately taken to the hospital.  The woman... 29-year-old Nichole Sheehan of Lancaster... was rushed to Westfield Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  At last word... she was in critical condition.  Gerace says the man involved in the incident... later identified as 38-year-old Sam Reynolds, also of Lancaster -- was still in the area.  About two-and-a-half hours later... Gerace says officers heard a gunshot near the breakwall, and found Reynolds had taken his own life.  He says the two victims had arrived in Barcelona from out-of-town to reportedly celebrate Sheehan's birthday.  He described the incident as -- quote -- "a horrific event" that has devastated the families involved.


City fire crews douse blaze in vacant house, tear burned-out structure down...

The investigation is continuing into the cause of a fire that's destroyed a vacant, multi-family home on Jamestown's northside.  Fire Battalion Chief Sam Salemme says crews were called to the scene at 837 Prendergast Avenue shortly before 4 this morning.  Salemme says they found a lot of smoke and fire coming from both floors of the home on arrival.  Since the building was uninhabited... Salemme says firefighters did an exterior attack on the blaze.  He says they also put water in two nearby exposures... one at 837 1/2 Prendergast Ave., and the other at 839 Prendergast.  No one was hurt.


Two more people arrested during two more Heroin busts in Jamestown...

Two Jamestown women are jailed following two drug raids on the city's southside early this morning.  Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the raids took place at 6:30 a.m. in conjunction with the JPD SWAT Team... and, state Police C-NET Team.  The first raid took place at 11 Park Street... where investigators seized a quantity of Heroin... and, about $3,000 cash.  Samuelson adds that officers arrested 49 year-old Olga Santiago for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal use of drug paraphernalia.  At 15 Park... Samuelson says police found another quantity of Heroin... and, $2,000 in cash.  Police arrested 25 year-old Doris Ramos... who was in the house with two small children.  She is also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, criminal using drug paraphernalia.  Ramos is also charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Samuelson says the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.  If you have any information on illegal drug activity in the city... call the JPD Tip-Line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477.


 

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