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News Update for Mon., June 23, 2014


City police arrest pair for Heroin possession after they were spotted trying to sell a Mountain Bike out the back of their vehicle...

Two Jamestown men have been arrested after the car they were operating was found to have a quantity of Heroin... and, drug paraphernalia inside.  City officers were in the area of East Second and Kipp Street about 8:15 this morning when they were spotted trying to sell a mountain bike that was hanging out of the trunk.  Officers searched the vehicle... and, found the Heroin... and, several needles inside.  The two men... identified as 43 year-old Jesus Suarez... and, 39 year-old Jose Lopez... were arrested for seventh-degree criminal posession of a controlled substance... and, criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.  Police were unable to determine who owned the mountain bike... so it was taken so it can be returned to it's rightful owner.  The bike is white and purple.  If you own the bike... and, can identify it... city police will return it to you.  Inquires can be made by calling the JPD Investigative Section at 483-7531. 


BPU Imposes one-year contract on IBEW Local-#459 employees...

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has voted to impose a one-year labor contract between the BPU and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 459.  BPU General Manager Dave Leathers says today's vote comes after the union and management failed to reach agreement on a negotiated contract.  That's after a tentative agreement had been reached at the end of October of last year.  BPU Business Manager Mike Anderson says after the union's failed ratification vote, "we made several attempts to reach agreement with the union, but were unable to do so."  Anderson says the major sticking point is a "split-wage" scale which would pay newly-hired, future employees less than current employees, in most cases.  He says "the split wage would not affect personnel already working at the utility."  The IBEW Local 459 is the BPU's largest union... and, represents about 80 employees in the electric, water, wastewater maintenance and customer service areas of the five-division utility.  The imposed contract is for a one-year period under the same terms and conditions of the expired agreement... and, is retroactive to this past April 1st.


Young feels 18-month waiting period to fully-implement Medical Marijuana needed for "tweeking" of law, and to work on avoiding abuses....

Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the measure allowing a highly-restrictive medical marijuana program.  However... it'll be 18-months before the program is fully-implemented.  That's fine with State Senator Cathy Young... who says -- while she voted for the measure -- it still needs some work.  The Olean Republican reiterates that she strongly opposes the general legalization of marijuana.  But... for some families... Young says the medical form of the drug is their last hope for children with severe seizure-issues.  Young believes the 1 1/2 year's time to full-implimentation would be best used to avoid abuse of the system.  She adds it will probably take about 18 months to set up the program.  One mother from Cuba, New York -- which is part of Young's district -- was in the Senate Chamber with her son, who has serious epileptic seizure issues to observe the vote.

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