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News Headlines for Wed., July 2, 2014


Two more people arrested as "persons of interest" in home invasion-robbery at 188 Falconer St...

Two more "persons of interest" have been taken into custody by Jamestown police in connection with yesterday morning's home invasion robbery that led to a shooting incident on the city's eastside.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the two suspects were located near Celoron with the help of other agencies for allegedly violating their parole.  The pair was arrested after trying to flee police near Burtis Bay.  Earlier... Samuelson says two other men were arrested inside the house at 188 Falconer St. Those two men -- who also have not been identified -- are charged with first-degree robbery.  Samuelson adds that the three involved in the brief gun-fight at 188 Falconer... ran off towards East Second Street.  However... the gun believed to be used in the crime was recovered at the scene.  He adds as many as seven people may have been involved in the home invasion.  Police Chief Harry Snellings adds they believe drugs were apparently involved.  Snellings says they were called to the scene about 3 a.m.  He says once they arrived... they began investigating... and, one suspect shot at officers as they tried to leave... and, the officer returned fire.  Snellings says that man may have been struck by a bullet... but, they're not sure.  He's described as a "heavy-set" black male with dread-locks... and, was wearing a baggy, red shirt.  Snellings adds this was not a random incident... but, a drug-related one... and, the home was targeted.   No one else was hurt.  Several other agencies were involved.  Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 483-7531... or their Tip-line at 483-TIPS.  That's 483-8477.


City man arrested for alleged "physical" domestic incident...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly damaging a woman's property... including breaking a cell phone and table... during a physical, domestic incident yesterday afternoon.  City police were called to the scene at 1101 Prendergast Avenue about 3:40 p.m., and, say the spoke with both 19 year-old Eliel Rodriguez... and, the female victim involved.  Both allegedly had an argument... which led to Rodriguez damaging the property.  He's also accused of slapping the cell phone away from the woman as she called for help.  Rodriguez was arrested without incident for third and fourth-degree criminal mischief.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.


Rowell Park Cancer Center receives national designation that helps bring in federal funding...

A cancer center in Buffalo has retained its national designation as a comprehensive cancer center, a status that brings significant federal funding.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the Roswell Park Cancer Institute has won re-accreditation from the National Cancer Institute.  The prestigious designation comes with a $19-million, five-year grant for research and patient care.  Cuomo calls Roswell Park a ``beacon of hope'' for patients and families and notes that only 41 cancer centers around the country have the designation.  Roswell Park receives some $100-million in state funding each year.


McMillan, Toensing talk about working poor, food stamps, and hunger...

On any given day... there are about 49-million Americans who are dealing with what researchers call "food insecurity."  However... you may be alarmed by the number of people who are your neighbors... and, are working... are part of that group.  That's what Tuesday's featured lecturer's at Chautauqua Institution talked about.  The acclaimed writer of the book, "The American Way of Eating," Tracy McMillan, was one of the lecturers.  She focused on access and affordability of food.  McMillian discussed following three low-income families... one family had to get creative to be nutritious.  She says they used food stamps to get fresh fruits and vegetables, and the local food pantry for other staples.  McMillian interviewed a number of families... and, did some undercover work as well for the book.  National Geographic photographer, Amy Toensing joined her on the Amphitheater stage.  Toensing says she photographed families for the magazine at the grass-roots level... and focused on three of them in Iowa.  She says the percentage of people who work at lower income wages, and, depend on food stamps is "pretty alarming."  McMillan says... on average... Americans spend about 14 to 15-percent of heir income on food, staples.  She and Toensing spoke as part of "Feeding a Hungry Planet" week at Chautauqua.


Some 17 proposals made to state for new casinos...

New York state officials are sorting through 17 competing casino proposals, the start of a long evaluation process expected to last until the fall.  Development teams are vying for up to four upstate casino licenses. A decision on the winning sites is expected this fall.  The state's Gaming Facility Location Board will evaluate the applications based their economic impact, potential revenues to the state and local communities and the quality of the proposal.  Contenders include local investors and international gambling companies.  The casinos will be divided among three regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson River Valley.  A decision on the winning bids is expected this fall.  The final awarding of the casino licenses will be done by the state's Gaming Commission.


 

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