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Local News update for Sat., Apr. 20, 2013


Two arrested, one sought in connection with Meth Lab raid in Jamestown...

Two Jamestown men have been arrested... and, a third is being sought... for allegedly running an illegal meth lab on the city's eastside.  City police investigators raided a home at 181 Barrows Street about 5 p.m. Friday after developing information that it was being used to manufacture, and sell methamphetime.  Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they were joined by members of the State Police C-NET Team... and, the Department of Homeland Security.  Samuelson says the state Police Contaminate Crime Scene Emergency Response Team found a quantity of items used to make the highly volatile drug.  Two residents were arrested.  Police say 28 year-old Joseph Snyder... and 23 year-old Dustin Verrett... are charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetime... and, criminal possession of a controlled substance.  They were being held pending arraignment.
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City police add they are also looking for a third suspect in the case.  Officers accuse 38 year-old Donald Dean... who also lives at the 181 Barrows address... is wanted on several outstanding warrants.  Anyone who knows Dean's whereabouts is asked to call city police at 483-7537... or the JPD Tip-Line at 483-TIPS.  That's 483-8477. 


Jamestown area goes through major weather change, more wintry conditions prevail Saturday...

After a day that started with mid-60 temperatures... the area did see up to an inch of snow through late Saturday morning.  The National Weather Service discontinued a Wind Advisory overnight... that after a sharp cold front dropped the mercury about 12 degrees within a matter of minutes shortly before 1:30 p.m.  It fell to 45 by early Friday night... and, Forecaster Jim Mitchell in Buffalo said even colder air -- with snow -- was coming in later.  Mitchell says there was likely some lake enhancement, with up to an inch falling in the higher elevations.  In the north county.  High's Saturday will be about 38.  In the north county... the temperature at the Dunkirk Airport dropped from 71 just before Noon yesterday to 45 degrees about an hour later.


Four suspects in town of Carroll homicides jailed without bail, pending preliminary hearings...

The four suspects in the deaths of a town of Carroll couple have now been formally charged with murder in the case.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says 66 year-old Gordon... and, 59 year-old Joyce Skinner were found dead about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in their burning home on Wheeler Hill Road.  Gerace says the four suspects were arrested early Thursday morning in Elmira.  He and District Attorney David Foley says only one of them... 34 year-old David Coggins... who has no known address... has a criminal rap sheet.  Gerace says the criminal history was not related to this incident, and would not say if it was a "violent" criminal history.  During this week's press conference announcing the arrests... and, the names of the victims... Gerace said they weren't aware of a criminal history with the other three men.  They've been identified as 21 year-old Joshua McCormick... and, 18 year-olds Ricky Knickerbocker, and Steven Todd -- all of Elmira.   Gerace says the Skinners were apparently targeted for the crime... but, won't yet say how they were killed.  Authorities also won't say what their connection was to the Skinners.  All four were arraigned on two counts each of second-degree murder... and, sent to the county jail without bail.


Local native among those locked in their homes during manhunt for two Boston Marathon bombing suspects...

A Boston woman with family-ties to the Jamestown-area was locked in her house all day Friday as the manhunt continued until last night's capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.  Kelly Knee is the daughter of Jamestown's Nancy Knee... and, has worked for a major company just outside Massachusetts' largest city.  Our Jim Roselle contacted Kelly late Friday morning... and, asked what the situation was like.  She said she was alright... but, admitted it was "a little scary."  Kelly says she was getting ready to take the train to her job as a scientist at Pfizer in Cambridge, but, the word came down that no one was going anywhere.  She says she lives on a main street in Boston... but, says there was no traffic... and, the trains weren't running... which seemed "kind of strange."  Knee says she was just 'kicking back' with her dog.  But... she found out early about the gravity of the situation when she took her pet for a walk about 7 a.m. Friday.  Knee came across a police officer who said she could go around the block... but, then get inside "as soon as I could."  Kelly Knee said she was keeping up with events through the radio and TV... and, social media on the Internet.  She went to college at Alfred University and got her doctorate degree in Connecticut.

 

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