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News headlines for Sun. July 7, 2013


Jamestown teen dies as result of drowing incident at Barcelona Harbor...

A Jamestown teenager has died from a drowning accident last Saturday afternoon in Barcelona Harbor on Lake Erie.  Sheriff's Officers... and, members of the department's DIVE Team responded with Westfield Police to the scene near Monroe Marina shortly before 12:30 p.m.  Deputies says DIVE Team members found the victim... identified as 17 year-old Jan Carlos Delosanto-Munez... in the water and he was taken to shore and transported to Westfield Hospital.  Delosanto-Munez was later flown by Starflight Helicopter to Women's and Children's Hospital in Buffalo for further treatment.  Officers say Delosantos-Nunez was pronounced dead shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday.


City man arrested for allegedly trying to sell Heroin at Blue Heron Festival, and being in possession of large knife...

A Jamestown man is jailed for allegedly being in possession of a large knife... and, several packages of heroin at the Blue Heron Festival in Sherman last weekend.  Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene about 1:30 a.m. last Saturday by Festival Security Staff.  Officers say security officials were told about a man believed to be selling narcotics on the festival grounds.  Security reportedly confronted the man... later identified as 28 year-old Rashid Jabbar of East Sixth Street... and, found he was in possession of a large fixed blade knife in his pants pocket.  Security detained Jabbar and took him to their headquarters... but, on the way... Jabbar allegedly threw seven bindles of a powdery substance onto the ground.  Sheriff's officers were called in... and, field tested the substance and found it was heroin.  Deputies arrested Jabbar for third-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance because the substance was packaged for sale.  He was also arraigned in Sherman Town Court for Criminal Possession of a Weapon... and, sent to the county lock-up.


Edwards says county beginning budget work with smaller deficit than first projected...

Chautauqua County will be in a much better position to begin the budget season later this Summer than was expected even a couple of years ago.  That from County Executive Greg Edwards... who says -- due to skyrocketing Medicaid and other costs -- officials were projecting a $14-million to $16-million deficit for 2014.  However... thanks to an approximately $10-million Medicaid reimbursement late last year... the figure is more like $5.5-million to $6-million.  He adds that more hard work from his department heads has about cut that figure in half, as well  Edwards says the $5-and-a-half to $6-million has also been cut in half due to some unanticipated, non-tax revenue coming in.  He says the county received about $350,000 more in revenue from the Methane Gas-to-Energy plant at the county landfill.  However... Edwards adds that if the county had been able to sell the county home to a private interest... they would be looking at NO deficit for 2014.  Edwards says that would be another $1.7-million dollars in savings.  During this weekend's Community Spotlight program... he added they are closing in on a new offer for the Dunkirk-area facility.

 

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