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News Update for Tues., Apr. 29, 2014


Two Jamestown residents arrested during separate drug raids...

A pair of city residents are jailed on Felony drug charges after being arrested during two separate raids in Jamestown early yesterday morning.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers and JPD Swat Team members executed search warrants at 303 Crescent Street... and, 823 Prendergast Avenue about 7 a.m.  Samuelson says they found a large amount of marijuana at the Cresent Street address... and, also arrested 26 year-old Randelea Rivera.  He says they arrested 23 year-old Raheem Butts at the Prendergast Avenue location... where officers found estacy pills, pot, cash... and, packaging materials.  Samuelson says Butts faces two Felony criminal possession of a controlled substance charges... while Rivera faces a Felony criminal possession of marijuana charge.  Samuelson says these two raids resulted from the investigations that led to several raids over the past month, or so.  However... he adds they were not directly tied to any of the others.  Samuelson says Butts is being held in the county jail without bail... while Rivera faces a Felony count of second-degree criminal posession of marijuana.  She's being held on $2,500 bail.


House fire leaves Busti family temporarily homeless...

A construction issue is the apparent cause of a fire that extensively damaged that wall of a town of Busti home early Tuesday morning.  Busti Fire Chief Mike Volpe says his department was called to the scene at 463 Pine Ridge Road about 7 a.m.  Volpe says crews found some smoke on arrival... and, made an interior attack.  He says smoke was showing from the eaves, and they found fire in a wall near the chimney that extended to the attic.  Volpe says they called in mutual aid from Lakewood, Kiantone, Frewsburg, Celoron... and, Sugar Grove, Russell and Lander from Pennsylvania.  He says getting the fire out in the two story house was "tricky" because they had to reach a confined area.  However... Volpe says they were able to contain damage to that interior wall on the first and second floors.  He says it took about 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control.  Volpe says a board that had been rubbing up against a pipe triggered the flames.  The local Red Cross is helping the family of three.  Firefighters were at the scene until shortly after 9:30 Tuesday morning.

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