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News Update for Fri., May 2, 2014


Former V-A Clinic Nurse sentenced in federal court...

A former nurse at the Veteran's Affairs Community-based Outpatient Clinic in Jamestown has been sentenced to one-year home detention in U-S District Court.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Jr. also announced Friday that 47 year-old Samilyn Olson of Jamestown also received three years of supervised release from U-S District Court Judge Richard Arcara.  Hochul says Olson was convicted of conspiracy to distribute the pain-killer oxycodone.  Assistant U-S Attorney Timothy Lynch, who prosecuted the case, says -- on eight occasions between May and September 2010 -- Olson stole prescription forms from a nurse practitioner at the clinic.  Lynch says she then forged the nurse practitioner's name... and, wrote prescriptions for oxycodone.  The prescriptions were then filled by Olson or others at a local pharmacy in Jamestown... and, then distributed.  The Veteran Affairs office... Office of Inspector General, and the Jamestown Police Department were all involved in the investigation.


City police arrest two more people in 15th drug raid in past month...

Two more arrests have been made during the 15th drug raid in the city of Jamestown over the past month.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says it's part of the on-going investigation into narcotics and other drug trafficking in the area.  City police... along with JPD SWAT Team members... and, the state Police C-NET Team... raided an apartment at 846 Lafayette Street Friday morning... and, arrested 45 year-old Tyrone VanHook... and, 37 year-old Simeon Leeper.  Samuelson says VanHook was found with a quantity of crack cocaine... and, large amount of cash.  Leeper is accused of flushing a quantity of drugs down a toilet as the raid was taking place.  VanHook was arraigned on one court of Felony criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, sent to the county jail without bail.  Leeper was arraigned on charges of criminal tampering and obstruction... and, posted $15,000.

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