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Authorities have recovered the Body of 48 year old Ricky Whipple who was lost in Chautauqua Lake following a tubing incident last Saturday.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says they found Whipple's body at 5:45 this morning.   Whipple's family has been notified, and Gerace hopes that this helps bring them some closure. Gerace thanked everyone who helped in the recovery - The Sheriffs Department, Volunteer Firefighters, State Police and others that put in hundreds of man hours over the past few days.  Authorities have been working in a joint effort since this past Saturday evening to locate the body of 48 year old Ricky Whipple.

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Two Jamestown men are jailed for allegedly being involved in stealing nearl 100 guns from three gun shops in North Central Pennsylvania.  However... it was "good old-fashioned police work" that led to their arrests and indictments by a federal grand jury.  That from Jamestown Police Captain Bob Samuelson... who says a simple street check on one of the suspects -- 36 year-old Jason Thorn -- helped lead to the federal investigation by the Burea of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  Samuelson says the combined investigation led to the seizure of 55 of the 93 guns allegedly stolen. Samuelson says they arrested Thorn on South Main Street at Axtel.  He says 31 year-old Ben McCormack was arrested a short time later.  He says they, and the ATF were able to find the 55 guns inside a vehicle, and at a home on Wescott Street by June 21st.  The federal indictment says authorities are still looking for the other 38 guns allegedly taken.  Samuelson says Thorn is being held locally on the weapons possession charge... while McCormack is already being held on the federal weapons charges.

 

Search conditions were better Wednesday for emergency-rescue personnel during the on-going effort to find a Cattaraugus County man whose been missing -- and presumed drowned in Chautauqua Lake.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says his department's Water Emergency Team divers ended their efforts in the north basin of the lake late yesterday afternoon to find 48 year-old Ricky Whipple of Conewango Valley.  However... Gerace says the Chautauqua Fire Department deployed more resources last night to further assist in the search until night-fall last evening.  Earlier... he says they did a 45-minute helicopter search of the area.  However... while conditions were good for an aerial search... it didn't turn up any sign of a body.

 

New York state is funding the creation of six new recovery centers to help people trying to overcome heroin and opioid addiction.  The new facilities will be located in Buffalo... Staten Island... Long Island... Saratoga Springs... Watertown... and, Newburgh.  They're being funded by 10.5-million dollars in state money announced Wednesday by Goveronr Andrew Cuomo.  The centers will offer services to recovering users such as workforce training, peer support and help with insurance and health care.  It's one piece of a broader state effort to address the rise in heroin and opioid use and abuse.  Lawmakers recently passed a series of new measures that limit opioid prescriptions to seven days, require insurers to cover initial impatient drug treatment and expand rehab and treatment options around the state.

 

City lawmakers are lending their support to the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation's effort to get a state grant for the second-phase of the Wintergarden Plaza project.  The City Council Monday night approved sending a letter of support for the JRC's efforts to obtain an Environmental Protection Fund grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says the JRC is looking to improve the plaza so it can host more outdoor activities. The Renaissance Corporation tore down the former Wintergarden Theater on North Main Street back in 2010... and, work on the plaza began.  It has been used primarily as an outdoor-concert, and other "live" entertainment venue.  An outdoor canopy is one of the items the JRC is looking to obtain.  Last year... the JRC tried to obtain a competitive grant through the Consolidated Funding Application process that's overseen by the Western New York Economic Development Council.  However... the project was not funded.

 

A Celoron man has been arrested for allegedly stealing nine checks from another person's checkbook... and cashing them for more than 800-dollars.  State Police in Jamestown say they arrested 24 year-old Zachary Card late Tuesday on nine-counts of first-degree Forgery... and, petty larceny.  Troopers say they received the larceny complaint a day earlier... and, it revealed that Card had stolen the checks over a six-month span.  He's then accused of making out each check out to himself... and, forging the victim’s signature.  Card reportedly obtained 835-dollars initially.  Card was arraigned in Ellicott Town Court... and, sent to the county jail with bail to be set pending a recommendation from the District Attorney's Office.

 

U-S Senator Charles Schumer says oil companies should be required to make their crude less dangerous to transport before loading it onto trains.  The New York Democrat said Wednesday that much of the oil being shipped via train can be rendered less hazardous by removing flammable gasses first.  Oil coming from North Dakota's Bakken Shale formation is considered more volatile than other types of oil because it contains a greater amount of gas.  Schumer says he's asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to impose the requirement, which he says would reduce the risk of train car explosions.  Albany is a hub for crude-by-rail shipments from North Dakota to East Coast refineries.

 

Fredonia's Public Works Director is back-to-work following a two-week unpaid suspension. Village DPW Director Jack Boland is once again present at the village board meetings following his recent suspension. Mayor Dr. Athanasia Landis, who would not disclose the reason or reasons behind Boland's suspension, says it's not her goal to fire people. When asked about his suspension... Boland did not have any comment... saying it was between him and the board.  Boland returned to work with the village Public Works Department this past Monday.

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A combination of a rain storm and shifting wind conditions made for another difficult day of searching the northern end of Chautauqua Lake for a man who is missing and presumed drowned.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says his department's Water Emergency Team divers ended Tuesday's search of the water's north of Chautauqua Institution just after mid-afternoon for 48 year-old Ricky Whipple of Conewango Valley.  Gerace says it wasn't as hot for divers today... but, search conditions were worse in other ways. Depending on what kind of head-way is make in the next day or so... Gerace says emergency officials may have to decide whether to discontinue the search.  However... he says they're not at that point yet because it's an important time for Whipple's family, and others who use the lake.  Whipple was thrown from the inner tube he was riding on shortly before 7 last Saturday night... and, has been missing since.  The search will resume at first light this morning.

 

A federal grand jury has returned a 14-count indictment against three men... one from Jamestown... for allegedly conspiring to distribute illegal drugs in the Buffalo-area.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Junior announced the indictments against 47 year-old Richard Clarke, a Canadian citizen residing in Buffalo... 32 year-old Barrett Johnson of Jamestown... and, 31 year-old Joshua Castro of Buffalo.  Prosecutors say a complaint was initially filed against Clarke and Johnson in February of 2015, and the investigation began.  Clarke was allegedly found to be supplying MDA and MDMA, also known as ecstasy or "molly," to Johnson over a 10-month period.  This past January... Hochul says surveillance was set up at Clarke’s Nottingham Terrace home, and Johnson’s business... Iconz Barbershop on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo.  Johnson was later arrested during a raid at the barbershop... where he allegedly threw all of the items in his hands to the ground... including a cup which contained a substance similar to "molly."  The defendants were arraigned in U-S District Court... and, given conditional releases on conditions.  The charge against each carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of one-million dollars.

 

Two Jamestown residents have been arrested for allegedly trafficking illegal durgs following a vehicle stop on the city's eastside.  Jamestown police say they pulled over 24 year-old Ryan Baker on Willard Street near -- Winsor -- just after 10 o'clock Monday night.  Officers say they found several items used to package and distribute drugs with inside the vehicle.... as well as a small amount of Heroin.  Police say they also found drug paraphernalia... and, charged both Baker and his passenger, 20 year-old Alyssa Sheldon... with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument... and, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.  Sheldon was also charged with tampering with evidence after allegedly trying to hide some heroin and a syringe.  Both were arraigned and sent to the county jail.  Sheldon is being held without bail... Baker on 45-hundred dollars bail.

 

An early morning incident on West Fourth Street in the north county city of Dunkirk Tuesday not only led to the arrest of two people on outstanding warrants... but it also resulted in drug possession charges.  Dunkirk Police were called to 34 West Fourth where they located 25-year-old Nicholas Bailey and 35-year-old Jenna Matney.  Police Chief David Ortolano says what officers found inside the apartment led to additional charges. As a result... Ortolano says Bailey and Matney have been charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... a Felony... and, unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.  Both were being held without bail pending arraignment.

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed is praising the work of the Select Committee on Benghazi... and, ripping the Obama Administration for "refusing to acknowledge it's responsibility in this tragedy."  Reed says that's -- quote -- "not right.  Those who serve our country must know that we will always stand with them, and will not abandon them in their time of need."  The Corning Republican says he is calling for the administration, and all those involved, to be held accountable.  The committee Tuesday turned over it's more than 800-page report on the September 11th, 2012 terrorist attack on the American Consultate in Libya that left four Americans... including U-S Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens... dead.  The attack also led to the deaths of Sean Smith... Tyrone Woods... and, Glen Doherty,

 

A prominent American conservative columnist and TV Commentator has decided he can't support presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.  In addition... George Will says he's also giving up his registration as a Republican.  Will told Fox News Sunday he made the decision "after Trump went after the Mexican judge from northern Indiana... and, then House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed him."  Local Congressman Tom Reed says he doesn't agree with Will... and, says he should stay and use his position to "influence" how things are addressed. Will said he was inspired by Arizona Senator, and former Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, who founded the conservative movement.  Will's decision mirrors those of members of a long-time conservative publication... the "National Review."  While he's disappointed... Reed says he's not overly concerned.  He came out several weeks ago in favor of Trump after his initial favorite... Jeb Bush... pulled out of the GOP Primary race.

 

New York state has created a new consumer hotline to help identify vacant properties.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the number -- 1-800-342-3736 -- on Tuesday.  It's part of a larger effort by the state aimed at addressing the large number of vacant and abandoned properties known as 'zombie homes.'  The hotline will allow local residents and officials to report vacant properties.  The state is now compiling a list of all such homes and will require banks and lenders to ensure the property is maintained before foreclosure.  Officials estimate that New York state has more than 6-thousand zombie homes.  Many fall into disrepair when residents move out while the lengthy foreclosure process drags on.  Cuomo says zombie homes can bring down property values and negatively impact entire neighborhoods.

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