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Local drug agents seize significant amount of drugs and cash during a raid in Jamestown Wednesday morning...
A Jamestown man has been arrested following a drug raid on a home on the city's northside early Wednesday morning.  City police say they and members of the Jamestown Metro... and, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Forces... executed a search warrant at 11 East 15th St. shortly after 6 a.m.  Inside... investigators found 27 year-old Thomas Levine... and, a woman.  They also found 11.6-grams of methamphetamine... 7.6-grams of psilocybin mushrooms, pills, drug packaging materials and some cash.  Police say they arrested Levine on an outstanding warrant from the Lakewood-Busti Police Department.  City police say the investigation is continuing... and, charges are expected in connection with the raid.


Apartment fire contained in Jamestown... no one is hurt...
An accidental fire in a house on Jamestown's eastside Tuesday afternoon has extensively damaged a small apartment.  City Fire Lieutenant Bruce Sheldon says crews were called to the scene at 221 East Eighth St. 12:13 p.m., and, found smoke coming from the rear apartment.  Sheldon says that was a small, efficiency in the back of the house, which had three apartments.  He says much of the fire was out when they arrived.  Sheldon says the tenant was not home at the time... and, an upstairs tenant, who smelled smoke, called in the alarm.  He says fire investigators found that combustables too close to a portable heater triggered the blaze.  Sheldon says crews were at the scene until about 1:30 p.m.  One off-duty firefighter was called in to assist.  Sheldon says no one in the apartment was hurt... and, there were no firefighter injuries.


Gerry man hurt in single-car crash in Kennedy...
A man from Gerry suffered only minor injuries in a one-car rollover crash on Route 394 in Kennedy early Wednesday morning.  Sheriff's Deputies say they were called to the scene in the town of Poland shortly after 4 a.m., and, say Kennedy rescue crews removed 21 year-old Dakota Peck from the vehicle.  He was then taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment.  Officers say the investigation of the accident is continuing... and, charges are pending.


Cuomo formally apologizes during first press conference since sexual harassment allegations lodged...
A somber New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is issuing his first, in person apology after recent sexual harassment allegations against him.  During yesterday's COVID-19 press update... his first since mid-February... he said he "learned an important lesson" about his own behavior around women, but he said he intended to remain in office.  Cuomo says "I know understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable..." adding it was "unintentional."  He says he feels "awful" and embarrased by it."  Cuomo addressed the matter at the end of his Wednesday press conference... and, says he'll "fully cooperate" with the state attorney general's investigation into sexual harassment allegations.  The Democratic governor, though, maintained he never touched anyone "inappropriately."  Cuomo has been accused of inappropriately touching and acting towards two former women staffers... and, another woman he met at a 2019 wedding.  Attorney General Letitia James is in the process of selecting an outside law firm to conduct an investigation into the allegations and produce a report that will be made publicly. 


Reed expects whoever is GOP candidate for governor in 2022, they'll still face Cuomo...
The governor is facing more calls to resign by some members of his own party as most leading Democrats say they want to wait and see what the A-G's investigation turns up.  However... local Congressman Tom Reed doesn't believe that Cuomo will resign.  Reed reiterated Wednesday that he's seriously investigating a run... and, he's fairly sure that Cuomo will be the Democratic candidate in 2022.  The Corning Republican says the only way that won't happen is if Cuomo is impeached because he remains a political "Goliath."  Reed says he welcomes fellow Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin to the "family" of GOP members who are considering a run in 2022.  However... Zeldin has at times been a polarizing figure in national politics.  Reed says one national political pundit -- NBC's Chuck Todd -- has said that Cuomo may fear facing Reed... and, his track record of bi-partisanship.


Cuomo announces loosening of more COVID-19 restrictions...
Governor Cuomo has announced that the state will loosen restrictions on gatherings at his first news conference since an investigation was announced into sexual harassment allegations against him by three women.  The Democratic governor said Wednesday that that limit for outdoor private gatherings will rise from 10 to 25 starting March 22.  The limit for indoor gatherings in public spaces will go from 50 to 100 and the limit for outdoor public events will go from 50 to 200 on the same date.  


Only 19 new COVID Cases reported in county Wednesday... 
The Chautauqua County Health Department is reporting 19 new cases of the COVID-19 virus in Chautauqua County over the past day... but, no new deaths.  The Health Department reports that 6 of those were in the Jamestown 14701 zip code... and, brings the local total to 7,617.  Officials say there are now 116 active cases... and, seven of those are hospitalized.  A total of 7,363 cases have now recovered.


 

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