JAMESTOWN MAN FACES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES
JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown man is behind bars after being arrested late last night on domestic violence charges. Jamestown Police were called to the WCA Hospital Emergency room for a report of an assault victim. After an investigation, police learned that 31 year-old Jose Figueroa of 10-27 Newland Ave. allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, who received several stitches in her harm after being cut by a utility knife during the incident. Figueroa was arrested on charges of assault, menacing, unlawful imprisonment and coercion. He is currently in the city jail awaiting arraignment.
LAKEWOOD-BUSTI POLICE INVESTIGATE AUTO LARCENIES
LAKEWOOD – Police in Lakewood are looking for suspects in a rash of car larcenies that took place over the weekend. According to an article in today’s Jamestown Post-Journal, several larcenies occurred in the shopping district on Fairmount Ave. between Davidson’s Restaurant and the Wendy’s Restaurant.
The incidents involved windows being smashed out of parked vehicle and purses being stolen. Police obtained video surveillance and describe a possible Ford Windstar minivan, either tan or light gray, involved in the incident at Davidson’s. At around 8:20 p.m., three individuals had exited the vehicle at Davidson’s and stole a purse out of another vehicle. That incident occurred at 8:20 p.m. Shortly before that a vehicle larceny was also reported at Wendy’s.
Police are advising the public to secure property out of sight or take the property with them when they park their vehicles. Making sure vehicles are locked and parked in well-lighted areas is also important. Anyone with information in regards to these crimes is asked to call the Lakewood-Busti Police at 763-9563.
BUSTI RESIDENTS CHARGED WITH STEALING ELECTRICITY, GROWING POT
BUSTI – Two Busit residents are in hot water for allegedly steeling electricity and illegally growing marijuana. Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called by National Grid to investigate an alleged theft-of-services investigation at 529 Busti-Sugargrove Road. Police say the power company had been in the area working on the power lines and discovered that the meter had been bypassed. National Grid then contacted the police to initiate a theft-of-services investigation. Police obtained a search warrant and discovered about 50 marijuana plants growing in the basement.
After the investigation, police arrested the residents – 29 year old John Boardman and 28-year old Jennifer Grundstrom. Boardman was charged with third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, growing cannabis and theft of services. Grundstrom was also charged with theft of services. Both are due in Busti Town Court at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
SENECAS AGREE TO ENTER BINDING ARBITRATION WITH STATE
ALBANY — The Seneca Nation has agreed to a year-old request by the state to take a $350 -million dispute over stalled casino revenue sharing payments to a binding arbitration panel.
Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter said the Seneca’s don’t take the decision lightly, but it is one he and the council must make to defend their rights under the nation’s 2002 compact with New York State. Porter claims the state has violated that compact for years, and the nation has lost its patience with the lack of progress. The Senecas began withholding slot machine proceeds from the state — which shares them with local “host” communities — in 2009 after declaring that Albany had broken the terms of its compact, which gives the tribe exclusive casino rights within a large part of Western New York. Among its claims is that slot-like devices known as video lottery terminals at area racetracks violate the terms of the exclusivity arrangement. Since then, both sides have accused each other of not negotiating in good faith.
Arbitration comes as Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders last week said they would push for a constitutional amendment to permit the spread of casinos on non-Indian owned lands. The Seneca Nation has opposed the idea. Voters statewide would have to approve such a casino expansion, which, given the constitutional amendment process, could not occur until at least November 2013.
CELORON HOSTS PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT ON WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION
CELORON – Residents in and around Celoron are invited to attend another public meeting tonight dealing with the village’s Waterfront Revitalization Plan. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Center at 47 Dunham Ave. in Celoron.
The Waterfront Revitalization Plan is an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to help shape the future of the community. The plan will develop a revitalization strategy for the future of the Village commercial district, Lucille Ball Memorial Park and the former Celoron Amusement Park site. The Village wants resident and stakeholders to stop by tonight and help prioritize implementation options for waterfront revitalization.
The meeting is free and open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information call Shirley Sanfilippo at 487-4175.