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Jamestown man pleads guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Willie C. Graham 38, of Jamestown, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmanuel Ulubiyo, who is handling the case, stated that on October 8, 2018, during the execution of a state search warrant at the defendant’s residence on Foote Avenue in Jamestown, law enforcement officers recovered two firearms, ammunition, two magazines, a scope, a Kevlar vest, and a quantity of methamphetamine.

At the time of the search warrant, Graham was a two-time convicted felon, and as a result, he was legally prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 29 at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Arcara.

Warren man facing rape charge

ASHVILLE — A Warren, Pa., man is facing first-degree rape and sexual abuse charges that date back to 2017.

An investigation was conducted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division into a report of a suspicious situation. Through the investigation, it was found that between the months of August 2017 and December 2017, Steven M. Jackson of South State Street did engage in sexual acts with a juvenile victim.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Jackson and he was charged on Friday. Jackson was transported to the county jail and will be arraigned in front of the Centralized Arraignment Program.

Stolen car stop leads to drug charges

GERRY — Two Jamestown residents are facing a number of drug charges after troopers pulled over a vehicle on Route 60 that was reported stolen.

State Police in Jamestown charged Caitlin Arnold, 27, with third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana while she and passenger Rodney Townsel, 36, were charged with three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of controlled substances.

While searching through her purse for her license, troopers allege Arnold exposed a bag of marijuana. Arnold and the Townsel were searched and the following additional items were located: a bag containing Amphetamine /Dextroamphetamine pills, a bottle containing Methylphenidate pills, two straws containing heroin residue and a glass smoking device containing heroin residue.

Arnold and Townsel were transported to State Police in Jamestown and processed. They were released with appearance tickets and are scheduled to be in the town of Gerry Court on a later date.

The complainant was advised that her vehicle had been recovered.

State Police at Jamestown

¯ BEMUS POINT — On Tuesday, state police arrested Sally Lawson, 62, of Bemus Point, for second-degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and second-degree harassment.

Troopers responded to a residence in Bemus Point for a report of a disorderly subject. Investigation allegedly revealed that Lawson had driven past the caller’s residence yelling profanities, something she has done several times prior. Troopers located Lawson and advised her that she was under arrest, at which time she allegedly became belligerent and began to physically resist being placed in handcuffs.

Once in custody, Lawson was transported to State Police in Jamestown and subsequently to the Chautauqua County Jail, pending arraignment.

¯ JAMESTOWN — On Tuesday state police arrested Shamori Houston, 38, of Jamestown, for fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

Houston was pulled over in Kwik Fill in Jamestown when the dealer plate on the vehicle he was driving had been reported stolen to the Mecklenburg Police Department in May 2019. As Houston’s driving record revealed multiple suspensions, he was additionally charged.

Houston was placed under arrest, transported to State Police in Jamestown, processed and then transported to the Chautauqua County Jail.


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