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Washington Street Shooting Incident on 7/24/15

The Jamestown Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that occurred just before 6 PM in the parking lot of Tops Markets located at 2000 Washington Street in Jamestown, NY.


Surveillance cameras have captured the vehicle in the attached photo leaving the scene. The vehicle shown drove up to the victim as he walked out of the store. The victim was then shot several times at close range.


The vehicle then left the parking lot after the shooting and traveled northbound on Washington Street toward Fluvanna Avenue.


The vehicle appears to be a Ford Focus.


Anyone who may have information on this incident or may know the location of the vehicle in this photo is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department at (716) 483-7537.




Local News Headlines

Investigation underway into death of man tasered by Jamestown Police last weekend...

A Jamestown man has died after Police hit him with a tazer over the weekend. The Buffalo News reports today that 30 year-old Charles Baker, Jr. was arrested last Saturday following a traffic stop... and, taken to the city jail. While being booked... he allegedly fought with police and an electric taser gun was used to subdue him. Two hours later Baker had what authorities are calling "a medical event" and was sent to WCA Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is set for later this morning in the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office in Buffalo. Baker, a former Buffalo resident, had been sent to state prison three times for selling narcotics in Chautauqua County. More information may be coming forth later today.

Jamestown girl killed in "terrible, tragic accident" when her sled goes out onto Foote Ave. and his hit by car...

Jamestown police have identified the 5-year-old girl who was killed last Friday night in what one official called a "terrible, tragic accident." City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says Isabella Sanford died from injuries suffered when her sled went down a hill off Foote Avenue... and, into the roadway... where she was struck by a car. Samuelson says the accident occured near 532 Foote Ave., just south of the Arterial. He says there was a hill at the back of the apartment building there, and there were a group of young kids sledding. Samuelson says young Isabella... who was a Kindergartener at Fletcher Elementary School... was rushed to WCA Hospital... where she later died of her injuries. He says the unidentified man driving the Sports Utility Vehicle that struck the girl had "zero to no chance" of avoiding the accident... and, will not be charged. Samuelson says Isabella was one of at least four small children out sledding on the hill -- unsupervised. He says an accident like this is "avoidable..." because the kids need to be supervised. Samuelson says their "hearts go out to the victim's family... " and, the driver of the vehicle involved.

Roberts to speak at Jackson Center's 10th Anniversary of it's dedication...

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will be in Jamestown this coming May to be part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the dedication of the Robert H. Jackson Center. Jackson Center co-founder, and board member Greg Peterson confirms that Roberts will deliver an address from the steps of the Jackson Center on May 17. Peterson says they tried to get Roberts to visit the center shortly after he was named Chief Justice in 2005. However... he was in high-demand everywhere at the time. But... Peterson says Roberts was a law clerk for former Justice William Reinquist... who was a clerk for Jackson. He says Jackson was a "role model" for both... and, continues to be one for Roberts. Peterson says that he and the Jackson Center remained persistant in trying to get Roberts... and, he says one of the Chief Judge's staffers said an appearance for the 10th Anniversary of the dedication may be workable. Chief Justice Reinquist gave the keynote address at the Jackson Center's official dedication on May 16 of 2003.

"Have a Heart" fund-raiser for Chautauqua County 4-H a huge success...

More than 1,100 people attended the second annual 'Have a Heart for 4-H' Dinner Sunday at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. Emily Kidd, the 4-H issue leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County, says the money raissed exceeded her expectations. Kidd says her goal was originally $20,000... but, by the end of the day... she believed they would be closer to $30,000. 4-H has seen significant cuts in its county funding in recent years, though some dollars have been restored. The proceeds from Sunday's dinner will go directly to the new Four-H endowment at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The goal is to make the essential 4-H program self supporting in five years. Ted Card, one of the organizers of the Have a Heart fundraiser, said people from all over the county came to this year's dinner because they realize that "agriculture is very important in our county." 4-H is a youth development program that serves over 500 young people in Chautauqua County.

Two county lawmakers propose motion calling on state to repeal NY SAFE Act...

The New York 'SAFE Act' needs to be repealed... and, gun control legislation needs to start from scratch. Those are the feelings of two Chautauqua County Legislators who have introduced a motion that would urge state lawmakers to repeal the tougher gun laws that were recently enacted. Legislators Fred Croscut and Robert Stewart have sponsored the measure that will be taken up by the local legislature's public safety committee this week. Croscut recently attended a meeting of the New York Association of Counties... and, says a number of groups are pushing to have the law repealed. But... he emphasizes there are parts of it that they do like... and, need to be addressed. Croscut says he hopes to get the support of enough county legislators to pass the motion. He's hoping to have at least 13 signatures on the measure... and, that a good majority will approve passing the motion.

Findley Lake man crashes car into commercial building; charged with DWI...

A Findley Lake man faces a drunk driving charge after his vehicle allegedly went out of control... and, struck the side of a business building last Saturday afternoon. Sheriff's officers say 58 year-old Gary Rafaloski of Gaswell Road was driving on Main Street just before 3 p.m. when his car struck the Findley Lake Market building in the Town of Mina. Following an investigation... deputies arrested Rafaloski for driving while intoxicated... Aggravated DWI... and, unlicensed operation. Rafaloski was processed in Mina Town Court... and, later released pending a future court appearance.

"Help Yourself" anti-smoking program kicks off at St. Susan's Soup Kitchen in Jamestown...

Lower-income people who use Jamestown's largest soup kitchen are now being given a new incentive to quit smoking if they want to kick the habit. Several agencies... and, State Assemblyman Andy Goodell... teamed up Friday to announce the "Help Yourself" campaign at the St. Susan's Center. The effort is being spearheaded by the Tri-County Tobacco Free Programs. St. Susans... Community Helping Hands... and, State Assemblyman Andy Goodell are all part of the effort. Tri-County Project Director Laurie Adams says it involves a display at St. Susans explaining how quiting smoking can help them buy an appliance... or even food. Adams says they're asking people to fill out a "quit-line" form so they can get help from the NYS Smoker's Quitline, and save their money so they can buy items they need at any store, or at Community Helping Hands. Adams calls it a "great incentive" for people to sign-up at St. Susans... and, begin saving money. In fact... she says they've worked out a deal with neighbor Community Helping Hands in the Gateway Center to allow people to double their money at the Thrift Store. Community Helping Hands Director, the Rev. Amy Rohler says the program allows people to "double what they save" to buy items there. For more information... call the Tri-County Tobacco Free Programs at 665-2310.

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