Week In Review: A Look Back At This Weeks Trending Stories


JAMESTOWN – WNYNewsNow’s with a look back at this week’s trending stories. The stories are sorted by viewership and interaction.

#5: A Jamestown man was sentenced to 21 years in State Prison Monday in Chautauqua County Court after pleading guilty to first-degree assault, according to a release from Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson.



Luis Castro-Mojica, 38, was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision. According to the Jamestown Police Department, Castro-Mojica set a then 27-year-old woman on fire during a Dec. 2017 domestic dispute at 210 Thayer St.

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#4: A Jamestown man was sentenced on Monday to serve one year in Chautauqua County Jail on a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals, according to a release from Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson. 

Robert J. Overton, Jr., 48, previously admitted to hanging his pit bull in the winter of 2017. Overton, Jr. faced a maximum of two years in County Jail, according to New York State’s Agricultural and Markets Law. However, Overton, Jr. was committed to serve one year, minus credit for time served, after pleading guilty earlier this year.



#3: Medical examiners were unable to determine a cause in the death of Jamestown man Sean Carpenter, who went missing in April and was discovered several weeks later in the Chadakoin River near Harrison Street.

Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings confirmed the ruling to WNYNewsNow via email on Thursday. Snellings said the water played a significant role in the medical examiners’ inability to determine a cause.

“The body being in water for an extended period of time did have an effect,” Snellings said.

#2: A Jamestown woman allegedly exposed herself in front of a school bus in the area of Crescent and East Second Streets Monday afternoon, according to the Jamestown Police Department.

Crystal L. Pollard, 39, was reportedly hiding from officers when they arrived. Pollard is charged with public lewdness. Pollard was taken to Jamestown City Jail to await arraignment.

#1: A Tuesday afternoon drug raid resulted in three arrests and the recovery of 13 grams of crystal meth, according to Jamestown Police.

The Jamestown Metro Task Force, Jamestown Police Department and the New York State Police K-9 unit raided a home at 6 Terrace Place. Authorities said they recovered 13 grams of crystal meth and drug paraphernalia they said is used to package and sell the narcotic.

Arrested inside the residents were Brandon M.Smith, 32, Celeste M. Carr, 33, and arrested on the property was Samuel Critzer, 32. Three children were also in the home. All three adults were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

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