Week In Review: A Look Back At This Week’s Trending Stories

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

#5: Olean politician, Fourth Ward Alderman Kevin Dougherty (R) celebrated 4/20 this past week by “lighting up” at his house.

Dougherty told WNYNewsNow he smoked marijuana in a YouTube video to take part in civil disobedience with the hope to raise awareness that “anti-marijuana laws are arbitrary.”

Dougherty said that around eighty-five percent of constituents that he talks to are for legalizing recreational marijuana. He said most people he knows are marijuana smokers who are part of the “persecuted minority,” something he hopes will change soon.

#4: A pharmaceutical company and two of its former executives are facing federal criminal charges in connection to an opioid case.

Rochester Drug Cooperative is accused of illegally distributing oxycodone and fentanyl and conspiring to defraud the DEA. Authorities announced the charges Tuesday, calling the prosecution the first of its kind.

Rochester Drug Cooperative has agreed to pay $20 million dollars in fines over a five-year-period to settle the case. The company’s former CEO Laurence Doud is facing two conspiracy counts. If convicted, the 75-year-old could spend years behind bars.

#3: A rabid raccoon attacked a young turkey hunter while he was hunting near Open Meadows Road in the Town of North Harmony Sunday.

Chautauqua County Department of Health and Humans Services said fortunately the youth was wearing a heavy jacket and was accompanied by his father.

The raccoon latched onto his jacket biting through the jacket and inflicting the boy.

The boy’s father was able to shoot and kill the raccoon.

#2: A trio of Jamestown residents were arrested following a ” large fight” involving several individuals Wednesday afternoon in the area of Fulton and Strong Streets, according to the Jamestown Police Department.

Mari Courteau, 26, allegedly punched a 14-year-old in the face. Courteau is charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Joshua Courteau, 30, is charged with disorderly conduct. Meanwhile, Lindsay Voye, 37, is charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of marijuana.

#1: A Jamestown man allegedly pulled a knife on an 11-year-old during an incident Sunday afternoon on Winsor Street near Chandler Street, according to the Jamestown Police Department.

Johnny Nuñez, Jr., 48, was located a short distance away from the scene after officers spoke to three juveniles, including the one whom the Jamestown man allegedly pulled a knife on.

Nuñez, Jr. was taken to Jamestown City Jail to await arraignment on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child.

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