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>Police chief announces he will retire Jan. 7

JAMESTOWN -- City Police Chief William MacLaughlin ended months of speculation and announced his retirement this week.

MacLaughlin, who said his last day will be Jan. 7, has been with the force for 33 years, beginning as a patrolman in 1972. He said he decided to retire because of health concerns. MacLaughlin said he plans to retire to Indianapolis, Ind.

If a new chief is not named by Jan. 7, Lt. Lee Davies is expected to become acting chief.

Mayor Sam Teresi praised MacLaughlin's performance as chief.

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>Budget takes effect with 5.5% tax hike

JAMESTOWN -- The city clerk's office said Friday that Mayor Sam Teresi has not filed a veto message, meaning the 2006 budget passed by city lawmakers will stand.

The plan increases the tax rate in Jamestown by 5.5 percent. The Council on Dec. 1 approved the nearly $27.9 million budget, which features a tax rate hike of $3.36 per $1,000.

Teresi had until midnight Thursday to issue a veto.

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