Home Declared Unlivable After Probation Check

Three Jamestown residents face charges after a probation check revealed drugs and a shotgun in a home that police later deemed uninhabitable for children.

Police went to a home on Jamestown’s east side at 7:33 p.m. Tuesday to help probation officers at a home visit for Michael Melendez-Bane, 45, of Jamestown. During the visit officers found methamphetamine, packaging material, a digital scale and a rifle with its serial number defaced. Bane, a convicted felon, is not allowed to possess firearms. He was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.

Melendez-Bane was charged with second- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child in February 2023 after officers responded to a home on Jamestown’s east side for a report of a man brandishing a weapon. Melendez-Bane was reportedly found with a modified flare gun that was loaded with a 20-gauge shotgun shell and threatened to shoot another person in the presence of a juvenile. Melendez-Bane was transported to Jamestown City Jail.

In 2022, he was charged with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, in Portville.

While in the residence officers reported finding two children while determining the home was in deplorable condition with no running water, no bed for the children and garbage and old food throughout the apartment. Officers said it was nearly impossible to walk through the apartment and was unsafe for any children to be living there. The mother, Marissa Morris, 34, of Jamestown was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Officers then found James Morris, 29, hiding in a closet despite a valid stay away order of protection from Marissa Morris. James Morris was charged with second-degree criminal contempt.

All three were taken to the city jail until they could be arraigned.


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