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Dunkirk robotics takes eyes, ears in school board meeting

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“Dillon” had a unique presence at the Dunkirk Board of Education meeting last Tuesday. He drew the eyes of everyone in the room and boasted his large claws and interesting use of a shoestring and duct tape. And he’s a robot. The Dunkirk Marauders Robotics FTC No. 13945 team ...

Fredonia budget passes with no tax increase

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Fredonia trustees passed a $10.1 million budget Monday evening — one that details no increase in the property tax rate. With the mayor’s $10.4 million budget proposal in hand, the village board through various budget meetings managed to trim just over $330,000 from an operating deficit ...

Westfield man dies after being hit by car

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OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — A 65-year-old man has died after being hit by a vehicle on East Main Street in the village. Westfield police report Thomas M. Baideme, who was not using a crosswalk, was hit by a vehicle exiting the McDonald’s parking lot and heading westbound around ...

Seneca Nation businessman to go before State’s highest court

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A Seneca Nation business owner will have his day before New York state's highest court on Wednesday to make his case that the state's taxes on cigarettes are illegal. The New York State Court of Appeals will hear White v. Schneiderman, in which Eric White, a member of the Seneca Nation, and ...

Body in Randolph identified as Busti man

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OBSERVER Staff Report RANDOLPH — The male body found on Swanson Hill Road on Saturday in the town of Randolph has been identified as Wilfredo Rodriguez-Colon, 48, of Busti, state police reported. The body was found around 5:15 p.m. by someone who called police. The State Police Bureau ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

County legislature to meet in CLCS auditorium Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature will be held at the Chautauqua Lake Central School Auditorium, located at 100 N. Erie Street, Mayville at 6:30 p.m. Harbor Commission meeting planned for Wednesday There ...

Area Police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ≤ Deputies stopped a vehicle for running a stop sign on Tuesday at approximately 11:45 p.m. on New Road in the town of Dunkirk. The driver, Jessica Goodwin, 32, of Dunkirk was driving on a suspended license. Deputies found that she currently had in ...

With no records, DLDC to move forward on uncollected loans

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The Dunkirk Local Development Corporation has been at a standstill for years — first because Office of Housing and Urban Development funds were frozen and second because of a lack of recordkeeping. Rebecca Yanus, development director, presided over the first DLDC board of Directors meeting ...

Autopsy scheduled after man found dead in Portland

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PORTLAND — New York State Police said Sunday afternoon that an autopsy is scheduled on a man who was found dead in the town of Portland on Saturday. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation out of State Police in Jamestown responded to a report of a found unidentified male body off Route 20 ...

County jobs could be impacted by tariff talks

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Roughly 1,077, or 2.3 percent, of the jobs in Chautauqua County could conceivably be impacted by ongoing discussions of tariff changes between the United States and China. The war of words over tariffs began when President Donald Trump approved possible 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of ...

Gowanda awarded for computer science program

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BUFFALO — The Gowanda Central School District is receiving an award for its work in giving Gowanda students education in the computer science field. Teacher and Jamestown Community College professor Jim Reeves was in attendance at Buffalo State College for the award on April 10 as he ...

Westfield man dies after being hit by car

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WESTFIELD — A 65-year-old man has died after being hit by a vehicle on East Main Street in the village. Westfield police report Thomas M. Baideme, who was not using a crosswalk, was hit by a vehicle exiting the McDonald's parking lot and heading westbound around 9:50 p.m. Sunday. Baideme was ...

Community notebook

Community Notebook

Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting set for April 25 The Comprehensive Plan Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Persia Town Hall, 8 W. Main St. in Gowanda. County legislature to meet in CLCS auditorium The April 25, 6:30 p.m. regular meeting of the ...

Area police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ SILVER CREEK — After responding to a report of a disturbance at Howard St. just after midnight Sunday, deputies determined that William E. Folts, 31, of Silver Creek had threatened another person while brandishing two knives. Folts also allegedly ...

Pomfret Clerk awarded Chautauqua County Town Clerk of the Year

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In February, the Chautauqua County Municipal Clerks Association named Allison Dispense, Pomfret Town Clerk, as the 2018 Chautauqua County Town Clerk of the Year. Each year the Association names a clerk, who is nominated by his/her peers, who demonstrates professionalism, great community ...

Addition of coroners discussed by legislature committee

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MAYVILLE — Coroners took center stage last week during a meeting of the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee. Two new coroners were approved by the committee: Daniel Tyler from Bemus Point and Desiree Sundquist from Lakewood. Tyler’s term would expire in December 2019, while ...

Firefighters respond to trash fire Sunday

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OBSERVER Photo The Dunkirk Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire around 5:35 p.m. Sunday at 100 Willowbrook Ave. in Dunkirk. Firefighters found a small trash fire on the second floor of an abandoned office building and used water cans to quickly extinguish the fire. ...

Jamestown man charged in Medicaid fraud

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A Jamestown man has been charged in allegedly stealing more than $7,500 from Medicaid. State dAttorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the arrest of Haimid Thompson, a/k/a "Mookie", for allegedly stealing by submitting false claims for rides he claimed he provided to a Medicaid ...