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Two charged in city drug sales

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Two Dunkirk residents have been jailed after a search warrant was executed on Lincoln Street for alleged drug activity. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the city of Dunkirk police report they entered 62 Lincoln Ave. in the city of Dunkirk on Monday afternoon. Both Angel Davila ...

Village board sets new hearing on rental law

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The Fredonia Village Board has an amended local law on rental housing ready to vote on, and set a public hearing on it for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at its Monday meeting. Mayor Athanasia Landis said the main changes from the proposal that were tabled Sept. 11 are that owners’ names no longer ...

AgriAmerica coming to Fredonia

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A building on Water Street in Fredonia is coming back to life as a grape processing facility. Mayor Athanasia Landis announced at Monday’s Village Board meeting that Silver Creek-based AgriAmerica Fruit Products is ready to start full production at the former home to Cliffstar and Cott ...

White Inn sale in negotiation

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The White Inn may soon have a new owner. On Monday, County Executive George Borrello confirmed that prospective buyers for the White Inn are currently in negotiation with JG Funding Corp, the mortgage holder of the property for former owner Jeff Gambino. “The White Inn hasn’t been ...

Arrest made following discovery of meth lab in Forestville

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FORESTVILLE — A Forestville man was arrested Monday for an alleged meth lab in his garage. On Sept. 17, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team investigated a ...

Departments battle blaze in Cherry Creek

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CHERRY CREEK— A house fire at 6613 Main Street in Cherry Creek was a total loss Monday afternoon. The call went out about 1:30 p.m. with several fire and police departments responding including Cherry Creek, Falconer, Sinclairville, South Dayton, Conewango Valley, Ellington and the Chautauqua ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

“Today’s Dating: Is It Abusive?” educational program planned for Oct. 4 The Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council and the Salvation Army Anew Center will present a program entitled “Today’s Dating: Is It Abusive?” by Natasha Juma, The Salvation Army Anew Center ...

Area Police

Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ¯ PORTLAND— On Sunday at about 10:30 p.m. deputies stopped a vehicle operated by Kathryn A. Callahan, 28, of Erie Pa. for multiple alleged lane violations. Investigation by deputies alleged that Callahan was intoxicated. Further investigation revealed ...

College to host Service Fair Wednesday

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The Office of Volunteer and Community Services of the State University of New York at Fredonia will hold its 15th Community Service Fair in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room on Wednesday for students with an interest in volunteering. The event is slated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees ...

Charges filed against Jamestown man after standoff Sunday

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JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man has been charged with second-degree menacing, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and obstructing governmental administration following a standoff that began at 3:04 a.m. Sunday. No one was injured in the incident, which ...

State Police to participate in Operation Clear Track

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Today, Sept. 25, New York State Police in Troop A and Amtrak will be participating in “Operation Clear Track”, which is the largest single day railroad safety law enforcement initiative in the U.S. This year’s deployment will require Troopers for three hours to monitor railroad crossings ...

Name released in motorcycle crash

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FORESTVILLE — The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the individual involved in Sunday night’s motorcycle accident. According to deputies, John Sausner Jr., 54, of Forestville, traveling south on Creek Road in the town of Hanover Sunday around 8:20 p.m. when he ...

Jamestown couple charged with drug possession

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GERRY— On Saturday Michelle Hilton, 50, of Jamestown drove through a road check on Route 60 in the town of Gerry; also in the vehicle was Kevin Hilton, 56, of Jamestown. While speaking to the occupants of the vehicle, Troopers purportedly smelled the odor of marijuana and alcohol emanating ...

Superintendent: District in ‘shock’ over teacher allegations

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CLYMER — The Clymer Central School District was left in "shock" following the announcement that agriculture teacher Scott Aikens was facing criminal charges for possession of child pornography on Sept. 14. The district held its first board meeting Monday after Aikens, 60, was placed on paid ...

City crews battle vacant house fire

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Another vacant house in the city of Dunkirk was damaged in a early morning fire. City Fire Department crews report receiving a call from a resident who saw flames at the 93 Marsden St. location around 3 a.m. Upon arrival crews found a structure fully involved in fire. Crews fought the fire ...

Fatal drug overdoses in county decline

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While in the midst of what many have called an opioid epidemic, the 2018 rate of drug overdose deaths has declined by at least 12 percent compared to 2017 in Chautauqua County. Breeanne Agett, epidemilogy manager at the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, shared data ...

Petition: Change Fredonia school start times

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About 40 residents of the Fredonia school district recently petitioned the board of education to consider moving the opening time for the middle school and the high school to 8:30 a.m. The petition, started by Mary Croxton, states that the move would let students get more sleep, thus ...

House fire in Cherry Creek

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A house fire at 6613 Main Street in Cherry Creek was a total loss Monday afternoon. The call went out about 1:30 p.m. with several fire and police departments responding. Due to prevailing winds it took over an hour to get the flames out. All residents made it out as well as at least two of the ...

Borrello hopes Task Force will further aid opioid fight

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Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello hopes the decline in drug related deaths and drug overdose deaths this year can be further decreased by continued collaborative efforts throughout the county. At a Chautauqua County Community Justice Council meeting in February, Borrello announced ...

Jamestown man arrested after 11-hour standoff

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JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man was taken into custody after an 11-hour-long standoff with police Sunday. No one was injured in the incident, which Jamestown police say began around 3 a.m. after receiving reports of a man chasing a woman with a knife at 22 Spring St. Ext. The woman was ...