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Friendship Baptist Church Summertime Revival begins today

The Friendship Baptist Church Summertime Revival, located at 18 E. Second St., Dunkirk, will take place today, July 18 through Friday at 7 p.m. All are welcome. The Speaker for the Revival has been announced. Rev. Charles Edward Mock is the Senior Pastor of the Community Baptist Church of ...

Woman charged with custodial interference

OBSERVER Staff Report SHERMAN — On Monday, New York State Troopers out of Jamestown arrested Avita Persaud, 38, of Sherman on two counts of second-degree custodial interference. The troopers received a complaint from an investigator in Texas who reported that Persaud took her two children ...

Couple charged with receiving $73,000 in unentitled benefits

OBSERVER Staff Report JAMESTOWN — After a lengthy investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, Emily M. Farnham, 39, of Sinclairville and Paul E. Farnham, 39, of Fredonia were charged with multiple counts of ...

Honoring the flag

Fredonia Elementary School UPK students celebrated Flag Day in June with their annual parade around Wheelock School, flag ceremony, and performance of patriotic songs for their families.

Gowanda Police add Facebook page

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Police Department has started its own Facebook page recently, in hopes of helping the community to become more involved with the department. Dennis Feldmann, Chief of Police for the village of Gowanda spoke at the village board meeting in July and spoke highly of the ...

Wine Walk hosted by Rails to Trails Friday

Chautauqua Rails to Trails invites the public to explore the Webb Trail in Mayville while sipping local wines at their inaugural Wine Walk to be held this coming Friday, July 20. Arrive to start the hike any time between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Webb Trail trailhead, located to the left of Boxcar ...

County may use bed tax money for power boat race

MAYVILLE — County legislators will be discussing the reappropriation of bed tax money for the upcoming power boat race in Dunkirk. According to the agenda for the County Legislature’s Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Mayville, legislators will be ...

Police confirm ID of body found in Sherman

SHERMAN — A body recovered late last week from a pond in Sherman was identified as that of a missing Warren County, Pa., man, authorities in New York and Pennsylvania confirmed Tuesday. Police had been waiting to positively identify 23-year-old Sven D. Blumquist, who went missing in the ...

Reed calls for end to Russia investigation

U.S. Congressman Tom Reed has once again called for special investigator Robert Mueller to close his investigation into Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential election. On Tuesday during his conference call with regional media outlets, Reed was asked several questions about the ...

Former Russian ambassador talks Trump at Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA - William Burns, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Ambassador to the Russian Federation, urged audience members at the Chautauqua Institution to not lose hope with the future of Russia just yet. On the heels of stark criticism from Democratic and Republican leaders ...

Identification expected soon after body found

SHERMAN — Identification of a body found late last week near the site of the Great Blue Heron Music Festival is expected by the end of the week. The discovery came after a nearly weeklong search for a missing Warren County, Pa., man last seen at the Heron Farm and Event Center in rural ...

July 4 altercation still under investigation

An altercation in the city that drew police response on the night of July 4 is still under investigation. Dunkirk police officers were called to the scene near the corner of Washington Avenue and Seventh Street just after 11 p.m. for the report of a possible stabbing. Initial reports ...

Public asked to help identify man found in Lake Erie last month

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is requesting the public’s help to identify a body that was found on June 20 in Lake Erie. The Sheriff’s Marine Unit recovered a white male. The Erie County Medical examiner’s office describes the individual as being 5-foot-7 inches, approximately ...

Hamburg man who bought cocaine in Dunkirk to resell pleads guilty

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Joseph C. Paternostro, 28, of Hamburg, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine. The charge ...

Paving plans announced for Eagle, Cushing streets

Rough rides are going to continue in the village of Fredonia on two streets for at least another 12 days. The village announced this morning that Cushing Street, between Green and Main streets, as well as Eagle Street, between Main Street and Lakeview Avenue, will be paved from Friday, July ...

Sinclairville man injured after striking tree head-on

STOCKTON – A Sinclairville man was sent by helicopter to UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie after a crash Sunday morning on Route 380. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies responded to a personal injury traffic accident before 2 a.m. Operator Andrew Olson, 29, was traveling south when he veered ...

‘Problem’ at power plant causes outage in city of Jamestown

OBSERVER Staff Report JAMESTOWN — Power to numerous substations was cut due to a "problem" at the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities power plant, causing an electrical outage for several sections of the city late Saturday and early Sunday. Becky Robbins, BPU spokeswoman, said crews ...

Candidate Mitrano reports campaign finances

PENN YAN — For its July 15 FEC fundraising report, the Friends of Tracy Mitrano Committee reports $193,962.98 in receipts to-date. It will immediately ramp up fundraising efforts after a close June 26 Democratic Primary and protracted Absentee Ballot count period. "I am grateful for the ...

Evans board approves demo of Angola property

ANGOLA — A vacant property in the town will be coming down. Evans Town Board members approved a resolution to demolish a vacant property at 1560 Pontiac Road. The lowest bid was submitted by Metro Environmental Services of Niagara Falls. The cost of the demolishing approved by the board ...