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Photo by the Jamestown Police Department
A photo of two men believed to be connected to a shooting on Liberty Street on Thursday in Jamestown. A man was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

Man injured, suspects sought following Jamestown shooting

One man was shot and two suspects are wanted following a shooting Thursday in Jamestown. Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department said an officer was flagged down near the intersection of Fourth and Spring streets around 3 p.m. by a man who had been shot in the forearm. The ...

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Pictured is a screen shot from a surveillance camera of two men who are suspected to be involved in commercial burglaries in North Collins.

Police seek help to ID alleged burglars

NORTH COLLINS — Investigators from the Collins Barracks need assistance in identifying two suspects associated to commercial burglaries in the North Collins area. Surveillance video captured two males breaking into a business during the night of Sept. 14, 2017. The suspects are described as ...

Dunkirk superintendent: New program will make district safer

Superintendent of Dunkirk Schools Dr. James Tracy says the district’s progressing toward a more technologically advanced plan to keep students safe in the event of an emergency. Safety plans are under development by Navigate, a company that’s moving school districts to the forefront ...

John D. Dewey

Fredonia man facing drug charges in city

Dunkirk police have charged a 21-year-old Fredonia man on a series of charges following an investigation of suspicious activity involving a vehicle early Thursday morning. Just after 1 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle driven by John D. Dewey, formerly of 120 Clinton St. for a traffic ...

Access Channel 5 releases programming for Oct. 14-20

Several candidate interviews will televise on Access Channel 5. On Saturday, Oct. 14 the following interviews will air live: Laurel Adams (D) running for Chautauqua County Legislative District 19 at noon; LeeAnn Lazarony (D) running for county clerk at 1 p.m.; George Borrello (R) running for ...

Forestville, Perrysburg men charged with larceny

A Forestville man received four felonies along with a 45-year-old Perrysburg man, who received one himself after Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office investigation of a string of larceny and robberies. Philip Tirone, 38, of Forestville and Robert Stepowski, 45, of Perrysburg, were charged ...

Suspects sought after Jamestown shooting

JAMESTOWN — One man was shot and two suspects were being sought following a shooting Thursday. Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department said an officer was flagged down near the intersection of Fourth and Spring streets around 3 p.m. by a man who had been shot in the ...

Assistance to remove debris following Falconer fire sought

MAYVILLE — The removal of debris following a devastating fire earlier this year in the village of Falconer might soon get county assistance. The board of the Chautauqua County Land Bank, at a meeting Wednesday in Mayville, discussed the potential collaboration with the village to help ...

Chautauqua County Republican Committee meet the candidates events

The Chautauqua County Republican Committee will be holding open houses at their Jamestown and Fredonia campaign headquarters in October to give the public the opportunity to meet candidates running for office. On Wednesday, Oct. 18 beginning at 5 p.m., an open house will be held at the ...

CASAC receives funds from Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council was recently awarded $2,000 by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The funding has been used to create an online Prevention Works Video Library, available at www.casacweb.org. There are currently six short videos that provide tools ...

Chautauqua food drive

Chautauqua Community holds food drive

Submitted Photo The Chautauqua Post Office and the Chautauqua Community held a food collection drive at Chautauqua Institution during the 2017 summer season and into the fall, benefiting the Mayville Food Pantry with more than 100 bags of non-perishable food collected. Pictured from left are ...

OBSERVER Photo by Andrew David Kuczkowski
Brocton Superintendent Jason Delcamp, second from left, reads his superintendent’s report during Wednesday’s board of education meeting. Pictured from left are Doug Walter, Delcamp, board president Michael Riforgiato and first vice president Steve Smith. The district is down to three candidates for its director of curriculum position and is in the beginning of the process of a capital project.

Brocton narrows candidates for director of curriculum to three

BROCTON — Brocton Central School District has three candidates in mind for its director of curriculum opening, while the administrations dabbled into the beginning of a possible capital project. The three candidates will be interviewed to the board of education during next week’s special ...

John Dewey

Fredonia man facing drug charges in city

Dunkirk police have charged a 21-year-old Fredonia man on a series of charges following an investigation of suspicious activity involving a vehicle early this morning. Just after 1 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle driven by John D. Dewey of 120 Clinton St. for a traffic violation after ...

Christine Starks

Starks announces candidacy for legislature

Christine Starks has announced her candidacy to remain Chautauqua County Legislator for District 4, which encompasses the eastern portion of the village of Fredonia. Starks is running as a Democrat and is also endorsed by the Independence, Women’s Equality and Working Families parties. ...

Evans OKs times for trick-or-treating

ANGOLA — Trick-or-treating hours were approved last week by the Evans Town Board. The three-member council gave the green light to youngsters going door to door on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. Town residents are encouraged to leave a light on for the children at their homes to allow ...

Lake Shore Savings Bank to present Mikey’s Way event Saturday

Lake Shore Savings Bank will present an evening of food, prizes and fun this Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5-8 p.m. at 21 Brix Winery, located at 6654 West Main Road, Portland. Proceeds from the event will support the Mikey’s Way Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization that assists ...

United Way collects baby items for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the aftermath is affecting all of its citizens, even the smallest. For United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, the concern for Puerto Rico’s youngest hits close to home. United Way’s Administrative Assistant Sonia Figueroa Santos was one of ...

CASAC, YWCA to present ‘Teen Relationships in the Digital Age’

Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) has partnered with The YWCA to offer a free educational session for community members on current information regarding the Digital Age. The session is entitled “Teen Relationships in the Digital Age.” The Presenter, Lisa McLaughlin, ...

Leslie Wille

Wille to run for Fredonia trustee

Leslie (Marino) Wille has announced her candidacy for the position of village of Fredonia Trustee, following approval by the Democratic caucus. During the caucus, Wille thanked the members in attendance for the opportunity to serve the village as a trustee. She is eager to work together with ...