Local/Region

MAST Endorses CPT Program

The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier has endorsed the Certified Production Technician program through Jamestown Community College. Working in partnership with the Center for Industrial Effectiveness at the University at Buffalo, JCC Continuing Education is offering this program ...

Collins keeps tax rate flat for 2018

COLLINS — As Collins Town Supervisor Dave Tessmer heads out, he and the town board approve the 2018 tax for the town. There is no change from last year as the tax rate is $3.96 per $1,000 of assessed valued. The overall combined tax rate, including funds and districts, is at $10.03 per ...

Pomfret passes budget with no rate increase

Pomfret town officials have adopted a 2018 budget, and residents won’t see any increase in their town tax bills. The town board met earlier in the month to pass a spending plan, which details a tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, totaling $1,270,027. That’s up slightly from the ...

Dunkirk Common Council unanimously passes budget

The end of the city of Dunkirk’s 2018 budget process was just as smooth as the beginning and middle. At the recent Common Council meeting members voted unanimously on three resolutions solidifying the 2018 budget. Resolution 111 adopted the budget with council’s amendments. ...

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Bethany Smart of the Anew Center was recently presented a check for $2,000 in memory of Heritage employee the late Shari Robbins. Pictured with Smart is Lisa Haglund, Heritage Director of Marketing and Development and Laura Blake, Heritage Corporate Human Resources Director.

Heritage donates to Anew Center in memory of late employee

In November 2016, Heritage employee Shari Robbins lost her life as a victim of domestic violence as she was on her way to work. Nearly one in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life, and one in seven women and ...

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Car slams into parked FedEx truck

ELLERY — A head-on crash sent three people to the hospital Friday in the town of Ellery on Friday. Police said Bruce G. Cobb, 80, and a passenger in a westbound 2007 Chevrolet Impala, Patricia Cobb, 75, both of Ellery, were airlifted to the hospital following the crash with a parked FedEx ...

Regional Impact Award

County receives regional impact award from NYS

ALBANY — Chautauqua County recently received a Regional Impact Award in recognition of its efforts for regional infrastructure, emergency medical services and local government reorganization. The award was presented by New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado at the New York State ...

Meth charges for two could lead to life in prison

Two Jamestown men are facing federal charges and possibly life in prison for their alleged involvement with methamphetamines. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Ernest Clayburn Cauley, Jr., 26, and Zackiel Leonard Fields, Jr., 22, both of Jamestown, were arrested and charged by ...

Details released in Route 20 crash

SHERIDAN — The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office has released further details in Wednesday night’s accident. According to deputies, around 6:45 p.m. it appears Johnathon Eddings, 25, of Sheridan, was driving in Route 20 in the town of Sheridan with passenger Brian Nowak, 31, of ...

Brandon Murphy

Ripley man accused of selling meth

JAMESTOWN — A Ripley man has been arrested following a month-long investigation into illegal drug sales in Ripley and Jamestown. According to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Brandon Murphy, 22, of Goodrich Street was located in the city of Jamestown and arrested Monday on ...

Yanira Corraliza-Maestre

Dunkirk woman charged with selling crack cocaine

A Dunkirk woman has been charged with selling illegal drugs in the city following a three-month investigation. According to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Yanira Corraliza-Maestre, 23, of Main Street turned herself into the city of Dunkirk Police Department Thursday on an ...

‘Home for the Holidays 2:’ Christmas at The Reg’ set for Dec. 9

“Home for the Holidays 2: Christmas at The Reg” is the second edition of a festive afternoon concert of local music, which will take place Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. After positive audience feedback from the first 2016 event, The Reg staff soon made plans to do it again with a mix of new and ...

Access Channel 5 programming for Dec. 2-8 set

“Defenders of Freedom” shares the first hand experiences of WWII veterans in the Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania areas. Hosted and filmed at the Jackson Center in Jamestown, the project is a collaborative effort between the Center, the United Veterans Council, Chautauqua ...

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Alternative Christmas Festival features local artist

On Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Fredonia Presbyterian Church’s Alternative Christmas Festival (open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), the work of Maria De Jesus will be included in the nativity display. A resident of Dunkirk, De Jesus grew up in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, in a region known for its strong ...

Sanvidge stepping down from county IDA

Kevin M. Sanvidge, Administrative Director/CEO of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) and Director of the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development, has announced that he will be completing his term of service to Chautauqua County effective ...

Two area residents were taken by helicopter to the hospital following a head-on crash with a parked FedEx truck on Route 430 in the town of Ellery.

Crash injures three in Ellery

ELLERY — A head-on crash sent three people to the hospital Friday in the town of Ellery. Police said Bruce G. Cobb, 80, and a passenger in a westbound 2007 Chevrolet Impala, Patricia Cobb, 75, both of Ellery, were airlifted to the hospital following the crash with a parked FedEx truck in the ...

Monday fire in Fredonia ruled electrical in nature

A fire Monday evening on Eagle Street in Fredonia was ruled electrical in nature. The Fredonia Fire Department was called to 130 Eagle St. in Fredonia for a report of a possible electrical fire. Upon arrival, firefighters observed a small fire in the attic of a second-story building. Crews ...

Hunter injured after falling from tree stand in the town of Poland

POLAND — A local hunter was taken to an Erie, Pa., hospital after he fell from a tree stand Wednesday afternoon in the town of Poland. The hunter, who could not be immediately identified, reportedly fell about 10 to 11 feet to the ground after the tree stand he was in collapsed. The incident ...

Jamestown man leads police on chase after domestic incident

LAKEWOOD — A verbal threat turned high-speed chase resulted in 11 charges for one Jamestown man. Reporting to the Chautauqua Mall for a report of a domestic incident on Tuesday, Lakewood-Busti Police state they found a pregnant victim who alleged Travis Jordan Spencer, 30, pinned her ...

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A stabbing Tuesday evening turned into a homicide investigation for Jamestown police. The stabbing took place around 7 p.m. on Willard Street between Peterson and Eagle streets.

Victim identified in Tuesday night stabbing in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — The victim of Tuesday evening’s stabbing on Willard Street has been identified as 22-year-old Dylan E. Ownbey. According to Jamestown Police, Ownbey was walking down Willard Street with the suspect prior to the incident. Witnesses say they saw the pair fighting near the ...