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Motion for mistrial in Haffa case is denied

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley denied the defense's request for a mistrial in the case against Justin Haffa. Haffa is being tried on attempted murder in an incident with a sheriff's deputy that occurred on Sept. 11, 2016. Defense attorney Ned Barone made the mistrial ...

THROUGH THE YEARS: In the photos submitted by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling, Laurel is pictured in her earlier years at left and above. Below is a photo from one of her more recent events. Laurel Hotelling died on Nov. 13. The 22nd run in her name continues this July. The voucher for the event is also included below.

Laurel Run fund-raiser set for Wednesday

Though Laurel Hotelling died in November, area residents can help celebrate her birthday and donate money to the charitable event that bears her name. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the Applebee’s restaurants in Dunkirk and Lakewood will hold Dining to Donate fund-raisers to benefit Laurel Run. From ...

31st annual Winter Festival is Feb. 16-18

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 31st Annual Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival Feb. 16-18. The event will take place at Lakeside Park, Route 394 in Mayville, with fun events for the entire family. Once again this year, weather permitting, an ice castle ...

Gowanda High School honor, merit rolls

The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Gowanda High School for the second quarter of the 2017-2018 school year: HIGH HONOR ROLL 95 and higher Grade 9: Jessup Donohue, Kayla Forthman, Ashton Francis, Zoey Kota, Beth Stang, Hayley Stang, Shon Thompson, ...

CRCF elects five board members

OBSERVER Staff Report OLEAN — The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation recently elected five board members, four of whom formerly served on the board and bring back a high level of expertise to the organization. Dr. Naheed Hilal, Audra Stevens, Ward “Skip” Wilday, Dennis ...

Minority Leader of Cattaraugus County Legislature endorses Sundquist

The Democratic leader of Cattaraugus County Legislature is throwing her support behind Eddie Sundquist — a Jamestown attorney — for the 23rd Congressional District seat. Minority Leader Susan Labuhn announced her endorsement of Sundquist 's candidacy following Sundquist's victory during the ...

Forestville Middle/High School Honor & Merit Rolls

The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Forestville Middle/High School for the second quarter of the 2017-2018 school year: Twelfth Grade High Honor Roll: Ashlee Bailey, Julia Burgos, Hannah Fetterick, Alyssa Graziano, Marshall Hallowell, Jessica Howes, ...

Westfield business one of 16 chosen to grow jobs in WNY

Empire State Development announced that 16 businesses will startup, expand or locate in Western New York, partnering with local public colleges and universities to spur economic growth across the state. These companies have committed to create more than 200 new jobs and invest approximately ...

Research Project and Proposal Reporting Session set for Feb. 15

PORTLAND — A project reporting session is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory located at 6592 West Main Road, Portland. This location will serve as the main location with a satellite location at the Geneva NYSAES station. The meeting will ...

Seneca Nation opposes proposed fracking plan

The Seneca Nation is calling upon the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to reject permit applications for a destructive water quality management and discharge plan at the headwaters of the Allegheny River that would have severe impacts on the Nation’s Allegany ...

Amy Rohler, Executive Director, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County

Access Channel 5 Programming for Feb. 3-9

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

Golden builds momentum in Geneva Straw Poll

GENEVA — New York 23rd Congressional District candidate, Ian Golden, locked up a top-3 finish in Tuesday night’s straw poll in Geneva. All seven candidates from the crowded 23rd District field took questions from both the event’s moderators and prospective voters in the audience. ...

Cattaraugus County to participate in STOP-DWI Super Bowl Weekend

Cattaraugus County STOP DWI Coordinator Brandon Walters has announced that Cattaraugus County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Feb. 2 and will end on Feb. 5. The Super Bowl is ...

Free tax preparation by VITA volunteers

Would you like to get 100 percent of your tax return this tax season? If you make under $64,000, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program can help you get your full return, with no fee for filing. VITA has kept millions of dollars in local taxpayers’ pockets and you could be one of them. ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino

Police probing robbery at D&F Plaza

Dunkirk police have indicated they are investigating a robbery that took place on Thursday evening at the D&F Plaza. The robbery took place around 7 p.m. at the Gamerz Haven store and involved the theft of cash. Police said more information would be released later today.

Dunkirk Public Library new releases

HONOR In honor of MARGARET VALONE Valone, Soup of life In honor of MRS. MARY VENDETTE Bender, Grumpy Gardener MEMORIALS In memory of WARREN R. CAMPBELL Grisham, Rooster bar In memory of LEONARD CATALANO Fodor’s essential 2018 Italy National Parks collection DVD Rich, My ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino

Police called to D&F Plaza

Dunkirk Police responded to Gamerz Haven in the D&F Plaza Thursday night around 7:15 p.m. Three police cars were parked in front of the business without their lights on shortly after the call came in. Police could not release information on the incident several hours later due to the ...

Lockout at NCCS worries parents

North Chautauqua Catholic School principal Jenny Tilaro ordered a lockout of the school Thursday morning. Although she declined to explain what the incident was that prompted the lockout, she told the OBSERVER that “There was no danger. I was being an over-protective mom.” The OBSERVER ...

16-year-old charged in sexual misconduct

SHERIDAN — The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation into a report of suspected abuse against another individual. Through an investigation, it was found that a 16-year-old male committed the offense of sexual misconduct on two different dates in December. The boy was ...

Power restored in Mayville, Ellery areas

MAYVILLE — Power was restored for more than 1,000 customers in the Hartfield, Dewittville, Maple Springs and Ellery areas Wednesday around 11:30. The power first went out Tuesday afternoon when National Grid was performing service on a substation in the town of Ellery which led to a failure ...