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Two Pennsylvania men charged in county with DWI

OBSERVER Staff Report Two Pennsylvania men were charged with driving while intoxicated by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office in a span of a little over six hours Saturday night and Sunday morning. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a tree in the ...

SEFA campaign reaches goal

Raising more than $64,366 for the 2017 Chautauqua County State Employees Federated Appeal, donations from state employees exceeded the established goal of $60,000. Through the SEFA campaign, state employees throughout the county are eligible to donate to various local, statewide and global ...

State giving free trips to new E-ZPass customers

Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore is letting travelers know about an incentive to purchase an EZPass that will put a little bit of money back in their pockets. In preparation for the cashless tolling system being implemented on the New York State Thruway, E-ZPass On-The-Go is offering a $10 ...

Collaboration continues on child abuse cases

Representatives from several agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue working as members of the Chautauqua County Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team, in partnership with The Child Advocacy Program to ensure child abuse victims get the thorough treatment and investigative ...

Westfield woman ticketed for prostitution

WESTFIELD — Amy M. Figueroa, 35, of Westfield was ticketed for prostitution Monday. A joint investigation into suspicious activity on Nichols Avenue conducted by the Westfield Police Department and the sheriff’s office revealed that Figueroa after was allegedly prostituting out of her ...

NYS Senate acts to protect taxpayers from federal tax law changes

Underscoring the Senate’s commitment to “protecting every taxpayer in New York State,” Senator Catharine Young (R-Olean) took to the Senate floor recently to praise an innovative proposal by Senator Simcha Felder (Distrct-17) that would help New Yorkers negatively impacted by the new ...

Cassadaga Valley needs your help today

Submitted Photo Students at Sinclairville Elementary School are trying to get the WKBW Weather Machine to visit their school and at last check have taken the lead. Friday night meteorologist Andy Parker announced that Sinclairville made it to first place. The school had been in second place ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...