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City confirms shooting

OBSERVER Staff Report It was reported in Saturday’s OBSERVER that Dunkirk Police and Firefighters were called to 92 E. Second St., Friday night for a report of a shooting. An hour later, police had the Halas Hotel taped off, but said they were unable to immediately comment on the ...

Relay for life strides on

SUNY Fredonia’s annual Relay for Life event kicked off at 3 p.m. Saturday and didn’t stop until 3 a.m. this morning as 54 teams made up of at least 425 individual students participated in the fundraiser in Steele Hall. With a theme of “Carnival!” this year, Relay for Life delivered ...

Four Dunkirk residents face gun charges

OBSERVER Staff Report Four Dunkirk residents were arrested Saturday afternoon after allegedly being in possession of an unlicensed firearm. On Saturday at about 1:30 p.m., officers responded to 152 Lake Shore Drive East for a report of a person with a gun. Upon arrival, officers ...

Sheridan native to honor teachers with concert

SILVER CREEK — While inspiration can take the most unlikely forms, many people can recall one or two special teachers who had a particularly important influence on their lives. Sometimes, many years pass before one realizes the life-changing influence a teacher had. Other times, a student ...

Arkwright property owners served with lien notices

ARKWRIGHT — Receipt of a mechanic’s lien against their property in the amount of $68,995.75 has caused some property owners in Arkwright a fair amount of confusion and, at least initially, a significant amount of stress. On March 15, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, the law firm ...

Motivational speaker inspires Dunkirk Middle School students

“Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future,” guest speaker David Mahan said to an assembly of Dunkirk Middle School students earlier this week. “Ooh,” several students responded aloud, intrigued by the thought. Mahan went on to share part of his story with students that ...

Westfield hospital remembers President

Special to the OBSERVER WESTFIELD — Westfield Memorial Hospital has lost a great leader and we have lost a great friend, was the unified sentiment of those associates at Westfield Memorial Hospital who had the honor of knowing and working with former WMH President Valarie K. Jackson of ...

Mexican living in Dunkirk pleads guilty to child pornography

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that David Flores-Torres, 25, a citizen of Mexico living in Dunkirk pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. The charge ...

Gowanda school board president resigning

Gowanda Central School District Board Member and President Cynthia Sutherland announced her resignation from the Board of Education effective Thursday, April 4. Sutherland’s seat will be filled during the Annual School District Meeting, Budget Vote and Election on Tuesday, May 21. There ...

Maple Weekend 2019: The sweet tradition continues

Maple syrup production has become a powerhouse crop for New York State farmers. In the last decade the production of maple syrup has tripled, while the crop value has more than quadrupled. As maple syrup production has increased substantially over the years so has Maple Weekend. It started in ...

Forestville man pleads guilty in child porn case

BUFFALO — A Forestville man has pleaded guilty to receipt and possession of child pornography. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Richard C. Miller, 51, made the plea before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in ...

Stearns Building purchase to be shared

A cost ratio of purchase versus leasing of the Stearns Building for the city of Dunkirk was presented at the Finance Committee meeting Thursday. “In our budget, the mayor (Wilfred Rosas) was able to secure some budget stabilization funds of $304,828,” Fiscal Affairs Officer Marsha Beach ...

Two priests eligible to return to ministry after investigation

Allegations of child sexual abuse against two priests with ties to Chautauqua County have not been substantiated following an investigation. According to a statement Thursday by Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Buffalo Diocese, the Rev. Robert A. Stolinski and the Rev. John J. Sardina are ...

Government has its hands in public access

Vicki Westling was only being polite. At the Feb. 28 Dunkirk Board of Education meeting, the city employee — and assistant to Mayor Wilfred Rosas — asked if the public access channel could televise the district’s scheduled public gatherings. Key word: “public.” City school board ...

City looking to expand footprint in new purchase

The city of Dunkirk has been leasing space at 338 Central Ave., more commonly known as the Stearns Building, for a number of years. At the recent Common Council meeting held Tuesday, a resolution was put forth to purchase the building in the amount of $170,000 using funds obtained by Dunkirk ...

Forestville to expand technology, resources

FORESTVILLE — While this year’s expanded WiFi project has already made a significant difference at Forestville Central School, even more technology improvements are slated for next school year. A new science classroom, expanded Chromebook program, eTextbooks and more are in the planning ...

Borrello backed by GOP committees

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has the support of at least Republican county committees in the 57th state Senate District if a special election is called for by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Tuesday, Borrello told the newspaper that Cattaraugus and Livingston counties Republican ...

Gerace highlights career in law enforcement

CHAUTAUQUA — The audience at the Turner Community Center was eager to hear all about him. Joe Gerace, the former Chautauqua County sheriff of 24 years and the current director of campus security and safety for Chautauqua Institution, has been through a lot as a man of the law. Host Greg ...

Gerace recaps high-profile cases during career as sheriff

CHAUTAUQUA — During a lecture at the Turner Community Center on Tuesday evening, former Sheriff Joe Gerace thanked his family for supporting him through a 24-year-long career as sheriff for Chautauqua County and shared excitement for his new job as director of campus security and safety for ...

DITCHED: Driver hurt in rollover

Submitted Photo On Tuesday, at approximately 2:22 p.m., Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies responded to S. Stockton Cassadaga Road in the town of Stockton for the report of a motor vehicle rollover. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Michael Myles, 46, of Jamestown. Deputies said ...