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Two charged in city drug sales

Two Dunkirk residents have been jailed after a search warrant was executed on Lincoln Street for alleged drug activity. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the city of Dunkirk police report they entered 62 Lincoln Ave. in the city of Dunkirk on Monday afternoon. Both Angel Davila ...

Village board sets new hearing on rental law

The Fredonia Village Board has an amended local law on rental housing ready to vote on, and set a public hearing on it for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at its Monday meeting. Mayor Athanasia Landis said the main changes from the proposal that were tabled Sept. 11 are that owners’ names no longer ...

AgriAmerica coming to Fredonia

A building on Water Street in Fredonia is coming back to life as a grape processing facility. Mayor Athanasia Landis announced at Monday’s Village Board meeting that Silver Creek-based AgriAmerica Fruit Products is ready to start full production at the former home to Cliffstar and Cott ...

White Inn sale in negotiation

The White Inn may soon have a new owner. On Monday, County Executive George Borrello confirmed that prospective buyers for the White Inn are currently in negotiation with JG Funding Corp, the mortgage holder of the property for former owner Jeff Gambino. “The White Inn hasn’t been ...

Arrest made following discovery of meth lab in Forestville

FORESTVILLE — A Forestville man was arrested Monday for an alleged meth lab in his garage. On Sept. 17, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team investigated a ...

Departments battle blaze in Cherry Creek

CHERRY CREEK— A house fire at 6613 Main Street in Cherry Creek was a total loss Monday afternoon. The call went out about 1:30 p.m. with several fire and police departments responding including Cherry Creek, Falconer, Sinclairville, South Dayton, Conewango Valley, Ellington and the Chautauqua ...

Fatal drug overdoses in county decline

While in the midst of what many have called an opioid epidemic, the 2018 rate of drug overdose deaths has declined by at least 12 percent compared to 2017 in Chautauqua County. Breeanne Agett, epidemilogy manager at the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, shared data ...

Petition: Change Fredonia school start times

About 40 residents of the Fredonia school district recently petitioned the board of education to consider moving the opening time for the middle school and the high school to 8:30 a.m. The petition, started by Mary Croxton, states that the move would let students get more sleep, thus ...

House fire in Cherry Creek

A house fire at 6613 Main Street in Cherry Creek was a total loss Monday afternoon. The call went out about 1:30 p.m. with several fire and police departments responding. Due to prevailing winds it took over an hour to get the flames out. All residents made it out as well as at least two of the ...

Borrello hopes Task Force will further aid opioid fight

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello hopes the decline in drug related deaths and drug overdose deaths this year can be further decreased by continued collaborative efforts throughout the county. At a Chautauqua County Community Justice Council meeting in February, Borrello announced ...

Jamestown man arrested after 11-hour standoff

JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man was taken into custody after an 11-hour-long standoff with police Sunday. No one was injured in the incident, which Jamestown police say began around 3 a.m. after receiving reports of a man chasing a woman with a knife at 22 Spring St. Ext. The woman was ...

CVCS steps up school pride with new traditions, fun incentive

SINCLAIRVILLE — Cassadaga Valley Middle/High School Principal Scot Stutzman recently kicked off the new school year by continuing new traditions and introducing a fun incentive for students to maintain good grades and behavior. At a recent board of education meeting, Stutzman announced ...

Invasive species recently discovered in New York

PORTLAND — This week, the New York Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (DAM) confirmed that spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest from Asia, has been found in Albany and Yates counties. Tim Weigle, specialist for the statewide integrative pest ...

Law may pave way for new Brooks

Nearly one year after announcing a location for a new Brooks Memorial Hospital, there has been little activity. A new law, however, passed by the Pomfret Town Board could change that. Pomfret Supervisor Don Steger confirmed that at the September Town Board meeting, members voted in favor of ...

Zombie-like issues

Municipalities across the state continue to face the “zombie” properties within their respected communities. While some struggle with an action plan, the city of Dunkirk is taking initiative to tackle the problem. A report released in March by the city found 183 properties as vacant or ...

Stagnant water breeds problems

DAYTON — Standing water and the pests it breeds has been a huge issue for many years for Peggy Sheldon; but it has never been as bad as it has this year with all the wet weather. The cause of it appears to be beavers building dams on the property across the street from hers on Bentley Road. ...

Stone piles finally gone from beach in Hanover

HANOVER — Hanover residents were thrilled to see the town removing unsightly piles of stone from the town beach recently. Earlier this summer, residents were vocal at Hanover Town Board meetings about the large amounts of stone that had piled up on beaches after last winter. Up until ...

Gowanda Central School celebrates August grads at recent meeting

GOWANDA — It was a full house at a recent meeting of the Gowanda Central School Board, as one of the first items on the agenda was a celebration. The district recognized seven students who met the graduation requirements over the course of the summer and have now joined the graduating class ...

Busti woman charged with manslaughter in man’s death

RANDOLPH — A Busti woman has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a man found in April in Cattaraugus County. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation out of Jamestown arrested Marylou Johnson, 73, Friday for second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular ...