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Attorney for Sherman hunter responds to dismissal

The attorney representing a Sherman man who mistook his neighbor for a deer when he shot and killed her in November says County Court Judge David Foley was right to dismiss a manslaughter charge after a review of grand jury testimony. In a statement to the OBSERVER on Saturday, Dunkirk ...

Board to consider firm to get stucco restoration moving

Fredonia village trustees are set to vote on a proposal to hire an engineering firm in order to get moving on replacing stucco at the hose tower and damaged sections to the Fredonia Fire Hall. It was late last February when high winds tore the exterior sheathing off the metal stud framing on ...

Local superintendents and Young express support for SRO

A New York State senator’s call for school resource officer funding is drawing favorable response from state Sen. Cathy Young and two local superintendents who are working to bring such programs back. Just days after a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, state Sen. Patrick Gallivan said ...

K-9 back on duty post-amputation

A K-9 with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office whose front left leg was recently amputated after suffering a serious break and infection is expected to return to limited duty. K-9 Drago has been with the Sheriff’s Office since March 2011 and used as an explosive detection animal in ...

Residents: Roads are impassible; town posts for fix

ARKWRIGHT — Both Miller and Brainard roads are blocked off from heavy vehicles as the Arkwright Town Highway Department is mitigating the problematic terrain. Arkwright Town Highway Superintendent James Ziemba noted that the roads are mostly dirt and are not accustomed to heavy-truck ...

Early roots

OBSERVER Staff Report Early on, Athenex had a Chautauqua County connection. Now, the firm that had humble beginnings in a University at Buffalo professor’s lab is poised to make a big impact on Western New York and especially Dunkirk. Today, Athenex is one of Buffalo’s best-known life ...

Familiar faces named to County Economic Development positions

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello announced on Friday that Mark Geise will be heading up economic development along side Don McCord. Borrello announced the pair will take the helm at two newly re-branded positions: Geise will become the deputy county executive for ...

Fatal crash reported on Route 20 in Irving

IRVING – Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports District 5 Deputies and the Crash Investigation Unit (CIU) are investigating a fatal crash on Route 20 on the Seneca Nation of Indians territory. Calls to dispatchers came in at 3:08 p.m., Saturday, and when deputies arrived, they observed a vehicle ...

Defense calls Sherman manslaughter dismissal ‘appropriate’

The attorney representing a Sherman man who had manslaughter charges in a hunting incident in November dismissed earlier this week has issued a statement this morning regarding the ruling. In his ruling, Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley said the District Attorney's office erred when ...

Downtown yet to rebound from blaze

Ask a longtime resident about the worst pain inflicted on Dunkirk economically over the last 50 years and they will likely tell you it was urban renewal, which took place in the late 1960s. Looking over the photos taken at that time, there were scenes where the city looked as though it was in a ...

Report notes highest-paid state employees

OBSERVER Staff Report Only one state employee in the area earns more than state Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to the seethroughny.net web site. On Thursday, the Empire Center reported all state government payroll records had been updated for 2017. At the top of the list locally is State ...

Manslaughter charge dismissed against hunter in shooting accident

MAYVILLE — A manslaughter charge was dismissed this week against a Sherman man who shot and killed his neighbor in a hunting accident in November. In a four-page ruling, Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley said the District Attorney’s Office erred when it presented its case in ...

Crumbling Coburn

Caution tape is a familiar accessory around the Coburn block on the west side of Central Avenue’s 100 block in the city of Dunkirk. At the end of September of 2015, the north end cap of the building collapsed onto Central Avenue. The rubble was cleared away, but circumstances surrounding ...

New leadership named to county development department

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George M. Borrello has announced appointments for two key senior posts in his administration in an effort to begin a significant restructuring of Chautauqua County’s economic development foundation. The proposed changes, subject to legislative ...

Manslaughter charge dismissed in Sherman shooting

A manslaughter charge been dismissed against a Sherman man who shot and killed his neighbor in a hunting accident in November. Patrick Swanson, Chautauqua County district attorney, confirmed that Judge David Foley dismissed the indictment against Thomas Jadlowski this week after reviewing ...

UNDER CONTROL: Firefighters tackle blaze

Several fire companies tackled what appeared to be an electrical fire at a Route 83 residence in the town of Villenova on Wednesday. An electrical cord on the side of the building flared up. Smoke was also seen coming from the front of the residence. The fire was reported at around 3:15 p.m.

Tops to remain open as bankruptcy looms

Tops Markets LLC announced that it will be pursuing a financial restructuring in order to eliminate a substantial portion of debt from its balance sheet. The company made the announcement Wednesday, several days after reports came about that the company would be filing for bankruptcy and ...

The last hurdle

Site plans for Athenex are heading to the Dunkirk Town Board — the last hurdle before work begins. The town’s planning board recommended approval of the biopharmaceutical company’s site plan to the town with a few conditions during a Wednesday meeting. Securing entrance and utility ...

Borrello proposes taskforce to combat opioid ‘epidemic’

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello announced a new program to combat opioid use in the region at a Community Justice Council meeting Wednesday. The anti—drug program, the Countywide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation (CAER), is a taskforce the county ...

Fredonia native killed in crash to be recognized in film

A Fredonia native who died in a car crash will be recognized in the credits of a new major film set to be released next month. “The Last Movie Star,” directed by Adam Rifkin and starring Burt Reynolds, Chevy Chase and Ariel Winter, will pay respect to Hannah Eimers, 17, who died in ...