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Statewide, WNY had most fake ID seizures in 2018

When it comes to busting young people for fake identitication, Western New York leads the way. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced recently that New York’s efforts to deter underage drinking resulted in a record number of fake identification seizures in 2018. The year-round Operation ...

Young to be part of Chamber event

OBSERVER Staff Report The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has announced that both Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and recently retired State Sen. Catharine Young will be speakers for the chamber’s annual State Legislative Breakfast on Friday, April 12. Chamber President and CEO Todd ...

Heenan to run for city mayor

“Yes I’m running for mayor,” Shaun Heenan stated to the OBSERVER Thursday. “I’ve been endorsed by the Republican and Conservative parties. We’re just getting the endorsements and the petitions done, I haven’t drawn up a formal statement yet, but yes.” The Third Ward Councilman ...

Detective takes stand in Jamestown murder trial

MAYVILLE — "I heard arguing and then a, not a pop, but a bang," said Kimberly Johnston recalling the events of July 24, 2018, when she took the stand to testify in David F. Waggoner's second-degree murder trial. Waggoner, 54, is accused of shooting William J. Michishima, 30, at 114 ...

Dunkirk School Board member stepping down

Adam Reisenweber is moving on. The Dunkirk School Board member will be leaving at the end of the school year in June, as his family is moving into a different school district. “It’s not personal, we’re just not going to be in the district anymore,” Reisenweber stated to the ...

Numerous positions, far too many visions

How many elected positions does it take to run Chautauqua County every year? Far too many. For the coming November elections — in the county, cities, towns and villages — around 200 seats are up for grabs. Those posts include legislators, treasurers, trustees, clerks, judges, supervisors ...

SUNY Fredonia students find fun in math education

Middle school to graduate students and even a few professors, puzzled over math problems in a lecture hall at the SUNY Fredonia campus March 7. Their goal? Find out which professor “killed” student Michelle Persaud, where and with what. “It’s our 19th consecutive year celebrating Pi ...

No JROTC for Fredonia

It appears a Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program will not be happening soon at Fredonia Central Schools. High School Principal Darrin Paschke presented what he found in response to community inquiries about starting a JROTC program in the district. Paschke did not have good news ...

D’Angelo retiring, change order passed at Hanover meeting

HANOVER — Highway Superintendent Steven D’Angelo made a brief, but stirring announcement to the Hanover town board at their latest meeting Monday. “I’d like to announce to the town board that I will not be seeking re-election for highway superintendent,” D’Angelo stated at the start ...

Republican Party endorses Borrello

Another day, another endorsement. Less than 24 hours after the Conservative Party endorsed current County Executive George Borrello for the New York State Senate, the Republican Party has followed suit as it put its support behind Borrello Wednesday. “We had an executive committee and ...

Statements, witnesses describe summer shooting death

MAYVILLE — Despite never uttering the words “self defense,” Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone made it clear during the first day of trial that his client David Waggoner believes he was justified when he shot and killed a Jamestown man last year. Opening statements were made ...

County conservatives back Borrello for Senate seat

Recently resigned State Senator Cathy Young, R-Olean, left a hole in local representation, a hole that the Chautauqua County Conservative Party thinks could best be filled by Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. "We need someone who will stand up and fight for the interests and ...

More anger in Arkwright

ARKWRIGHT — A solar farm company presented proposals at Monday’s Town Board meeting that could lead to electric savings for residents. But many of those residents slammed the board for holding a meeting about a possible purchase of land for the project, saying they didn’t get enough ...

Gowanda School Board recognizes students, retirees

GOWANDA — From Gowanda graduates serving in the military to elementary school teachers retiring in June, there was much to celebrate at a recent meeting of the Gowanda Central School Board of Education. English teacher Cathleen Perry kicked off the meeting with a special gift sent by Capt. ...

Collins woman charged in 2018 fatal crash

OBSERVER Staff Report CONCORD — A Collins woman who was allegedly under the influence of illegal drugs while operating a motor vehicle that killed another person last year has been formally charged. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Tuesday that 25-year-old Allyson ...

Dunkirk officials debate airing school board meetings on TV

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has been receiving a lot of phone calls lately in regards to the city televising the Dunkirk School Board meetings. “Residents want the school board meetings to be shown on Dunkirk Access,” Vicki Westling, Rosas’ executive assistant, stated at a recent ...

County Conservatives back Borrello for Senate seat

Conservative party chairwoman and member of the State Conservative Executive Committee Anna Wilcox has announced that the Chautauqua County Conservative Party will be supporting County Executive George Borrello for the recently vacated 57th district New York Senate seat held by Sen. Catharine ...

STATE CHAMPS: Dunkirk honors bowling team

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot The Dunkirk Lady Marauders captured the New York State Public High School Athletic Association bowling championship over the weekend. On Monday, the team was celebrated throughout the district. Pictured are members of the team. They are, in front from ...

Cassadaga board talks water, fire, budget

CASSADAGA — A problematic water line was brought to the attention of the Cassadaga Village Board by Public Works Superintendent Sam Alaimo Wednesday evening at the regular meeting. “I’ve got some concerns about the water line that feeds the Job Corps,” Alaimo said. “I’m worried, it ...