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HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL PULLED

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called ...

Steven Scott

Portland man nabbed with coke in city

A traffic stop by Dunkirk Police resulted in the arrest of at 50-year-old Portland man for cocaine possession. At approximately 11:41 a.m Thursday, a vehicle operated by Steven A. Scott was observed on Lake Shore Drive West in the city signaling a turn improperly. The resulting investigation ...

Scott Wolcott

Officials seek assistance in locating missing Limestone man

LIMESTONE — Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies are seeking the assistance of the public in locating a 50-year-old town man who has been missing since he was last seen on March 16 at his home. The Criminal Investigation Bureau of the agency report Scott A. Wolcott of 5592 Leonard Run Road ...

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Fredonia police responded to a call Thursday morning of a pedestrian being struck by a semi truck on Route 20. The pedestrian sustained serious injuries and was flown by Starflight to Hamot Medical Center in Erie for treatment.

Pedestrian struck by truck in serious condition

An out-of-state resident was severely injured after being struck by a tractor trailer. Thursday at about 8:30 a.m., pedestrian Bobby K. Brown, 76, of Paris, Kentucky, was hit by a semi truck on East Main Street (Route 20) in Fredonia. The truck’s driver, Anthony M. Mattera, had just made a ...

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Fairbanks Farm was a busy place on Sunday as people enjoyed a pancake breakfast, and sampled and purchased maple products.

Life is too short for fake maple syrup

ARKWRIGHT — The shirts presented the philosophy — “Life is too short for fake maple syrup.” Workers at last weekend’s pancake breakfast at Fairbanks Farm wore these T-shirts, not to mention wide smiles, as they served the crowd of people looking for a good breakfast with a touch of ...

Repeal may cost area nursing homes $10M

One day after announcing Chautauqua County hospitals could face a $4 million cut in funding due to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, state Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that area nursing homes also stand to lose up to $10 million. That was the analysis by the New York state Department ...

Bemus Point man caught with 40 grams of meth, stun guns

MAYVILLE — A Bemus Point man was charged early Thursday morning after police found two stun guns and a horde of narcotics inside his vehicle. At 3:45 a.m., Gary L. Hannold II, 41, was pulled over by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies while attempting to leave a vacant property near the ...

Photo by Eric Tichy

‘DEVASTATING’

FALCONER — The downtown landscape of Falconer was forever changed Wednesday after a morning fire ripped through one of its long-standing structures. The building, located at 29-39 W. Main St., became a hub for more than a dozen fire departments, when shortly before 8 a.m., a resident ...

Repeal may hit hospitals hard

Chautauqua County hospitals could lose as much as $4 million with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act that includes an amendment banning the federal reimbursement for state Medicaid funds for local governments outside of New York City. Those were the figures released Wednesday evening by ...

Local law providing municipalities with funds pushed back

MAYVILLE — A local law allowing county officials to provide assistance for government restructuring was pushed back a month to allow for minor language changes. Specifically, the bill as changed would authorize a county assistance program to financially assist local governments that ...

Police and emergency officials respond to this morning's accident on East Main Street.

Man injured after being struck by truck

An out-of-town man is receiving medical attention after being struck by a truck on East Main Street in Fredonia between Prospect and Clinton Avenue. The injured man was taken by Starflight to Erie. Due to the 8:30 accident Main Street was closed from Route 60 to Newton Street in the village ...

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Wife of captured escapee charged

SINCLAIRVILLE — A Sinclairville woman has been charged with helping her husband after he escaped from police custody. Kelsey A. Raynor, 30, of 6523 Nelson Hill Road, has been charged with third-degree hindering prosecution, as well as third-degree unlawful manufacturing methamphetamine, ...

Repeal may cost area nursing homes $10M

One day after announcing Chautauqua County hospitals could face a $4 million loss in funding due to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, state Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that area nursing homes also stand to lose — up to $10 million. That was the analysis by the New York state ...

David Jesus Pagan

Dunkirk man sentenced in major cocaine conspiracy

BUFFALO — A Dunkirk man is headed to state prison for selling cocaine in the city. Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced Wednesday that David Jesus Pagan, 40, who was convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine ...

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Mayor calls major fire ‘devastating’ for Falconer

FALCONER — Several fire departments are on scene battling a structure spanning half a block on Main Street. Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan visited the fire scene and said state representatives Sen. Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell have been made aware of the situation. ...

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Fredonia Trustee Kara Christina speaks during a recent village board meeting regarding the closing of JCPenney.

Trustee petitions to keep JCPenney open

A village of Fredonia official is hoping she can sway some minds to keep a shuttering retailer in the local area open. Trustee Kara Christina acknowledged last week’s closing announcement for JCPenney in the city of Dunkirk’s D&F Plaza during a recent village board meeting. Christina ...

Healthy living

BROCTON — Brocton community members participated in a range of health and wellness services at the Brocton Bulldogs’ inaugural Community Health and Wellness Fair recently. The school’s Health and Wellness Committee hosted the fair in the cafeteria. Health and Wellness Fair Coordinator ...

Village election numbers are in!

The votes are in, and newly appointed or re-appointed officials have been voted in to start their terms on April 1, according to unofficial election results Tuesday. CASSADAGA In Cassadaga, there were 58 voters, over half of whom voted for Mary Jo Bauer, with 31 votes, officially de-throning ...

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The city of Dunkirk will work with Chautauqua County bridge engineers to repair the stone culvert over Crooked Brook on Central Avenue.

City approves Crooked Brook culvert repair

There is a crooked bridge over Crooked Brook in the city of Dunkirk that soon will have its issues straightened out. The city of Dunkirk approved the immediate bridge rehabilitation and sewer line repair or replacement for the culvert over Crooked Brook on Central Avenue at Tuesday’s Common ...

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Crews responded to 5485 Stockton Cassadaga Road early Monday morning.

Fire displaces family in Stockton

STOCKTON — A Stockton family of five was displaced Monday morning after a fire destroyed their home. Firefighters responded to the residence, located at 6485 Stockton Cassadaga Road, near the intersection of Moon Road, at 3:30 a.m. The home was reportedly ablaze when first responders ...