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Pennsylvania State Police look over a car as they investigate the scene where Steve Stephens, the suspect in the random killing of a Cleveland retiree posted on Facebook, was found shot dead Tuesday in Erie. Pa.

Murderer takes own life

ERIE, Pa. — The man who randomly gunned down a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook killed himself Tuesday during a police chase in Pennsylvania that began when a McDonald’s drive-thru attendant recognized him. It marked a violent end to the nearly 48-hour multistate ...

Steve Stephens, after being pursued by Pennsylvania State Police, committed  suicide.

Man sought in Facebook murder found dead in Erie

CLEVELAND (AP) — The man who randomly killed a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook shot himself to death on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, police said. Pennsylvania State Police said Steve Stephens was spotted Tuesday morning in Erie County, in the state's northwest corner. ...

East Otto man facing manslaughter charge in accident

EAST OTTO — A January accident has led to charges of second-degree manslaughter for a 30-year-old town resident. Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies today reported the arrest of Andrew Armbruster who was the driver during a fatal automobile accident in which passenger, Grace E. Armbruster, ...

Above, Nolan Potter sits on his great-grandma’s lap.  He holds pussy willows and wears a chicken hat, but he’s not exactly sure he wants to learn the “birdie dance.”

Happy Dyngus Day

Buffalo, New York is the self-proclaimed “Dyngus Day Capital of the World,” but Monday, Dunkirk’s Kosciuszko Club threw a party to rival it. Dyngus Day, also known as Smigus-Dyngus or lany poniedzialek (Wet Monday), is a Polish holiday celebrated the day after Easter. Traditionally, ...

Waterline opposition heard in Westfield

WESTFIELD — Residents along Route 20 West, from Munson Road to Walker Road West, presented a signed petition to the Town Board opposing a potential water line expansion project. The petition was submitted at the monthly Town Board meeting. Twenty residents oppose and three favor a water ...

Registered voters in two major parties the same

A dead even tie. That’s the only way that describes the total number of active voters in two of the major political parties in Chautauqua County as of April 1. Per state election law, county election boards must set its official enrollment totals by party on the first day of April. This ...

Steve Stephens, after being pursued by Pennsylvania State Police, committed  suicide.

Area on alert for suspected killer from Cleveland

Authorities in several states, including New York, were on the lookout for a behavioral health case manager who posted a gruesome Facebook video of himself randomly shooting a Cleveland retiree who was collecting discarded cans. Cleveland police allege 37-year-old Steve Stephens shot a ...

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens. Cleveland police said they are searching for Stephens, a homicide suspect, who recorded himself shooting another man and then posed the video on Facebook on Sunday.

Area on alert for suspected killer from Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities in several states, including New York, were on the lookout for a behavioral health case manager who posted gruesome Facebook video of himself randomly shooting a Cleveland retiree who was collecting discarded cans. Cleveland police allege 37-year-old Steve ...

Jamestown police investigate Easter shooting

JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Police Department is investigating an alleged shooting incident that occurred within city limits Sunday afternoon. According to police, several calls were received by the department from residents along Strong Street shortly after 3 p.m. regarding a shooting in the ...

Photo by Katrina Fuller
Construction continues and is on schedule at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater. Pictured is the back-of-house area, where finishing work is currently being completed.

Franklin to open at Chautauqua Institution

The first performer to grace the stage at the new Amphitheater this summer will be none other than Aretha Franklin. Jordan Steves, Chautauqua Institution interim vice president of Marketing and Communications and director of Communications, said the institution is honored to welcome Franklin ...

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Pictured is Jeff Passafaro, Dunkirk Town attorney, as he discusses funding options for the newly purchased snowplow for the town, which should be arriving in September.

Pomfret makes truck payment decision

After months of deliberation, the town of Pomfret has finally decided how it’s going to pay for the recent purchase of a truck that will replace one of the many trucks in Pomfret’s garage that are in dire need of repairs or replacement. According to Town Attorney Jeff Passafaro, the town ...

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Pictured is a blueprint of the building that will house the Gowanda Ambulance.

Gowanda raising money for ambulance’s new home

GOWANDA — And the gauntlet is thrown. An anonymous donor has put area residents on the clock, donating $5,000 to help raise money toward a building for the Gowanda Ambulance. However, what the residents could do is match that $5,000 and the donor would top it once again with another ...

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Police shows Steve Stephens. Cleveland police said they are searching for Stephens, a homicide suspect, who recorded himself shooting another man and then posed the video on Facebook on Sunday.

Area on alert for suspected killer from Cleveland

Authorities in several states, including New York, were on the lookout for a behavioral health case manager who posted a gruesome Facebook video of himself randomly shooting a Cleveland retiree who was collecting discarded cans. Cleveland police allege 37-year-old Steve Stephens shot a ...

Submitted Photo: Bob poses with the Easter Bunny at Lakeshore Humane Society before heading home.

Bob’s big adventure

If you ask Mary Rice, of Angola, whether or not she believes in everyday miracles, she will invariably say yes. Mary’s blind, deaf, and very senior beagle, Bob, went missing from her backyard in early March, and she thought she’d never see him again. Spoiler alert: He’s home. Mary ...

SUNY Fredonia, JCC officials react to Excelsior Scholarship

The free-tuition scholarship program, included in the new state budget — which once seemed like an impossible goal, but is now approaching quickly in the rearview mirror — has local and national residents wondering, what does this mean? What does it mean, indeed — especially for ...

Report: Health of county residents ranks near bottom

The health of residents in Chautauqua County is lagging behind other areas in the state. An annual report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropy group, lists the county in the bottom 10 of healthiest counties in the state. Only eight counties ranked worse, including ...

OBSERVER Photo by Amanda Dedie. A cast of parishioners dressed up as religious historical figures that were known to be involved in the crucifixion of Christ in a reenactment held by the Christian Worship Center in Fredonia.

Ultimate sacrifice

It can be difficult to see an emotional and realistic reenactment of the Stations of the Cross, which depict the torture and murder of Jesus Christ three days before he rose again this upcoming Easter, but it is an important message that those involved hope to bring to light. The Christian ...

Kevin Peebles

Arkwright Town Hall is fly-car ready

ARKWRIGHT — Chautauqua County will be partnering with the town of Arkwright to help provide fly-car services to a large portion of the area. According to Kevin Peebles from the county Office of Emergency Services, and the EMS project coordinator, a study was done in July 2015 about EMS ...

OBSERVER Photo by Rebecca Cuthbert. The crowd at a recent Hanover townwide youth rec committee meeting was enthusiastic about continuing existing recreation opportunities in Silver Creek and Forestville, and was hopeful that those opportunities can even be expanded in the future.

Hanover sees interest in townwide youth rec committee

HANOVER — Community leaders in Hanover, Silver Creek and Forestville put the word out in early April: If you want the kids to have youth recreation opportunities, turn out, step up, and be ready to pitch in. And though Hanover town hall wasn’t exactly packed Wednesday night for the ...