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Rebecca Ruiz

Woman, 28, charged in Lake Shore Drive murder

A Dunkirk woman is facing second-degree murder charges after a shooting around 10 p.m. Thursday night. Dunkirk police were dispatched 141 Lake Shore Drive East. Upon arrival, a male victim was found lying unresponsive in the yard outside the residence. The victim was transported to Brooks ...

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Jennifer Young makes her round through the audience, getting everyone up close and personal with the python snake that she brought to educated the children.

Wild for books

NORTH COLLINS — North Collins Public Library, located at 2095 School St., goes beyond the books and offers a unique experience for local youth. Buffalo Animal Adventures took a visit to the local library to educate and entertain the near-60 who attended. Jennifer Young, from Buffalo Animal ...

Fredonia Police land protective equipment grant

The Fredonia Police Department has received a $13,500 grant for protective equipment and patrol rifles. The village board unanimously accepted the grant during a recent meeting. According to the adopted resolution, the money comes from the Police Protective Equipment Program at the New York ...

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Dunkirk Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Tracy (right) administers the oath of office to members of the board of education during Thursday’s meeting. Pictured reciting the oath, from left: Kenneth Kozlowski, Betsy Ramos, David Damico and Adam Reisenweber (back).

Newcomer, former member join Dunkirk School Board

A newcomer and a longtime veteran have officially joined the Dunkirk Board of Education after both being elected by write-in votes. Kenneth Kozlowski and Betsy Ramos recited the oath of office during Thursday’s reorganizational meeting. Ramos is a fresh face to the board, while Kozlowski ...

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Christopher Leclair is accused of murdering his wife Karen. Her body was discovered Tuesday in Lake Erie near Dunkirk.

Body discovered in Lake Erie identified as missing Pennsylvania woman

(AP) — A body found along the New York shoreline of Lake Erie with a gunshot wound to the head and an anchor attached to the torso was identified on Wednesday as that of a Pennsylvania woman whose husband reported her missing and then was charged with killing her. Karen Leclair’s body had ...

Michael Mirek

State Police see spike in holiday arrests

Over the Fourth of July weekend this year, the New York State Police in Zone 3 (Jamestown, Ellery, Fredonia and Collins) with the assistance of the City of Jamestown Police K9, Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and New York State Forest Rangers made over 140 arrests. The vast majority of ...

Brocton, Portland discuss shared services

BROCTON — The end of Brocton’s board of trustee’s public comment portion of their monthly meeting held a theme of share and share alike. The village and Portland town council members have been attending one another’s meetings each month for the past year in hopes that some common ...

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According to Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano, the Fourth of July fireworks were very well attended, but there were no major incidents.

With flying colors

The long Fourth of July weekend in the city of Dunkirk was filled with music, aerobatic stunts and finished off with the bang of fireworks on the Pier. However, the weekend didn’t feature any major incidents, according to city officials Wednesday. “I’m really happy with the turnout. ...

OBSERVER Photo by Jordan W. Patterson. Stockton Fire officials march through Mayville.

Village of Mayville hosts patriotic Fourth of July parade

MAYVILLE — The Mayville community and communities all around the county gathered on Main Street to celebrate the Fourth of July — Independence Day. Sirens, engines and screams could be heard for miles, but no one was in panic or distress — only jubilee and celebration. Several fire ...

Motorcyclist dies after crash

HANOVER — Michael P. Shoemaker, 60, of Buffalo, was pronounced dead on Monday as a result of injuries he suffered after being struck while riding his motorcycle on Route 20 next to Old Main Road, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported on Tuesday. The accident took place Monday at ...

OBSERVER File Photo. The Cassadaga compost pile is just that — the Cassadaga compost pile, meaning that anyone outside the village, no matter how close to the dividing line, is not allowed to leave their materials there.

Problems ‘dumped’ on Fredonia residents

CASSADAGA — Richard Kosinski and Lori Kosinski, Fredonia residents, had to deal with the ugly reality that while they paid Cassadaga school taxes, spent most of their time in Cassadaga, and practically live on the line of the two communities, they were not, in fact, Cassadaga residents, and ...

Female body found in Lake Erie near Dunkirk

The body of a woman was found Tuesday in Lake Erie near Dunkirk. The Erie Times-News and GoErie.com reported the body was found before noon. Pennsylvania State Police and the state attorney general are investigating to determine if it is the body of Karen LeClair. According to the ...

County planning board prioritizes capital project requests

Dredging near the Conewango Watershed Dam is being considered the highest capital project priority. After reviewing more than 50 capital requests this year, the Chautauqua County Planning Board recently unveiled its recommended projects the county should fund for fiscal year 2018. Doug ...

OBSERVER Photo by Amanda Dedie. The Forestville Board of Education stands around and celebrates Natalie Bird and Ann Hagimier (third and fourth from left) to honor them for their years of service to the Forestville School District.

Forestville School Board honors retirees

FORESTVILLE — Recently, the Forestville Board of Education honored two long-serving members of the Forestville staff — teacher Natalie Bird and food service worker Ann Hagimier. Middle/high school Principal Dan Grande spoke about Bird, who graduated from the State University of New York ...

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Marty Schrader with his 19-year-old dachshund Archie.

Dachshund saved from cleanout pipe in city

“We thought we were going to lose him,” said Marty Schrader, owner of Archie, a 19-year-old dachshund who had somehow fell 8 feet straight down into a cleanup water pipe Friday evening. Schrader, who lives off of Second Street on Woodrow Avenue in Dunkirk, had let Archie outside for his ...

Motorcyclist pronounced dead after Hanover accident

HANOVER — Michael P. Shoemaker, of Buffalo, was pronounced dead on Monday as a result of injuries he suffered after being struck while riding his motorcycle on Route 20 next to Old Main Road, Chautauqua County Sheriffs reported on Tuesday. The accident took place earlier that day at around ...

Cold shoulder given to road plan

CASSADAGA — Concerned Cassadaga residents Robert and Sharon Bykowski recently wrote a letter to the Cassadaga Village Board, expressing their concerns for the imminent $5.8 million Dale Drive project. The letter was sent to other entities — the Chautauqua County Planning Committee, ...

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Top: People held hands to symbolize a unified front against the potential defunding of Great Lakes protection at Wright Park Beach.

Bottom: Almost 100 people lined the water’s edge at Wright Park Beach on Monday morning.

All hands on deck

Almost 100 people gathered at Wright Park Beach on Monday morning to not only take in the setting, but to show that they want to try to preserve it, as well. A Great Lakes initiative called “All Hands on Deck” was proposed in March by someone in Michigan, and has since grown to include ...

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A two-vehicle rollover accident took place late Monday afternoon on Route 20/East Main Road in Sheridan.

Three accidents take place in one hour along Route 20

SILVER CREEK — Three separate motor vehicle accidents took place along Route 20 Monday between roughly 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. The first accident took place at around 4:30 p.m., when it was reported by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office that Tammy L. Mays, 48, of Silver Creek, had struck ...