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Mayville man indicted in 2008 homicide cold case

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Little more than 10 years ago, Jeffrey Johnson of Westfield was found dead inside his residence, which was labeled by investigators as “suspicious” when his body was found Nov. 8, 2008. Now, the Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace ...

DA upset over rejection to hire outside county

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MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature voted down a resolution with a 12-5 vote that would have permitted the District Attorney to hire assistant district attorneys from outside the county. The five Democrats on the legislature voted in favor of the change, while the 12 Republicans ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Alternative Christmas Festival at the Fredonia Presbyterian Church planned for today, Saturday, Sunday Today from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m., the Fredonia Presbyterian Church will hold an Alternative Christmas Festival. The festival ...

Area Police

Area police

New York State Police ¯ ASHVILLE — On Wednesday Troopers pulled a vehicle over on Route 474 in Ashville for a traffic violation. The driver was identified as Charles Crissman, 29, of Ashville. During the stop it was found that Crissman allegedly had a warrant out of Warren County, Pa., ...

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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The month of November is known as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it is something that is still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Through ...

Christmas in Silver Creek park promises holiday cheer

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The Kiwanis Club of Silver Creek is sponsoring “Christmas In The Park” this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. to kick off the holiday season. “The Kiwanis Club has been sponsoring Christmas in the Park since 1997,” said Kiwanis Club member Matthew Bogosian. “We’re all about supporting ...

Auxiliary drive boosts Mayville Food Pantry

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CHAUTAUQUA — The Chautauqua Fire Department Auxiliary, Chautauqua, participated in ‘Make a Difference Day 2018’ last month by again hosting a food drive to replenish the Mayville Food Pantry. Area residents generously donated financial donations as well as about 1,000 pounds of food and ...

Dunkirk man facing stolen weapons charges

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In October, deputies received a report of stolen firearms from a residence in the town of Portland. After investigation by the Sheriff's Office, deputies later determined that Jarrett J. Sikes, 39, of Dunkirk had allegedly taken seven firearms from a location in the town of Portland. ...

Wright retiring from UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown

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Betsy Wright, president and CEO of UPMC Chautauqua, will retire at the end of the year after 20 years of serving as the hospital’s president. “Betsy leaves a legacy of which we are all proud,” said Steve Kilburn, president of the UPMC Chautauqua board. “She has been exceedingly ...

‘City Speaks’ names guests

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Ryan Hall and EJ Hayes are the guests for this week’s “City Speaks,” to be aired now through Dec. 5. “City Speaks” is aired on Spectrum 1301 at 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Next week’s guest on “City Speaks” will be Todd Tranum, president and CEO, Chautauqua County Chamber of ...

Jamestown teacher resigns; criminal probe possible

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JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education has approved the resignation of Scott Lumia, a high school teacher. The board of education approved the resignation and separation agreement after an executive session during a special meeting on Friday. The Federal Bureau of ...

Efficiency efforts boost municipal rankings

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Not all tax problems begin in the New York state capital of Albany. Most begin right in your back yard. When communities refuse to work together, that costs property owners more money. Consider, for instance, police coverage in the village of Fredonia. Counting the municipality’s own ...

18th Toys for Tots drive underway

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Coming off of a record year in terms of the number of children supported through the toy drive, organizers of the local Marine Corps. Toys for Tots campaign are counting on the community’s generosity to make this year’s effort a success. For the 18th straight year, The Resource Center is ...

County wins funding for water, wastewater cooperative

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Chautauqua County has been awarded $1.2 million through New York State’s Municipal Restructuring Fund to develop a Water and Wastewater Cooperative, a project originally included in the 2017 Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition. The funding will be released in phases, ...

Snowstorm buries portions of county

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Although the first day of winter isn’t until Dec. 21, “Winter is in Chautauqua County,” according to Brad Bentley, director of Public Facilities for Chautauqua County. Beginning Tuesday afternoon, schools, libraries, businesses and other entities began reporting closings for Wednesday due ...

Largest districts in area stay open

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Despite the winter weather advisory issued for Chautauqua County, as well as Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello’s advisory of no unnecessary travel and his inclement weather policy for non-essential county employees, Dunkirk and Fredonia school districts stayed open. The districts ...

Painting that hung at SUNY Fredonia sells for $2.3 million

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A painting that had hung in Reed Library at the State University of New York at Fredonia for over 30 years will help preserve an important literary archive. The painting by Niko Pirosmani, “Georgian Woman Wearing a Lechaki,” sold Tuesday at Sotheby’s in London for an estimated $2.3 ...

Area police

Area police

Fredonia Police Department ¯ Stephany M. Navarro-Roldan, 27, no address given, was charged Nov. 14 with second degree burglary, first degree criminal contempt and second degree harassment. ¯ Four women were charged over a Nov. 15 incident. Aiedi Boril, 20, of Fredonia; Katherine Moz, no ...