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Chautauqua Lake to benefit from water quality improvement projects

Local/Region

ASHVILLE — On Feb. 28, a conservationist from the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy presented on Chautauqua Lake’s water quality improvement projects for an audience in Ashville. The presentation focused on which projects have been completed, which projects will be addressed next, and why ...

G.A. Family Services receives grant for post-adoption support

Local/Region

JAMESTOWN — The New York State Office of Children and Family Services recently awarded Jamestown’s G.A. Family Services with a $300,000 grant for post-adoption support. The funding will allow G.A. to operate as a Regional Permanency Resource Center in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, ...

Salary changes for technicians in sheriff’s office approved

Local/Region

MAYVILLE — Salary increases for technicians within the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office were approved at Wednesday's Public Safety Committee meeting. Proposed pay hikes for three technician titles are due to technology enhancements and hardships in recruiting and retaining qualified ...

Community Notebook

Local/Region

Portland Planning Board meeting set for Wednesday The Town of Portland Planning Board will hold its regular meeting Wednesday at 2 p.m. at 87 W. Main St., Brocton. Pine Valley workshops set The Pine Valley Central School Board of Education will hold work sessions on March 23, March 27 and ...

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
A man shovels his sidewalk on Second Street in the city of Dunkirk Tuesday after Winter Storm Stella dropped snow on the area.

Weather-wise, north county residents play it safe

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Keep that long underwear on. Late Monday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency across New York state, telling residents to go home and stay there until road conditions improved. All of the schools in Chautauqua County announced they’d be closed, citing safety concerns — ...

Gowanda man charged in child porn production, distribution

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BUFFALO — A Gowanda man is facing 15 to 30 years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine after he was charged with the production and distribution of child pornography. Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Shane Michael Aurand, 20, was arrested after a criminal complaint. ...

Tractor-trailer bans on Thruway, Interstate 86 lifted

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today lifted all travel and tractor trailer restrictions on roadways across New York State. The tractor trailer bans on the New York State Thruway, I-81, I-86/Rte. 17, I-87 from Albany to the Canadian border and I-88 will be lifted effective immediately. The Broome County ...

Forecast, state of emergency both factors in closings

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Winter Storm Stella shut down virtually every school across the area Tuesday, but to many people, it felt like just another day in Western New York. So why the reaction? The short answer: superintendents made the decision they thought was best with the information given to them. “Any ...

Police find Raynor at home in Sinclairville

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SINCLAIRVILLE — After fleeing from custody a week ago, Jacob M. Raynor is back in handcuffs. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from New York State Police, captured the escapee at his 9 Reed St. residence in Sinclairville on Tuesday afternoon. Raynor, 34, escaped from ...

Ripley fire victim dead

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RIPLEY — The occupant of a working garage during a fire Monday has unfortunately passed away as of Monday evening, reports Ripley Fire Department Chief Mark Smith. Ripley Fire Department was called to 10759 Route 20 at about 11 a.m. Monday morning, where the fire was quickly quelled and the ...

Gowanda picks new officer-in-charge

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GOWANDA — Dennis Feldmann answered the phone Sunday night not knowing what to expect. However, it was the phone call for his fifth and final interview before being accepted as the next officer-in-charge for the Gowanda Police Department. “Relief,” Feldmann said was his first reaction to ...

Area Police

Area police

Fredonia Police Department ¯ Bret Plucinski, 27, of Forestville, was charged with petit larceny on Feb. 25. ¯ Joseph A. Rosario, 30, of Dunkirk, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, second-degree harassment and littering on Feb. 26. ¯ Richard Banach III, 18, of ...

Area Police

Area police

Cattaraugus County Court LITTLE VALLEY — Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County district attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday: ¯ Aaron Diers, 42, of Gowanda, but currently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to a ...

Warning issued on cell phone scam

Local/Region

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn joins the Special Investigation Unit of New York State Police in warning consumers of a cell phone scam that may have impacted dozens of people. It’s called credit muling and here’s how it works: The scammer, offering you a quick way to make ...

Stella hits Binghamton hard, some in area at 2 feet

Local/Region

The worst of winter storm Stella missed New York City and Long Island, but hit much closer to the Southern Tier, according to state Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "Broome County, Southern Tier was one of the most severely hit by this storm, so we’re in the process of bringing in more National Guard and ...

Fredonia Place continues as Opera House series sponsor

Business

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House has announced Fredonia Place is sponsoring the Opera House Art & Architecture On Screen Series for a second year. “We are very excited that Fredonia Pace has agreed to sponsor our Art & Architecture On Screen series again this year,” Opera House ...