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Man falls through roof, expected to be OK

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OBSERVER Photo by J.M. Lesinski A man working on the roof of the old True Temper building, behind Dunkirk House & Supply on Route 5, fell 20 feet through the warehouse roof around 11 a.m. Thursday. The man, whose name is not known at this time, was still able to talk at the scene of the ...

Two males, 16-year-old female facing drugs charges

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BROCTON — On March 13 at about 2:04 p.m., sheriffs deputies and members of the New York State Police checked for a subject that was wanted on an arrest warrant at 14 John St. in the village of Brocton. The investigation lead to the arrest of a 16-year-old female on an outstanding arrest ...

North Collins Police Department releases February numbers

Local/Region

NORTH COLLINS — In February, North Collins police Officers were on duty for 123 hours. There were a total of 39 requests for police, including two suspicious vehicle complaints, one vehicle lockout, one assist to another police department, one assist to EMS, one funeral detail and four ...

Phone scammers posing as deputies at it again

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Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces another phone scam is spreading across the area with caller posing as representatives from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives have received reports that phone scammers are calling area residents trying to obtain personal information ...

CCE-Chautauqua announces upcoming LEAF workshops

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JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program has announced the next three workshops in its very popular LEAF (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Educational programming. This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., “Raising Meat Chickens” will be the topic ...

Giglio, Bargar won’t seek open state Senate seat

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State Assemblyman Joseph Giglio said he will not seek the state Senate seat recently vacated by Cathy Young. The Salamanca Press said the Republican has taken himself out of the running for the 57th Senate District. Giglio represents Cattaraugus, Allegany and parts of Steuben counties in the ...

STEM wars helps students demonstrate manufacturing skills

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JAMESTOWN — More than 900 middle and high school students met at Jamestown Community College's Physical Education Complex to demonstrate their skills to manufacturers at the annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Wars. Twenty-three schools took part in the event held ...

Mother of murder victim speaks out

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MAYVILLE — The mother of William Michishima — the Jamestown man who was shot and killed in July of last year — said she's hoping to see justice for her son. Jessie Michishima has attended the first two days of the second-degree murder trial of David Waggoner, though she's not sure ...

SUNY Fredonia students find fun in math education

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Middle school to graduate students and even a few professors, puzzled over math problems in a lecture hall at the SUNY Fredonia campus March 7. Their goal? Find out which professor “killed” student Michelle Persaud, where and with what. “It’s our 19th consecutive year celebrating Pi ...

No JROTC for Fredonia

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It appears a Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program will not be happening soon at Fredonia Central Schools. High School Principal Darrin Paschke presented what he found in response to community inquiries about starting a JROTC program in the district. Paschke did not have good news ...

D’Angelo retiring, change order passed at Hanover meeting

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HANOVER — Highway Superintendent Steven D’Angelo made a brief, but stirring announcement to the Hanover town board at their latest meeting Monday. “I’d like to announce to the town board that I will not be seeking re-election for highway superintendent,” D’Angelo stated at the start ...

Republican Party endorses Borrello

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Another day, another endorsement. Less than 24 hours after the Conservative Party endorsed current County Executive George Borrello for the New York State Senate, the Republican Party has followed suit as it put its support behind Borrello Wednesday. “We had an executive committee and ...

Statements, witnesses describe summer shooting death

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MAYVILLE — Despite never uttering the words “self defense,” Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone made it clear during the first day of trial that his client David Waggoner believes he was justified when he shot and killed a Jamestown man last year. Opening statements were made ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Brocton Preceptor Beta Epsilon Sorority plans Towel Bingo Sunday The ladies of the Brocton Preceptor Beta Epsilon Sorority are once again sponsoring a fun afternoon of “TOWEL BINGO” at the Brocton American Legion Post 434, 110 W. Main St. on Sunday, March 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Prizes ...

Area Police

Area police

New York State Police ≤ ELLICOTT — On March 12, troopers responded to a report of a reckless driver and stopped the suspected vehicle on Interstate 86 at Exit 12. Sarah Hallberg, 56, of Lakewood, was arrested for aggravated DWI after allegedly failing several SFSTs and was transported ...

Lake Erie ‘Mountain’ of Snow from Point Gratiot

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Submitted Photo by John Sipos When the outside temperature was 14 degrees on Tuesday afternoon, and the strong winds were blowing across the lake, the Lake Erie “mountain” of snow was a winter scene to remember. This has been the tenth consecutive day of snow in this area. The photograph ...