Frewsburg man accused of neglecting dogs


A Frewsburg man has been taken into custody for not properly caring for his dogs. According to State Police, on Wednesday, Troopers charged Thomas C. Wallace, 26, with two counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals/failure to provide proper sustenance. The troopers responded to ...

Evans approves waterfront rezoning plan


ANGOLA — A 10-month process for a waterfront rezoning plan has been approved in the town of Evans, but there was plenty of sentiment against it. About 25 residents showed up for the public hearing Wednesday for the rezoning of 17 properties to mixed use waterfront. Absent from the ...

Sinclairville man facing numerous drug charges


SHERIDAN — A Sinclairville man is behind bars after being pulled over Thursday evening on an outstanding warrant and 20 grams of methampthetamine were found in his vehicle. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies report the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, and the Village of Fredonia ...

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Deliberation underway in kidnapping case

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MAYVILLE - Jury deliberation is underway in an alleged kidnapping case dating back to last year. Jurors heard closing arguments in the case that alleges Samuel Saeli kidnapped a 13-year-old autistic boy from Walmart on the evening of Aug.14,2016. Saeli, 38, is facing a second-degree ...

Injuries reported in afternoon city stabbing

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A stabbing in the area of East Sixth and Deer streets has led to at least two injuries this afternoon. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. and Dunkirk Police were on the scene shortly thereafter. Charges are expected in the incident, but police have not released any information as of 6 p.m. ...

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Rep. Tom Reed discusses tax, immigration and trade policies with local farmers at the Grape Discovery Center Wednesday.

Reed talks taxes, immigration, trade with local farmers

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WESTFIELD — With a grape vineyard as the back drop, Congressman Tom Reed hashed out future policies on the tax code, immigration and trade agreements with local farmers Wednesday at the Grape Discovery Center. Reed spoke on simplifying the tax code, securing a steady workforce as well as ...

Hall is winner in Hanover justice race

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With absentee votes tallied, Hanover Town Justice candidate Phillip Hall is still the top vote getter. As a result, he will appear on the Republican line in the Nov. 7 general election. The Chautauqua County Board of Elections counted absentee ballots following primaries held Sept 12. ...

Harvey won’t set back regional waterline

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Hurricane Harvey’s impact could have struck closer to home, but luckily for one project, the order went in before the storm. The North Chautauqua County Water District recently awarded the regional waterline contract to Kandey Company Inc. of West Seneca for completion within 180 days. ...

Community Notebook

Community Notebook

Chautauqua Leadership Network Celebrates 25 Years Chautauqua Leadership Network will be celebrating its 25th anniversary of training and developing community leaders. The celebration will take place at 21 Brix in Ripley this Saturday. The event will be from 7-10 p.m. There will be a “Best ...

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Area police

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office ≤ GERRY — Christopher A. Cross, 34, of Warren, Pa., was charged Tuesday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and speed in zone. At about 2 a.m., deputies stopped Cross in his vehicle on Route 60 for speeding. A brief ...

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The Fredonia Presbyterian Church is seeking small packages of personal health supplies that are of incredible value to someone who is stranded in a shelter.

Fredonia Presbyterian Church collecting hygiene kits


The Fredonia Presbyterian Church is collecting hygiene kits to be delivered to victims of the recent hurricanes. Hygiene kits are small packages of personal health supplies that are of incredible value to someone who is stranded in a shelter. Simple things like a washcloth and towel, soap, ...

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Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, left, visits Northern Chautauqua Catholic School and first-year Principal Jenny Tilaro, right.

Rosas welcomes new Catholic School principal


City of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas and new Northern Chautauqua Catholic School (NCCS) Principal Jenny Tilaro are working together to promote youth education and provide support to the Hispanic community in Dunkirk and the local region. Mayor Rosas personally welcomed Tilaro to Dunkirk at ...

NYSUT endorses Gallant in 2018 for Congress


ALBANY — New York State United Teachers announced its unanimous endorsement of Rick Gallant, a veteran public school teacher and coach, in his bid for New York’s 23rd congressional seat. Gallant, whose endorsement was issued by NYSUT’s Board of Directors, has worked in the ...

WMH Auxiliary annual meeting Sept. 26


Westfield Memorial Hospital Regional Auxiliary will hold its annual meeting next Tuesday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church at 252 E. Main St., Westfield. Dinner will be provided by the Auxiliary Board members. The business meeting will include election ...

Grape Discovery Center to hold 4th Annual Blessing of the Grapes


The Grape Discovery Center will hold its Fourth Annual Blessing of the Grapes this Saturday. Reverend Virgina Carr, of St. Peters Episcopal Church in Westfield, will begin the service at 1 p.m. sharp on the Steve Baran Memorial Patio. A reception will follow the service where 13 years of the ...

The Resource Center to hold Arts and Crafts Show today, Friday


The Resource Center Day Program will hold an arts and crafts show today and Friday featuring items made by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event will be held in TRC’s facility at 186 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and ...

New online campus calendar makes it easy to find events at Fredonia


The Department of Marketing and Communications at the State University of New York at Fredonia has established a new, robust online campus calendar for the university website. “Events @ Fredonia” is live at A year of planning, set-up, and configuration has ...

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A Carly’s Club fundraiser will take place this Saturday at Rookies on the Lake from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Internationally known musicians Sarah McLachlan (top left), Lady Antebellum (above) and Kelsea Ballerini (top right) will have autographed guitars that will be part of a number of raffles.  Pictured with the musicians is Rick Kozlowski, coordinator for the Gifts of Love and Hope.

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There are some big names taking part in a fundraiser for Carly’s Club in Dunkirk this Saturday. Rick Kozlowski, coordinator for the Gifts of Love and Hope, said the event will take place from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Rookies on the Lake on Lake Shore Drive. One hundred percent of the proceeds go ...

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Prosecution believes kidnapping was sexually motivated

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MAYVILLE — Along with a kidnapping allegation, prosecutors are also pursuing a sexually-motivated felony against Samuel Saeli, the Dunkirk man who allegedly abducted a 13-year-old boy last year. Prosecutors believe Saeli kidnapped the boy for sexual gratification, and they say there’s ...