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Dunkirk man pleads guilty to selling cocaine

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Michael Pacheco, aka Michael Dominguez, 27, of Dunkirk, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 500 grams or more cocaine. ...

Multi-state drug bust includes Fredonia man

JAMESTOWN — A large-scale drug conspiracy that brought methamphetamine originating from Mexico into Jamestown for the past several years was exposed in several sweeping area raids. During a press conference Tuesday at City Hall in Jamestown, Joseph Karaszewski, criminal chief for the U.S. ...

Two Mayville adults receive NARCAN for overdose

MAYVILLE — Two Mayville adults were found unresponsive due to drug use Tuesday night. At about 6:55 p.m., Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence in the village of Mayville for a reported overdose. Upon arrival, Deputies located a 26-year-old male and 23-year-old ...

Ripley school budget fails to pass

The Ripley school budget again failed to pass, this time by a vote of about 106 in favor to 264 against. Board President Bob Bentley said the school board will now have to take a "serious look" with the school's finance committee at cuts to support staff, teachers and programs while it goes ...

Kitten safe after being rescued from storm drain

GOWANDA — A kitten is alive and well, after being rescued from a storm drain. On Saturday around 8:45 p.m. the Gowanda Police received a report that a kitten had fallen into a storm drain on Buffalo Street at Union Street. This kitten was trapped in the drain and could not get out. ...

Two Jamestown men indicted on drug and gun charges

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Tyler Craig Anderson, 27, and Robert Lincoln, 26, both of Jamestown, with conspiracy to make false statements to purchase firearms, which carries a maximum penalty of ...

New JCC president appointed by SUNY

The State University of New York board of trustees has approved the appointment of Daniel DeMarte as the next president of Jamestown Community College. The appointment follows a recommendation by JCC's board of trustees on May 22 to appoint DeMarte as president. DeMarte succeeds Cory ...

Man with crossbow allegedly robs, threatens family

DEWITTVILLE — Jerome A. Rogerson, 25, of Dewittville was charged with multiple crimes after being accused of robbing and threatening multiple people with a crossbow. Deputies were called to a location on Beech Hill Road Tuesday for a report of a robbery. Upon further investigation, ...

Mobile meth lab discovered during traffic stop

Two area residents are facing a slew of charges following a vehicle stop in the town of Pomfret by New York State troopers Wednesday evening that resulted in the discovery of a mobile meth lab and counterfeit money. Troopers pulled over a maroon Saturn traveling on Webster Road in the town. ...

Chautauqua Lake wins state softball title

The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds high school softball team is coming home to Western New York with a Class C state title. They beat Pine Plains, 9-3, in the final after topping Greenville, 2-0, in a semifinal Saturday in South Glens Falls. For more coverage, see Sunday's OBSERVER.

State, local officials respond to NRG repowering uncertainty

Area officials are expressing disappointment over news surrounding the uncertainty regarding the repowering of NRG. But they're remaining hopeful that issues will be ironed out to allow for the refiring to move ahead. New York State Senator Cathy Young, R-Olean, issued comments this afternoon ...

Dunkirk man pleads guilty to selling cocaine

BUFFALO — A Dunkirk man has pleaded guilty to selling cocaine locally. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Thursday that Fred Santiago, 30, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution ...

Missing Silver Creek child found

SILVER CREEK — On Wednesday afternoon around 4:35 p.m., the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office received a report of a 2-year-old male child missing from his back yard in Silver Creek. The child's mother last saw him on the back deck of their home. She stepped away momentarily to put ...

Cuomo: Allow teachers to petition judges to seize guns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to allow teachers to ask a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students. The Democrat said on Tuesday that he will introduce the idea as legislation. He acknowledged it will face criticism from Republicans. Under the ...

Saeli found guilty

Samuel Saeli was found guilty today at Chautauqua County Courthouse of second- degree kidnapping and a sexually-motivated felony. Saeli was arrested for the Aug. 14, 2016 abduction of a 13-year-old boy from the Dunkirk Walmart parking lot. Last year's trial resulted in a hung jury and his ...

Three men face drug charges

Three men are facing drug charges following a traffic stop Friday morning. At about 8:55 a.m., deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on Route 430, in the town of Chautauqua, for operating without an inspection sticker. The operator of the vehicle, who was later identified as Joshua Heilman, 19 ...

Alleged bail jumper arrested during Gowanda traffic stop

GOWANDA — A person who was wanted by two Steuben County police agencies has been appended. Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputy Miller performed a traffic stop on Buffalo Street in the Village of Gowanda early today around 12:30 a.m. While investigating the driver and ...

Naloxone used on unresponsive female

On Wednesday night at around 11:45 p.m. Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies responded to Stone Road in the town of Pomfret for a report of an unresponsive female. Upon arrival Deputies located the unresponsive female and administered Intranasal Naloxone. At that time the female victim ...

Kayaker rescued on Chautauqua Lake

CHAUTAUQUA — Water rescue crews were called to Chautauqua Lake today, near Prendergast Point, for a report of a kayaker in distress. Firefighters from Bemus Point, Chautauqua and Dewittville were called to the area of Magnolia Road around 3:10 p.m. after someone called 911 to report a person ...

Reed announces over $1 million for water district

A little over $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will go to supply water to residents in the area of Roberts Road in the town of Dunkirk. On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed announced that the town received $1.3 million in funding as part of the North County Water District ...