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Teen who died in Dunkirk was reportedly a runaway from Auburn

A teenager who died over the weekend in Brooks Memorial Hospital was reportedly a runaway from a facility 170 miles away. According to Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano, on Saturday, a teenager was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital. The individuals who brought her to the hospital left. ...

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Amber Alert issued for Cattaraugus County missing girl

LYNDON — The New York State Police Machias has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a child abduction that occurred near Shady Lane, in Lyndon, New York at about 5 a.m. today. McKenzie R. Wilson is a white female, approximately 12 years 10 months old with strait, ...

Robert Schwertfager

Robert Schwertfager

Robert D. Schwertfager Swede, age 84, of Fredonia, N.Y., passed away peacefully and quietly in the arms of his loving wife and daughter at Brooks Memorial Hospital after a brief illness early Saturday evening, May 20, 2017. Bob was born on August 20, 1932 in Dunkirk to the late Walter and ...

Man in Portland revived by Narcan

An unresponsive male was revived by Narcan earlier today. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, at around 2:45 a.m. deputies responded to a residence in Portland, for an unresponsive male. Prior to Emergency Medical Services' arrival deputies administered Narcan, which is used ...

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Pictured are 2016-2017 Academy for Dairy Executives participants. They are, from left, Jason Karszes, Cornell Pro-Dairy Farm Management Specialist; Dan and Anna Crowell, owners/managers of R&D Crowell Farms, LLC; Julia Olmstead, owner/manager of Mid-Knight Dairy, LLC; and Lisa Kempisty, Dairy Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County.

Local farm managers participate in Academy of Dairy Executives

JAMESTOWN — The Academy for Dairy Executives was held in Western New York during the winter of 2016-2017 to provide young farmers with the opportunity to improve their management skills. Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators in Chautauqua and Erie counties, specialists with the Northwest ...

Submitted Photo: “Gifted” stars Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace.

Opera House screen ‘Gifted’

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the touching film “Gifted.” It will be screened on Saturday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. To honor teachers and the work they do, the Opera House is offering special discounted tickets for all teachers at both ...

Boil order for Brocton is lifted

The boil water advisory for the village of Brocton has been lifted. It is no longer necessary to boil water before using. Two rounds of bacteria sampling has shown that the water is satisfactory for human consumption.

Eden man arraigned on murder indictment in death of mother

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 49-year-old Wayne Kozak of Eden has been arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski on an indictment charging him with Murder in the Second Degree for the death of his mother. At 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, Eden ...

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Dunkirk tennis honors seniors

Submitted Photo Pictured are the Dunkirk Marauders tennis team’s seniors, who were recently honored on Senior Night. They are, from left, Michael Burt, Lucas Gens, Chet Baron, Teagan Raynor, Andrew Vetter, Max Condoyannis, Joshua Saye, Brandon Katta and Israel Navarro.

Dunkirk couple arrested on cocaine charges

BUFFALO — Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today Minerva Maestre, 49, and Hector Mercado-Torres, 23, both of Dunkirk, were arrested and charged by complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine; and maintaining ...

Bemus Point man accused of pointing pistol at several individuals

ELLERY — A Bemus Point man was arrested after he allegedly pointed a gun at several individuals. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, around 1:30 a.m. this morning deputies were called to 3041 Rt. 430 in the Town of Ellery for a report of a male with a weapon. After a ...

Submitted Photo: Pictured are All-SUNYAC selections Katie Yudin, left, and Lauren Pixley.

Top rookie Yudin, Pixley make All-SUNYAC

CORTLAND — Two Fredonia Blue Devils, including a top freshman, have been chosen to the 2017 SUNYAC Softball All-Conference Team. Katie Yudin, a freshman, made the First Team as a utility player while junior Lauren Pixley was chosen as a Second Team outfielder. Yudin also became the third ...

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Kevin James, Robert Klein join Lucille Ball Comedy Festival line-up

JAMESTOWN — The National Comedy Center has announced that Kevin James, Robert Klein and more will join Jim Gaffigan in Jamestown, NY during the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, August 3-6. Tickets will go on pre-sale to members on May 16th, and on sale to the public May 23rd at ...

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Cassadaga Valley Central School Business Administrator Deb McAvoy presents her last proposed district budget at Monday’s budget hearing after 20 years as the district’s business administrator.

Cassadaga Valley proposes no increase in budget

SINCLAIRVILLE — On Monday, the Cassadaga Valley Central School District presented a proposed $21,110,257 budget that presented no tax levy increase for the residents of the school district at its annual budget hearing. Keeping the levy the same as the 2015-16 and 2016-17 levies, at ...

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Pets perish in fire

SHERIDAN — A washer/dryer fire left a home at 10128 Creek Road in Sheridan resulted in no injuries, but the loss of a family cat and dog today. The Sheridan Fire Department was called out to the residence at about 9:30 a.m., and was on still there as the OBSERVER left the scene at 11 ...

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Tractor trailer rollover temporarily closes Route 60

GERRY — Route 60 from County Route 380 to Sinclair Drive was closed for approximately four hours today after a tractor-trailer rollover. Around 5:45 a.m. Zachary Frazier, 28, of Ellington, was traveling southbound in a Chevy four-door vehicle in the town of Gerry when he crossed into the ...

Reed announces additional funding for Barcelona breakwall repairs

WESTFIELD — Congressman Tom Reed announced the release of $150,000 in additional federal funds to help repair the breakwall at Barcelona Harbor in Westfield. The funding was approved by the Appropriations Committee. "We care about making sure that we meet the needs of the individuals who ...

Gowanda, Lake Shore, Silver Creek schools land Impact aid

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced their successful fight to increase federal funding for the Impact Aid Program by $23 million, bringing total funding for the program to $1.3 billion. The Impact Aid program is a federal program designed to supplement ...

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Newly appointed Fredonia Village Attorney Todd Thomas (right) recites his oath of office given to him by Village Administrator Richard St. George at Monday’s village board meeting.

Fredonia Village Board appoints new attorney

After more than four months with a vacant seat, the village of Fredonia officially has a new attorney in place. The village board on Monday unanimously appointed Todd M. Thomas of Jamestown to the position, at an annual salary of $40,000 with no benefits except the New York State Employees ...