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Garage fire in Sheridan

A structure fire was reported at around 6 p.m. Saturday at 3415 Route 5, Sheridan. Upon arrival, the garage was fully engulfed in flames. Responding to the blaze were East Dunkirk Fire Department, Sheridan Fire Department, Dunkirk Fire Department, Sunset Bay Fire Department, as well as ...

WNY native responsible for iconic prop

“Friday the 13th” is the highest grossing horror franchise in the United States with inflation adjusted numbers by Box Office Mojo. The series tallied a whopping $687.1 million with the second being Nightmare on Elm Street at $592.8 million. What made Jason Voorhees, the iconic killer from ...

North County Water District breaks ground

The long-awaited North Chautauqua County Water District broke ground today in the Town of Dunkirk. This $15 million regional project will provide reliable clean water from the City of Dunkirk to the participating communities at a lower overall cost to consumers to help meet the current and ...

First Ward foot chase ends with man behind bars

A Dunkirk man is in Dunkirk City Lockup for a wide array of charges after an incident in the First Ward Tuesday night. Dunkirk Police report the incident began around 11:30 p.m. when patrol stopped a vehicle on Lake Shore Drive East near Armadillo Street for a traffic violation. The incident ...

Forestville man accused of possessing child pornography

State Police today announced the arrest of an area resident accused of having child pornography. On Sept. 28, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) arrested Robert J. Howard, 62 of Forestville, for 10 counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child (E Felony) and two counts of ...

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One-car crash in Arkwright

New York State Police, Forestville Fire Department and Chautauqua County Emergency Services responded to a one-car accident on Straight Road in the town of Arkwright around 11:15 today. Sources on the scene say the vehicle was headed east when the driver rounded a curve and lost control of the ...

Disorderly incident lands three in jail

SILVER CREEK - What started as a disturbance call resulted in three individuals being charged Saturday night. Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies responded to Central Avenue in the village of Silver Creek around 6 p.m. While deputies were investigating an incident at the location, it is ...

Clymer teacher accused of having inappropriate relations with student

CLYMER – Samanatha Dascomb, 31, of Clymer, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, after an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student while teaching at Clymer Central School. In March, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department received a complaint ...

Pedestrian hit by vehicle in parking lot

A Dunkirk resident was injured this morning after she was struck by a vehicle while walking in a parking lot. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, around 10:15 a.m. Margaret Steffan, 68, of Point Drive, was crossing the pedestrian crosswalk at Tops Market on Vineyard Drive, ...

Driver and passenger arrested on narcotics charges

BRANT — Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop near Evangola State Park. On Tuesday around 1 a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle on Route 5 in the town of Brant for vehicle and traffic violations. Their investigation ...

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Truck his pole after driver apparently has medical issue

An accident occurred in Dunkirk at approximately 2:45 p.m. when a man in a dark green pickup driving south on Main Street near the Sixth Street intersection, swerved and struck a southbound vehicle, careened into the CVS drive-through, swiped the corner of the building and crashed into a light ...

Ricker running for Fredonia trustee

Dale Ricker is announcing his intention to run for a trustee seat on the Fredonia Village Board. He has been a village resident for more than 30 years and is a retired patrolman for the Fredonia Police Department after more than 28 years of service. He is currently employed at Basil ...

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 ...

Dayton woman crashes into tree, pole

VILLENOVA - The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office was called to Flucker Hill Road in the town of Villenova early this morning for a report of an accident with injury. Deputies arrived on the scene around 12:45 a.m. and determined a vehicle driven by Ashley L. Knopf, 30, of Dayton, was ...