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‘Voices with Glory’ class offered in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — The Community Education division of the Silver Creek Central School District is pleased to offer a six-session “Voices with Glory” class with Sondra Holland, a New York state-certified vocal teacher, on Mondays from Feb. 26 through April 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Elementary ...

Car accident on I-90 has resulted in one fatality and four injuries.

Fatal accident occurs on I-90

PORTLAND — A 3-car accident Tuesday evening on the I-90 has resulted in one fatality and 4 injuries. The accident occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m. The vehicles involved appeared to be a Jeep, car and oil tanker. There are no signs of an oil spill. Multiple agencies are on scene and more ...

UPDATE: Fatal accident on I-90

The New York State Thruway Authority has issued the following notice on Twitter: Injury accident: EB on I-90 Exit 60-Exit 59: All lanes blocked; all traffic must exit at Westfield and follow posted detour.

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Update: woman perishes in Dunkirk fire

One elderly female was found dead at a structure fire at 35 Crooked Brook Drive in the city of Dunkirk on Friday. The fire was called out at 2:31 p.m., and as firefighters arrived on scene, they were alerted by a resident that there was a person with burns inside the structure. Firefighters ...

Ripley Superintendent resigns

Ripley Superintendent Lauren Ormsby resigned from her position following months of controversy between administration and teachers union. The board of education approved the resignation during a board meeting on Thursday. See complete details in Friday's OBSERVER.

No winners in sports comparison

Sports analogies are overused and, logically speaking, often very weak. This is because, like so few other things in life besides math and sudoku, athletic competition has a definite bottom line. The result is unequivocal (poor refereeing notwithstanding). Somebody wins, somebody loses or ...

Carroll landfill battle appeal upheld

ROCHESTER — The company seeking to expand a landfill in the town of Carroll can continue as a party to the challenge of a 2007 town of Carroll law regulating landfills in the town. A Chautauqua County Supreme Court decision allowing Sealand Waste LLC to intervene as a plaintiff in ...

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The prosecution led by District Attorney Patrick Swanson exit the courtroom following proceedings Tuesday.

HAFFA FOUND NOT GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

MAYVILLE — A Cheektowaga man has been found not guilty of attempted murder of a Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy following deliberations in County Court. Justin Haffa was acquitted on charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery and aggravated assault. He was found ...

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Klubek resigns as Gowanda superintendent

GOWANDA — For the past couple weeks, the absence of Gowanda Superintendent James Klubek has been commented as use of vacation and personal matter, with no word on the bad timing as he headed the $41.5 million capital project. Gowanda Board of Education President Cynthia Sutherland confirmed ...

Defense concludes summation in Haffa trial

Summation is continuing this afternoon in the Justin Haffa trial, the Cheektowaga resident accused of attempted murder of a Sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret. Public Defender Ned Barone has concluded the defense's summations. He said evidence lacks in ...

Prosecution rests in Haffa case

During the prosecution's closing statements, District Attorney Patrick Swanson said it's clear with the evidence that justice demands a guilty verdict on all three counts against Justin Haffa. Swanson noted during summation that witness testimony of the Sept.11, 2016 incident matches what ...

No verdict yet in Haffa case

Deliberations in the Justin Haffa attempted murder case will continue Wednesday after the Honorable David Foley recessed the jury around 6 p.m. Tuesday. For complete story, see Wednesday's edition of the OBSERVER.

Dave predicts early spring

Dunkirk Dave did not disappoint this morning. The famous Western New York groundhog did not see his shadow, which means an early spring. On hand for the prediction was Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul as well as the city Mayor Wilfred Rosas, town Supervisor Richard Purol and George Borrello, county ...

Gowanda awarded $200,000 to redevelop brownfields

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state has provided $2 million in Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program grants for 13 communities across the state, one of which is Gowanda. The program provides resources to develop data-driven revitalization strategies for economically distressed ...

Power restored in Mayville, Ellery area

MAYVILLE — National Grid has announced that power has now been restored for the more than 1,000 customers in the Hartfield, Dewittville, Maple Springs and Ellery areas who were without power Tuesday. With the power back on, the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services reminds ...

Police ask for assistance in pellet/bb gun incidents

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigation numerous incidents in the past couple weeks of windows in vehicles and residences being shot at with what appears to be a bb or pellet gun. Most of the incidents are happening in the overnight hours and have occurred in the Portland, ...

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No injuries in bus, car accident

There were no injuries reported in a bus car accident Tuesday afternoon. According to Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards, eight students were on the bus from Buffalo Hearing & Speech program at Wheelock school when the bus collided with a vehicle at the corner of Doughty and Hoyt streets in ...

UPDATE: Maple Springs shelter closed

At 10:22 p.m. Tuesday, an alert read, "For National Grid customers effected by power outage, the Maple Springs shelter is closed. A Red Cross shelter is located in Mayville at 24 East Chautauqua Street and will be open all night.. The 24/7 phone number is 716-878-2353."

Towns of Ellery, Chautauqua without power

The towns of Ellery and Chautauqua were left without power Tuesday afternoon. Following is a statement released by Sheriff Joe Gerace. "This afternoon National Grid was performing service on a substation in the town of Ellery which led to a failure at that substation that has left 1,451 ...