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Suspect in North Collins captured

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces a K9 Team and Deputies apprehended Justin Bowers at approximately 2:45 P.M. after the subject was spotted by Air-1. Earlier today, Howard reported that the Sheriff's Office was searching for 29-year-old Joshua Bowers after he fled from Deputies ...

Jamestown Police seek shooter in Sunday drive-by

JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Police Department is asking the public's help after an early morning drive-by shooting Sunday. Police are investigating the shooting, which took place after an argument in the area of 96 Falconer St. In a press release today, police said a man was shot multiple ...

Cuomo wants legalization of recreational marijuana

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his agenda for 2019 on Monday, putting the legalization of recreational marijuana and fixing New York City's crumbling subway system among his top priorities for the start of his third term. In a 45-minute speech with 32 references to Franklin D. ...

Cassadaga man leads police on high speed motorcycle chase

STOCKTON — A Cassadaga man is facing a slew of charges this morning in three different townships afer leading police on a high-speed motorcycle chase Friday night. On Friday, at approximately 10:16 p.m., Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop a motorcycle in the town of ...

Rollover in Dunkirk

Dunkirk Police and Fire departments responded to a vehicle rollover at the intersection of Central Avenue and Newton streets around 10 a.m. this morning. One person was taken to the hospital.

Multiple crash victims transported to ECMC

BRANT — Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports multiple victims were injured from a two-vehicle, head-on collision Monday night along Route 438 on the Seneca Nation of Indians' territory. Deputies were dispatched at 8:07 P.M. When they arrived at the scene, they observed two heavily ...

Jamestown man jailed for allegedly assaulting a woman

HANOVER — A Jamestown man has been jailed for allegedly assaulting a woman Sunday night, sending her to the hospital. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, around 11 p.m. deputies were called to an address in the town of Hanover for a physical altercation. It is alleged that ...

Car hits porch in Fredonia

OBSERVER Photo by J.M. Lesinski A car hit a porch near the corner of Houghton and Seymour streets in Fredonia Sunday night about 10 p.m., causing damage. An officer at the scene said the car's driver was arrested. No other information was immediately available.

Mobile home in Ellery destroyed by fire

ELLERY — A family of four needs the community's help after their home was destroyed this morning by fire. Firefighters from five area volunteer departments responded to a fire around 9:15 a.m. Friday at 42 Second St. in the High Acres Mobile Home Back in Ellery. Witnesses reported seeing ...

Cuomo urges caution as lake effect snow moves across region

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers in Western New York, the Finger Lakes and the North Country to prepare for lake-effect snow moving across the state today into Friday. New Yorkers in these upstate regions should expect to see bands of lake-effect snow extending along a line from ...

ARREST MADE IN 2008 MURDER

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announced today that 31-year old Rance "Randy" Freeman, Jr., has been indicted for the November 2008 murder of Jeffrey Johnson. Freeman was arraigned today in Chautauqua County Court on a ...

Clymer-Sherman-Panama wins Class D Football Championship

SYRACUSE — The Clymer-Sherman-Panama Wolfpack completed their dream season in style today, winning the Class D state championship wtih a 26-6 victory over Moriah at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. CSP’s defense held Moriah scoreless until midway into the fourth quarter, including only 89 ...

Forestville pair accused of heroin possession

BRANT — Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports two Forestville residents were arrested Monday for alleged heroin possession following an investigation into a suspicious vehicle report. Deputies Mosier and Schenfield were called around 2:50 p.m. by Seneca Nation of Indian Marshals for ...

Park wins Villenova seat on absentee ballots

A 13-4 advantage in absentee ballots has led to Yvonne Park winning the seat on the Villenova Town Board. The results were announced this afternoon by the Board of Elections. Before the absentee tallies both Park and John Dudley Robinson Sr. recorded 190 votes each. Each candidate also ...

Brocton family escapes fire scare

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward A fire broke out at Lot 14 in New Horizon’s Mobile Home Park on Saturday in Brocton around 9:40 p.m. The occupants of the house escaped safely. The residents believe the cause of the fire was electrical. Brocton Fire Department and and Portland Fire ...

Cassadaga man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Daniel Villafane-Lozada, 23, of Cassadaga, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in ...

County reminds residents about precautions during winter storm

MAYVILLE — With Chautauqua County expected to receive snow, sleet and freezing rain this week, Chautauqua County Officials are reminding residents to please use caution. The National Weather Service in Buffalo currently has a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Chautauqua and Southern ...

Dunkirk man sentenced for selling cocaine

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Fred Santiago, 30, of Dunkirk, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, five kilograms or more of cocaine, was sentenced to serve 5 years and 10 months in prison by Chief U.S. District ...

New Era Cap may close Derby plant

DERBY — New Era Cap Company may close its plant in the town of Evans. The company issued a statement today, explaining its decision. The full statement is below: Today, New Era Cap Co. notified the Communications Workers of America (CWA) that it is considering the discontinuation of ...

Name released in weekend fatal accident

ELLIOTT — The name of the man who was killed over the weekend in a motor vehicle accident on Route 60 has been released. According to police, Peter Tarbrake, 65, of Cassadaga died Saturday in an accident near VanCobb Road in the town of Ellicott. His vehicle, which was headed south, ...