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Man charged after dogs locked in car for 20-plus hours

MAYVILLE — A Sherman man is facing a number of charges after sheriff's deputies responded to the report of a dog and three puppies locked in a car for a minimum of 20 hours. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office was called to a location in the village of Mayville and located the vehicle in ...

New meth lab discovered at same Forestville address

FORESTVILLE — For the second time in less than two weeks, arrests were made following the discovery of a methamphetamine lab at the same Forestville residence. Tinesha G. Kenny, 28, of Forestville was arrested on Thursday by Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies on an outstanding arrest ...

Limo on way to birthday party blows stop sign; 20 killed

SCHOHARIE (AP) — A limousine on its way to a birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and plowed into a parked but unoccupied SUV, killing all 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians in the deadliest U.S. transportation accident in almost a decade, officials and a relative of ...

Dunkirk, Fredonia both stay undefeated in football

Dunkirk and Fredonia both were victorious tonight. That means the two teams will both be undefeated when they meet next Friday. Check out all our scores on our Twitter feed. https://twitter.com/TheObserverNY

Actress and alumna Mary McDonnell to return to Fredonia

The State University of New York at Fredonia will welcome two-time Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominated actress Mary McDonnell, Fredonia Class of '74, back to campus on Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 19-21. She will join Department of Theatre and Dance Associate Professor Jessica Hillman-McCord ...

Hunter pleads guilty in 2017 shooting death of Sherman woman

MAYVILLE — Thomas Jadlowski, the Sherman man who told police he thought he saw a deer when he fatally shot his neighbor in November 2017, has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide. The plea deal was accepted today in Chautauqua County Court in front of Judge David Foley. Jadlowski ...

Route 20 in Fredonia named for U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Gollnitz

Senator Catharine Young announced today that State Route 20 in the Village of Fredonia will be renamed the "Sergeant Jonathan Gollnitz Memorial Highway." Senator Young sponsored legislation in the state Senate and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, sponsored legislation in the state Assembly renaming ...

Demolition underway after fire destroys vacant home

A vacant city home destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning is being demolished today. Pierce Services is currently onsite leveling the remnants of the two-story structure, located at 93 Marsden St., that caught fire Tuesday morning. Faulty electrical wiring is to blame for the blaze, according to ...

Name released in motorcycle crash

FORESTVILLE — The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the individual involved in Sunday night's motorcycle accident. According to deputies, John Sausner Jr., 54, of Forestville, traveling south on Creek Road in the town of Hanover Sunday around 8:20 p.m. when he ...

Arrest made following discovery of meth lab in Forestville

FORESTVILLE — A Forestville man was arrested today for alleged meth lab in his garage. On Sept. 17 the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team investigated a methamphetamine lab ...

Jamestown man in custody after 12-hour standoff

JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man has been taken into custody after a 12-hour standoff today. Jamestown police say 28-year-old Nick Brown barricaded himself in a home on Spring Street Extension around 3 a.m. with a 9-year-old child inside. Around 2:15 p.m. police entered the home and took Brown ...

Helicopter called in for motorcycle accident in Forestville

FORESTVILLE — A helicopter has been called following a motorcycle accident in Forestville this evening. Reports state that the accident occurred just before 8:30 p.m. on Creek Road. Initial reports stated that the rider was not moving. Information regarding the extant of the rider's ...

Dunkirk tops Newfane, 30-6

NEWFANE — The Dunkirk Marauders remain perfect following a 30-6 victory over Newfane Saturday afternoon in high school football action. Quantavis Kleckley rushed for more than 200 yards to lead the charge. For complete game coverage, see Sunday's edition of the OBSERVER.

Busti woman charged with manslaughter after body found in April

RANDOLPH — A Busti woman has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a man found in April in Cattaraugus County. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation out of Jamestown arrested Marylou Johnson, 73, Friday for second-degree for manslaughter, second-degree vehicular ...

Two vehicles collide on Route 60, Fredonia

Today at 2:54 p.m., a Dodge Durango was heading south on Route 60 when it was struck by another vehicle traveling east on Straight Road in Fredonia. Fredonia Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the accident and were assisted by New York State Police. The driver of the vehicle traveling on ...

Dunkirk, Jamestown land grants for Brownfield Opportunity Area

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the designation of two new Brownfield Opportunity Areas in Dunkirk and Jamestown in Chautauqua County. The designations cover more than 1,200 acres of neglected, dormant and blighted properties in the two communities and help the localities implement ...

Jamestown man sentenced for food stamp fraud

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Tuesday that Joseph M. Gullotti, 57, of Jamestown, who was convicted of food stamp benefits fraud, was sentenced to six months home detention by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The defendant was also ordered to pay $173,515 in ...

Man wanted for murder in Massachusetts captured in Dunkirk

Officers of the Dunkirk Police Department, assisted by agents of the U.S. Marshall's office, apprehended Kennie Mota-Cruz, 25 on Wednesday. It was discovered Mota-Cruz was staying in Dunkirk and was wanted by authorities in Worcester, Massachusetts, on an Assault to Murder charge along with ...

Portion of Route 5 closed due to accident

Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk is closed this afternoon after a vehicle veered off the road and struck a utility pole. Emergency responders were called to the scene just after 1 p.m. for the report of a motor vehicle accident with possible injury. Responders arrived on scene to find a Chevy ...