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Charlotte man charged in Sunday altercation

CHARLOTTE --Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies responded to an altercation in the town on Sunday afternoon around 4. Upon arrival and investigation it was found that Michael P. Austin, 40, of Charlotte had obstructed the breathing of an individual during an altercation. Austin was charged ...

UPDATE: Police identify man killed in crash with train

The New York State Police is continuing its investigation into a crash involving a train that killed a 63-year-old Dunkirk man late Monday morning. The collision between a CSX train hauling three tankers and a pickup truck occurred on Temple Road, between Route 5 and Willow Road, in the ...

County reports 3 new virus-related deaths, 40 new cases

Three new virus-related deaths, along with 40 new COVID cases, were reported Monday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. The information is from Friday through Sunday. To date there have been 152 virus-related deaths and 8,978 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Chautauqua County. ...

Capacity restrictions to be lifted on restaurants, offices, gyms

NEW YORK (AP) — Capacity restrictions on businesses — including restaurants, offices, beauty salons, gyms — will be lifted in New York and its neighboring states of New Jersey and Connecticut on May 19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Businesses in New York will still be required to ...

Woman tied to Jamestown meth ring sentenced to 5 years in prison

A 26-year-old New Jersey woman was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in a "major Jamestown area methamphetamine ring," the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday. Alexis Hall was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo following a conviction on conspiring to ...

State DEC highlights benefits of composting during week

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that New York State Compost Awareness Week begins today. Compost Awareness Week raises awareness statewide of the environmental benefits of composting. Recycling food scraps, grass, leaves, yard clippings, and other ...

Western New York positivity rates remain high; state at low point

New York state continues to trend downward. In the latest update from the state regarding COVID-19, the positivity rate fell below 1.5% for the first time since October. Western New York, however, continued to have the highest rates over seven days at 3.38%. Even the New York City boroughs had ...

Positivity rate decreases; region lags in vaccinations

Statewide positivity rate reached its lowest point since early November at 1.60%. "The numbers are all trending in the right direction, and as a result we're able to open the valves on our reopening even more and increase capacity for different industries," Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported ...

Fredonia falls to C/S/P in football finale

SHERMAN — Clymer/Sherman/Panama had a somewhat convoluted path to Class C's No. 1 seed heading into Saturday afternoon's game. Beat Fredonia. Win by at least 20 points. And hold the Hillbillies to fewer than six points. Check. Check. And check. John Swabik scored a pair of ...

Silver Creek/Forestville misses Class D postseason

SILVER CREEK — Franklinville/Ellicottville wrapped up the No. 1 seed for the Section VI Class D playoffs with a 50-13 victory over Silver Creek/Forestville on Saturday afternoon. The Titans (5-0, 5-0) led 36-0 at halftime to lock up a home game Friday against No. 4 Randolph. No. 3 Salamanca ...

Winning TAKE 5 ticket sold in West Ellicott

A winning TAKE 5 ticket worth $30,511 was sold at Wegmans on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott. The New York Lottery on Friday announced there were multiple top-prize winning tickets sold for the Apr 29 TAKE 5 drawing. The other winning ticket was sold in Manhattan. TAKE 5 numbers are ...

County nears 9K confirmed cases of COVID

Chautauqua County is closing in on 9,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 24 new cases reported Friday. To date there have been 8,938 confirmed cases of the virus locally. Of the new cases, 13 were recorded in the Jamestown zip code, two each in Ashville and Sherman and one each in Dunkirk, ...

Dunkirk making plans for Fourth of July fireworks

Dunkirk appears to be ready to bring back the Fourth of July fireworks this summer. In a resolution that will come before Common Council on Tuesday, the city is proposing paying Starfire Corp. $30,000 for the fireworks show for July 4 with a rain date of July 5. The cost for the display will ...

Pa. man sentenced to decade in prison on meth charge

The discovery of methamphetamine — along with ecstasy pills, a gun and cash — during a traffic stop in 2019 has netted a Pennsylvania man a 10-year prison sentence. Jerry J. Roneker Jr., 43, of Corry, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo on a conviction of ...

Michigan men plead guilty to high-speed chase, evading checkpoint

Two Michigan men nabbed near Dunkirk have entered a guilty plea in a high-speed chase from an immigration checkpoint. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Donyell Williams, 26, and Johnny Greer, 19, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr.The charge ...

Power outages reported in south county

Downed trees are being reported across the south county this afternoon, resulting in power outages to more than 2,000 customers. The most significant outage appears to be in the Lakewood, Busti and Ellery areas — with 1,911 customers impacted, according to National Grid's Power Outage ...

Silver Creek meeting to focus on recent mischief

SILVER CREEK -- Recent reported incidents of vandalism in the village has led to a call for action that seeks the input of residents. On Monday, the village of Silver Creek and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office have scheduled an informational town hall type meeting at 6 p.m. at the ...

COVID cases climb by 31; another death noted

There was some good news in regard to Thursday's updated COVID-19 numbers from the Chautauqua County Health Department. According to the Centers of Disease Control, the level of transmission of the virus has been downgraded from high to substantial. The bad news, however, was a new death, an ...

Cuomo To Lift Food, Beverage Service Curfew

The state's 12 a.m. food and beverage service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining areas beginning May 17 and for indoor dining areas beginning May 31. The announcement came before state legislators were expected to take up legislation ending Cuomo's directive that diners must purchase ...

Legislature Repeals Cuomo’s Order Requiring Food Purchase With Alcohol

Those who want an alcoholic beverage in New York state no longer have to order food. The state Legislature on Wednesday approved resolutions to portions of a series of executive orders issued by the governor over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The votes came 54 days too late for state ...