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Texas cold, outages driving up fuel costs

Since Monday, the national gas price average has increased seven cents to $2.58 per gallon, according to the AAA. In Chautauqua County, the price is closer to $2.68 per gallon. This quick four-day jump is a direct result of all major Gulf Coast refineries being impacted by the recent storm, ...

Alleged harassment via fake Facebook accounts nets charge for Dunkirk man

WESTFIELD — A Dunkirk man who police say created a dozen fake Facebook accounts to, among other things, harass another person was charged this week. The Westfield Police Department received word Dec. 15 that 45-year-old Mark R. Yerico was allegedly creating fake accounts on the popular ...

NASA rover lands on Mars to look for signs of ancient life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA rover streaked through the orange Martian sky and landed on the planet Thursday, accomplishing the riskiest step yet in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on Mars. Ground controllers at the space agency's Jet ...

New COVID cases continue to show decline

Virus cases continue to show a decline in Western New York. On Wednesday, 24 new COVID-19 cases -- with 10 in Jamestown -- were reported by the Chautauqua County Health Department. In all, there have been 7,335 total cases with 7,019 recoveries. Thirteen are hospitalized and 135 cases are ...

State loosens restrictions on entertainment centers, parks

State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement can open with a 25 percent capacity limit beginning Friday, March 26. Outdoor amusement parks can open with a 33 percent capacity limit beginning Friday, April 9. All facilities must submit ...

Crippling weather hampers vaccine deliveries, distribution

ATLANTA (AP) — The icy blast across much of the U.S. injected more confusion and frustration into the nation's COVID-19 vaccination drive Wednesday just when it was gathering speed, snarling vaccine deliveries and forcing the cancellation of countless shots around the country. Across a ...

Democrat says Cuomo is smearing him to distract his critics

ALBANY (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to "destroy" him during a private phone call last week for criticizing his handling of COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes. Cuomo, who has long had a reputation for playing rough in politics, denied the allegation ...

Suspicious vehicle report leads to drug possession charges for pair

BROCTON — A suspicious vehicle report led to the discovery of methamphetamine, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office announced. Deputies were alerted around 1 a.m. Monday to the vehicle on Fay Street in the village of Brocton. The occupants were identified as 38-year-old Arhur C. Link and ...

Traffic stop leads to slew of drug charges for Cassadaga man

GERRY — A Cassadaga man is facing numerous charges after a traffic stop. Troopers from Jamestown said Monday evening that Mark Lemay, 42, was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a ...

Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable

As panicked Americans cleared supermarkets of toilet paper and food last spring, grocery employees gained recognition as among the most indispensable of the pandemic's front-line workers. A year later, most of those workers are waiting their turn to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with little ...

Active COVID cases, positivity rate fall in Chautauqua County

The number of active COVID-19 cases, as well as those in quarantine and the seven-day positivity rate, dropped significantly in new statistics released Tuesday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. It's the first set of new data released on local COVID numbers since Friday due to ...

Some New Yorkers traveling hours for vaccine

ALBANY (AP) — Some New Yorkers are driving hours to get the COVID-19 vaccine because they are unable to find appointments closer to home through a state website. Residents of the Albany and Buffalo areas in particular have complained on social media and to their local lawmakers that they ...

Highlights of COVID-19 relief bill progressing in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic-led effort to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package has passed its latest challenge with House committees advancing measures that will soon be combined into a single bill expected to clear the full House by the end of February. Democrats beat back ...

New York expands vaccine eligibility despite supply issues

ALBANY (AP) — Millions of New Yorkers with health conditions that leave them at high risk of illness from COVID-19 can theoretically sign up for appointments at state-run vaccination sites starting Sunday, but a lack of vaccine supply means many will be frustrated in their search for a ...

Census: No redistricting data until end of September

The U.S. Census Bureau said last week it won't be delivering data used for redrawing congressional and state legislative districts until the end of September, causing headaches for state lawmakers and redistricting commissions facing deadlines to redraw districts this year. Officials at the ...

Main Street fire in Brocton ruled accidental

BROCTON — A fire that destroyed a Main Street home in Brocton has been deemed accidental in nature. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office on Monday said investigators have completed their look into the Feb. 9 blaze at 60 E. Main St., reported after 8 p.m. "Sheriff's investigators ...

Preparedness efforts underway with snow in forecast

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed state agencies to mobilize emergency response assets as a major winter weather system will impact the state with two rounds of heavy snow, cold temperatures and ice. All counties in the state are under a National Weather Service-issued weather advisory or ...

Members of Brocton basketball team in quarantine

BROCTON — The Brocton boy's basketball team has become the latest group in a line of Chautauqua County high school teams to postpone activities due to COVID-19. The players who were deemed to have played significant minutes in a recent game must quarantine for 10 days due to contact ...

‘Obamacare’ sign-ups reopen as Dems push for more aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov's market for subsidized health plans reopened Monday for a special three-month sign-up window as the Democratic-led Congress pushes a boost in financial help that could cut premiums by double digits. This enrollment period during the coronavirus pandemic is ...

Cuomo: NY should have released care home death data faster

NEW YORK (AP) — Under fire over his management of the coronavirus' lethal path through New York's nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted Monday the state didn't cover up deaths but acknowledged that officials should have moved faster to release some information sought by lawmakers, the ...