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Activity on Route 20 evident amid pending hospital move

For sale signs are spawning on Route 20 in the town of Pomfret as change could be in midst with Brooks Memorial Hospital’s pending move to the town. Hospital officials haven’t requested any items such as permits in order to be situated on open land behind 3710-3724 East Main Road. But ...

Lawmakers look to hold drug dealers accountable

Should opioid and heroin dealers whose products cause fatal overdoses be charged with homicide? It's a question state lawmakers have taken up the last several years and spurred by the death of an 18-year-old Albany County girl from a heroin overdose. Late last week, the state Senate passed a ...

Old Silver Creek school to be assessed

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Village Board approved a resolution during a recent meeting to allow Region Nine Housing Corporation access to the former Main Street school for the purposes of conducting a structural condition assessment. “There’s a proposal on the county table to do an ...

Forty Fredonia students selected for CCMTA Winter Honor ensembles

Forty Fredonia Middle and High School student musicians participated in the All-County Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Elementary Band, Junior Orchestra, Senior Orchestra, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the recent Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association Winter Festival. Students were selected ...

Reed discusses school safety in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — As students were dismissed Friday afternoon from Silver Creek School, they waved enthusiastically to Westley F. Johnson III, their school resource officer. “I love coming to school. I love coming to work. ... These kids take me young,” he said, mentioning it’s about ...

Ruiz murder trial: From opening statements to “not guilty” decision

The Rebecca Ruiz murder trial has reached a verdict of not guilty for second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and tampering with evidence. Ruiz was guilty, however, with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Here is the OBSERVER's timeline of covering the Ruiz trial from the ...

Jury does not convict Ruiz in death of boyfriend

There was a correction made to note that Lee Donato asked the jury of its decision. MAYVILLE — After two and a half hours of deliberation, the 12-person jury returned to the court room. The defendant Rebecca Ruiz — teary eyed and seconds removed from hugging members of her family that sat ...

During luncheon, Congressman notes he opposed federal budget

MAYVILLE — Rep. Tom Reed finally joined the Chamber of Commerce in the Annual Federal Congressional Lunch after the first scheduled date was postponed due to inclement weather. The congressman updated members of the Chamber of Commerce and many other gathered inside Chautauqua Suites in ...

Gowanda sitter pleads guilty to distribution of child pornography

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Shane Aurand, 21, of Gowanda, pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison, a ...

Bishop ‘profoundly sorry’ for abuse cases

OBSERVER Staff Report In a video message released on Friday, the bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo said he is “profoundly sorry for the tremendous pain” of those who were abused by a number of priests in the Catholic Church in recent decades. “As bishop of this diocese, I apologize to ...

RUIZ INNOCENT IN MURDER, TAMPERING; GUILTY OF WEAPON POSSESSION

MAYVILLE — OBSERVER reporter Andrew David Kuczkowski is the only media member who has covered the Rebecca Ruiz trial from start to finish. The verdict will be announced shortly. Follow coverage on his Twitter feed: Ruiz, only guilty of one charge, will face a minimum sentence of 3.5 years, ...

Damaged goods

Several establishments in Fredonia were vandalized with the term NWO in green spray paint. Among the places hit Wednesday night through Thursday morning were village hall, the police department, American Legion, Masonic Temple and Russell Joy Park. Stop signs and street signs were also ...

Event promotes our outdoors, Lake Erie

Our calendars say spring is here, but the thermometer outside the window begs to differ. That being said, northern Chautauqua County loves when spring does finally arrive, which brings more activities to our great outdoors. That is why the OBSERVER with the sponsorships of the Chautauqua ...

Meeting on proposed roundabout next month

OBSERVER Staff Report A public meeting is set next month on the proposed roundabout project in the town of Pomfret and village of Fredonia. The public information meeting conducted by the New York State Department of Transportation will take place April 12 in the Opera House at the ...

Ruiz trial moves to deliberation

MAYVILLE — The 12 jurors will begin deliberations this morning to decide the fate of Rebecca Ruiz, who allegedly shot and killed Julian Duman on July 6, 2017. The four charges the jury must to decide on are: second-degree murder, or a lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter (cannot be ...

The defense rests

MAYVILLE — Members of the jury will get to hear closing arguments today in the Rebecca Ruiz’ murder trial after the defense rested its case with Ruiz taking the stand Wednesday. Leading defense attorney Anthony L. Pendergrass’ mistrial request was denied by presiding Judge David Foley. ...

Vandals hit Fredonia Village Hall, Russell Joy Park

Fredonia Village Hall and other areas were defaced by vandalism overnight from Wednesday night to this morning. Mayor Athanasia Landis posted on Facebook a photo of Russell R. Joy Park sign that was marked with NWO in green spray paint. Village Police told the OBSERVER that the American ...

DOT sets roundabout meeting for April 12 in Fredonia

The New York State Department of Transportation will host a public information meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. to present the proposed roundabout project on Routes 20 and Route 60 in the town of Pomfret and village of Fredonia. The public information meeting will be in the Opera House at the Fredonia ...

New law on opioid epidemic to go before Legislature

A local law declaring the opioid epidemic and its effects a “public nuisance” will go before the full County Legislature next week. The law, which will go before the Audit and Control Committee this morning, was introduced by County Attorney Steve Abdella at the Human Services Committee ...