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Tensions high among Fredonia officials

Fredonia Trustee James Lynden was in an aggressive mood at Monday’s board meeting, blasting political enemies and defending himself with gusto. Some of it came out when he was backing fellow Democrat and ally Kara Christina in her bid to keep board workshops tied to regular meetings, with ...

Chautauqua County graduation rates dip slightly

Editor’s Note: All Chautauqua County statistics are provided by the state Education Department and are based on districtwide graduation rates as of August. While Chautauqua County school districts as whole saw a slight decrease, several institutions made improvements. The total county ...

LOPEZ-LOPEZ FOUND INNOCENT

MAYVILLE — Ashleyanne Lopez-Lopez, 26, has been found innocent by a jury in Chautauqua County Court in the stabbing death of Jefrena Brown, a 15-year-old high school student in Dunkirk. The verdict came around 1 p.m. today. During summations Thursday, defense attorney Schmidt stated that ...

Fast ride stalls

OBSERVER Staff Report A high-speed chase around Dunkirk and portions of northern Chautauqua County has led to charges against a 25-year-old city man. City officers responded to The Resource Center on Lakeshore Drive for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. While investigating the incident, the ...

Fredonia leads voting so far

Fredonia is in first place so far after two days of the “Small Business Revolution” voting. The show posted an update on its Facebook page about 4:30 p.m. Thursday about its online public vote for the locality that will be featured in its fifth season. Fredonia is in first place, followed ...

Wendel not yet a familiar face in county

New Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel sat almost anonymously in the third row of seats at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House and Performing Arts Center. He was one of at least 250 in attendance who were anxiously awaiting the news early Tuesday morning of whether Fredonia would be moving to the ...

Lopez-Lopez case sent to jury

MAYVILLE — Day four of the Ashleyanne Lopez-Lopez trial saw the defense rest its case. Thursday’s session opened with brief testimony by Lopez’s sister, Tatyana. As reported on Wednesday, Tatyana’s statement was in question as Chautauqua County Judge David Foley said that the ...

Sinclairville man dies in truck-tractor crash

SINCLAIRVILLE — A 64-year-old Sinclairville man died after his pickup truck hit a tractor around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies responded to the motor vehicle accident on Charlotte Center Road in the town of Charlotte. Deputies report a tractor hauling a ...

High-speed ride stalls on Franklin Ave. in city

A Dunkirk man was in custody after a high-speed chase that may have begun in the city before taking law-enforcement through Silver Creek, Sheridan and Fredonia came to a screeching halt on Franklin Avenue in Dunkirk around 9:30 this morning. Facing numerous charges is 25-year-old Dustin ...

Playground Academy to kick off its fifth year

Skills like problem solving, flexibility, cultural sensitivity, creativity, innovation and improvisation are often underdeveloped until a student’s college years, yet they are among the most sought-after skills by employers. At The Playground Academy, lessons in these skills and so many more ...

Dems put possible hierarchy changes on hold

A scheduled Chautauqua County Democratic Committee meeting for tonight, which was expected to be possibly become heated, has been put on ice for the time being. Norman Green, county Democratic Committee chair, said Wednesday afternoon the meeting was canceled. “It’s not unusual for us to ...

Removals, emails add to ire at Lakeshore

One day before a state meeting regarding how to proceed regarding the future of Lakeshore Hospital in Irving, furniture and equipment were reportedly being removed from the facility. Some of the items that have been taken out of the building included computers, outpatient equipment and ...

Woman charged in stabbing death ‘didn’t want any problems’

MAYVILLE — The defense began calling their witnesses on Wednesday with Ashleyanne Lopez-Lopez, 26, taking the stand. Lopez is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 15-year old Jefrena Brown, who died on May 16, the day after a fatal stabbing. Defense attorney Jason ...

Top 5 finalist

It is official. The Small Business Revolution announced Tuesday morning that Fredonia was one of the top five communities to move ahead as the potential winner of $500,000 and a season of the show dedicated to the town. The rally at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House & Performing Arts Center ...

Arrest made in Rural Ministry burglary

OBSERVER Staff Report A Dunkirk resident has been arrested in connection with a burglary at Rural Ministry. Tuesday afternoon, Dunkirk Police announced that Justin A. Baez, 29, of Dunkirk has been arrested and charged for allegedly burglarizing and damaging the facility, which provides ...

Dunkirk school moving ahead with $100,000 project

Dunkirk’s Board of Education gave the go-ahead Tuesday to a $100,000 capital project at the high school, intended to bring security upgrades to the campus. The resolution authorizing the project, which the board passed unanimously without comment, refers to “modest upgrades and ...

Hospital closure request getting attention Thursday

A meeting later this week could determine the timeline of the pending closure of Lakeshore Hospital in Irving. As of today, both the emergency room, which received a full renovation within the last five years and the behavioral disorders health unit, which was continuing to treat at least 15 ...

Prosecution rests in Lopez murder trial

MAYVILLE — The prosecution rested its case Tuesday in the Ashlyanne Lopez-Lopez murder trial. Lopez, of Dunkirk, is facing second-degree manslaughter charges following the stabbing death of 15-year-old Jefrena Brown. The trial, which began Friday, continued Tuesday in Chautauqua County ...

FREDONIA REACHES FINAL FIVE!

One more round. During a rally at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House & Performing Arts Center, the village became a Top Five finalist in the Small Business Revolution series to win $500,000. The doors opened at 6:30 a.m. The results were celebrated by a crowd of about 250. Streamed live, ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Fredonia has a week to win it!

Fredonia is a Top 5 finalist in the Small Business Revolution contest for $500,000 toward business revitalization efforts. Here are some of the scenes from this morning at the Opera House. OBSERVER Photos by Natasha Matteliano. Here's the article from earlier ...