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Teen charged in June Silver Creek incident

SILVER CREEK — An unidentified teenager has been arrested following an incident two months ago. On June 27, at about 7 p.m. the Chautauqua County Sheriff Office was dispatched to Drake Street in the village of Silver Creek to investigate a fight that occurred. The OBSERVER previously ...

Villenova nixes Planning Board in turbine dispute

VILLENOVA — In an Article 78 lawsuit filed last September by 18 Villenova residents, the Town Board came under fire for having an inadequate environmental review for its 29 planned wind turbines, as well as multiple violations of town ordinances, including a planning board of only two ...

A new way to begin the weekend

Welcome to our new and enhanced Sunday OBSERVER. It arrives to you, our readers, one day early complete with your favorite features from both editions in one. Filled with the latest news and sports, it also includes an expanded Opinion section, color comics, our weekly calendar and the ...

Timing seen as issue with races

A former executive for Cleveland Construction says his retirement in December is what played a role in the discontinuation of boat race in Mentor, Ohio. Mark Small, one of three partners with the company, served as chief financial officer until December 2018. It spelled the end of the Mentor ...

Coming to Westfield

OBSERVER Staff Report WESTFIELD — Family Health Medical Services is proud to announce plans to expand with a new location in Westfield. The new 6,900 square foot office will be located at 216 E. Main Street, just 0.2 miles from Westfield Memorial Hospital; with plans to open in the spring ...

Man charged with arson

OBSERVER Staff Report An arrest has been made following a fire earlier this month in the town of Pomfret. On Aug. 2, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies and the Chautauqua County Fire Team were called out to investigate a structure fire at 9828 North Road. County dispatch told fire ...

Unlicensed driver caught 10th time

OBSERVER Staff Report CHAUTAUQUA — A Westfield man who has had his license suspended multiple times was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs. Thursday at 10:21 a.m. Chautauqua County Sheriff deputies stopped William J Petsch Jr, 34, on Rt. 394 in ...

Campaigns heat up after Labor Day

Possibly after this holiday weekend, the local political rhetoric will start revving up again. As is typical over the summer months, residents here do not want to be bothered with the major and minor issues facing our communities on days they can spend outside. Save it instead for the overcast ...

Fredonia fire hall project hits snag

Fredonia village officials set money aside in this year’s budget for repair work at the Fredonia Fire Department headquarters. There was just one problem: For weeks, no one wanted to do the work. Amanda Linge of construction management firm Wendel, which is handling the bid process for the ...

Resident points out cleanliness issues

Jodie Bamasuto, a concerned resident of Lucas Avenue, met with Department of Public Works Director Randy Woodbury, First Ward Councilman Don Williams, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas and a host of other city employees Wednesday, to discuss the existing and growing problems the road’s residents ...

County executive vacancy filling changed

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature has approved a local law changing how the vacancy of the county executive is appointed. On Wednesday, the legislature approved the law unanimously after making a motion to change the original law that had been presented to county committees last ...

NRG, welcome center among county priorities

MAYVILLE — A plan for the closed NRG power plant and a welcome center in Ripley are among the top priorities for Chautauqua County government officials. On Wednesday, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello and Deputy County Executive for Economic Development/County of Chautauqua ...

Man faces arson charge over fire in Dewittville

HARTFIELD — A Sinclairville man was remanded to jail on a second-degree arson charge after a fire displaced four people late Sunday. Fletcher Walters III, 27, was arraigned following an investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. The ...

No injuries reported in Route 60 accident

Special to the OBSERVER KIMBALL STAND — No injuries were reported after a trooper with the New York State Police was struck by a sedan. The crash was reported at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday on Route 60 in the town of Ellicott. According to the state police, a trooper out of the Fredonia barracks ...

Planning Board backs funding for broadband

A plan to get better internet for eastern Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County and Allegany County took a step closer to fruition at the latest Chautauqua County Planning Board, when the board approved the use of county funding for the project. The POWER grant comes from the Appalachian ...

$18 million condo project gets loan

An $18 million condominium project will receive financial assistance from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. On Tuesday, the IDA board approved a $450,000 Al Tech Revolving Loan Fund at 4% interest for 20 years for The Lodge At Chautauqua Lake project during its regular ...

Reed calls for Thruway inquiry

BUFFALO — U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-Corning) and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello had an appointment with U.S. Attorney J.P. Kennedy Tuesday in Buffalo to discuss issues surrounding the five-mile stretch of road running through the Seneca Nation Reservation near Irving. ...

Home destroyed in blaze

OBSERVER Staff Report DEWITTVILLE — Two adults and two children escaped injury after their home caught fire late Sunday. The cause of the blaze at 5728 Centralia-Hartfield Road has not been determined. Volunteer firefighters from several area departments were called at about 11:20 p.m. ...

Woman sentenced in crash that killed man

OBSERVER Staff Report BUFFALO — A Collins woman is headed to prison after she killed a man in an automobile accident while under the influence of drugs. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Monday that 26-year-old Allyson Rollek has been sentenced by Erie County Court ...

Two arrested in alleged robbery

OBSERVER Staff Report Two men are in custody after an alleged armed robbery in Dunkirk Sunday night. According to a Dunkirk Police Department press release, officers responded to an armed robbery call at a Washington Avenue residence at about 10:40 p.m. Sunday. Officers were told a gun was ...