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Emotions run high on first day of Lopez trial

MAYVILLE — An emotional sister and a disputed video highlighted the first day of the second-degree manslaughter case regarding Ashleyanne Lopez-Lopez. Lopez is on trial for the death of 15-year old Jefrena Brown, which resulted in her death last year. Friday’s proceedings started slow, ...

Lakeshore Hospital functions are now limited

As portions of the Lakeshore Hospital campus continue to operate on borrowed time, the state Health Department maintains that everything is being done to make the transition as smooth as possible. In an e-mail to the OBSERVER this week, Health Department spokesman Jeffrey Hammond reiterated ...

Longtime Falconer manufacturer ceasing production by year’s end

FALCONER — Truck-Lite has tentatively decided to cease production at its longtime Falconer manufacturing facility by the end of 2020. Employees and the union representing members of the 310 E. Elmwood Ave. facility were notified Thursday of the decision. “Truck-Lite has made the ...

Borrello readies for first year in NY Senate

Repealing criminal justice reform measures passed by New York state lawmakers in 2019 is the No. 1 goal state Sen. George Borrello said he has for this year. Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, took the oath of office Wednesday, just hours before Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his annual State of the State ...

Rosas attends State of the State

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas attended Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address in Albany Wednesday and told the OBSERVER Thursday that it was beneficial for the city to be represented there. Overall Rosas was impressed with Cuomo’s message and cited areas that may impact the city and ...

Dunkirk murder trial begins today

The trial for the death of a 2019 Dunkirk teenager is scheduled to begin today. Jury selection for the trial of Ashlyann M. Lopez-Lopez, 26, of Dunkirk for the alleged stabbing death of 15-year-old Jefrena Brown has been ongoing most of the week. According to District Attorney Patrick ...

Sister seeks answers in forgotten homicide

Trouble always seemed to find Billy Hall Jr. Even during the precious final days and hours of his life, Hall seemed to be a magnet for run-ins with the law or minor disagreements with friends or family members, according to Kimberly Hall Curtis, his sister. But what happened in the early ...

Cuomo’s agenda: Fight hate, help planet, legalize pot

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his annual State of the State address Wednesday to advocate for a mix of “practical” progressive goals and urgent responsibilities, including waging war on hate crimes, spending $3 billion on environmental protection and legalizing ...

Reed not ruling out run for governor

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed said he is not ruling out a possible run for governor in 2022. Reed, R-Corning, made the comments during a call with local media Wednesday, the same day Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State address in Albany. The congressman first confirmed ...

Where words fail, music speaks

Fredonia’s music program continues to succeed and exceed expectations. For the past eight years, Andrew Bennett, music and band teacher at Fredonia High School, has assembled the application for the district to be the best community for music education. This application is sent to the ...

Dunkirk resident facing burglary charges

A Dunkirk resident is facing burglary charges. Justin Baez, 29, of West Courtney Street is charged with three counts of third-degree burglary and one count each of third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal mischief, petit larceny, possession of burglar’s tools and second-degree ...

UPDATE: Dunkirk resident facing burglary charges

A Dunkirk resident is facing burglary charges. Justin Baez, 29, of West Courtney Street is charged with three counts of third-degree burglary and one count each of third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal mischief, petit larceny, possession of burglar's tools and second-degree ...

Council terminates three city appointees

The first Common Council meeting in the city of Dunkirk in 2020 was especially heated Tuesday, as voices from the public, Mayor Wilfred Rosas and members of the council all chimed in with their feelings and sentiments on the removal of three city officials. The appointed members of Rosas’ ...

Officials look at paper bag charge options

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County officials have until the end of February to make a decision on a possible 5 cent paper bag fee once the state’s ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect. On Monday, Wegmans announced that it will remove all single-use plastic grocery bags from its New ...

Small Biz Revolution vote rally Tuesday

The organizers of Fredonia’s effort to get “Small Business Revolution” plan to rally Tuesday morning for what they expect will be a celebration of the village’s nomination as one of the final five contestants. “It’s going to feature a live feed off of Facebook from New York City. ...

Brooks-TLC welcomes Luca as ‘Baby New Year’

Alicia Rainey and Mike Kaczmarek of Westfield were overjoyed to learn their newborn, Luca Michael Kaczmarek, won the title of “Baby New Year,” the first baby to be born at the Brooks Campus in 2020. Collins Osula, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. of Lake Erie Medical Services (LEMS) delivered baby ...

Rally spurs hope for ‘Revolution’ finalist

On the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Fredonia community will find out if they made the cut to be featured in Season Five of the "Small Business Revolution." “We are welcoming the community and people throughout the region to join our team on January 14th at 7:30 a.m. at the Fredonia ...

Lack of quorum hampers Fredonia

Fredonia village government’s first official “meeting” of 2020 on Monday wasn’t really a meeting at all. Two of the four members of the Board of Trustees, as well as new Mayor Douglas Essek, attended — not enough for a quorum. Therefore, it could not be termed an official meeting ...

Salvation Army working to close kettle campaign gap

Nearly four weeks into the Salvation Army’s five and a half week-long Red Kettle Campaign, donations reached $14,204 — about 28% of the annual $50,000 goal. However, Major Christina Ramirez was pleased to report on Monday that at the end of the campaign on Dec. 24, “We made it to ...

County Legislature welcomes new members

MAYVILLE — There are three new members of the Chautauqua County Legislature. The legislature last week held its annual organization meeting, with each member of the elected body being sworn into office. Three new members were included in the ceremony - Thomas Harmon, R-Silver Creek, Bill ...