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Railroad work on South Roberts Road set for Monday Railroad crews will be making repairs to the South Roberts Road railroad crossing located in the city of Dunkirk beginning Monday, Aug. 19. South Roberts Road will be closed to all traffic at the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing Monday and ...

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Dunkirk Police Department ¯ On July 27, Donte M. Chambers, 26, of Dunkirk was charged with third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. On Aug. 1 he was again charged with third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, ...

Infinity welcomes new instructor

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JAMESTOWN — Infinity Visual and Performing Arts welcomes a new dance instructor! Brea Tota has joined the Infinity Team, and she is currently offering private and group instruction in various dance techniques. Brea has been dancing for 16 years, and has taken classes in every style. Some of ...

County seeks airport subsidy support from private sector

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MAYVILLE —Chautauqua County officials will know in the next month whether businesses and foundations in the greater Jamestown area want a commercial air service provider. On Tuesday, George Borrello hosted a Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport sustainability meeting at Webb’s Captain’s ...

Partners in Kind seeks volunteers

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Partners in Kind’s (PIK) biggest fund-raiser event of the year is quickly approaching and volunteers are needed to help make it a success. This event gives PIK the ability to help families in Chautauqua County throughout the year, as well as supporting the Thanksgiving for Heroes Dinner, ...

Mitrano’s stay in county ‘felt like home’

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Tracy Mitrano wrapped up a two-month stay in Chautauqua County noting that although New York’s 23rd Congressional District sprawls more than halfway across the state, it can feel like one big neighborhood. The district stretches eastward some 200 miles from the spectacular shores of Lake ...

Arrest made in trailer park fight

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OBSERVER Staff Report More details have been released in an incident that took place at Lakeside Park Wednesday evening. According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, at 6:20 p.m. deputies responded to the report of a physical altercation at 3711 Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk. ...

Recognized rescue

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Chris Campbell, a worker for the city of Dunkirk, was presented with a certificate of recognition from Mayor Wilfred Rosas, for the rescue of a young girl that took place on July 1. According to Rosas at the Dunkirk Common Council meeting Monday, the girl was heard screaming, having caught her ...

Jamestown man dies after crash

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KENNEDY — A Jamestown man died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday evening. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies and volunteer firefighters responded to Route 394 in the town of Poland for the crash around 7 p.m. An investigation found that 67-year-old Terry Telschow ...

Audit criticizes county agency over financial reviews

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OBSERVER Staff Report An audit by the state Comptroller’s Office found that the Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District did not routinely review financial records. The audit, which reviewed cash receipts and disbursements from Jan. 1, 2016, to May 1, 2017, came during the ...

Invasive water chestnut located in Chautauqua Lake

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Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance members as well as Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Evergreen Outfitters are urging the general public to be vigilant of the aggressive aquatic invasive species of water chestnut when they are out recreating on Chautauqua Lake. On Aug. 2, ...

Community combats addiction

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An evening of hope and opportunity filled the air at the Combat Addiction Dunkirk community meeting Tuesday, as numerous sources of recovery and addiction support re-introduced themselves to the community in a large tent, across the street from Grace Lutheran Church. Those in attendance ...

Sexual abuse cases hit the court

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Scores of lawsuits were filed in New York state on Wednesday — including at least four involving churches in Chautauqua County — allowing victims of childhood sex abuse to bring civil lawsuits against their alleged abusers. Many of the claims were filed in Erie County Supreme Court, and ...

Women recount separate Jamestown assaults in court

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MAYVILLE — Two women accusing the same man of sexual assault in July 2018 took the stand Wednesday in Chautauqua County Court. The woman alleging that 34-year-old Dennis L. Park forced her into a Jamestown laundromat bathroom and raped her remained on the stand in the second day of trial. ...

Lakeside Park brawl sends one to hospital

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An early evening fight that broke out at Lakeside Park in Dunkirk has reportedly put one man in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his hands. The fight, which was initially reported as a possible stabbing, called both the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Dunkirk ...

Community Notebook

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Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association annual show Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association will hold its annual antique equipment show Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location is 4578 Cemetery Road off ...

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Fire department rescues trapped male in basement The Fredonia Fire Department responded to a report of a basement wall collapse with entrapment at 8955 Glasgow Road in the town of Pomfret Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. The fire department reported on its Facebook page Rescue 15 arrived on scene ...

Squadron 69 Sons of the American Legion discuss August events

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The Squadron 69 Sons of the American Legion committee met recently with 10 members present and three excused. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Larry Fiorella and accepted. Commander Rod Dziduch thanked Doug McPherson and Dave Winchell for helping with the power washing of ...

All animals safe amidst alarm

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OBSERVER Photo by J.M. Lesinski A smoke alarm activated at Dunkirk Animal Care P.C. early Wednesday evening, summoning the Dunkirk Fire Department and EMTs to the scene. The cause of the smoke was determined to be a burned out belt on a washing machine in the facility. No fire was present at ...