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Mayville man jailed after pair of home invasions in Allegany County

FILLMORE — A 31-year-old Mayville man is facing a host of charges, including kidnapping and robbery, following two home invasions that took place Wednesday in Allegany County. Mark A. Sarama was arraigned in Hume Town Court and sent to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash ...

Suspect in custody after Dunkirk police chase

A police chase ended on the corner of Sixth Street and Park Avenue Tuesday night in the city of Dunkirk. The Dunkirk Police Department told the OBSERVER late Tuesday that the officers have a suspect in custody and that a list of charges was still being compiled. At the end of the chase, a ...

Pair charged after pursuit ends in Westfield

An Ohio man is facing charges after leading police on a high-speed pursuit through Erie and Chautauqua counties. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies took 20-year-old Galen A. Steele Jr. into custody after receiving word Friday around 11:15 a.m. from police in Erie County of a vehicle ...

Ex-US Rep. Collins gets over 2 years in insider trading case

NEW YORK (AP) — A former congressman who was one of President Donald Trump's first supporters was sentenced Friday to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small ...

Dunkirk man accused of selling narcotics

A Dunkirk man has been arrested for alleged drug sales in the city. Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and City of Dunkirk Police Department have conducted a several month-long investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in the city. The investigation ...

Arrest made in Rural Ministry burglary

A Dunkirk resident has been arrested in connection with a burglary at Rural Ministry. This afternoon, Dunkirk Police announced that Justin A. Baez, 29, of Dunkirk has been arrested for allegedly burglarizing and damaging the facility, which provides food, clothing and shelter to those in ...

Cuomo warns of weekend flooding

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today directed state agencies to deploy emergency response assets as a weather system is forecast to bring heavy rains, ice and potential flooding throughout much of upstate New York. Total rainfall amounts could reach up to three inches in the North Country and across the ...

Cuomo’s releases State of the State plan

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today delivered his 2020 State of the State address. The Governor's 2020 agenda - Making Progress Happen - features nation-leading proposals to tackle critical issues facing New York and the country including a domestic terrorism law to address the spike in hate crimes, ...

Rollover on Route 60

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office responded to a rollover at 6624 Rt. 60, Cassadaga, in front of Gay Mark Tire and Wheel today around 10:15 a.m. There were two people in the vehicle although it is unclear at this time if there were any injuries. Along with the Sheriff's Office, responding ...

Unauthorized driver crashes Fredonia ambulance

A Fredonia Fire Department ambulance is apparently out of commission after it was involved in an accident around 3 a.m. New Year's Day. According to a number of sources, the ambulance was responding to a call in the village when an unidentified subject and unauthorized driver got into the ...

Ellington apartment destroyed in early morning fire

ELLINGTON — An apartment building was destroyed by fire early Monday. Crews from several departments were called in to help battle the blaze on Route 62 near Conewango Valley around 3:30 a.m. Steve Rexford, chief of the Ellington Fire Department, said at least four people were displaced ...

Lakewood man accused of meth possession

POLAND — On Saturday at about 12:30 a.m., Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies stopped a vehicle after observing a traffic violation on Route 394 in the Town of Poland. The operator was identified as Jeffrey L. Shriver, 40, of Lakewood. Further investigation alleges that Shriver was in ...

Dunkirk woman indicted on grand jury charges

Over the passed several months members of the Southern Tier Regional Dug Task Force and Dunkirk Police Department have been conducting an investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in the area of East Second Street and Columbus Avenue in the City of Dunkirk. This ...

Reed announces major disaster declaration funding release

Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced a Major Disaster Declaration for the State Of New York has been granted by President Donald Trump. The announcement follows a bipartisan letter Reed sent along with his colleagues to the President asking for the declaration to be made. The declaration releases ...

16 projects in Chautauqua County awarded grant funds

Sixteen projects across Chautauqua County have received a total of $6,131,109 through the 2019 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Awards. The REDC initiative was established in 2011 by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. It created 10 regional councils across the state to develop ...

Cattaraugus County issues travel advisory

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office has issued a travel advisory for all of the county. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to prepare for snow squalls causing whiteout conditions and freezing temperatures as a strong arctic cold front is currently moving across the ...

Owner of Mayville Diner charged with arson following fire

MAYVILLE — The owner of a Mayville restaurant destroyed by fire has been charged with third-degree arson, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday morning. The Mayville Diner, located at 7 W. Chautauqua St., was leveled by fire on Dec. 9. Following an investigation by the ...

Dahlstrom Roll Form outlines plans for product expansion and job growth

FALCONER — The County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) has approved a mortgage recording tax exemption for Lakeside Capital Corporation, d.b.a. Dahlstrom Roll Form, to purchase a building on 221 Lister Ave. in Falconer. The purchase of this facility increases their ...

Dunkirk residents accused of narcotics sales

OBSERVER Staff Report The Dunkirk Police Department arrested two city residents Thursday afternoon for alleged sales of narcotics. Jose J. Ruiz, 32, and Rodney Clyburn, 39, were arrested at separate times without incident by the Dunkirk police. Each was charged with third-degree criminal ...

Former Clymer teacher heads to prison for child pornography

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Scott Aikens, 61 of Clymer, NY, who was convicted of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, was sentenced to serve 4 1/2 years in prison and five years supervised release by U.S. District Judge ...