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Jamestown man found not guilty in death of 16-month-old

MAYVILLE — A Jamestown man has been found not guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter for his role in the 2014 death of a 16-month-old. The verdict was announced about an hour after jury deliberations began Monday in Chautauqua County Court. Tyler Perez, 35, was ...

Inmate charged after collecting contraband

MAYVILLE — A jail inmate is in additional hot water after a Chautauqua County Jail Corrections Officer observed him collecting contraband, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department announced today. The Work Detail program allows previously approved and sentenced inmates to provide work ...

Mexican living in Dunkirk sentenced on child pornography charge

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that David Flores-Torres, 26, a citizen of Mexico living in Dunkirk, who was convicted of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison and 30 years supervised release by ...

1:30 p.m. Seneca Nation responds to state claims regarding Thruway

The Seneca Nation says it's the state and not them, that's been the problem getting the Thruway repaired. This afternoon, the a statement was released by the Seneca Nation that alleges the state and the Thruway Authority have been uncooperative for long period of time. Its full statement is ...

Revitalize Dunkirk schedules September meeting

The September monthly meeting of Revitalize Dunkirk will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk. This month’s guest speaker will be Kathleen Peterson of Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, who will present the ...

Name released in fatal crash

NORTH HARMONY — The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office has released the name of one of the victims in a motor vehicle accident Wednesday. According to deputies, James A. Ellis, 63, of Jamestown, was the driver of the tractor trailer cab that was struck by a pick-up truck on Route 394 in ...

Man who exposed himself at Hillis Field sought

GOWANDA — According to the Gowanda Central School District, Gowanda Police received a report that a man at Hillis Field exposed himself to some walkers. These witnesses reported viewing a thin white male, but were unable to identify him. Police are following up on leads as this is an active ...

SUNY Fredonia addressing elevated levels of Legionella bacteria

Although there are no reports of illness, the State University of New York at Fredonia is addressing elevated levels of Legionella bacteria discovered on campus. On Friday, Interim President Dennis Hefner issued the following statement: "SUNY Fredonia has taken immediate steps to quickly and ...

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivor to visit Fredonia

Activist and advocate Cameron Kasky will be the 2019-2020 Maytum Convocation Lecturer and Williams Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia. His presentation, "Be the Change: Tools for a Movement" will be given in King Concert Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 3 ...

Cummins Employees Volunteer at Audubon

JAMESTOWN — For many years, Audubon Community Nature Center has received support from Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant in the form of funding for special projects and Cummins employees volunteering their time and skills. This year is no exception. A crew of Cummins workers recently spent ...

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office warns of new scam

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning to its residents about scam artists reportedly calling, saying they're from Olean General Hospital and say they are updating their records. The calls a reportedly coming from a Boston, N.Y. phone number that shows on the caller ID. ...

Water outages possible in Fredonia

The Fredonia Department of Public Works would like to alert residents on Forbes Place, Leon Place, Lambert Avenue and Cottage Street that final stages of work on the emergency water line project will occur Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 4-5. Residents may experience temporary water outages ...

Gowanda and Pine Valley merge boys soccer teams

OBSERVER File Photo The Pine Valley Panthers boys soccer team will be combined with Gowanda this season at the varsity and modified levels. Gowanda, who did not have a boys soccer program on its own last year, announced the decision on the Gowanda Athletics Twitter account. Pictured above is ...

Portion of Rt. 60 named after fallen soldier

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation naming a portion of the state highway system in Chautauqua County in honor of Army Private Charles S. Cooper, Jr. The bill specifically designates Route 60 beginning at the Jamestown city line, ending at the intersection with Route 62 as the ...

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 ...

Westfield man charged with arson

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 officials that an explosion ...

Man with license suspended nine times arrested in traffic stop

CHAUTAUQUA — Westfield man who has had his license suspended multiple times was arrested this morning for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs. Today at 10:21 am Chautauqua County Sheriff deputies stopped William J Petsch Jr, 34, on Rt. 394 in the Town of Chautauqua for multiple ...

Minor injuries in crash

HANOVER — Today at around 3:40 p.m. Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a personal injury motor vehicle accident on Routes 5 and 20. Investigation into the accident found that Caleb Daniels, 28, of Brocton was traveling west on Routes 5 and 20, when he allegedly rear ended ...

Sinclairville man charged with arson in Dewittville fire

DEWITTVILLE — A Sinclairville man has been remanded to jail on a second-degree arson charge following a fire that destroyed a home late Sunday. Fletcher Walters III, 27, was arraigned Tuesday after the blaze was reported at 5728 Hartfield-Centralia Road in the town of Chautauqua. Walters ...

Sheriff’s Office issues scam warning

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning to its residents about scam artists reportedly calling from Social Security Administration requesting individuals to press 1 for further communications asking for personal information. The Sheriff's Office encourages individuals to ...