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BPU Utility Divisions Report Success Last Year

It was a successful 2018 for the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities five — Electric, Water, Waste Water, Solid Waste and District Heat — utility divisions. On Monday, Kelly Hawkins, BPU finance and customer accounts manager, presented the unaudited year-end financial results to the ...

Stockton Man Freed, Lesser Plea In Rape Case

MAYVILLE — A Stockton man is free after pleading guilty to a second-degree rape charge in Chautauqua County Court Thursday, in a plea bargain offered by the District Attorney’s Office. Leland Bresee, 34, was arrested Feb. 9, 2018, for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a woman ...

State Investigation Into The Apple FaceTime Failure

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Letitia James, state attorney general, are beginning an investigation into Apple’s failure to warn consumers about the FaceTime bug and slow response to addressing the issue. The bug jeopardized the privacy of consumers in New York by allowing users to receive ...

Auction Planned

The last six of the former James Prendergast Library oil paintings will be available for purchase during an auction Friday. Sotheby’s is hosting the auction, which will be the last if all six paintings meet reserve prices, with the revenue going toward the library’s endowment fund. ...

Postal Carriers Feeling Brunt Of Weather

DUNKIRK — With the influx of bitter cold and blinding blowing snow, post office carriers and workers are feeling the brunt of winter’s wrath, but still delivering throughout Chautauqua County. Certain post offices in Erie County began calling their mail carriers back as early as 1:30 p.m. ...

Woman Charged With Leandra’s Law Violation

A Lakewood woman is facing a host of charges after police say she was driving while impaired by drugs with her three children in the vehicle. Coleen R. Sylka, 25, was taken into custody following a traffic stop Tuesday at 10:45 p.m. in the village of Lakewood. An investigation by ...

Legal Fees For For Village, Town, School District $300K

The legal fees for the annexation case dealing with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Dow Street subdivision is now more than $300,000 for the village of Falconer, town of Ellicott and Falconer Central Schools. According to Stephen Penhollow, Falconer Central Schools superintendent, ...

Hotel Opening Date Pushed Back

There is an old adage known as Murphy’s Law that states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Well that is how Brandon Wade, DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown general manager, assessed the ongoing renovations of the Fourth Street hotel in downtown Jamestown. In December, Wade told ...

3 Face Federal Charges After Arrest

Three area residents are facing federal charges after more than a pound and a half of crystal methamphetamine was seized during a search of a Randolph home last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Charged by criminal complaint were 34-year-old Mark Maio of Randolph, 28-year-old ...

Bar Association Against Assistant DA Residing Outside County

The Jamestown Bar Association is formally against allowing assistant district attorneys to reside outside of Chautauqua County. On Tuesday, Kristin Lew Yaw, Jamestown Bar Association secretary, told The Post-Journal the group of attorneys who belong to the association have formally passed ...

‘It’s An Honor’

RED HOUSE — Mary MacQueen is the recipient of the National Ski Patrol’s “National Outstanding Nordic Patroller for 2018.” She was officially presented the award at a ceremony held in her honor at Allegany State Park’s Red House Administration Building last week. As patrol ...

BPU Legal Fees Increase Again For Annexation

The total amount spent by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities on legal fees in an attempt to annex the Dow Street substation could exceed $400,000. On Monday, the BPU board approved change order number four to fund Bond, Schoeneck & King an additional $125,000 for anticipated legal ...

Fredonia Officer Who Shot Man Is Back On Duty

FREDONIA — Police officer Nathan Scriven has returned to work following a fatal shooting in December of last year. “Yes he’s returned to full duty,” Police Chief Brad Meyers said. “The case has been, from an administrative end, the Fredonia Police Department’s end, ...

‘It’s Very Difficult’

Dunkirk school board members are already in the process of reviewing policies on how to handle the closing of district schools due to inclement weather after the district took extreme criticism for its decision to remain open on Friday. Dave Damico, school board president, said Saturday that ...

Forestville Couple Unknowingly Predicts Storm Names

FORESTVILLE — “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” In these famous lines by Shakespeare, Juliet points out that, of all the names her beloved could have, Romeo has the Montague name, which her family detests. In a similar twist of ...

Poland Town Board Holds Organizational Meeting

POLAND — Following the Poland Town Board organizational meeting held prior to the regular board meeting, county legislator John Davis gave an update on what has been happening in Mayville at the county level. He noted that most residents should have received the property tax bills ...

Goodell: DREAM Act A Nightmare For State Taxpayers

The state Legislature this week approved free tuition for illegal immigrants and certain out-of-state residents, over the objections of state Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown, and State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean. The legislation was immediately signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “The ...

‘Unnecessary And Innapropriate’

New abortion legislation passed the State Legislature last week and was immediately signed into law by Governor Cuomo that removed the requirement that abortions be performed by a physician, removed the requirement that an abortion be performed in a hospital, eliminated all criminal ...

Ike Grad And Jackals Owner Has A Vision

WARREN, Pa. — There isn’t anything about Kayla Crosby that surprises Maceo Wofford. That wasn’t always the case. Wofford is one of the best basketball players to ever come from Jamestown. He scored 2,259 career points at Jamestown High School, and the New York all-state guard went ...

Chautauqua Striders Honors Its Local Youth Mentors

Chautauqua Striders honored its mentors on Jan. 15 for their service to area youth. The theme for this year was “Diamonds in the Rough.” The name stems from the idea that a special person that can work with children and start from humble beginnings. Among the guests were Chautauqua ...