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Reading Achievements Celebrated At Temple, Fenner Schools

Temple Elementary School celebrated reading achievements Friday morning with music, rewards and surprises. The Summer Reading Challenge was created by reading teachers Holly Brainard and Michelle Buccola. "We wanted to ensure (the students) were reading over the summer," Buccola said, ...

Man Flown To Hospital Following Crash In Busti

A man was flown to a nearby hospital after crashing Friday evening in the town of Busti. Firefighters were notified of a motor vehicle accident with an unresponsive male around 5 p.m. on Busti-Sugar Grove Road. The driver, who was not identified Friday, reportedly struck a sign on ...

TRC Supervisor Charged With Using Client Funds

A site supervisor with The Resource Center has been charged for allegedly using client funds for personal use. Ellicott police charged 41-year-old Kelly M. McLane of Sinclairville after they were contacted on Sept. 13 by The Resource Center, a non-profit organization that provides training ...

Chautauqua County 2018 Budget Process To Begin

The 2018 budget process for Chautauqua County will soon begin, according to Pierre Chagnon, Audit and Finance Committee chairman. A resolution to schedule hearings for the budget review process, sewer district assessment rolls and maximum salary of Chautauqua County Legislature members and ...

Frewsburg Man Accused Of Neglecting Dogs

A Frewsburg man has been taken into custody for not properly caring for his dogs. According to State Police, on Wednesday, troopers charged 26-year-old Thomas C. Wallace with two counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals/failure to provide proper sustenance. The troopers ...

Jurors Begin Deliberations In Kidnapping Case

MAYVILLE — With the defense resting and closing arguments heard Thursday afternoon, jury deliberation began in the 2016 alleged kidnapping of a 13-year-old autistic boy. Jurors deliberated for close to four hours but didn’t reach a verdict before the end of the day. The five men and seven ...

Hung Jury Results In Mistrial In Fredonia Kidnapping Case

MAYVILLE - A mistrial was declared Friday afternoon in the Samuel Saeli kidnapping case as the jury couldn't reach a unanimous decision. The jury spent Thursday afternoon deliberating for close to four hours. The jury continued deliberations Friday for another four hours. Jurors considered a ...

Picture This

With the various natural disasters occurring throughout the nation in recent weeks, the desire to ensure that personal property — especially that which harbors sentimental value — is safe and secure has become more pressing than ever. That’s what Lori Funden is hoping to impart to those ...

Public Safety Committee Authorizes Sheriff-Pine Valley Fuel Agreement

MAYVILLE — The new EMS fly-car system and a re-fueling option for the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office were discussed at Wednesday’s Legislative Public Safety Committee meeting on Wednesday night. Sheriff Joe Gerace appeared before the committee to discuss a possible agreement with ...

Legislators Hear From CCE About Nutrition Education Program

MAYVILLE — Representatives Cornell University Cooperative Extension highlighted a nutrition education program dedicated to families at two Wednesday legislative committee meetings. The Human Services Committee and the Planning and Economic Development Committee heard from Else Alonge, ...

Stockton Town Court Awarded JCAP Grant

STOCKTON — Many improvements were recently made to the Stockton Town Court as well as the Stockton Library building due to a $17,451.50 grant from the New York State Justice Court Assistance Program. The grant was applied for by Stockton Town Justice Mark Cunningham, and the approval letter ...

Defense To Present Case In Fredonia Kidnapping Trial

MAYVILLE — Along with a kidnapping allegation, prosecutors are also pursuing a sexually motivated felony against Samuel Saeli, the Dunkirk man who allegedly abducted a 13-year-old boy last year. Prosecutors believe Saeli kidnapped the boy for sexual gratification, and they say there’s ...

Hall Official Winner In Hanover Justice Race

With absentee votes tallied, Hanover Town Justice candidate Phillip Hall is still the top vote getter. As a result, he will appear on the Republican line in the Nov. 7 general election. The Chautauqua County Board of Elections counted absentee ballots following primaries held Sept 12. ...

Up In Smoke

A storage building used to house items for an ongoing yard sale was destroyed Tuesday evening in the town of Randolph. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 3321 Bowen Road around 5 p.m. First responders arrived to find the storage building engulfed by flames, according to Randolph fire ...

Ripley Library Players Uncover The Case Of The Petulant Express

RIPLEY — No one knew who the killer was, not even the actors. Nearly 100 people took a ride on the Petulant Express and did their best to ferret out a killer as the Ripley Library Players returned to Noble Winery after a three-year hiatus to produce an evening of laughs, good food and, of ...

Fredonia Prof’s Newly Patented System May Make ‘Black Box’ Obsolete

FREDONIA — After any airplane disaster, investigators use the flight data recorder known as a black box to determine the cause of the crash or incident. The problem is the black box, which is really orange colored and very well-built, sometimes is not easily found. In August, Professor ...

Public Hearing Set On Proposed Partial Property Tax Exemption

MAYVILLE — The partial real property tax exemption could be changed to include more of the elderly population who have a home and are on a fixed income. On Monday, legislators on the Administrative Services Committee approved to establish a public hearing on a proposal to increase income ...

Rotary Club Of Jamestown Brings Clean Water To Cambodian Students

Work was recently completed on a water filtration project for the 315 students at a rural Cambodian charity school with help from the Rotary Club of Jamestown. The students at Cambodia Academy will have free, clean and hygienic drinking water. The filtration system which the club had ...

Feldt Running For Celoron Mayor

CELORON — Jacob Feldt has never been a politician a day in his life — but that’s all changed now. Feldt has announced that he’s running for mayor of the village of Celoron. After voicing concern in July over the ongoing water problem he and his fellow residents have faced in a ...

Storage Building Destroyed In Randolph Blaze

RANDOLPH — A storage building used to house items for a ongoing yard sale was destroyed Tuesday evening in the town of Randolph. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 3321 Bowen Road around 5 p.m. First responders arrived to find the storage building engulfed by flames, Randolph fire ...