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Prosecution Rests In Trial

MAYVILLE — The prosecution rested its case in the second-degree murder trial of David F. Waggoner after testimony was provided by witnesses who watched the July 2018 shooting occur. Waggoner, 54, is accused of shooting 30-year-old William J. Michishima in front of 114 Livingston Ave. in ...

‘Full Circle’

CHAUTAUQUA — The audience at the Turner Community Center was eager to hear all about him. Joe Gerace, the former Chautauqua County sheriff of 24 years and the current director of campus security and safety for Chautauqua Institution, has been through a lot in his decades spent as a man ...

County Ranks Last In Length Of Life

Chautauqua County ranks among the lowest of all counties in New York when it comes to health, including having the lowest ranking when it comes to length of life. According to a report released this week by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson ...

Man Charged In Child’s Death

MAYVILLE — A Jamestown man long considered a “person of interest” for his role in the 2014 beating death of a child has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter. Tyler A. Perez, 35, pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned Monday in front of ...

Full STEM Ahead

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have gained much attention in the educational system over the last decade, but where are the programs now? STEM programs have appeared in every district in Chautauqua County. Some districts even added arts to the acronym to highlight arts ...

Herbicide Findings Underway Locally

Six municipalities — the towns of Ellery, Ellicott, Busti and North Harmony, and the villages of Celoron and Lakewood — have allowed for the permit process to potentially use herbicides in their Chautauqua Lake waters, and it has led to some accepting environmental findings that suggest ...

Poll: Losing Amazon Second HQ Deal Was Bad For New York

ALBANY — Most voters in New York think it was bad for the state when Amazon dropped plans to put a second headquarters in Queens and many think U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bears blame for the deal falling through, according to a new poll released Monday. The Siena College poll of ...

To Top It All Off

CARROLL — The steeple that has long been an icon of the Ivory Baptist Church has also apparently been a favorite hangout spot for area woodpeckers. The church, located at 633 Ivory Road in the town of Carroll, has had to replace shingles on the steeple at least three times in its 122-year ...

Cattaraugus County Resident Tapped For Open State Senate Seat

A Cattaraugus County political newcomer has been endorsed for the open 57th District state Senate seat recently vacated by Cathy Young. Democratic chairmans of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston counties announced in a joint statement that 22-year-old Austin T. Morgan had been ...

Lack Of Agreement Slows Pot Legalization

There is a reason everyone has questions about New York state’s legalized marijuana policies — there isn’t enough agreement on the nuts and bolts of the policy to give it to the public to review. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made headlines recently when he said he doesn’t expect to see ...

Unoccupied Buggy Struck Going Wrong Way On I-86

KENNEDY — An unoccupied Amish buggy that was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 86 was struck by a semi tractor-trailer Sunday, the New York State Police said. County dispatch had received several calls around 10 p.m. of the buggy in the eastbound lane of the interstate near the Kennedy ...

Commentary: ‘This Is Not Us’

The morning after, streams of people arrived and placed flowers, messages of condolence and support, at the gate of our local mosque. I say “our” mosque not because I’m Muslim but because the mosque is in my Auckland neighborhood and my New Zealand mindset, a product of living and ...

St. Patrick’s Magic

Above, a leprechaun waves his wand to make the Chadakoin River turn green Saturday morning. Onlookers gathered on the North Main Street bridge and along the banks of the river. Below, Children throw snowballs into the green-dyed Chadakoin River on Saturday morning. Sponsored by the ...

Leandra’s Law Incidents Are Still Occurring

Few Leandra’s Law criminal offenses are occurring in Chautauqua County, but incidents do still happen. Leandra’s Law, also known as the Child Passenger Protection Act, is a New York state law making it an automatic felony on the first offense to drive drunk with a person age 15 or younger ...

Firearm Is Identified In Waggoner Trial

MAYVILLE – While it wasn’t yet entered into evidence, the firearm David F. Waggoner allegedly used to shoot William J. Michishima on July 24 was identified during court proceedings Friday. Michishima, 30, was pronounced dead last July after being flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa, after ...

Service And Sacrifice

LAKEWOOD — There is a sign that hangs in the Lakewood American Legion Post 1286 that reads, “All gave some. Some gave all.” That phrase was never more appropriate than on Friday when the legion hosted the Sgt. James “J.C.” Matteson Memorial Highway sign dedication ceremony. The ...

Payne To Challenge Smith For Supervisor

Carroll Town Supervisor Laura Smith will have a challenger this year, and he too has had experience as the Carroll Town Supervisor. Russell Payne, the town supervisor from 1998 to 2000, announced he will be seeking the public office again, this time in his retirement so that he can give the ...

Four Recognized

Four former Jamestown area residents are being credited with helping students escape further injury in a deadly bus crash in Oklahoma. The crash occurred March 8 around 7:15 p.m. on Route 377 near Bowlegs, about 50 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. A 12-year-old girl — one of six junior ...

Working Together

STOW — A sickly green hue continues to shimmer beneath the melting ice of Burtis Bay, and members of the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance intend to do something about that soon. In November 2018, invasive Eurasian milfoil and in-lake weed fragments trapped thousands of ...