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Driver Charged In Last Week’s East Fifth Street Hit-And-Run

Nicholas S. Evans, 27, of Jamestown was charged Friday with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and several vehicle and traffic charges after an accident Thursday near 336 East Fifth Street. According to a police report, the 2-year-old boy who was struck has a broken leg and was ...

Weekend Police Blotter

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE • SHERMAN — Janet M. Briggs, 45, of Potter Road, Sherman, was charged with third-degree assault and two counts of criminal obstruction of breathing at 10:02 p.m. Sunday. According to a police report, deputies responded to a report of a physical ...

Ripley Man Charged After Disturbance, Biting Trooper

RIPLEY -- A town man who bit a New York state trooper is facing a number of charges after an incident Friday. State Police in Fredonia report Scott Walker, 41, was charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and ...

Early Voting Draws Some Crowds On First Day

Unlike last year, early voting appears to have plenty of momentum. Sites in Dunkirk at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds and in Lakewood at the Chautauqua Mall reported lines of people waiting to fill out a ballot on Saturday. Waits at the locations were reported, at times, to be longer than ...

County Announces Eight New COVID-19 Cases

Eight more positive COVID-19 cases were announced on Sunday by the Chautauqua County Health Department. Officials offered no other details regarding the cases, noting full details will be released on Monday. Through Sunday, there have been a total of 955 cases. The largest number of cases are ...

COVID Death Total Rises To 18 In Cattaraugus County

Two additional deaths tied to COVID-19 have been announced by the Cattaraugus County Health Department. In a Sunday news release, the department reported the death of an 82-year-old female who developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical ...

11 New COVID-19 Cases Part Of Latest County Surge

A new surge in COVID-19 cases in Chautauqua County is continuing. According to the Health Department, 11 new cases were reported Saturday bringing the total to 947. Since Oct. 17, there have been 109 total new cases reported -- or an average of 13.6 per day during that stretch. "As new cases ...

COVID Worry Puts Silver Creek Elementary On Remote For 3 Days

SILVER CREEK -- Elementary classes in this north county district will be going remote from Monday to Wednesday. According to a Facebook post by the Silver Creek Central Schools, the district learned two elementary staff members have unknowingly been in contact with COVID positive individuals. ...

New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Bemus Point Schools

BEMUS POINT -- Two individuals -- one in the Elementary School on Tuesday and another in the middle and high school on Monday -- have tested positive for COVID-19. In a letter to the Bemus Point school district community, Superintendent Joe Reyda announced the information via the school web ...

Stolen Clothing, Drugs Found During Stop

Bags of clothing found to have been stolen from a charity bin, along with drugs, were discovered during a traffic stop this week. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office announced the arrests of Kimberly L. Ferguson, 36, of Kennedy, and Susan L. Garmon, 47, of Jamestown, following a stop at 1 ...

Early Voting Kicks Off Saturday Throughout County

Registered voters in Chautauqua County can now vote early at any of the three designated early voting sites: at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood; county Fairground in Dunkirk; or at the Board of Elections in Mayville. The early voting period runs now through Sunday, Nov. 1 — two days ...

Reed Says He, Family ‘Threatened’ At Home

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed and his family were apparently targeted Friday by vandals. In a statement, to media, the District 23 representative from Corning released this statement: "Today, my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning. "The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a ...

County: 12 COVID Cases Tied To Private Event

At least 12 cases of COVID-19 reported this week by the Chautauqua County Department of Health have been linked to a private event in the north county. In an update Friday, the department said it is still investigating the cluster of cases, but did not provide specifics — other than to say ...

Borrello, Goodell Propose Split Of State Electoral Votes

State Sen. George Borrello and state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell have proposed legislation that would allow the state's Electoral College for president and vice president to be split along Congressional districts. The legislation would amend the state's Election Law. Current law gives all of ...

Lottery Changing Drawing Times In November

The New York Lottery has announced a new schedule for live drawings produced from its studios in Schenectady. Effective on Nov. 2, the New York Lottery games with new draw times include New York’s Daily NUMBERS, Win4, Take 5 and LOTTO. “We are always looking for ways to provide ...

County Reports 12 New COVID Cases; 128 Active

The Chautauqua County Department of Health reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 128 current active cases across the county. The new cases include one person in the Jamestown zip code, five in Dunkirk, one in Fredonia, one in Silver Creek, one in Brocton, two in Clymer and one ...

First COVID-19 Case Reported At County’s Catholic School

A first COVID-19 case has been reported by the only Catholic school in Chautauqua County. Northern Chautauqua Catholic School Principal Andrew Ludwig confirmed the positive infection of a student in an e-mail sent to parents of the school on Thursday. Ludwig said in the e-mail the student has ...

State Police Probing Baby’s Death In Dunkirk

The death of an infant earlier this month is being investigated by New York State Police. On Oct. 10, a baby was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead. Two sources told the OBSERVER the incident led to New York State Police being at the facility once the child had been ...

Trump Tends To Electoral Map, Biden Prepping For Debate

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is hopping from one must-win stop on the electoral map to the next in the leadup to a final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign. Democrat Joe Biden has been taking the opposite approach, ...