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10 Enter Guilty Pleas For Role In Meth Ring In Jamestown Area

The U.S. attorney representing the Western District of New York declared “mission accomplished” after 10 people, many local residents, entered guilty pleas for their roles in a drug trafficking organization centered in the Jamestown area. In a news release Monday evening, U.S. Attorney ...

‘Outpouring Of Support’

WESTFIELD — KISS Barbeque, a beloved barbecue spot in Westfield, endured a catastrophic fire July 1. They now have plans to rebuild, right where they left off. Ryan Marsh and his father, Joe Marsh, own KISS Barbeque and plan to get back up and running as soon as possible. “Our goal ...

Researchers ID Bacteria Contributing To Lake Algae Bloom

Researchers have identified one type of bacteria contributing to the recent algae bloom on Chautauqua Lake. “The cyanobacterium (blue-green algae) that is dominating the bloom in Chautauqua Lake right now is called Gloeotrichia,” Dr. Tim Davis said. Davis and Dr. George Bullerjahn are ...

County DA: Amendment To Bail Reform Law Not Enough

Chautauqua County’s district attorney said he is “somewhat pleased” an amendment included in this year’s state budget has expanded the bail-eligible crimes that can be determined by a judge. Nonetheless, Patrick Swanson said revisions to the bail reform law — hailed by some as a ...

Juneteenth Bill Passes State Assembly, Senate

Legislation to make Juneteenth a state holiday has been passed in both the state Senate and Assembly — but a pair of state legislators aren't satisfied yet. Legislators overwhelmingly approved A.10628, which passed unanimously, and S.8598. The legislation creates a state holiday on June 19 ...

Campaign Underway For Countywide Hospice House

For patients dealing with end-of-life healthcare needs, Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care has provided an invaluable service to Western New York since 1982. In 2019, the organization’s team of 67 healthcare professionals and 85 volunteers helped to deliver compassionate care to 522 ...

Officials Stress Need For Quick Virus Testing Turnaround

Since mid-March, local health centers across Chautauqua County have conducted nearly 22,000 PCR tests for COVID-19. While testing supplies — once a huge issue — no longer pose an immediate issue for many local health centers, the timeliness of receiving results is what is of concern to ...

Some Districts Cutting School Resource Officers

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to impact local school districts. In Chautauqua County, four schools have made the decision to cut their school resource officers. According to Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone, Maple Grove, Cassadaga Valley, Brocton and Frewsburg ...

‘Going Forward’

The project took two full construction seasons, with several delays, but the phase two renovation work at Tracy Plaza is done. Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said the work is completed, but said an officials ribbon-cutting ceremony hasn’t been held to announce the completion ...

Tracy Plaza Contractor Sues City For Breach Of Contract

The contractor who Jamestown officials hired to renovate Tracy Plaza is suing the city for alleged breach of contract. Patterson-Stevens Inc. of Tonawanda filed the lawsuit against the city in State Supreme Court in Chautauqua County July 17. According to the lawsuit, Patterson-Stevens ...

Ellicott Residents Complain About Alleged Drug Activity

ELLICOTT — What can neighbors do who live next door to a house where alleged illegal activity is happening? That was a question The Post-Journal asked William Ohnmeiss Jr., Ellicott Police Department chief, after more than a dozen residents attended a Ellicott Town Board meeting Monday to ...

DA’s Office Resumes Presenting Cases To Grand Jury

The Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office has resumed presenting cases to a grand jury. The crucial first step will help with the backlog of cases brought on by the shutdown of most court functions across the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. District Attorney Patrick Swanson told ...

On The Move

Despite intervention by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, encouragement by a group of local veterans to delay the relocation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Jamestown Outpatient Clinic from Third Street to Hazeltine Avenue did not prove successful during a meeting on Monday with a VA Western New ...

Army Corps Begins Chautauqua Lake Algae Study

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have announced a collaborative pilot study of harmful algal blooms in Chautauqua Lake. The project will use specialized equipment to skim HABs from the lake and convert them to material usable as ...

ICE Bill Draws Assembly Debate

Democrats are poised to add an exemption for undocumented immigrants from arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers’ if the immigrants are on their way to or from court proceedings they are viewing as spectators. Earlier this week, the Assembly passed A.2176 in a 97-44 ...

Former Election Commissioner Opposes Mail-In Ballots

A former Chautauqua County election official is pushing back against mail-in voting. During the county legislature’s Audit and Control Committee meeting Legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, cited an article that was published in this newspaper where the county election commissioners said ...

Economic Impact

Sixty-five percent of farms surveyed by the New York State Farm Bureau this month reported negative outcomes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders of the NYSFB held a digital conference with farmers from across the state Tuesday to review the new data, which was collected from over ...

Pandemic Leaves County Sales Tax Down, But Not Severely

Like counties all over New York as well as the United States, Chautauqua County’s budget has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, so far they’re managing OK. Kitty Crow, the county’s finance director, gave a presentation on sales tax at the last Audit and Control Committee ...

Child Victims Act Suit Filed Against Former Church

A Dunkirk man has filed a Child Victims Act lawsuit against the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and School for repeated abuse he alleged happened in the early 1960s. The 20-page complaint was filed Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County. The Dunkirk man, who is not being ...

City Continues Search For Ambulance Service Provider

A potential new ambulance service provider hasn’t been determined yet, but Jamestown officials are looking to reach an agreement. In February, city officials requested proposals from ambulance service businesses to provide EMS service in Jamestown. There was a deadline in March for the ...