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Jury Finds Lopez Not Guilty In Stabbing

MAYVILLE — Ashleyanne Lopez-Lopez, 26 was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter as well as the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide Friday afternoon. The panel of 12 jurors, eight women and four men, ruled “not guilty” with factors including causation and ...

Some Area Schools Saw Bumps In Grad Rates

Editor’s Note: All Chautauqua County statistics are provided by the state Education Department and are based on districtwide graduation rates as of August. While Chautauqua County school districts as whole saw a slight decrease, several institutions made improvements. The total county ...

‘Win-Win Situation’

LAKEWOOD — A U.S. federal judge has ruled in favor of a company that has long sought to build a cell tower in the village of Lakewood. Federal District Judge William K. Sessions III on Wednesday granted summary judgment to Up State Tower Company LLC in the latest in a series of lawsuits ...

City, County Grad Rates Down Again In 2019

Jamestown and Chautauqua County graduation rates slightly decreased in 2019 as New York state as a whole observed a small, overall increase. The Jamestown Public Schools District’s graduation rate dipped to 71% in 2019 compared to its 73% graduation rate in 2018. Dr. Bret Apthorpe, ...

Legislators Review Options On Paper Bag Fee

MAYVILLE — It doesn’t appear that the Chautauqua County Legislature will impose a 5-cent charge for each paper bag used by customers at grocery stories once single-use plastic bags are banned. On Thursday, the Chautauqua County Legislature Audit and Control Committee had a discussion on ...

FBI To Notify States About Local Election Breaches

WASHINGTON — The FBI, in a change of policy, is committing to inform state officials if local election systems have been breached, federal officials said Thursday. In the past, the FBI would alert local governments about attacks on their electoral systems without automatically sharing ...

Too Early To Tell

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Jail population is down as predicted by many local officials in 2019. Captain Jim Crowell of the Chautauqua County Jail informed members of the Community Justice Coordinating Council that the population of the jail was down about 100 inmates compared to ...

Police Chiefs Feeling ‘Overburdened’ In First Weeks Of Reform

Chiefs of two local police departments said they are feeling the pinch in the early weeks of 2020 after the state’s criminal justice reform initiatives went into effect. John Bentley, chief of the Lakewood-Busti Police Department, said new discovery rules — in which evidence such as ...

New Grad Rules Need Input From Businesses

It will be up to local officials to make sure the business community’s concerns are addressed at public information meetings regarding New York’s new graduation requirements. Both Western New York meetings to gather the public’s input into new statewide graduation requirements will ...

Goodell Questions The Language In Limo Safety Bill

Republicans and Democrats alike have issues with legislation passed Tuesday that requires the use of seat belts by passengers aged 8 and older in taxis and livery vehicles, including stretch limousines. The legislation passed the state Legislature on Tuesday and will be sent to Gov. Andrew ...

Market Opportunity

Bush Industries, a Jamestown-based furniture manufacturing company that celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, announced Tuesday it has been acquired by the Canadian firm Bestar Inc. Specific details regarding the acquisition were not released. Bestar, based in Quebec, Canada, and ...

Bill Aimed To Address Changing Environment

A new bipartisan bill to address climate change has been introduced by the Republican representative of the 23rd Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives. On Tuesday, Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, discussed the bill during his weekly conference call with regional ...

Criminal Reform Law Changes Already Impacting JPD

The new criminal reform law changes that went into effect at the start of the new year are already impacting the Jamestown Police Department. On Monday, Harry Snellings, Jamestown Police Department chief and city public safety director, said department personnel have fallen behind on ...

JPS To Offer Personalized Program To GA Students

In anticipation of the Gustavus Adolphus Family Services Learning Center closure, Jamestown Public Schools created nine new positions to offer 16 returning students a Special Education Personalized Learning Program. Dr. Bret Apthorpe, Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, said the ...

Shift In Energy

Dana Williams, Jamestown High School interim principal, hopes the climate of the high school will be in a better place at the end of the school year and has already seen a shift in energy. “I noticed a kind of a change in just the whole aura of the building. I think people are just happier ...

Officials Push For Meeting With Truck-Lite

Several elected officials say they have been reaching out to Truck-Lite following the company’s announcement last week it tentatively planned to cease production at its manufacturing facility in Falconer by the end of the year. Officials who have attempted to contact Truck-Lite for a meeting ...

Falconer Board Addresses Challenging Issues

FALCONER — In his first meeting as the village of Falconer mayor, James Jaroszynski had many topics to cover. Included in Monday’s Falconer Village Board meeting and a preceding board work session was discussion regarding Truck-Lite, annexation, the Falconer Volunteer Fire Department and ...

Former Workers Receive County Commendations

FALCONER — While no longer serving the village of Falconer in an official role, former Mayor James Rensel and former Falconer Public Library Director Sue Seamans were honored by the Chautauqua County Legislature. Rensel and Seamans received commendations on behalf of the county that were ...

‘Protect And Preserve’

RANDOLPH — Jacob C. Skudlarek is one of New York State’s newest Forest Rangers. Along with 30 Environmental Conservation Police Officers and 13 other Forest Rangers, he received his diploma in a formal ceremony at the Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds, in Syracuse, ...

Nonagenarian Recalls Family’s Love For Chautauqua Lake

Ninety-three years ago, on September 12, the world was made a better place with the birth of Barbara Forbes. A few days later, Ray and Theo Forbes took their second child, born in WCA Hospital, home to their dairy farm on the Falconer-Frewsburg Road to meet her brother, Jim. The Forbes Family ...