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Petition has no legal impact on Ripley sewer work
RIPLEY — A petition asking that Ripley town officials consider an alternate route for the planned sewer project has no legal impact, council members and residents learned. At the November meeting of the Ripley Town Council, Supervisor Doug Bowen read a letter from Charles Schachter of the law firm H
Teen airlifted to hospital following crash in Chautauqua County due to apparent medical condition
SINCLAIRVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - A 17-year-old male was taken to Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pa. Thursday following a motor vehicle crash in Sinclairville. The crash occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Lester Street, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said Thursday night.
New York State Police join Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign
The New York State Police announce they will participate in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative. The campaign started Thursday, December 13, and runs through the holidays until Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
Portland pair charged in marijuana possession
A pair of Portland residents are facing charges after a traffic stop Thursday morning. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle in the town of Pomfret for a traffic infraction just before 6 a.m. at Route 20 and Farel Road. During the traffic stop, operator Matthew Peterson and passenge
Cassadaga Man Leads Police On High-Speed Motorcycle Chase
STOCKTON — A Cassadaga man is facing a slew of charges this morning in three different townships afer leading police on a high-speed motorcycle chase Friday night. On Friday, at approximately 10:16 p.m., Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a motorcycle in the town of Stockton for
Sinclairville woman charged in falsely reporting incident
STOCKTON — A Sinclairville resident is facing charges after a November accident. Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a single motor vehicle accident that occurred on Thum Road in Dewittville. The operator was identified as Brenda G. Witt, 69. Upon further investigation it w
A wife's complaints about nursing home's neglect led to probe, arrests
Patricia Myers got nowhere with complaints to HighPointe nursing home that the staff was neglecting her paralyzed husband. So she complained to the Attorney General's Office. Patricia Myers suspected the staff at the Buffalo nursing home was not feeding her bedridden husband.
Erie's Debbie Gama murder featured in true-crime TV series
A new true-crime series on the Investigation Discovery channel about murders around the Great Lakes will include an episode about the 1975 strangulation death of Erie teenager Debbie Gama.
Chautauqua County teen hurt in Sinclairville crash
A 17-year-old Sinclairville boy was airlifted to Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pa., after his vehicle ended up in a ditch off Lester Street in the Village of Sinclairville Thursday night, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said.
Erie Diocese to start victim fund
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie says that it will soon start accepting claims for compensation by survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy. The diocese announced Friday that in mid-February it will launch a Survivors’ Reparation Fund. It will offer survivors who are barred from
Erie juvenile 'lifer' resentenced to 32 years to life
An Erie County "juvenile lifer" must serve 12 more years in state prison before he will become eligible for parole. James E. House, 37, was resentenced Friday to serve 32 years to life in prison for the April 1999 fatal shooting of 21-year-old Eddie Outlaw.
Woman sentenced for setting fire to home
SMETHPORT — A Grampian woman will serve a term in state prison for burning down her former Kane home in 2014 to collect more than $300,000 in insurance money. On Thursday in McKean County Court, Holly L. Gausman, 44, of Grampian, will serve 27 months to seven years in prison and five years of concur
Erie Police Release Surveillance Photo of Suspect in Northwest Bank Robbery, Bomb Threat
Police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect who police said is responsible for a robbery and bomb threat at a Northwest Bank in Erie. It happened at the branch at 3407 Liberty St. just after 10 a.m.
Opioids putting more pregnant women in hospital, study says
More of the women hospitalized in Pennsylvania for pregnancy-related issues are testing positive for substance use than ever before, according to a new study of hospitalization records, and nearly half of those women have used opioids.
Shelter getting thousands since dogs taken from home
The Association for Needy and Neglected Animals shelter in Erie had received more than $63,400 in donations by 5 p.m. Thursday in response to the 51 dogs taken this week from a Canal Township residence that are recovering at the shelter.
DA’s Office To Handle Village Shooting
FREDONIA — On Wednesday afternoon the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office received confirmation from the New York State Attorney General’s Office that the DA could move forward with their investigation into the 76 Liberty St. shooting that took place in Fredonia Monday afternoon.
Fredonia police identify officer involved in fatal encounter
The Fredonia Police Department on Thursday identified the police officer who was involved in the fatal shooting of a civilian Monday. The officer is Patrolman Nathan Scriven, a 15-year member of the department.
Two hurt in two-vehicle crash in Lorain
LORAIN — Two men were injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon. Lorain police and fire responded about 4:30 p.m. to two vehicles rolled over near East Erie and Arizona avenues. Closing the Bascule Bridge to stop traffic flowing into the area, crews worked to extricate a man from a Honda se
Free Narcan event heavily attended in Erie
Dozens of people stood in line at Blasco Library Thursday to receive free doses of Narcan, the opioid-overdose reversal drug that has been credited with saving thousands of lives during the opioid epidemic.
New York Attorney General's office files lawsuit against Target, Walmart and LaRose Industries
New York — The attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against Target Corporation, Walmart Inc., and importer LaRose Industries, for allegedly committing thousands of violations of multiple New York laws governing the safety of children’s toys sold in the state.