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7/28/2014 2:23:02 PM
The jury hearing the Jason Wells murder trial has found Wells guilty, but not of murder.  After a second day of deliberations, the jury of six men and six women found Wells guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the brutal death of 81-year-old Ruth Fisk...not second degree murder as originally charged.  Chautauqua County D.A. David Foley says the jury believed that Wells had an extreme e...read more
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2014-07-28 12:58
A fairly dry week help to draw a lot of people to the Chautauqua County Fair.  That's what the preliminary numbers show fair organizers.  County Fair spokesman Mike Ferguson says the final numbers are not in, but early indications appear the 2014 edition did well. [audio:fergusonpreliminaryfigureslookgood.mp3]Ferguson-Fair did well[/audio]Ferguson says motor sports did extremely well in...read more
2014-07-28 12:49
The National Weather Service has canceled the Flood Watch that had been in effect since Sunday evening.  Much of the heavier rain has moved out of the area.  Downpours on Monday morning did force police authorities to close down Waldorff Road near the county fairgrounds in the city of Dunkirk.  ...read more
2014-07-28 12:46
Jury deliberations resumed this morning in the murder trial of Jason Wells.  Wells is accused of fatally beating, stabbing and strangling 81-year-old Ruth Fisk four years ago.  The jury spent more than seven hours trying to reach a verdict on Friday.  They resumed their work around 10 am in Chautauqua County Court in Mayville. ...read more
2014-07-28 07:25
A Machias teen is facing charges after a domestic dispute on Route 16 in the town of Machias in Cattaraugus County.  State Police say that 17-year-old Austin Pleace is accused of punching a hole in a wall during the dispute. And troopers say that Pleace allegedly had marijuana in his possession.  Pleace has been charged with criminal mischief 4th and unlawful possession of marijuana.&nbs...read more
2014-07-28 07:23
The National Weather Service is continuing a Flood Watch through this afternoon.  There's the potential for locally heavy rainfall across portions of Western New York according to Meteorologist John Hitchcock of the Weather Service in Buffalo. [audio:hitchcockheavieramountsontheway.mp3]Hitchcock-Watch continues through afternoon[/audio]The rain may be heavy enough to produce flooding in poor...read more
2014-07-28 07:18
An 84-year-old Dunkirk woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in a crash on Route 60 in the town of the Charlotte Sunday afternoon.  Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies say a vehicle that was being driven by Lucille Frazita of Eagle Street was heading North on Route 60 when her vehicle went off the side of the road and down an embankment.  The vehicle struck a utility pole, breaki...read more
2014-07-27 06:59
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF WESTERN NEW YORK...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: ALLEGANY, CATTARAUGUS, CHAUTAUQUA, GENESEE, LIVINGSTON, MONROE, NIAGARA, NORTHERN ERIE, ONTARIO, ORLEANS, SOUTHERN ERIE, WAYNE AND WYOMING. FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON. AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE AND A POTENT UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL CROSS THE R...read more
2014-07-26 12:00
A bill co-sponsored by Congressman Tom Reed to boost advanced manufacturing in the United States has cleared its final hurdle to a final vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Reed says he's very pleased that the House Committee on Science has approved the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation -- or RAMI -- Act. The Corning Republican says the bi-partisan bill is "one step closer to...read more
2014-07-26 07:53
One person was injured after a two-vehicle accident late Friday afternoon in the Town of Chautauqua. County sheriff's deputies say 49-year-old Tammy Beaujean was in her driveway off Beaujean Road testing her brakes a little after 4:30 PM. When the vehicle reached the end of the driveway, the brakes did not work. This led to Beaujean crashing into a vehicle driven by 50-year-old C.A. Nelson-Cannon ...read more
2014-07-26 07:49
No verdict has been reached yet in the Jason Wells murder case. On Friday in Mayville, jurors spent seven hours behind closed doors deliberating whether the 37-year-old Wells intentionally killed 81-year-old Ruth Fisk in Feburary 2010 in Fredonia. According to the Observer, jurors have to consider whether Wells is not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, guilty of 1st-degree manslaughter ...read more
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