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3/23/2018 3:13:04 PM
A Chautauqua County Court jury today found a Dunkirk woman guilty of only one of the four charges she was facing. Rebecca Ruiz was found guilty of second degree criminal possession of a weapon in the July 2017 shooting death of Julian Duman. She was found found not guilty on the other charges including second degree murder and tampering with evidence.  WDOE news was able to reach District more
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2018-03-23 03:56
Area Congressman Tom Reed made multiple stops in Chautauqua County on Friday, including an appearance before the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Reed spoke about the $1.3 trillion funding bill that cleared both chambers during the Chamber's annual Federal Congressional Luncheon.  Reed says he voted against the measure because of concerns about the national debt... [ more
2018-03-23 07:42
The State Senate this week approved a measure to hold drug dealers accountable for overdose deaths. State Senator Cathy Young co-sponsored Laree's Law, which would allow a charge of homicide if a death results from a drug sale. Young says one of the contributing factors fueling both addiction and overdose deaths are the drug dealers who are lacing heroin with fentanyl. She says, "they are more
2018-03-23 07:26
Deliberations are expected to get underway this morning at the Chautauqua County Courthouse in Mayville in the murder trial of Rebecca Ruiz. The Dunkirk woman is accused of killing Julian Duman last July. Jurors will decide on four separate charges, second degree murder or second degree manslaughter, second degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence, according to the more
2018-03-23 06:48
There will not be a federal government shutdown. The Senate gave final congressional approval to a $1.3 trillion government funding bill in the early hours of this morning. The final vote, 65-32.  The bill keeps the federal government running passed Friday's midnight deadline.  Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, earlier in the day on Thursday, said they're disappointed by the lack more
2018-03-22 05:54
Two Dunkirk city lawmakers are encouraging city residents to attend a "March for Our Lives" event that will be held Saturday afternoon in Dunkirk. Sara Dorogi of the Chautauqua County Women's Action Group spoke at Tuesday's Common Council meeting about the march that will begin at 1:30 PM in front of Dunkirk Middle School. Dorogi is inviting not just city residents, but also city officials... [ more
2018-03-22 05:38
One of the businesses destroyed by fire earlier this year in Falconer will re-open within the next few days. Falconer Vac Shop will be operating in a temporary structure at the site of the old store on Main Street. The owner of the shop, Brian Nelson, says the business will be providing the same services it did before the fire that occurred on January 14th destroyed the building... [ more
2018-03-22 04:18
Area congressman Tom Reed says he supports President Donald Trump's decision to place tariffs on China. On Thursday, the President signed new tariffs on up to $60 billion a year's worth of Chinese imports, retaliating for what the White House describes as Beijing's violation of U.S. intellectual property rights. Reed released the following statement in response to Trump's decision: I care about more
2018-03-22 04:10
The latest annual U.S. Census Bureau estimates are out for counties. The Empire Center, an independent, non-partisan think tank, noted that during the 12-month period ending last July 1st, the 50 counties from the upstate New York region lost more than 3,500 residents. Chautauqua County's population dropped by 592, reaching 129,046. In 2010, when the last census was taken, the county had a more
2018-03-22 01:51
A date has been set for a public information meeting on the proposed roundabout project for the intersection of Routes 20 and 60 in the town of Pomfret. The State Department of Transportation will be holding the meeting on April 12 from 4 to 7 pm in the Fredonia Opera House. The meeting will include an informal open house with displays for the proposed project. A formal presentation on the more
2018-03-22 01:38
Fredonia Police are investigating a vandalism spree that involved several locations in the village including the exterior of Village Hall. Police say green spray paint was used in making the letters NWO. The incidents reportedly occurred Sunday night and again on Wednesday night. Other buildings that were hit included the American Legion Post and the Masonic Lodge, along with the entrance of more
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