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Frewsburg Man Injured in Overnight Motorcycle Crash

A Frewsburg man suffered minor injuries in a motorcycle crash early Sunday in the Town of Carroll. Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say a motorcycle operated by 22-year-old Robert Lingenfelter struck an animal while traveling on Frew Run Road shortly before 12:30 AM. Lingenfelter lost control of the motorcycle and was subsequently ejected. He was transported by Frewsburg Fire to UPMC Chautauqua for treatment.
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Frewsburg man injured after motorcycle hits animal

FREWSBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 22-year-old Frewsburg man suffered minor injuries after his motorcycle hit an animal on Frew Run Road just before 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office. Robert Lingenfelter was reportedly taken to UPMC by Frewsburg Fire for treatment of his injuries. Per the Sheriff’s office, Lingenfelter lost […]
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Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Sherman Man in Morning Altercation

A Sherman man was arrested on multiple charges following an altercation Sunday morning in the village. Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence on West Main Street at about 10:15 AM and found that 22-year-old Trever Kneer had allegedly struck numerous people and damaged property belonging to those same people. Kneer was charged with one count of 4th-degree criminal mischief and two counts of 2nd-degree harassment, and he was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment.
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Dunkirk High School Class of 2022 Graduates

High school seniors across Chautauqua County this weekend are celebrating the transition to the next chapter of their lives, with commencement ceremonies taking place this weekend. Dunkirk High School's graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022 was held Saturday morning at Karl Hoeppner Field. Superintendent Mike Mansfield congratulated the graduates for their accomplishments, and told them that they will "always have a home in Dunkirk"...
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United Way of Southern Chautauqua County Honors Local Volunteerism

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County honored 17 volunteers at its 2022 Volunteer of the Year event this week at the Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown. The volunteers, all nominated by agencies funded by the United Way, attended the event and were honored with a special certificate, signed by Executive Director Amy Rohler and a representative from the nominating agency. Director of Community Impact Lindsey Goold presented the awards to each nominee, and Chautauqua County I.D.E.A. Coalition Leecroft Clarke was the keynote speaker. The theme of the event was "Community volunteers are the key to our community success."
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CCDMH Secures $150,000 Grant to Supports Students' Mental Health Needs

The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene (CCDMH) was recently awarded $150,000 to support eligible Chautauqua County schools with their students' mental health needs. Administered by the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and developed in consultation with the New York State Education Department, the grant funds will be available between July 1 and December 31, 2022.
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Early Voting for June 28th Primaries Concludes Today

Today is the final day of early voting for New York State's upcoming primary elections. Voters in Chautauqua County have four locations to cast their ballots -- the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk, the Chautauqua County Board of Elections in Mayville, the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, and the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood. Early voting runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM today at all four sites. Meanwhile, the polls for the primary races will be open on Tuesday from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
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NY residents react to Supreme Court decision on concealed firearms

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York’s century-old restriction on concealed firearms. The majority of justices sided with gun rights advocates that the state’s “proper cause” requirement to obtain a concealed carry license violates the constitution. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, and two individual gun owners, are challenging the century-old New […]
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Meet Snowball! Our Pet of the Week

JAMESTOWN – In an effort to help animals find their forever home, WNY News Now is partnering with the Chautauqua County Humane Society to showcase animals’ part of our pet of the week segment. To learn more about our featured pet, watch the video above or contact the...
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County Health Department Raising Awareness of Potential Rabies Exposure from Bats

The Chautauqua County Health Department is raising awareness of the potential exposure to rabies from bats. Bats are one of the most frequently reported rabid animals that people and pets come in contact with. If an exposure occurs medical treatment may be necessary, contact the Chautauqua County Environmental Health Unit to discuss the specific situation.
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County Lawmakers Approve Resolutions Towards Expanding South Chautauqua Lake Sewer District

The Chautauqua County Legislature has taken another step towards expanding a sewer district that stretches along the southern end of Chautauqua Lake. During this week's monthly meeting in Mayville, lawmakers passed three resolutions related to extending the boundaries of the South Chautauqua Lake Sewer District, including authorizing $24 million in bonding for the project. Lawmakers passed the resolutions after several comments and questions were made during a public hearing. Legislature Chairman Pierre Chagnon says he didn't note any objections to the project during the hearing...
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Department Of Mental Hygiene Secures Students Mental Health Grant

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene was recently awarded $150,000 to support eligible Chautauqua County schools with their students’ mental health needs. Administered by the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and developed in consultation with the New York State Education Department, the grant funds will...
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County Health Officials Urge People to Be Cautious of Harmful Algal Blooms

With the summer season underway and people hitting area waterways, the Chautauqua County Health Department is urging all county residents and visitors to educate themselves about harmful algal blooms (HABs) and to be cautious when swimming, boating, and fishing. In New York State, HABs occur most frequently in the mid to late summer months, but can occur at any time of the year. Small bloom conditions can change rapidly due to changes in weather and lake currents. Larger blooms will likely persist throughout the summer once they become established. Health officials say small, localized blooms have been seen on Chautauqua Lake.
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Suhr's hometown reacts to retirement decision

The village of Fredonia and Chautauqua County have been a source of support over the years for two-time Olympic medalist Jenn Suhr. WDOE News reached out to the mayor of Suhr's hometown to get his reaction to her decision to retire. Mayor Doug Essek says he and his wife Julie have known Suhr since she was a little girl. Essek was surprised by Thursday's announcement and had thought she would make a comeback...
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Mayville Man Charged in Altercation

A Mayville man is facing charges after an investigation into an altercation that took place Wednesday evening at an address in Mayville. Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene shortly before 9:30 PM and discovered that 39-year-old Benjamin Preston allegedly punched another person and prevented that person from calling emergency services. A warrant was issued Thursday for Preston's arrest, and he was picked up a short time later. He was brought to the Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment on charges of 2nd-degree harassment and 4th-degree criminal mischief. He will appear in Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.
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Fancher Chair Added to State's Historic Business Preservation Registry

The oldest existing business in Chautauqua County, and in New York State, has been honored with being placed on the state's new "Historic Business Registry." State Senator George Borrello was in Falconer on Friday where he made the presentation to Fancher Chair on South Work Street. He nominated Fancher to be among the first 100 businesses honored in the registry. The Sunset Bay Republican says there was no doubt Fancher belonged there...
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