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If everything went as it did for decades, this would have been one of Rosemary Billquist's favorite days of the year. The alarm clock would have gone off around 6 a.m. and the alarm on her phone would have kicked in as well, but she would have slept straight through, because she always slept hard. Her husband, Jamie, knowing his wife, would have gone outdoors to clea…

Crime

A Chautauqua County man has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the death of a North Tonawanda woman while she riding a motorcycle on Route 20A in Wyoming County. The July 9 collision also left three other motorcyclists seriously injured, Chautauqua authorities said. As part of the plea, Joshua D. Huntress, 29, of Mayville, admitted that his actions caused th…

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Until last year, Lisa Hitchcock had never met Rosemary Billquist. On a spring afternoon, a car rumbled up a clay driveway on a hill in Friendship, on the Southern Tier, where Hitchcock maintains a home-based rescue operation for dogs. Rosemary and her husband, Jamie, climbed out. "She was wearing a dress, this beautiful pretty dress," said Hitchcock, who watched as d…

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John Patterson believes that he understands Sherman, a little community in Chautauqua County, about 75 miles from Buffalo. He arrived as a young man to take a job as a chemistry and math teacher at Sherman High School. He met his wife Sally about a half-century ago, when she worked as a secretary for the superintendent. The couple ran a family farm, with 100 cows and ca…

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Friday, a coalition of private and public agencies in Central New York held an annual National Adoption Day celebration in Syracuse. The Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center was packed with at least 1,000 people as 52 families finalized adoptions with Family Court judges from seven upstate counties. Peter Robinson, a Niagara County court officer, sang "America the Beauti…

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The marble figure stands motionless in a Plexiglass box, the smallest details of her hands and elaborate lace dress etched in stone. The statue went up in Jamestown's Lake View Cemetery more than a century ago, after the death of the young woman it was built to represent. The many wedding day stories about "the lady in the glass case" remain wildly alive: The lady wa…

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The Buffalo office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has reached out to Mayor Willie Rosas of Dunkirk, and the senator's staff members have promised to assist the mayor in the quest to reach his mother. As The Buffalo News reported earlier today, Rosas and his three siblings have been unable to reach their mother, Rosalia, 79, for six days, since Hurricane Maria caused sweep…

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A Chautauqua County woman was arrested by troopers on charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, according to State Police. Tonya Spallino, 39, of Kennedy, was involved in a one-car crash Sunday on Route 62 in the Town of Poland, where her vehicle ended up in a ravine, according to State Police. Spallino was extricated from her car by members of t…

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Jessica Falco has never done anything like this in her life. There will be a gathering at 1 p.m. Thursday on Dunkirk's pier, followed by a walk to City Hall, where Falco will stand before the men and women in the crowd and explain why she asked them to come together. For years, she was frightened of speaking in front of groups. But she is calling the event "Not one more…

DUNKIRK – Dunkirk firefighters took about 45 minutes Sunday afternoon to extinguish a blaze on a fishing platform behind the NRG Energy power plant in Dunkirk Harbor, a Fire Department spokesman reported. The Fire Department received a report of the fire in the vicinity of railroad tracks near Point Drive North shortly after 3 p.m., the spokesman said. When firefighters…

A car struck a billboard after leaving the road Tuesday in the Town of Kiantone, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. The crash occurred shortly before 11 a.m. on the Foote Avenue Extension, authorities said. After striking the billboard, the car flipped over several times and traveled about 150 yards through fields, hitting shrubs and trees, the Sheriff…

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The plaque, a replica of a gift to the people of Dunkerque, France, hangs in the second floor corridor of Dunkirk City Hall, a couple of blocks from Lake Erie. It has been there for decades, a gesture to emphasize a bond of deep affection, and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas sees it as a daily reminder of civic purpose. "We need to remember," he said, "great things can happe…

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Jessica Falco stopped using heroin on June 25, 2014. The third anniversary of that decision will be later this month, but she cannot allow herself any early celebration. They teach you in 12-step programs to go day by day, to break life into small segments that begin with each new dawn. Falco sat in her Dunkirk home last week, her infant son in her arms. She said she ha…

NORTH HARMONY – An out-of-town motorist faces drug and weapons charges after he was pulled over Monday by New York State Police for speeding on Interstate 86 in the hamlet of Stow. Thomas Sanchez, 20, of Lynn, Mass., was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said. After he was pulled over,…

State police charged a Chautauqua County man with driving while intoxicated and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Jason Dustin, 44, of the Town of Poland was  pulled over on West Main Street in  the Town of Falconer for a traffic violation and arrested after failing several field sobriety tests, according to state police. Two children, both under 16 year…