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A Mayville man has been arrested for taking money for a flooring job, and then failing to perform the work. State Police said Raymond Gilbert, 55, accepted a $1,200 check in March to buy materials for a project in Bemus Point. Troopers allege Gilbert cashed the check but never returned to the job site. Gilbert was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. He is sc…

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A Sherman man faces animal cruelty charges after 14 chickens were found dead in a chicken coop on property he previously owned, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. James L. Linger, 43, was charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring an animal (failure to provide sustenance) following an investigation. Officials said that at 8:25 a.m. on April 18…

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A Jamestown woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated early Tuesday morning after Jamestown Police said her chemical breath test resulted in a blood alcohol level over four times the legal limit. Aislyn G. Carlson, 32, was charged with aggravated DWI, DWI and unlicensed operator by Jamestown Police after officers found her sleeping inside her vehicle w…

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A driver died Thursday night in a one-vehicle crash in Chautauqua County, according to the county Sheriff's Office. The crash happened at 10:20 p.m. on Ellicott Road in Pomfret. Investigators determined the driver, whose name has not been released, lost control of the vehicle and traveled down a ravine, the Sheriff's Office said. No further details were released b…

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Deputies arrested three Jamestown residents on drug charges after noticing a methamphetamine pipe sticking out of a diaper bag in a vehicle while they were conducting a warrant check in Mayville Thursday, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Kristen Nelson, 38, Sarah E. Johnson, 40, and Richard Philbrick, 33, were arrested on various drug charges. Dep…

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A six-month investigation into the sale of narcotics out of a Dunkirk house resulted in four arrests Thursday evening. Dunkirk Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, working together as the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force to investigate the sale and distribution of narcotics at 50 W. 2nd St., arrested four people on drug charges and found a quantity o…

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Cummins Inc.'s engine plant near Jamestown set a record for engine production in 2018. The Lakewood plant produced more than 120,000 units, up 32 percent from the previous year, according to the Indiana-based company. The site is Chautauqua County's largest private employer, with about 1,700 employees. The plant makes heavy-duty engines for applications including ove…

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A man has been charged in Friday's fatal one-car crash in Chautauqua County that killed his brother, the county Sheriff's Office announced Thursday. James A. Newell, 41, of Steamburg, faces several charges, including unauthorized use of a vehicle and reckless driving, in the crash that killed Paul R. Newell, 43, of Coldspring, the Sheriff's Office said. The crash hap…

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No one was hurt in a car accident Monday night in which a vehicle became engulfed in flames after striking a cow in the roadway, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Following a report of a car accident on Route 60 in Sinclairville, deputies arrived at 10:30 p.m. to find the vehicle fully engulfed in flames. All occupants of the vehicle were safe at a…

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A heavily disguised man robbed a bank in Chautauqua County Friday, according to a tweet from the FBI Buffalo Office. The robbery occurred at about 4:30 p.m. at the Five Star Bank, 284 Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, according to a news release from Maureen Dempsey, public information officer for the FBI Buffalo Office. Dempsey described the robbery as having been done take…

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Two Dunkirk men were arrested Saturday on drug possession charges after State Police encountered them on the side of the road with a flat tire in Gerry, State Police said. Donte Chambers, 25, and Tony Stewart, 36, were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance after troopers said they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, searched it and r…

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A Jamestown woman and an underage individual were both arrested on drug possession charges following a traffic stop Tuesday on Interstate 86, according to New York State Police. Peggysue Goldsmith, 33, was pulled over in the Chautauqua County hamlet of Stow for speeding, during which troopers said they smelled marijuana inside her vehicle. A State Police K-9 search …

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Jamie Billquist remained unsure until a few days ago. For weeks, he had left it open about whether he would speak Monday in Chautauqua County Court, where Thomas Jadlowski faces sentencing for accidentally killing Billquist's wife, Rosie. Billquist learned that making such a statement can involve some formal preparation. Because a defense attorney has the right to objec…

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Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies were investigating a vehicle rollover late Wednesday night when a different vehicle drove into a ditch, leading to charges of driving while intoxicated. Jessica M. Harvey, 38, of Frewsburg, was charged with DWI, speed not reasonable and failure to stop at a stop sign, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's office. Just befor…

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At least eight young cows apparently fell off the back of a truck and onto I-86 on Tuesday morning. Several loose calves were spotted in a westbound driving line of the Southern Tier Expressway in the Town of Sherman in Chautauqua County about 3:50 a.m., according to the county Sheriff's Office. In total, five injured calves were found in New York and three more were…