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A Dunkirk woman was charged Wednesday with first-degree manslaughter in connection with the stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl on May 15, Dunkirk police said. Police said 26-year-old Ashlyann M. Lopez-Lopez was taken into custody on a warrant that was issued by Dunkirk City Court Judge John Kuzdale, who presided over her arraignment Wednesday and set bail at $500,…

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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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Three City of Dunkirk residents and a Fredonia man were arrested on multiple drug charges Wednesday following a police raid on a Dunkirk residence, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. Dunkirk City Police and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at about 8:37 a.m. at a Roberts Road residence in the city, where t…

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An overheated extension cord sparked a fire Wednesday in a single-family home on Central Avenue in Dunkirk. Crews from the Dunkirk Fire Department found heavy smoke coming from a second-floor rear window when they arrived, according to Fire Chief Michael Edwards. Three occupants of the house already had escaped the burning house prior to the department's arrival. Fire p…

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A Dunkirk woman pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Minerva Maestre, 49, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison when she is sentenced before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. …

A suspected drug dealer  turned herself in to City of Dunkirk Police Department Thursday on an outstanding arrest warrant. Yanira  Corraliza-Maestre, 23, is accused of selling crack cocaine to agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force within the city of Dunkirk. Corraliza-Maestre  was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court on charges of criminal possession of a cont…