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Courts

A citizen of Mexico who lives in Dunkirk has been sentenced in federal court to serve 120 months in prison and 30 years of postrelease supervision after his March conviction on a charge of possessing child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said that on June 5, 2018, a search warrant was executed at the Dunki…

Crime

An Albion man was arrested Friday morning following an altercation on the New York State Thruway, according to the New York State Police. Vanderson Scheuer, 29, was charged with third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly punched and injured a 59-year-old man while the two were working on the Thruway in the Town of Dunkirk. Troopers sa…

Columns

Janice Bartela immediately had her suspicions. She was walking along an all-but-deserted Cedar Beach in Dunkirk on a Friday morning, in the shadow of the shuttered hulk of the old NRG power plant, when she saw a solitary man with a shovel and a bunch of pails, digging deep into the beach. “I got irked,” said Bartela, who was there with her brother-in-law, James Watkins.…

Outdoors

The walleye of Lake Erie were in the spotlight again as the 11th Annual Lake Erie VIP Fishing Day was held last week out of Dunkirk in Chautauqua County, and the result was one of those win-win situations that you dream about – especially when the fishing is as good as it is right now. “The walleye fishing is absolutely incredible,” said Capt. Jim Skoczylas of Sheridan,…

Business

The Brooks-TLC Hospital System wants to drum up developers' interest in the future reuse of Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk. The hospital system has sent an "expression of interest" to more than 80 developers locally and outside the region, including in Canada. It's a step toward a more formal request for proposals for the property that will be issued later. Broo…

Crime

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…

Business

How should the Brooks Memorial Hospital campus on Central Avenue in Dunkirk be reused, once a new hospital opens elsewhere in the county? The Citizens Advisory Committee, a nonbinding panel created by the Brooks-TLC Hospital System's board of directors, is asking community members to submit suggestions, at brookshospital.org/hospital-reuse. Comments can be submitted thr…

Business

Lake Shore Bancorp reported full-year profits of $4 million for the first time. The Dunkirk-based parent of Lake Shore Savings Bank recorded an 18 percent increase in 2018 from $3.4 million in 2017. Its fourth-quarter profits of $1 million were boosted by a $354,000 decrease in its income tax expense, and a 10 percent increase in net interest income. Lake Shore Bank …

Business

Brooks-TLC Hospital System won't build its $67 million hospital in the town of Pomfret after all. Instead, the hospital system has shifted its plans to a site in Fredonia. Hospital system officials said "planning issues and zoning challenges" with the 26-acre Pomfret site led them to look elsewhere. "As we moved through 2018, it became apparent that the Town of Po…

Local News

A fast-moving first-floor house fire in Dunkirk killed a dog early Sunday morning, but no people were inside and firefighters rescued a cat as they put out the blaze. Dunkirk Fire Department crews arrived at 32 W. Fourth St. at 1:32 a.m. to find flames venting from a window because of a fire burning on the first floor. Firefighters learned that the residents were not ho…

High Schools

Malik Brooks is one of the fastest athletes in the state. The Lockport Lion proved that last spring when he placed fourth in the 400-meter dash at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association meet after winning the Section VI title. But the senior is more than just scary fast. He’s crazy athletic, tough and knows how to get open on the football field. …

Columns

The blow was both economic and spiritual, a combination all too familiar to a weary community . For many of us in Western New York, it is impossible to think of Dunkirk without seeing the smokestacks of the old power plant – operated for years by Niagara Mohawk – that dominate the city's waterfront. In the decades after World War II, the economic heyday of the little Ch…

Buffalo

Samuel Mascorella looked like anyone else in the crowd when he climbed off the train. This was 98 years ago, after he arrived in Syracuse for the dedication of a World War I monument that may have as much intimate meaning as any memorial to that war in this nation. The Rev. J.J. Ganey, a Catholic chaplain who served alongside Mascorella, peppered him with gentle but ins…

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Buffalo District Office is sponsoring a special entrepreneurial workshop for veterans designed to spur more people to start or run small businesses. The free one-day training program, dubbed "Boots to Business: REBOOT," will be held at the State University of New York's Fredonia Technology Incubator, located at 214 Central Ave. i…

High Schools

CICERO –  Jayla Moss came out of the blocks hard and kicked in an extra gear near the end of her 100-meter dash at the New York State Track and Field Championships. The junior from Cheektowaga knew a trip to the Federation final for the first time in school history was on the line, and she didn’t want to take any chances. Moss finished that race in 12.31 seconds to tak…