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2 men charged in violinist's murder


MAYVILLE, NY-- Two men have been charged in connection with the death of a violinist.

Mary E. Whitaker, 61, was found dead from a gunshot wound in a home on Titus Road in the Town of Westfield Wednesday.

Authorities arrested 43-year old Jonathan Conklin and 30-year-old Charles Sanford, who they believe are responsible for the death of Mary Whitaker after police say they attempted to rob her.

The arrests were announced Friday by the Chautauqua County Sheriff and the District Attorney.

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World-Traveled Culinary Expert Oliver Wolf Joins Seneca Resorts & Casinos as Executive Chef

World-Traveled Culinary Expert Oliver Wolf Joins Seneca Resorts & Casinos as Executive Chef

Germany native brings 25+ years of experience at Marriott International properties
throughout the U.S. and Germany, as well as resorts in Bermuda and Dubai

 

Buffalo’s Economic Resurgence Focus of Mayor’s Daemen Lecture

Buffalo’s Economic Resurgence Focus of Mayor’s Daemen Lecture

Mayor Byron W. Brown, a staunch advocate for economic development in Buffalo, will discuss the city’s economic resurgence and revitalization efforts as featured speaker in the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series that will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

Currently serving a third term as mayor of New York State’s second largest city, Brown’s talk, “Buffalo on the Move: For Our Region, Our State,” will focus on the city’s economic development initiatives over the past decade and the positive impact this growth has had both regionally and statewide.

Seneca Resorts & Casinos Reveals Its Bold New Brand Positioning

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New logos, new tagline, “It’s Time to Play,” rolling out throughout
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Suspected crack dealers arrested in Dunkirk


DUNKIRK, NY – Two people are under arrest and a couple of hundred dollars worth of crack cocaine is in police custody after a raid conducted by City of Dunkirk Police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force Thursday evening.

Acting on neighborhood complaints, police raided a Grant Avenue apartment where the drugs, and a large amount of cash, were seized, according to a statement released by the Dunkirk Police Department.

Police arrested two suspects at the scene: Yanira Corraliza-Maestre, 20, and Kayla A. Hoffman, 21. Two other suspects remain at large: Antoine D. Jones, 35, and Shamaar D. Braggs, 33.

Police acted on a warrant issued by Dunkirk City Court following a lengthy investigation and surveillance of the apartment, which is located at 631 Grant Avenue. Police raided the residence at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Woman Found Dead in Westfield


TOWN OF WESTFIELD, N.Y. - Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a homicide at 8448 Titus Road in Westfield.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace said Thursday that a 61-year-old woman was found dead Wednesday.

Officials say they received a call around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday from friends of the victim to check on her because they could not reach her.

Police have identified the woman has Mary E. Whitaker, of Wesfield and New York City. Whitaker was a 35-year member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, most recently as a 2nd violinist, according to Marty Merkley, the director or programming, at the Chautauqua Institution.

A nearby neighbor, Joseph Bettinger, said Whitaker was a private but "very nice lady." He said he used to see her practicing violin in her home's front window.

11th Annual Local Music Showcase Sept. 6 in Jamestown

11th Annual Local Music Showcase Sept. 6 in  Jamestown

11th Annual Local Music Showcase is Sept. 6 in Downtown Jamestown

The eleventh annual Local Music Showcase (LMS) is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 6:00pm until 2:00am at ten participating venues in downtown Jamestown. Once again, all proceeds will benefit Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. This fund-raiser for Infinity brings together 10 venues, 40 local musical acts, hundreds of volunteers, and hundreds of spectators for a night full of live, local music!

Participating Venues include: Brazil Craft Beer & Wine Lounge, Cibo, Forte, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center, Jamestown Skate Products, MoJo's, The Pub, Reg Lenna Center For The Arts- Studio Theater, Shawbucks and The Wine Cellar.

Pre-sale event tickets can be purchased at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center at 115 3rd Street and exchanged for wristbands the evening of the event. Wristbands can also be purchased the day of the event at participating venues.