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Fetus found along Lake Erie beach shoreline

DUNKIRK, NY-- New York State Police are investigating human remains found along the shoreline of Lake Erie.

Investigators say they were notified Thursday afternoon of remains discovered along the shore at Lake Erie State Park in the Town of Portland. Portland is just south of Dunkirk in Chautauqua County.

An autopsy confirmed the remains are that of an 18-20 week old fetus. Officials believe the fetus may have separated from its mother about two or three weeks ago.

Authorities haven't determined if the fetus washed up on shore or was placed there. Officials are working to determined how long the fetus was in the water.

They would like to find the mother and learn more about her circumstances. Investigators say they have little information and are turning to the public for help. If you have any information, you're asked to call New York State Police at (716) 665-3114.

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Hosts Eight-Week 'Comedy Series in the Bear’s Den' This Fall

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Hosts Eight-Week 'Comedy Series in the Bear’s Den' This Fall

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is excited to announce it will feature some of the best names in comedy for eight straight weeks this fall in the Bear’s Den Showroom. Every Thursday night at 8 p.m., beginning October 2, the “Comedy Series in the Bear’s Den,” sponsored by 97 Rock, will give comedy-lovers the opportunity to see their favorite stand-up comedians up close and personal in a 440-seat, theater-style venue. 97 Rock talk show host Rob Lederman, part of the long-running “Norton in the Morning” show, will host the comedy series.

Comics who have appeared on “The Daily Show,” “Saturday Night Live” and in major comedy clubs across the country will perform every Thursday between October 2 and November 20. Ralphie May, best known from Comedy Central’s “The Burn with Jeff Ross” and ”Comedy Underground with Dave Attell,” will kick off the series.

Prosecutors: 2 Men Confess To Killing Violinist

Federal prosecutors say two suspects have confessed to last week's killing of a violinist with the Chautauqua Institution's symphony orchestra.

It was just before 7:00 last Wednesday morning when Jonathan Conklin and Charles Sanford, two homeless men from Erie, Pennsylvania, were outside of Mary Whitaker's summer home in the Chautauqua County town of Westfield.

According to the criminal complaint the two men had concocted a plan to rob the home's owner. Why?

"Conklin told Sanford he wanted to live like a rock star."

Under the plan, Sanford would knock on the door of a home picked at random and tell the homeowner he had run out of gas and needed to borrow a phone.

Local Music Showcase is September 6th!!!

Local Music Showcase is September 6th!!!

Eleventh Annual Local Music Showcase is Sept. 6 in Downtown Jamestown Local Musicians, Downtown Businesses show their support for Infinity

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Local music fans will once again descend upon downtown Jamestown to show their support for music and arts education in Chautauqua County. The eleventh annual Local Music Showcase (LMS) is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 6 at ten participating venues with all proceeds once again going to Infinity Visual and Performing Arts.

“LMS is our biggest fundraiser of the year, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support instruction costs at Infinity,” explains Infinity Executive Director Shane Hawkins.

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appoints Two Directors

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appoints Two Directors

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has appointed two new members to its leadership team. Meichle Latham has been named Director of School Based Services and Maria Picone has been named Director of the Family and Community Services Department, formerly known as the Metropolitan District Service Department.

Dennis Walczyk, Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to promote Maria and Meichle to these leadership positions, and look forward to the expertise, passion, and energy they will bring to their new and increased responsibilities.”

As Director of School Based Services, Latham is responsible for overseeing the organization’s services currently delivered to Catholic, public and charter schools in Erie and Niagara counties. She also will establish and maintain connections with educational partners and work to expand services to schools not being served.

ZZ Top Cancels Friday Performance at Seneca Allegany; JEFF BECK WILL STILL PERFORM

ZZ Top Cancels Friday Performance at Seneca Allegany; JEFF BECK WILL STILL PERFORM

Yesterday, ZZ Top announced the cancellation of performances for the next few weeks due to longtime co-vocalist and guitarist Dusty Hill’s injury. Hill slipped and fell on his hip Tuesday night on his tour bus, sustaining an injury that has required “immediate attention.”

Among the cancelled performances is the outdoor concert at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, this Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

The show will continue on with Jeff Beck, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who was ranked No. 5 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of all-time greatest guitarists. Opening act, Tyler Bryant, will also perform.  Bryant, still at the young age of 23, has dazzled many of the music industry’s greats since his early teenage years, touring with or opening for acts such as Aerosmith, Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others. The show will start at 7 p.m. as originally planned.

Lake Shore Hospital to Remain Open

IRVING, NY- A Chautauqua County Hospital that was in danger of closing after its parent company declared bankruptcy will remain open.

Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY 23) says TLC Health Network is also cancelling planned layoffs

"Lake Shore plays a significant role in the quality of life in our area – from giving patients the critical health care they need to the hundreds of jobs the hospital supports," Congressman Reed said in a statement.

"That's why news that the hospital will stay open and cancel layoffs is so important for Chautauqua County jobs will stay in the area and families won't have to travel long distances to access they care they need."

The hospital filed for bankruptcy last December.