Cattaraugus County

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Cattaraugus County is continuing its aggressive move into solar energy, with a solar farm planned for an unused section of the Nuclear Fuel Services complex in West Valley.

Authorities say a man hiking in Zoar Valley over the weekend slipped and fell 70 feet to his death.

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The Food Bank of Western New York unveiled a brand new refrigerated truck that will now serve Cattaraugus County.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Food Bank is expanding its Direct Delivery Program. 

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The body of a man believed to have been missing since late April was found Sunday morning in Cattaraugus County.

There was plenty of criticism from Southern Tier residents Monday night during an informational meeting about a planned wind turbine project for the towns of Arcade, Centerville, Farmersville, Freedom and Rushford.

Seneca Nation sues over Thruway access

Apr 12, 2018
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Embroiled in a dispute over casino revenue and cigarette taxes, the Seneca Nation of Indians is adding another item to their list of grievances against New York State, claiming in a lawsuit that New York State Thruway access across the Seneca Nation land was  was never properly approved.

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When the final figures came out in sales tax collections across New York in 2017, there was good news for county governments in Western New York and for some cities.

Cattaraugus County’s public health director is confident some strides are being made in grappling with the opioid crisis.

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The emerald ash borer is becoming an issue for Cattaraugus County. The invasive species is a major problem for a portion of the 2,000 acres of county forest.

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Cattaraugus Creek flows through much of the Seneca Nation's Cattaraugus Territory, along the southern border of Erie County. It carries radiation from West Valley and the President of the Seneca Nation wants it removed.

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Preservation of the environment dominated Tuesday's celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day at the Buffalo History Museum. It was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


UPDATE: The AMBER Alert for McKenzie Wilson, 12, has been canceled. Authorities say she was found in Farmersvile and is unharmed.

Weather conditions cause partial I-90 closure

Jan 7, 2017

A lake effect snow warning remains in affect until 7 p.m. Sunday for Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattauraugus counties. A commercial traffic ban has been placed on the I-90 in both directions between Lackawanna and the Pennsylvania state line.

Apparently, the latest winter blast got more than tempers flying Wednesday in Cattaraugus County. One man escaped gun shots and another is in jail.

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Snow will continue to accumulate in areas across Western New York over the weekend.

Police arrest woman found with crack cocaine

Sep 3, 2016
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An Olean woman is facing drug-related charges after being arrested Friday afternoon.

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As rural roads and bridges continue to crumble, local officials seek ways to fund much-needed projects.

Despite torrential downpours on Monday and Tuesday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said all roads in the southtowns were opened on Wednesday.

American Red Cross Volunteers are providing for the needs of five people following a number of Friday house fires.

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It's called "glamping," or glamour camping, and its growing popularity has prompted one local businessman to make a major investment in a Cattaraugus County property.

Four arrested in church burglaries

Jul 21, 2014

Area law enforcement officials believe they have arrested four people responsible for a rash of burglaries at churches in Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties.

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A State of Emergency has been declared in the village of Gowanda in Cattaraugus County following Tuesday morning's flash flooding and heavy downpours.

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Two people were shot and killed in the Cattaraugus County Hamlet of Limestone Wednesday. A third person, believed to have attempted suicide, has been taken to an Erie, PA hospital.

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Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a fatal car accident that occurred overnight.

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An early morning traffic incident has cost a Cattaraugus County man his life.

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Western New York saw it first significant snow of the season on Saturday.

Lake effect snows brought several inches of accumulation to regions where persistent snows are common. Locations in Allegany County measured 4 inches of snow, and South Dayton in Cattaraugus County reported 5 inches of accumulation.

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ffect snow is being forecast through the next 24 hours.

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Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Great Valley.

According to Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputies, the shooting occurred just before midnight on Friday in a home along Route 417.

Multiple police agencies are investigating the incident and details remain sketchy at this time.

A spate of violent weather rolled through parts of Western New York on Saturday.

Pockets of thunderstorm activity accompanied, at times, by high winds and heavy rains, struck in the mid-morning hours. Though little damage was reported in the wake of the storms, areas of Cattaraugus County and the City of Olean did report that a few trees and many large tree limbs were felled by the winds.

Significant hail showers pelted some regions as well.

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For Andrea Siwiec of Buffalo,  "Routes to Art" has become a ritual.

This weekend will mark her third time touring the studios of the 45 artists scattered about Cattaraugus County and the Seneca Nation of Indians.

This year, Andrea, her husband and four friends will pile into the same vehicle, hitting the rural roads, meeting artists and reviewing their works.

"Their studios are in these beautiful settings. It must be where they get their inspiration."

Siwiec offers another key observation.

"Don't forget your GPS."

Reports of animal mistreatment have led to a raid on a Cattaraugus County farm.

More than 70 animals were removed from the East Otto property owned by Jay D. Williams. Sheep, horses and chickens were found to be malnourished and neglected. Among the charges against Williams are two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Williams claims many of his animals were in poor shape when purchased at auction and that he was attempting to improve their condition.