Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office investigating fatal snowmobile accident...

One person has been killed and another critically injured following a head-on crash involving two snowmobiles in the town of French Creek.  Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene along Snowmobile Trail 4-F near Conway Road about 11:40 pm Saturday night for a serious snowmobile accident.  Officers say one of the riders... 25 year-old Matthew TeCulver of Panama... was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.  The other rider... identified as 28 year-old William Rick of Union City, Pennsylvania... was in critical condition.  The crash is under investigation.


Upstate New York sees record, or near record cold early Sunday morning, Winter Storm approaches...

There was at least one record set... and, a near record when bitter Arctic air moved into western New York for the first time this Winter early Sunday morning.  The frigid conditions dropped the mercury into the minus numbers across the region... with a 6-below reading at the Jamestown Airport... and, it got as cold as 15-below in Olean in Cattaraugus County.  That from Forecaster Steve Welch with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says the record was set in Watertown along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario.  That was -37 which beat the old record of -30 in 1979.  Buffalo had a low of -12... just missing the record of -13.  Wind chills across the region pushed to minus-25 to minus-30 degrees.  Temperatures will warm to about 30 today... but, Welch says our next Winter Storm will move in late tonight... with significant accumulations forecast.  He says the storm is tracking closer to western New York... and, accumulations will be 7 to 13 inches through Tuesday night.  A Winter Storm Warning has now been posted for Chautauqua County for tonight through Tuesday night.


National Comedy Center officials takes over operation of the Gateway Train Station in Jamestown...

The National Comedy Center has officially assumed operation of the Gateway Train Station in Jamestown... and, has announced it will extend new event rental opportunities through 2016.  In a printed release last weekend... Center officials say use of the facility for events will now include the new Comedy Center Park and Patio, and, newly constructed components of the site that were developed in 2015 -- using National Comedy Center grant funds.  A published report also says that Train Station General Manager Lee Harkness has been let go with the change-over in operations.  In the release... Comedy Center Chairman Tom Benson said that construction planning for the site has been updated to allow rentals beyond the prior June 30th cut-off.  Benson says that "as we have moved through the final design process, we have gained more visibility on the construction plan.  The Comedy Center began leasing the train station on Jan. 1.  For more information on renting the Gateway Train Station... contact Dallas Thurn at 484-0800.


Teresi says Athenex drug manufacturing plant to be built in town of Dunkirk will benefit the entire county...

Governor Andrew Cuomo "personally drove" the effort to locate a new drug manufacturing plant -- and it's 900 jobs -- in northern Chautauqua County.  That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who was among the officials in Dunkirk last Thursday for Cuomo's announcement that Athenex will be locating the 300,000 square foot facility at a site on Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk.  Teresi calls it "fantastic news" for Dunkirk... and all of Chautauqua County.  He says Cuomo put the deal together, and "carried it on his back."  Teresi says Cuomo was driven by three reasons to make the project happen... one was because the business, which was spawned at the University of Buffalo research facility, has great potential.  He says the governor also wants to spur "high-tech" business in the state... and, wanted to do something for Dunkirk -- which has seen major job losses the past few years.  Teresi says the project will have a "positive impact" on the county's tax base... and, ultimately boost county sales tax revenues.   He made his comments on this past weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.


State Police kept busy by Super Bowl Weekend STOP-DWI Campaign...

New York's STOP-DWI initiative on Super Bowl weekend kept state troopers busy.  State Police say the issued nearly 47-hundred tickets were issued last weekend during the crackdown, which began at 2 p.m. Saturday and continued until midnight on Super Bowl Sunday.  During the 34-hour campaign... state police increased patrols and conducted sobriety checkpoints.  Troopers arrested 92 people for DWI and investigated 157 accidents, which resulted in 29 people injured but no fatalities.  In all, 1,772 tickets were issued for speeding, 141 for seatbelt violations, 101 for distracted driving, and 63 for violations of the move-over law.  Last year's effort ran for just 12 hours on Super Bowl Sunday.  State police issued 1,305 tickets and arrested nine people for DWI.


Two treated for drug overdoses in Cherry Creek...

Chautauqua County Sheriff's officers report two more saves from opiate drug overdoses using Naloxone over the past weekend.  Deputies were called to the scene in Cherry Creek about 11:25 p.m. last Saturday... and, found two unresponsive subjects.  They were joined at the scene by Cherry Creek and South Dayton Fire rescue crews... who assisted.  The Sheriff's patrol assisted crews in administering Narcan to revive the two victims.  Both were then transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk for further treatment.

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