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News Headlines for February 1st 2014

STOP-DWI Craking Down During Super Bowl Weekend


     Police agencies across Chautauqua County are taking part in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving during Super Bowl Weekend.  The announcement was made late Friday by the Chautauqua County STOP-DWI Program.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says the enforcement effort began yesterday and, will continue through Monday, February 3rd.  Gerace says Super Bowl Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving.  The local STOP-DWI group is working with the Sheriff's Department, State Police, Jamestown, Ellicott, Lakewood-Busti and many more to protect others from drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.  Gerace says getting drunk drivers off Chautauqua County roads is "one of our top priorities."  Funding for the effort is being provided by the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation through a grant.




Bus Accident at Maple Grove High School


    A Bemus Point Central School bus driver is being treated at a Buffalo-area hospital after the driver had a medical emergency and, the bus crashed in the parking lot at Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School.  Sheriff's officers say the incident occured at about 8:00 Friday morning.  However, Deputies say no students were on the bus at the time.  Officers say the bus struck three parked cars in the lot before driving over a snow bank.  The driver -- who was not identified -- was treated at the scene by Fluvanna fire rescuers and, taken to the Ellery Town Park.  Officers say the operator was then flown by Starflight Helicopter to Buffalo General Hospital.  No charges have been filed in connection with the accident.



Jamestown's Largest Soup Kitchen Celebrates Milestone


    Today is a special anniversary for the Jamestown-area's largest soup kitchen.  The St. Susan's Center in the Gateway Center is celebrating it's 30th year of operation.  They won't have a big party but, will begin a year-long commemoration to celebrate and, make the community more aware of their mission.  Director Sue Colwell says, while it's been 30 years, they're serving more people than ever.  In fact, she says they dished out a record number of 538 meals for people Thursday.

     Colwell says it's been quite a change from February 1st of 1984 when St. Susan's opened up at a small location on Prospect Street and, served grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.  She says it's "quite amazing" how their operation has changed and, the number of people they serve.  Colwell says, though, if it weren't for the community's support in so many ways St. Susan's wouldn't be able to help the people it does.