Two people killed in Salamanca car-pedestrian accident...
Two people were killed when they were struck by a car in the Cattaraugus County Town of Salamanca early last evening.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley were called to the scene at the intersection of Route 353 and North State Street just after 5:30 p.m., and, found the two victims dead at the scene.  No identifies have been revealed.  Deputies say the driver of the car was not hurt... but, a passenger was taken to Olean General Hospital for unspecificed injuries.  Officers say the accident remains under investigation, and charges are pending. 
 
 
National Weather Service continues Lake Effect Snow Warning through this afternoon...
The National Weather Service is continuing a Lake Effect Snow Warning through this afternoon for much of southwestern New York... including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.  The Weather Service's Buffalo office issued the warning yesterday morning.  Forecaster Jim Mitchell says the Dunkirk-Fredonia and Silver Creek areas are getting most of the snow today.  He says northern parts of the county will received 2-inches of snow an hour at times before weakening and moving into the Jamestown-area later in the afternoon.  Mitchell says snowfall totals will vary widely depending on where the bands set up.  He says the Jamestown-area will see another 3 to 5 inches of snow before the system breaks up.  Winds have varied in some areas... but, will weaken through the afternoon after gusts reached 30-plus miles an hour last night and overnight.  The complete forecast is coming up.
 
 
One person found decreased in Fredonia apartment after fire...
An apartment fire at One Temple Square in the village of Fredonia has turned fatal.  Fredonia firefighters responded to a general fire alarm around 3 p.m. Friday.  Second Assistant Fredonia Fire Chief and Information Officer Kurt Maytum says... when crews reached the scene... they learned about the fire and were able to confined the flames to one room.  Maytum adds that's also when they found the victim.  The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team and a Chautauqua County Coroner were also called to the scene.  The name of the victim has not been released at this time.  Firefighters had to ventilate smoke from the building before residents could return to their apartments.  Fredonia firefighters were assisted by Dunkirk at the scene. 
 
 
Mayville man pleads guilty to causing death of motorcyclist last Summer...
A Chautauqua County man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a motorcyclist and injuring three others in a crash last summer in Wyoming County.  The District Attorney's office there says 29-year-old Joshua Huntress, of Mayville, pleaded guilty late this week to aggravated vehicular homicide and assault.  Prosecutors say Huntress had taken various controlled substances on July 9th and then attempted to drive from a motel in Warsaw to Chautauqua County.  He was traveling on Route 20A in the town of Orangeville when his vehicle plowed into two motorcycles.  A 66 year-old woman riding on one of the motorcycles suffered fatal injuries.  The man she was riding with and the couple on the other motorcycle suffered serious injuries. 
 
 
Flu Season hitting south hard...
Health officials say the Deep South is among the hardest-hit regions of the nation so far this flu season.  In its latest update on influenza activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta identifies seven states reporting widespread flu activity, and all but one are in the South: Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Virginia.  The other state reporting widespread influenza activity is Massachusetts.  The Georgia Department of Public Health says this year's flu season is likely to be a rough one nationwide. 
 

WJTN News Headlines for Oct. 19, 2018

The state's Public Employee Relations Board arbitration panel has awarded Jamestown police officers a two-percent pay increase for 2016 and 2017...   On Thursday, the Post-Journal reported...

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