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>Victim of ATV crash wasn't wearing helmet

A Gowanda man was killed Friday night in an ATV accident in the Town of Collins on the Cattaraugus Reservation, Erie County sheriff's officials reported Saturday.

Lewi B. Twoguns, 27, of Route 438, was operating a 2000 Polaris ATV at about 6:30 p.m. when he went off Bush Road and struck a pole. Twoguns, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was not wearing a helmet, deputies said, and was speeding at the time. The crash remains under investigation.


>Raid in Cold Spring nets 1,100 marijuana plants

COLD SPRING -- The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force raided a major indoor marijuana growing operation in Cold Spring, allegedly run by a Chinese national, police said Saturday.

Authorities seized more than 1,100 pot plants with an estimated street value of $2 million. They were being grown in several rooms of a Cold Spring house using what police described as "$10,000 worth of high-tech equipment."

Xiao Xia Ting, 31, who was determined to be an illegal alien, was arrested and charged with theft of services and unlawful growing of marijuana. He was arraigned in the Town of Napoli and remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail.

Additional charges at the state and federal levels are pending. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was notified about Ting as well.


>Fredonia man accused of texting while DWI

FREDONIA -- A young Fredonia man texting and driving while intoxicated lost control of his vehicle, which rolled over Saturday morning, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said.

Brandyn M. Lambe, 19, was on Route 60 in Pomfret when the vehicle went off the edge of the road, through a ditch and then back onto the road where it flipped several times before coming to a rest on its wheels.

Lambe was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

He was charged with use of a mobile device while in motion, speeding without reason, crossing over hazard markings, failure to keep right and driving while intoxicated.

Fredonia Police and Fredonia Fire and Rescue responded.


>3 arrested in brawl during Darien Lake show

DARIEN -- Three people accused of fighting were arrested during the Brad Paisley concert at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Friday night.

James P. Balcom, 34, of Grand Island, and Matthew G. Costanzo, 27, of Tonawanda, were each charged with disorderly conduct, accused of fighting with security. Both were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, arraigned in Darien Court and remanded to jail in lieu of bail.

Samuel M. Muscarella, 23, of Alden, was charged with assault after allegedly punching another person in the face, causing a cut that required stitches. He was arraigned in Darien Court and remanded to jail in lieu of bail.

Six concert-goers also were issued appearance tickets for offenses ranging from criminal possession of a controlled substance to disorderly conduct and harassment.

Deputies also issued appearance tickets to 38 people charged with underage possession of alcohol.


>Two refuse treatment in crash tied to DWI

KIANTONE -- Two people escaped serious injury early Saturday when the driver of a car lost control and crashed in Kiantone, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said.

Benjamin T. Windoft, 22, of Lakewood, was driving his 2003 Acura south on Kiantone Road just south of Route 60 at a high speed when he lost control, striking an embankment, deputies said. The vehicle ended up in a patch of small trees at the edge of a creek bank.

Both Windoft and a 21-year-old female passenger declined medical treatment.

Windoft was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain a lane.


>Patient abuse probe in Hinsdale yields arrest

OLEAN -- An investigation into patient abuse at the Rehabilitation Center, Hinsdale, has led to the arrest of an employee, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said.

Kari A. Waltos, 29, of North First Street, is charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. The crime occurred on April 17, deputies added.

She is scheduled to appear in Hinsdale Town Court on Wednesday.