This is a recorded version of the ABC50 NOW Live show that live-streamed at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. The show streams live every Wednesday at 3 p.m. on InformNNY.com.

Temperatures are cooling down after a warmer day yesterday. Highs will be around 40 degrees today. It will get colder overnight tonight with lows in the single digits. We’ll have sunshine tomorrow with highs in the 20s, but we are expecting steady snow late tomorrow night and lasting into Friday. A severe winter storm watch is in effect for the North Country beginning Thursday night and more than nine inches of snow is expected in some areas of Jefferson and Lewis counties. Up to 12 inches of snow is possible in areas of St. Lawrence County. The snow is expected to taper off by Friday evening.

A snowmobiling accident has claimed the life of a New York State Trooper. Troopers responded to the crash on Lyon Mountain in Clinton County around 10 p.m. on February 20. According to state police, 31-year-old Joshua Gushlaw of Plattsburgh was operating a snowmobile when he lost control and struck multiple trees. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Gushlaw joined the New York State Police force in March of 2016 and was assigned to Troop B…. He was off-duty at the time of the crash.

More details have been released about the death of a SUNY Potsdam student last week. Elizabeth Howell was found unresponsive at the corner of College Park Road and East Drive in the village of Potsdam when police responded to a “shots fired” call in the village on February 18. The 21-year-old student was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital where she later died. Howell studied music education at the Crane School of Music. She was also a cellist and performed with the Crane Symphony Orchestra. According to police, witnesses said they heard three gunshots fired from a gray four-door sedan. Video evidence of the crime was provided to officers. The suspect, 31-year-old Michael Snow, was arrested on February 19 at his home in Massena. The sheriff’s office has received several calls and inquiries from people wanting to know if Snow was in custody. For clarification, Snow is currently in custody at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility. Potsdam residents are being asked to review any home or business video surveillance systems for evidence of Snow or his vehicle in the area in the hours prior to the shooting.

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie will not be seeking reelection for the 48th Senate District seat, following 36 years of public service and working in New York State politics. She was first elected as Senator for the 48th District in 2011 and represented portions of the North Country along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Ritchie said her time as Senator has been the opportunity of a lifetime. She will retire at the end of the year. Assemblyman Mark Walczyk will be running for the 48th District Seat. He previously worked for Senator Ritchie on her campaign until he resigned in March of 2018. Since then he has served on Watertown City Council and is now completing his second term as New York State Assemblyman. Former Jefferson County Board of Legislators Chairman Scott Gray has announced his candidacy for the 116th District seat on the New York State Assembly. Gray previously held his role as Chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators for six years, making him the longest-serving chairman in Jefferson County before resigning last year. According to Gray, his campaign for Assemblyman will focus on agriculture and the tourism industry, as well as bail reform and the district’s connection to Fort Drum.

According to the New York State DEC, 2021 was New York State’s safest hunting season in history. Last year, DEC officers investigated nine hunting-related shooting incidents, including one fatality. Statistics show that all identified shooters were experienced hunters with an average of 40 years of hunting experience. According to DEC, all of the incidents could have been prevented if the people involved had followed hunting safety rules. In New York State, all first-time hunters, bowhunters and trappers must successfully complete an education safety course before being able to purchase a hunting or trapping license or bowhunting privilege. Ten elevated hunting incidents were reported in 2021 and one was fatal. Only one of the hunters was wearing a safety harness, but it was not connected to a tree when they fell. DEC is stressing the importance of tree stand safety by incorporating it into the hunter education course.

The St. Lawrence Seaway will officially reopen in one month. The Montreal and Lake Ontario Section of the Seaway will open at 8 a.m. on March 22. The Welland Canal will open at 8 a.m. on March 24 and the Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canals is scheduled to open on March 25. The Seaway will enforce a zero-tolerance policy for ships in transit at drafts in excess of those specified for the 2022 navigation season. All ship transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. The Seaway System may impose restrictions in some areas until lighted navigation aids are installed.

SUNY Canton is accepting donations for their spring clothing fair. The university is looking for gently-used professional clothing for both men and women, including everything from suits and blouses to scrubs and shoes. Donations are being accepted on campus behind Kennedy Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 5 and March 19th. Donations can also be dropped off at the SUNY Canton Ready Center in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations will help students dress professionally as they prepare for interviews and to enter the workforce.

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