Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on August 16, 2022
A Sheldon woman has admitted to causing more than $16,000 damage to a room at Wyoming County Community Hospital. 33-year-old Mary Coyne appeared in Wyoming County Court last week and pleaded guilty as charged to a single count of second-degree criminal mischief. Coyne was a patient in the Emergency Department of the hospital in June 2021 when she began damaging equipment and other items in a room before barricading herself inside the room. Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies and hospital staff were able to subdue Coyne, who was then transferred to Erie County Medical Center. Coyne left that hospital but later turned herself in after an arrest warrant was issued. She will be sentenced Sept. 14.
According to a preliminary report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), an earthquake occurred Monday in Genesee County. It happened early in the morning today. The quake’s epicenter was located east of Batavia, north of the Stafford County Club, between Prentice Road and Randall Road. Overall, it wasn’t a powerful earthquake, only registering a magnitude of 1.2 on the Richter scale. USGS says it was five kilometers deep.
A special prosecutor has been named to handle the case of the man who is accused of assaulting Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn’s office will be overseeing the prosecution of 43-year-old David Jakubonis who approached Zeldin with a weapon in his hand during a campaign stop in Monroe County last month. Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley recused herself because she’s friends with Zeldin who is the Republican nominee in the race for New York governor. Jakubonis is due back in court later this month.
The investigation continues into what led to a man’s body being found in Lake Ontario. According to officials, the remains were seen floating near a pier in the area of Ontario Beach Park yesterday and were later removed from the water. The man’s name hasn’t been released and police are waiting for autopsy results to find out how he died. Anyone who has information on this case is asked to dial 911.
Another Kelly for Kids Foundation fundraiser is now in the books. Hall of fame player Jim Kelly, along with some teammates that included past NFL players, was at Terry Hills over the last few days to play for the cause. They’ve raised millions of dollars over the years for local charities. The “reunion” tournament that many from all over the country come back to annually is what fans, family and friends of BillsMafia enjoy and look forward to every year. Kelly emphasized there are ‘No Mulligans and five total hits only’. He summarized that, while the prizes are serious, the fun is like “Caddyshack.” (Photos courtesy of Chris Kalin)
Kraft Heinz is recalling more than 5,700 cases of Wild Cherry CapriSun drinks contaminated with cleaning solution. The recall applies to all products with a “best when used by” date of June 25, 2023. The company issued the voluntary recall after the drinks accidentally mixed with a diluted cleaning solution used on processing equipment at one of its factories. The issue was discovered after Kraft Heinz received several consumer complaints about the taste of the affected product People should not drink it; anyone who purchased the product can return it to the store where they bought it for a full refund.
A Buffalo landlord has been sentenced for knowingly exposing residents to unsafe levels of lead. Prosecutors say 54-year-old MD Abedin continued to rent out a property on Hammerschmidt Avenue and violated a health order issued after a child tested positive for lead exposure. Abedin was given a one-year conditional discharge and he must also make sure his properties follow the proper health and safety codes. Residents who are concerned about potentially high lead levels in their homes can call the county health department at 716-961-6800.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority wants it to be easier for Buffalo Bills fans to attend home games this season. After a five year hiatus, the agency is planning to offer bus service to and from Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park with a soft launch of the program planned for this Saturday when the Bills host the Denver Broncos. A spokesperson for the NFTA told The Buffalo News that the bus rides are coming back due to high demand. The cost of a trip will be $5 each way and a list of starting points can be found online. For the pilot program, in addition to the downtown bus terminal station at 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, there are 4 other locations:
• Black Rock/Riverside Transit Hub
• University Station.
• Thruway Mall.
• Athol Springs
The GLOW Region Solid Waste Management Committee is still accepting appointments for the 2022 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event to be held in Batavia on Saturday, September 17th. You’ll need an appointment, which you can make online by going to www.glowsolidwaste.org and clicking on the link for the collection you’d like to attend. Those without Internet access can call the GLOW office at 815-7906. Four hundred eighty (480) spots are available and are filling fast. A separate Electronics Collection will be held 1 week later, Saturday, September 24, also in Batavia, and also by appointment.
With the exception of tires, materials are accepted at NO CHARGE.
Acceptable materials include at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection:
Latex and Oil base paint, varnishes and shellac
Household chemicals and cleaning products
Household pesticides and insecticides
Aerosol cans (partial or full)
Vehicle fluids, oil filters, vehicle batteries EXCEPT MOTOR OIL
20 lb. propane tanks and 1 lb. canisters
Tires ($5.00 each)
Unacceptable materials include:
Empty containers, farm pesticides, asbestos and radioactive waste and explosives