Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on November 15, 2022
Last week it was 70 degrees with sunshine. This week, starting Thursday evening through Sunday we have a winter storm watch in effect. According to the National Weather Service, we can expect heavy lake effect snow with accumulations in the multiples of feet in Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties. Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Make plans to stay in if snow closes roads. The Weather Service acknowledges there remains considerable uncertainty in exact band placement and amounts, but multiple periods of heavy snow are possible. They also predicted snow in Orleans and Livingston counties but noted the totals would not match the remainder of the GLOW region. Stay with WBTA; 13WHAM meteorologists will keep us up to date.
The Medina Police Department tells us that several suspects are in custody after search warrants there were executed this morning. The Police worked cooperatively with local, county and federal agencies; at this time, no additional details and no names have been released, as this is an ongoing investigation.
City school board members have approved more than $89,000 in change orders to cover additional costs for work being done at Jackson Primary and Batavia High School. Much of the approved increases are for work at the high school, including emergency replacement of two water boilers. Work at Jackson includes installation and curb work along Liberty Street and Blakely Place and removing the unforeseen underground storage tank discovered during excavation.
The Monroe County Department of Health is reporting two deaths due to the respiratory syncytial virus that’s been spreading rapidly around the region. Both of the individuals who lost their lives were over the age of 65. Most of the illnesses have been among children who can end up getting seriously sick if they’re not treated quickly. Symptoms of RSV include headache, cough, fever and sore throat and in some cases difficulty breathing.
State Attorney General Letitia James is cracking down on online retailers illegally selling firearm ammunition. Her office identified 39 sellers that have been violating state law and shipping ammunition directly to addresses in New York. James has ordered these retailers to immediately stop shipments or risk serious legal consequences. These sellers are also required to take every necessary step to preserve all records related to ammunition sales. Under New York’s SAFE Act, all sales of ammunition have to be conducted in-person between a licensed firearms dealer or registered seller of ammunition and a customer.
Governor Hochul is traveling today; her latest visit to Buffalo included commemorating the six-month anniversary of the mass shooting at the Tops store on Jefferson Avenue. Yesterday, the governor said people in the area will come together and forge a path forward, as they did after the May 14th attack. In her efforts to help Buffalo recover, the governor announced a multi-million-dollar investment to fund several projects across the city’s downtown area. She previously joined local officials to outline plans for a permanent memorial that will honor the victims and serve as a place of reflection.
The Buffalo Sabres will once again take the ice in front of their home crowd tonight as they try and put an end to their current five-game losing streak. The Sabres are hosting the Vancouver Canucks at KeyBank Center. Buffalo last played Saturday when they were beaten by the Boston Bruins 3-1. Face-off for this evening’s contest is set for 7:00.
Catholic Health will be holding a series of “On The Spot” hiring events for the rest of this week in an attempt to fill vacant positions. Today’s event goes until 6pm at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo on Abbott Road and tomorrow’s is taking place 9 until 4 at Sisters of Charity Hospital on Main Street. And on Friday, job seekers can go to Kenmore Mercy Hospital on Elmwood Avenue between 10am and 3pm. For more information and to set up an interview, go to chsbuffalo.org.
Members of a popular rock band that’s sold millions of albums are bringing their farewell tour to Western New York next summer. Foreigner is going to perform at the Darien Lake Amphitheater on Friday, July 28th. The group is known for several smash hits including “Feels Like The First Time” “Hot Blooded” “Cold as Ice” and “I Want to Know What Love Is” Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday.