Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on November 10, 2021
Michael Tomaszewski has had his sentencing delayed, again.
County Court Judge Charles Zambito delayed sentencing for the former funeral director for a fourth time after saying the last delay would be the last.
Now, Tomaszewski is asking for the services of the public defender after firing his previous private attorney. Tomaszewski admitted to defrauding local families out of nearly a $500,000 dollars in pre-paid funerals. Outside the courthouse today two victims of the fraud spoke to reporters.
Kathy Tyson, said her family is out $7,000 and Al Kurek is out $2.800
The new sentencing date is December 7th.
The investigation continues into what caused a house fire in Livingston County that left a woman dead. Crews were called to the scene on Pond Road in Lima yesterday and arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the residence. Officials say a neighbor used a tractor to tear through a wall of the home and pull 67-year-old Cynthia Chambery out. She was rushed to a nearby hospital but was later pronounced dead.
New York State is offering an incentive for parents to get their young children vaccinated against COVID-19. Governor Hochul said yesterday that over the next few weeks, 50 full SUNY and CUNY scholarships will be raffled off to kids between the ages of five and 11-years-old who get immunized. The scholarships will cover tuition, fees, expenses, and room and board at two-year and four-year schools.
The Buffalo Sabres have made an addition to their team, but you’re not going to see him compete in a game. The Sabres have announced they’ve adopted an eight-month-old Newfoundland puppy who was rescued by the Niagara County SPCA. The dog is named Rick after longtime play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret who has spent decades with the team and is going to retire at the end of the season.