Midday News Brief

Written by on January 3, 2022

Orleans County deputies have released the name of the woman died at the scene after being hit by a vehicle. Police say 18-year-old Theresa Karlak was walking with her 13-year-old sister on Eagle Harbor Road in Gaines Saturday night when they were struck by a pickup truck. The youngest victim was injured but will be OK. Deputies said their investigation indicates that a second vehicle had pulled over on the west shoulder. Officials believe darkness and weather conditions, including heavy rain and ice, played a role in the tragedy.

Officials with the Rochester City School District say the death of a student has been connected to COVID-19. The student has been identified as Derrick Watson, who attended Rochester’s Leadership Academy for Young Men. No other information has been released. Counselors are going to be available to students and staff who need help coping with Watson’s death. A GoFundMe has already been set up to help his family with funeral expenses. // An ongoing surge in the number of coronavirus cases has led to the Erie County Department of Health changing its contact tracing policy. They say because there are so many infections, they can’t reach out to every resident who tests positive for COVID-19 to conduct contact tracing. Instead, anyone who is infected should self-quarantine and notify family and friends who they’ve recently been around. People who test at Health Department sites will be notified of their results.

A rechargeable battery exploded in a Perry apartment over the weekend, which then ignited nearby flammable materials. The fire was contained to one room, which sustained smoke and water damage. One tenant was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

The price at the pump is still holding steady at gas stations across Western New York. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $3.50. That’s the same as it was last week and is two cents less than this time one month ago. The state average is currently $3.49 a gallon while nationally is $3.28.

 

The Buffalo Bills have extended their winning streak to three games and clinched a playoff spot in the process. Quarterback Josh Allen ran for two touchdowns while running back Devin Singletary added two more as the Bills beat the Atlanta Falcons 29 to 15 at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park yesterday. With the win, the Bills improve their record to ten and six this season and remain in first place in the AFC East. They’ll finish up their regular season Sunday when they host the New York Jets.

No injuries have been reported after a fire quickly spread through a home in Rochester, causing serious damage. Crews were called to battle the flames at a residence on Webster Avenue. No one was at the house when the fire began, and firefighters were able to get things under control in about 20 minutes. There’s no word yet what caused the fire.

Buffalo police are continuing to investigate a weekend shooting that left two men dead. Officers were called to the scene on Elmer Avenue Saturday morning and found the victims. The names of the men haven’t been released but police do believe this was a targeted shooting and that there’s no threat to the public.

A judge is scheduled to hold another hearing today that could decide the fate of the Great Northern grain elevator in Buffalo. The building was damaged during a severe windstorm last month and the owner of the property wants to tear it down. But local historical preservation groups believe the structural integrity of the elevator is intact and can be saved. Last week a judge ordered both parties to reach a solution but neither side was willing to compromise.

Some lucky person could be just a few hours away from winning over a half-billion dollars. The Powerball jackpot continues to grow and will be at least 522-million bucks tonight. No one has won has the top Powerball prize since October which is a span of over 30 drawings. The cost of a ticket is two-dollars and the drawing will be streamed live online at powerball.com. Please play responsibly.

A Roswell Park study published last week shows that adult smokers with no plans to quit are more likely to give up the habit if they switch to daily vaping. The focus of the study shows daily vaping dramatically increases the quit rate among a group of the most highly addicted smokers. They are not studied often and are typically at the highest risk of health problems due to smoking. While this study is not intended to offer a green light to vaping, since there are still many unknowns regarding long-term effects of vaping. If you or someone you know is looking to quit, you’re encouraged to check out:  https//nysmokefree.com/quittingsmoking/howtoquit?

 


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