Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on November 3, 2022
There is a dense fog advisory for Orleans county till 11am this morning. Fog will cause low visibility driving conditions. Visibility will be a quarter mile or less. The National weather service says to slow down and be prepared for sudden stops. Leave lots of distance between vehicles.
Semi Pro Football is set to return to Genesee County. Elba resident Harry Roscoe announced he is serving as head coach and offensive coordinator for the Genesee Spartans Football Club and is negotiating for the team to play in the Empire Football League or the Gridiron Developmental Football League. He said the plan is for the Spartans to play an eight-game schedule, with four or five of them at a location to be determined in Batavia. Craig Tiberio of Le Roy, who played at Buffalo State College, will be the assistant coach/defensive coordinator; Otis Thomas, football coach at Notre Dame High, will assist on defense, and Jerry Smith Jr. will assist on the offensive side of the ball. Macy Paradise of Elba has been signed on as the team trainer. They are looking for sponsors and inviting former semi pro players to get involved.
A Batavia man has been convicted of cruelty to animals after he burned 2 dogs with acid in January of 2021. One dog sustained burned fur and skin. The other dog’s eyes were burned. Both dogs have made a full recovery. The dog with the burned eyes shows no ill effects. Robert Williams was convicted on 2 counts of animal cruelty and 2 counts of criminal mischief. The maximum sentence is 2 years in jail.
Livingston County deputies have released the name of the man who was found dead in Lakeville. They say the remains of 73-year-old Daniel Wnuk were spotted last week floating in several inches of water in the area of Big Tree Road and Stone Hill Road. Wnuk had been reported missing last Monday after a family member wasn’t able to get in contact with him. Police are still waiting for autopsy results to find out how he died
The College Board National Recognition Programs recognized 3 Byron Bergen students for academic honors. Ava Wagoner was awarded the National African American Recognition Award. Zoey Shepard was awarded the National Rural and Small Town Award. Dayanara Caballero was awarded the National Hispanic Recognition Award, National Rural and Small Town Award, and the National Indigenous Award. To qualify for recognition, students have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that ⅕ of all deaths in people ages 20-49 are traceable directly to alcohol use. The study examined 694,660 mean deaths per year between 2015 and 2019. The leading causes of alcohol-related deaths in both men and women were alcohol liver disease, other poisonings, and motor vehicle crashes. Experts said this study should be taken seriously by anyone consuming alcohol. Although the study only went till 2019, it is estimated that alcohol abuse increased by 25 percent since the COVID Pandemic. There are many resources for people who need help with problem drinking and don’t want to be part of this statistic. The Genesee County Office for the Aging website keeps a list of organizations. To take a look, follow the link at wbtai.com.
A new study shows that ending daylight saving time could save more than daylight. Daylight Saving Time ends on this weekend. However, several states are pushing the federal government to make daylight saving permanent through a bill called the Sunshine Protection Act. This act would take effect next March if President Biden signs it into law. A new study from Current Biology was published and found that the number of crashes involving deer jumps 16% the week after daylight saving time ends. The DMV and DEC say that 40 percent of deer/car crashes happen between October and December. The study suggests if daylight saving was kept year-round it would prevent dozens of human deaths, save drivers nationwide almost $1.2 billion every year and save more than 36,000 deer from being hit and killed.
The Buffalo Sabres debuted their new Reverse-Retro Blue and Gold Goathead jerseys and gave fans another come from behind win Wednesday night at the KeyBank Center. Defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3. Thanks to scoring five goals in the third period, the Buffalo Sabres were able to extend their current winning streak to three games. Victor Olofsson scored twice and Tage Thompson, Kyle Okposo, JJ Peterka and Alex Tuch also had a goal each as the Sabres defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins six-to-three at KeyBank Center last night. The Sabres also received solid goaltending from Eric Comrie who stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced. Up next for Buffalo is a road game with the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night. Puck drop is 7pm.
Holland Land Office Museum announced their annual Wonderland of Trees with the opening night Gala on Friday the 18th of November. Opening night will run from 6-8:30 pm. Come to the museum to marvel at all of the wonderfully decorated trees from local organizations and businesses from around Genesee County. Live holiday music will be performed by members of the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the D&R Depot. There will also be a basket raffle of dozens of exciting gift baskets. Tickets are $15 per person or $10 for museum members. Children under 12 are $5. The display will run through the end of December.