Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on June 16, 2022
A man was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital after his motorcycle was struck by a car pulling out from Clinton St near Terry Hills Golf Club Wednesday afternoon. 46 Year old Brandon Pfeifer of Rochester was thrown about 4 feet and suffered lower leg injuries and an arm injury when he was t-boned by a Chevy Equinox driven by 70 year old Dale Gillmer of Buffalo. Gillmer was cited for failure to yield the right of way and claimed he couldn’t see the motorcycle. Another person was charged with failure to obey a designated flag person when they went around the officer trying to get them to stop. A deputy caught up with them on the green at Terry Hills they reportedly said “their tee-time was more important than someone fighting for their life in the middle of the road.”
There is a heat advisory for Western NY in effect. From 10 this morning to 6 tonight the National Weather Service warns that the heat index will be in the upper 90s. High humidity and heat may cause heat illnesses to occur. Remember to drink plenty of water and get in the shade or air conditioning if you start feeling hot or light headed. Young children and pets are most susceptible for heat exhaustion as they may not know their limits or to protect themselves.
Governor Hochul has renewed the state of emergency for the State of New York citing the COVID pandemic. In an executive order signed on Tuesday, she cites that hospital admissions remaining at over 100 per day were the reason to extend the order. On Tuesday, statewide hospitalizations were at 1938, with 38 deaths. The Capital Region had a 7 day infection rate of 17.37 out of 100,000 New Yorkers with a percentage positivity of 7.09%. Central, NY at 10.89 and Western NY at 11.85.
Continued violence in Rochester has caused some organizations to halt services out of fear for their safety. Love, Rob and Amber, a pet food and supply delivery organization run by Suzanne Nugent, says they can no longer deliver in the city of Rochester because it isn’t safe anymore. Nugent’s business has about 50 households that regularly order in the city. She says that one of her delivery drivers, her sister Patty, narrowly avoided being shot once. The business is working on setting up a pickup location in a safe place.
Seneca Park Zoo has some new fuzzy babies born earlier this month. The Seneca Park Zoo’s two Canada lynx are the new parents to a litter of kittens. Bianca gave birth to the kittens June 2, marking the first successful Canada lynx litter born at the zoo. The kittens’ father is Gretzky, born in 2012. Bianca was born in 2013. The zoo is in the midst of a baby boom. Olmsted the giraffe was born at the end of April.