Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on November 7, 2022
Bethany Fire responded to an incident on Rt 20 and Transit rd for a woman who fell off a motorcycle on Sunday. It appears she was a passenger and slipped off on a turn. A chief on scene reports back pain and possible extremity injuries. The chief says he didn’t see anything too traumatic. She was transported to Strong Memorial by ambulance.
The investigation continues into a weekend shooting in Buffalo that resulted in four people being injured. Police say two women and two men were hit by gunfire at an entertainment complex on East Amherst Street Saturday night. All four victims were taken to Erie County Medical Center and one of the women is in critical condition. One of the men who was hurt ended up being arrested for criminal possession of a weapon.
Tomorrow is Election Day, and free rides to the polls are being offered to people in the region with disabilities. The service is available to folks who live in Erie, Niagara and Genesee counties courtesy of Western New York Independent Living. Rides will be offered on a first-come, first served basis and seating is limited. To schedule a ride, call 716-836-0822.
Western New York drivers are not feeling any financial relief at the gas pumps these days thanks to yet another increase in prices. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular fuel is now three-78. That is up six cents in the last week and is 19 cents higher than this time one month ago. The state average is three-87 a gallon while nationally it’s three-80.
Governor Hochul has released the results of the recent Halloween weekend crackdown on dangerous drivers. From Friday, October 28th through Tuesday, November 1st, State Police arrested 189 people for impaired driving which was an increase of 56 from last year. This year’s campaign also led to police handing out more than 11-thousand tickets. Many of those offenses were for things like speeding, distracted driving, and seatbelt violations
A new display in the window of the former Next Level Fitness building is hoped to spur interest in the military. Al Kurek wants to open a military museum in the GLOW region to honor veterans. Kurek and some volunteers have set up a display of some of their memorabilia for everyone going down East Main Street to see. The display features uniforms worn by the men and women from the GLOW region who served. The donations were solicited through the Veteran’s Services Office. On Friday, about 20 volunteers helped install the display at the vacant gym. The uniforms will be on display until Nov. 15.
Lottery players are lining up once again to take their shot at winning the largest Powerball jackpot in history. After no one won the one-point-six billion dollar prize on Saturday, tonight’s jackpot will be at least one-point-nine billion dollars. In order to claim the top prize, players must match all six numbers, something that hasn’t been done since back in August. The cost of a ticket is just two bucks and the drawing will be streamed online at powerball.com.
In local sports the Pembroke Dragons beat Bolivar-Richburg and will advance to the Section 5 title game against Canisteo-Greenwood. The Oakfield, Alabama, Elba Aggies beat York-Pavilion and are moving on to face the other undefeated Genesee County team, the Alexander Trojans for the Class D championship. The Trojans beat Avon to advance to this next round. The Blue devils won against Livonia on Friday night to advance past the Section 5 semifinals. And the Byron Bergen Bees are still undefeated in girls soccer with a win against Frewsburg. They move to the state semifinal on saturday.
The four game winning streak of the Buffalo Bills is over following a disappointing loss on the road. Bills quarterback Josh Allen ran for a pair of touchdowns but also threw two interceptions as the Bills were beaten by the New York Jets 20 to 17 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey yesterday. Allen was also sacked five times as Buffalo’s record this season fell to six wins and two losses. Up next for the Bills is a home game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.
The Sabres lost against the Lightning 5 to 3 in their matchup on Saturday despite leading at the end of the second period. Buffalo’s goals came from Zemgus Girgensons, Casey Mittelstadt, and Jeff Skinner. Eric Comrie turned away 26 of the 30 shots he faced. With the loss, the Sabres fall to 7-5 on the season. The Sabres return to KeyBank Center for a game against the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday.