Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on November 15, 2022
A house fire in Gainesville claims a life. Around 7am Monday the fire department in Gainesville was called to Dutton Rd. When they arrived they found the house fully engulfed. The house was structurally unsound and firefighters set up a defensive firefight to put it out. At one point the second floor collapsed through the first. Fire chief Horton says that they were informed someone might be inside but there was no way to enter the building to check. After the fire was knocked down they found an individual dead inside. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
FBI Buffalo is offering a $25,000 reward for information in connection to an arson investigation at CompassCare. In June, Amherst police announced a fire at CompassCare, a pregnancy services clinic located at 1230 Eggert Road, was being investigated as an act of arson. According to the FBI, an individual or individuals threw Molotov cocktails which started the fire and caused significant damage. The FBI said one of the individuals spray-painted the words “Jane was here” on the building. The FBI believes the individuals drove a 2013-2016 red or orange Dodge Dart sedan. and one suspect is approximately 5’11” tall. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
A man in Buffalo is charged with conspiracy to smuggle machine guns. Near the end of October 34 year old Angel Flores was found to be receiving parts for Machine Gun Conversion Devices in parcels from China where the parts were hidden among drawstring bags and plastic spring buckles. On November 9th the parcel was delivered by an investigator and Flores was taken into custody. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
There is a winter storm watch coming over in 2 days. Thursday evening through Sunday expect heavy lake effect snow with accumulations in the multiples of feet in Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties according to the National Weather Service. Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Make plans to stay in if snow closes roads.
The New York State DEC is celebrating a day all about recycling. New York Recycles Day is November 15th every year and is all about raising awareness for recycling efforts in the Empire State. Across the state, individuals, community groups, businesses, schools, and government agencies celebrate New York Recycles Day in a variety of ways, from encouraging others to reduce their waste by pledging to start an office or school recycling program, participating in the New York Recycles poster contest, hosting a reuse exchange, and improving awareness of local recycling requirements. These efforts help educate and inform New Yorkers about the advantages of waste reduction and recycling.
GO Art has some new art installations for the public to see, right out in front. The art is meant to be an invitation for the public to come and look and come inside and see what is going on in the Art council Go Art building. Bill Schutt of Basom intends the art to be about “our shared humanity.” One is about equity and the other about unity. Come and get a look and then take a look inside.
A group called “moms for Josh Allen” has started a petition on change.org to tell the Bills Quarterback that “It’s going to be ok” after the Bills second consecutive loss this past weekend. The Bills lost due to an interception thrown by Allen in overtime which was brought back for a field goal. Over 7200 people have signed the petition which reads in part “We know it is not easy to be a quarterback for any NFL team, but Josh Allen has taken on the weight of a city’s hopes and dreams, in addition to the regular pressures of the game. We have a history unlike any city and the pain and loss we felt in the past makes watching this Bills team a joy unlike any other…Western New York moms love you to the moon and back!”