Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on November 29, 2022
Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties are going to be under a wind advisory for a storm coming Wednesday morning starting at 10am and lasting till 4pm on Thursday. Winds 25-35 miles per hour are expected with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour going from west to east. Gusts could blow around unsecured objects and possibly blow tree limbs onto power lines causing outages. Travel in high profile vehicles could be dangerous.
Wyoming County is under a winter weather advisory Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon. From 4pm Wednesday to 1 pm Thursday lake effect snow of 4 to 7 inches are expected in conjunction with high winds blowing the snow around. Lake effect snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.
More than a year after entering a guilty plea, trying to withdraw it, disappearing after being released to attend the birth of his child and then being recaptured months later, and asking for a new attorney, Devon Wright has been sentenced. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison for attempted assault, criminal sexual act, attempted criminal possession of a weapon, and assault. He had made a plea deal to run his sentences concurrently but lost the deal when he failed to appear for his sentencing date in 2021. Wright could have faced up to 29 years for his crimes.
29 year old former Geneseo Police Officer Kristofor O’Rourke plead not guilty Monday evening for threatening a woman with jail time if she didn’t perform sex acts on him at a traffic stop. O’Rourke is being charged with third-degree felony criminal sexual act and misdemeanor official misconduct in connection to the July 1st incident. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 18 months to 4 years in the state’s Department of Corrections if he’s convicted. O’Rourke left the Geneseo Police to join the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department. After an investigation into the incident he was fired on November 21st. He also worked for Mount Morris Police Part time and Watkins Glen Police.
A 72 year old Wyoming County man was killed in a bulldozer accident in the Town of Leicester on Saturday. According to the sheriff’s office, around 5:50 p.m. on Saturday sheriff’s deputies responded to Dunkley Road in the Town of Leicester for the report of a male that was run over by a bulldozer. The sheriff’s office said it learned that Thomas Swyers of Perry had gone to the property earlier in the day and was using a bulldozer to clear a portion of a wooded area. When he did not return home his family requested assistance from friends to check his welfare. Swyers was found dead in the woods. According to the sheriff’s office, Swyers was either working on the bulldozer or fell off while it was in gear and he was drug under the tracks.
Buffalo Sabres lost their match up with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a close game 6 to 5 in overtime. Jeff Skinner, Jack Quinn, Dylan Cozens, Tage Thompson and for his first time, Tyson Jost scored for Buffalo. The Sabres next game is in Detroit against the Red Wings Thursday at 7pm.