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Written by WBTA STAFF on April 25, 2018
Passerby saves pilot in Orleans County chopper crash.
The pilot of a homemade helicopter was reportedly saved by a passerby after crashing in a field across from a small airport in Orleans County.
Mark Bennett of Waterport pulled over to watch the small helicopter as he was driving by the Gaines Valley Airport in Carlton yesterday afternoon.
Apparently pieces of the aircraft started to fall off and after hearing a grinding noise the chopper dropped out of the sky crashing and bursting into flames.
Bennett ran to the flaming wreckage and freed the pilot out from underneath.
The pilot suffered serious burns to his head and chest and was taken via ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
According to Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower the small private chopper called a “mosquito” was only flying for around 10 minutes before crashing and only went as high as power lines.
The pilot has yet to be named and the crash is under FAA investigation.
It looks like the end of the road for Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio and her judicial career.
The Commission on Judicial Conduct announced yesterday that she should be removed as a judge.
In 2016 Astacio was convicted of drunk driving and was most recently charged with a felony.
The CJC said this was a culmination of improprieties over the years and not a single offense.
Astacio could remain an elected judge for up to three to five more months pending appeals.
Rochester resident picked up for purse snatching in LeRoy.
LeRoy Police arrested 40 year old Jessie P. Polito of Rochester following a lengthy investigation into a stolen purse and credit cards.
Polito was accused of stealing a purse and credit cards from an acquaintance in October of last year.
He allegedly used the cards in numerous locations in Monroe County and was eventually identified through video surveillance.
Polito was charged with three felony counts of Grand Larceny and was given an appearance for LeRoy Town Court on May 8th.
Wegmans is calling out Governor Cuomo’s proposed plastic bag bill by adding up the cost.
This week the governor said plastic bags were a blight and a hazard to the environment, and he wants to outlaw most plastic bags across the state.
Wegmans says the ban will just up paper bag use, burning seven times the fossil fuel to transport them because of the weight.
It says it takes 90-percent more energy to produce paper bags rather than plastic.
The Upstate grocer says it encourages customers to return plastic bags and use reusable bags.
Legendary Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is coming back to Buffalo today.
He’s been in New York City for nearly a month recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his jaw.
Kelly posted a picture yesterday on Instagram from Central Park saying it was his last day in the Big Apple.
He thanked his followers and said don’t stop the prayers.