posted on January 07, 2013 10:15
Two firefighters who were shot and seriously injured during a Christmas Eve ambush in Webster have been released from the hospital. Joseph Hofstetter was shot in the pelvis and Theodore Scardino was hit in the shoulder and knee by gunman William Spengler Jr. Officials say Spengler set fire to his Lake Road home and started shooting firefighters when they arrived on the scene, killing Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka. Meanwhile, donations are pouring in to the West Webster Volunteer Fireman's Association to help the families of the victims.
A Le Roy man has been arrested on charges related to a string of burglaries and attempted burglaries that have occurred in Wayne County. Officials say 25-year-old Matthew Hurd is accused of recently breaking into homes in Williamson and Lyons, and he is a suspect in other break ins. Police were able to tie the crimes to Hurd after he was found driving a vehicle that matched the description of one that was spotted in the area of the burglaries. Hurd is charged with several counts of burglary and attempted burglary, along with possession of burglary tools and drug offenses.
A Rochester man has been arrested after he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a home in Batavia. Police say 22-year-old Corey Goff was driving at a high rate of speed on Pearl Street when he lost control at a roundabout and struck several signs and posts before hitting the home on South Main Street. Goff has been charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing an alcohol breath test, reckless driving and other offenses. Nobody was injured in the home, which officials say suffered damage but is still structurally sound.
The Niagara County Legislature has honored a U.S. Marine from Lewiston who was seriously injured in Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Christopher Bristol was shot in the arm in combat, and has made a full recovery after undergoing surgery. The legislature's citation honored Bristol for his service in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, a Taliban stronghold that is considered to be one of the most dangerous areas of the country. Bristol was awarded a Purple Heart and a Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his efforts.
The Buffalo Bills have selected Syracuse coach Doug Marrone to become the team's new head coach. The choice comes after the Bills interviewed several high profile candidates including Oregon coach Chip Kelly, former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith. Marrone is credited with helping turn around a Syracuse football program that was in a freefall. Marrone will replace Chan Gailey, who was fired by the team last week after three straight losing seasons.