posted on November 18, 2010 07:44
A joint investigation by the Genesee County Social Services Department and the LeRoy Police Department has led to the arrest of one man. 31-year-old Gregory Jones of Main Street in LeRoy has been charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child, both felony counts. It is alleged that Jones was involved in sexual contact with a child under 13 years of age.
He has been set to jail with no bail set.
That wind advisory has been cancelled for Western New York. Power outages were reported throughout suburban Buffalo with Hamburg reportedly hardest hit. New York State Power and Gas reported 550 outages. National Grid this morning is reporting only 8 customers without power, all in the Darien Center area. Genesee County apparently escaped from serious problems because of the storm.
Here’s some good news for commutes that use the Kensington Expressway, Route 33 into Buffalo. The speed limit for the highway has been increased from 50 to 55 miles per hour. Officials say cars were going between 50 and 70 miles per hour and this increase will help decrease the difference between speeds. The Kensington runs between the Airport and downtown Buffalo.
An accident back on November 7th in the Wyoming County Town of Gainesville has claimed a life. 31-year-old Jennifer Foote died Monday at Erie County Medical Center of injuries sustained in the crash. She was a passenger in a car driven by her mother, 52 year old Rebecca Ferris of Perry. The Ferris vehicle was one of three cars in a crash at the intersection of Jordan and School Roads in Gainesville. State police say charges are pending against Ferris.
A coalition of groups opposed to the building of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero will deliver a petition to Mayor Mike Bloomberg this morning. The group "Act for America" says the petition has 120-thousand signatures from people around the country who are against the project. Bloomberg has said the developers of the mosque have the constitutional right to build it.
Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo has asked that the last three unresolved Senate races be taken care of by January. Cuomo wrote to Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman on Wednesday asking him to move legal cases related to the races on so that a resolution can be reached by January 5th. Cuomo also says that not having the Senate set by the new year would cause issues with day-to-day business.
Christmas could be coming early for nearly 250 residents of Western New York. The IRS says 249 people have unclaimed tax refunds worth an average of more than 100-dollars. The government says tax refunds go unclaimed when a tax payer moves and does not update their address. The address is illegible or if a person dies and the estate does not realize there is a refund waiting. To see if you have money waiting for you go to irs-dot-gov and click on the "Where's My Refund" tab. The IRS says many times the money can be released once a simple change of address is made.
The Empire State Games set for next year in Rochester have fallen victim to the state's budget problems. The Olympic style competition has been abruptly cancelled after state funding was pulled. Officials say two of the five staff members will be laid off at the end of the year and the other three have been reassigned elsewhere in the Parks Department. Therefore, officials say with no money and no staff, there can be no competition. The games returned with much fanfare this year to Buffalo after being scrapped in 2009 because of budget problems. Supporters say it is a shame that the state did not even give private corporate sponsors a chance to step forward to try and save next year's games.
Congressman-elect Tom Reed is expected to be released from a Washington DC hospital today. That means he could be sworn in sometime later today. On Monday, Reed was hospitalized after feeling short of breath. He was diagnosed with blood clots in the lungs and will need to take blood thinners for the next six months. Reed has been at the nation's Capitol for freshman orientation this week. His staff members have been attending some of the meetings in his absence. Reed does not have to wait until January to take office because he is taking over the term of former Congressman Eric Massa who stepped down earlier this year. Reed is a Republican and is the former mayor of Corning.