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Bridge Work Begins On I-86

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, April 27, 2015

The NYS Department of Transportation says that starting today, it will be single lane traffic for eastbound/passing lane travelers on I-86 just east of Campbell as crews work on the bridge. DOT says eastbound passing lane will be closed. The project should last about 3 weeks.

Sen. Charles Schumer says the manufacturers of e-cigarettes should be prohibited from marketing to children and creating flavors like gummy bear, chocolate and bubble gum. that he says are designed to appeal to kids.

The New York Democrat says the same marketing restrictions that apply to traditional tobacco products should be expanded to cover e-cigarettes.

He cited a recent report indicating that while traditional tobacco use is down among teens, the use of e-cigarettes is up.

The Food and Drug Administration issued proposed regulations for e-cigarettes last year but has not yet implemented them.

Gas Prices Up Nationwide

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, April 27, 2015

The latest Lundberg gas price survey found the average price of regular gas has jumped more than 13-cents a gallon nationwide over the past two weeks.

Prices have been on the rise four straight weeks now after months of steady decreases. The current national average stands at $2.58 a gallon and is still $1.11 less than what gas was going for a year ago at this time. .

Opening statements and testimony is set to begin this morning in the trial of Thomas Johnson III at the Hall of Justice in Rochester. Police say Johnson is responsible for shooting and killing Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson  last September on Hudson Avenue in the city.

An 86-year-old woman escaped a mobile home fire on Littleville Road in Avon overnight.

A neighbor saw the flames around 2:30 a.m.and called 911. Six other fire departments were called in for mutual aid to fight the fire. Investigators say the woman made it out safely due to working smoke detector.

No word on a cause at this time.

The man who died in the house fire on Bennett Street in Hornell Wednesday, has been identified as 83-year old William Smith of 13 Bennett Street. He was a former science teacher at the Hornell Intermediate School. Fire officials said the home did not have any smoke detectors. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

There’s new developments in the murder of 52-year-old Douglas Mess of Attica, Wyoming County. According to the Buffalo News, sources say Douglas’ wife of 30 years, Charlene Mess killed her husband when a fight got out of hand.

Investigators say the Mrs. Mess hit her husband with a blunt object, killing him, during a fight at their farmhouse Sunday night.

The body of 52-year-old Douglas Mess was discovered Monday night in a pile of manure on his family’s farm in Attica.

Mr.  Mess had been reported missing by his children after he didn’t show up for work at another farm. Police say his body was found about 200 yards behind his house.

Charlene Mess is being held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail,  charged with second-degree murder.

Pediatricians are telling parents that babies should not be allowed to sleep in a car seat, swing or bouncer.

Researchers looked at deaths of 47 children under two that occurred in sitting and carrying devices. Most deaths were attributed to asphyxia from strangulation or unsafe positioning.

Experts advise parents to never leave a child unsupervised while in a carrying device, buckle all straps and be sure infants can’t twist their heads into soft bedding.

Richard Rodas Jr is currently being held in the Yates County Jail, charged with sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, forcible touching and conspiracy.

Police in Penn Yan say Rodas sexually abused a child under the age of 16.

Investigators say he  inappropriately touched a child and undressed the victim while the child was sleeping. Rodas also allegedly received images of the child that were sent to him via text message. Police say that when they searched Rodas’ phone, they found several suspected images of child pornography.

Christopher Thornton and Hannah Rowlinson of Avon have been  charged with animal cruelty.

Sheriff’s Deputies say a severely emaciated dog was found on East Avon-Lima Road. The county dog control traced the 3-year old pit bull back to the couple.

The two initially told deputies their dog had been missing for two months. But the couple admitted the 3 ½ year old pit bull was never missing and that they were unable able to properly feed the dog.

The dog is now under the care of a vet and will make a full recovery. Thornton and Rowlinson will return to court at a later date to answer the charges.