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Gas Prices Coming Down

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, June 29, 2015

Over the past two weeks, the average price of gas dropped two cents. This comes after nine weeks of increases which totaled to 42 cents per gallon.


We could see prices continue to decline in the coming weeks.

Actor Dick Van Patten Has Died

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, June 24, 2015

 

Dick Van Patten,  a former child actor, and who had a familiar face on movie and TV screens for decades, going back to the late ’40s, perhaps best known for his starring role as the father on the 1970s series “Eight Is Enough,” has died due to complications from diabetes at a California Hospital. Van Patten’s long time agent told reporters the actor had been had been ill for a long time. Dick Van Patten was 86 years old.

Air Bag Issues With Jeep Wrangler

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Complaints that a wiring problem in Jeep Wrangler steering wheels that could stop the air bags from inflating in a crash has the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They’ve received 221 complaints that the air bag warning light is illuminating, indicating an electrical problem in the steering wheel.  The probe covers about 630,000 Wranglers from the 2007 through 2012 model years.

The agency reports no crashes or injuries because of the problem, but should the air bag warning light come on, contact your dealer.

National recognition has been given to the War Plane Museum in Geneseo. The aircraft museum is recognized by the Irondequiot Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for restoring a U.S. transport plane that dropped paratroopers over Normandy during the D-Day invasion 71 years ago.  The museum restored  the Whiskey 7, a Douglas C-47, which dropped U.S. paratroopers behind German lines the night before the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944. The plane was flown back to France last year and dropped parachutists over the original jump zone that occurred seven decades ago.

Timothy Walker Jr,, one of the the men Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigators say burglarized and then stole from Build-a-Burger Restaurant in Mt. Morris is in more trouble. Walker was arraigned yesterday for criminal possession of stolen property. The new charge stems from tools found in his vehicle, the same tools stolen from a Mt. Morris couples home that had caught fire this past January. Walker was hired by the homeowners to help repair the damage

Walker. Matthew Sapetko, and James Marullo, all of Mt. Morris are accused of breaking into the Build-a-Burger and stealing, among other things, the cash register and part of the surveillance system about three weeks ago. The three amigos also stole a bowl of macaroni salad which they ate along their escape route that investigators say the trail led them to the suspects.

All three men have been charged with criminal mischief and grand larceny.

Political insider Politico reports that former New York Gov. George Pataki will announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in New Hampshire today. Pataki has spent a great deal time in the New England state and has been running ads for his Super PAC.   New Hampshire is the first in the national primary.  Pataki faces a growing GOP field with Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum also expected to announce his presidential bid today.

The Finger Lakes region is once again in the spotlight, and in the running for a national honor.

Watkins Glen International is one of the 20 facilities in the country nominated for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice award for “Favorite NASCAR track.”

A USA Today 10Best panel of NASCAR experts selected 20 “favorite” venues as nominees for the award, which is decided by an online vote.

Fans can vote WGI for “Favorite NASCAR track” until noon on June 22nd.

Votes can be cast once per 24 hours at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-nascar-track/

Recall On Kenmore Ranges

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A potential hazard has prompted a recall of some Kenmore brands.

The recall involves 5,300 Kenmore Elite stainless steel slide-in gas, electric and dual-fuel ranges. They were sold at Sears stores from May 2014 through April 2015. One person reported being cut by a sharp edge and had to get stitches.

About 250 of the ranges are also being recalled for a fire and burn hazard.

If you have one of these stoves, you should contact Sears at 1-800-873-5011 for a free inspection and repair.

  • Photo – Courtesy Associated Press

    “It is an absolute disastrous mess” the words of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as he described the destruction and devastation caused by an Amtrak train derailment last night in Philadelphia that left at least six people dead and injured dozens more, six critically.

    Some survivors had to escape through the windows of toppled cars. One of the seven cars was completely mangled.

    Right now, there is no word on victims from the area, however you are looking for a loved one who might have been on the train, you can call 1-800-523-9101.

    The accident has closed the nation’s busiest rail corridor between New York and Washington as federal investigators begin sifting through the twisted remains to determine what went wrong.

    Train 188, a Northeast Regional, left Washington, D.C. and was headed to New York when it derailed shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Amtrak said the train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members.

    Officials say more  than 140 people went to hospitals to be evaluated or treated.

    The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration have sent investigators to the site.

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A Monroe County jury has found 39 year old Thomas Johnson III guilty on the charge of intentional aggravated murder in the death of Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson. Johnson was arrested on September 3, 2014 after he fatally shot Officer Pierson and attempted to shoot his partner  Rochester Police Officer Michael DiPaola following a traffic stop.
The aggravated murder charge carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Johnson was convicted on all charges except one: first-degree assault, which the jury convicted him of second-degree assault charge instead. Johnson was convicted of attempted aggravated murder, one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The count of attempted aggravated murder was in relation to Johnson attempting to shoot and kill Officer DiPaola.
The conviction ends more than two weeks of testimony and arguments, in which defense attorney James Hinman tried to prove Johnson did not intentionally murder Officer Pierson that night. Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley prosecuted the case, saying the fatal gunshot wound was “muzzle to flesh” and that Johnson reportedly said he would “kill a cop” if he had to in order to avoid returning to jail.
Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on June 30 at 2 p.m.