WDNY Local news, Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Written by on December 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 12

Trains have started running over a new, high profile bridge in Livingston County. Work has been cone on the new Portage Viaduct, meaning the old, iconic bridge over the Genesee River Gorge at Letchworth State will no longer be used. It will be taken down next yearafter 142 years of service. Norfolk Southern says the new 75 million dollar span will be a big improvement and remove a bottleneck caused when trains had to slow to 10 miles an hour because of the condition of the old bridge.

A man from Springwater is accused of driving drunk and causing a crash in Geneseo. Phillip Martin is charged with felony DUI after that crash because reports say he had a previous conviction within the last 10 years. Nobody was hurt when police say Martin pulled off from a stop sign and hit an oncoming car. He was arraigned and taken to the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 cash bond.

Charges have been filed against a man from West Sparta who is accused of stealing a compound bow. Sheriff’s deputies say 28 year old Anthony Smith is accused of taking that weapon from a garage at a home on Redmond Road. After investigators identified Smith as a suspect, they reportedly found the bowand charged Smith with burglary and larceny.

Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies have charged a man from Livonia with kicking a dog so hard that he broke the animal’s femur. According to the Genesee Sun, 44 year old Christopher Hooper abused the dog that belonged to his girlfriend last monthat her home. Hooper was arrested last year and charged with a creepy clown hoax in Livonia’s Vitale Park, but that charge was later dismissed.

A report says New York state kids who were once homeless are more likely to have problems in school. The study from the The Education Trust-New York says 10 percent of students who took stadardized state tests last year once had no plave to liveand that that those students did significantly worse than their peers who had stable homes. The group wants to kakie sure the state addresses the needs of homeless children.

Policy makers are requesting an additional 1.6 billion dollars in state funds for education next year. The request amounts to a 6.3 percent increase over last year’s funding. Supporters say it’s a fair amount because of the increased needs of students around the state and growth in school district fixed costs like health care, pensions and salaries. This request comes amid a projected state budget deficit of over four-billion-dollars. Challengers of the request say education policymakers are out of touch with fiscal realities.

A long lasting snow storm could dump up to 14 inches of snow not far away, toward Rochester Weather experts say the storm will come in parts today and tomorrowbut that Livingston county will be on the eastern and southern edge of the heaviest snow. Monroe and Wayne Counties are under a winter storm warning. The bulk of the snow is expected to fall between this evening and tomorrow morning.

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