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WDNY Local News, Thursday, March 8, 2018


Thursday, March 8, 2018

A member of the Perry town board has been arrested and charged with murder. The Wyoming County D-A’s office says Joe Mlynec is accused of the shooting after what’s being called a violent domestic incident. The victim is identified as Robert Irvine, who authorities say was found dead at Mlynec’s home. District Attorney Donald O’Geen says the investigation is continuing. Mlynec, who is a retired County sheriff’s deputy, was taken to the Wyoming County jail and is being held without bail.

Livingston County playing host to a well-known TV Personality. Mike Rowe, who was in the area to film a segment of his show called “Returning the Favor” stopped by Peppermint’s Family Restaurant Main St. in Avon on Wednesday—where he got a T-shirt and posed for pictures. After his stop in Livingston County, it was off to Rochester where he tweeted—It’s Cold. Rowe is probably best known for his show “Dirty Jobs” that was on the Discovery Channel. He is also an advocate for skilled trades and promotes American Manufacturing.

March is Disability Awareness Month and Livingston County is singling out one group for its work helping the disabled. The Arc of Livingston Wyoming is taking part in the nationwide observance and county leaders visited the faculty this week to see first hand some of the programs it provides Both the county and Arc say their partnership is an important asset to the entire community. Later this month, the Arc will host a meeting to talk about its services and some changes for families of those with disabilities. The meeting will be on March 21st at  6:30 p.m in the Geneseo Central School auditorium.The local chapter is one of around 900 non-profit Arc affiliates around the country, which together serve about 100,000 people.

The state says the 2017 hunting season was one of the safest ever. The DEC reports 19 hunting-related shooting incidents—thats the second fewest since they started keeping records. One of those shootings was fatal and the DEC says it was likely a preventable death had proper safety and common sense practices had been followed. Commissioner Basil Segos says half a million hunters took to the woods and fields this year and that the low number of incidents shows that DEC emphasis on safe hunting practices is paying off—calling this generation of outdoors enthusiasts the most safety conscious ever. He also says the agency will continue to track non-shooting related incidents as well and will keep a close eye on accidents involving tree stands. Six people died in 2017 in New York from tree stand-related incidents.

Paper or plastic could one day be “paper” only in New York. A spokesman says Governor Cuomo is looking at ways to address environmental concerns caused by single-use plastic bags and that a ban is one option up for discussion. Last year, The governor stopped a measure in New York City to put a five-cent fee on the use of plastic bags. A few communities downstate already ban plastic and California also has a no disposable rule.

Zookeepers are mourning the loss of the only polar bear at Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo. 28-year-old Aurora the polar bear was put down Wednesday after suffering from liver disease. Aurora lived four-years longer than the average polar bear in captivity and had three cubs that went to other zoos.