WDNY Local News, Thursday, November 15, 2018

Written by on November 15, 2018

Ready or not, some snow appears to be on the way. There is a winter storm warning for Livingston County from 1 PM to 7 am tomorrow. Forecasters say we could get heavy snow with five to nine inches, plus sleet and freezing rain mixing in at times. Travel may be tough and because the snow will be wet and heavy, some tree limbs may come down, resulting in isolated power outages.

They’ve been off the campaign trails for days, but Congressman Chris Collins and Nate McMurray are still exchanging barbs. This time, it involves absentee ballot counting in the 27th Congressional District. McMurray is predicting a dead heat with Congressman Collins if the current counting trend continues. Collins disagrees, saying McMurray struggles with basic math and that he expects his lead to hold. The official results are expected next week.

The first candidate has stepped up for next year’s election for Livingston County court judge. Attorney Kevin VanAllen will run for one of two positions, left open by the mandatory retirement of judges Robert Wiggins and Dennis Cohen. Van Allen ran in 2015 but bowed out when the county Republican and conservative parties cross-endorsed the incumbents. Retiring judges Wiggins and Cohen must step down at the end of 2019 because they will have reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Drug charges for a man pulled over on 390 by the Livingston County Sheriff’s department. Deputies say 53-year-old Joseph Young had cocaine and marijuana and was driving on a suspended license when he was stopped as part of the department’s   Operation Safe Interstate initiative. After he was arraigned at the Livingston County jail he was released on his own recognizance.

A former Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputy will spend at least the next 15 years behind bars. Joseph Mlyniec was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to killing Robert Irvine the Third. Prosecutors say Irvine was a witness in an abuse case involving Mlyniec. He was shot and killed back in March. Mlyniec apologized in court for his crime.

A new study shows poor road and bridge conditions are costing Western New York drivers a lot of money. According to a group called TRIP, the average driver loses about 17-hundred bucks a year due to driving on deteriorated or congested roads and bridges. Experts say harsh winters cause a lot of damage, and repairs can be lengthy and expensive. No specific roads or bridges were named in the report.

A Livingston county road closure today. In the town of Ossian, Faulkner road bridge will be closed until 4:30 for roadwork.

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