WDNY Local news, Thursday, January 3, 2019

Written by on January 3, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

A Livingston County park has been invaded by an invasive bug that could destroy the park’s ash trees. The emerald ash borer has spread to the Avon Driving Park which has hundreds of ash trees that are now at risk. Infected trees usually die within 2 to 4 years and have to be cut down. Some trees have already been removed and the village says it will plant new ones that will bring a bigger variety of trees to the park. Officials say while the short-term effects may bring change to the foliage, the new trees that will eventually grow will provide long term environmental stability.

Noyes hospital says it will comply with a new federal rule that took effect on January 1st and post its prices for various services online. Hospital officials say the price list may not help consumers much though, because it only covers what the hospital would charge insurance companies, uses complex medical codes and does not include charges that may be billed by doctors and other providers. The Hospital says it also offers a price estimation service to help patients better understand what they could be billed. [urmc.rochester.edu/noyes/about/billing-insurance.aspx]

A man from Geneseo has been arrested and is charged with driving with a blood-alcohol level more than 3 times the legal limit. Sheriff’s deputies say 27-year-old Patrick Dunn was pulled over on 390 as part of operation safe interstate. Tests showed that his blood alcohol level was .25—well above the .08 limit. He was taken to the county jail on $3,000 bond.

The Livingston County sheriff’s office says a man has been arrested in Dansville and charged with having around 12 ounces of marijuana. Deputies say 35-year-old Brett Hetrick or Morrisville in Madison County was pulled over on Liberty Street for a traffic stop when police found the drugs in his vehicle. He was later arraigned on felony drug possession charges and taken to the County jail on $3,000 bond.

Governor Cuomo has given an update on the future of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.  In a radio interview yesterday, the governor said he’ll address the issue in the state budget, which is due in the spring.  A study requested by the governor last year showed experts believe the benefits of legalizing marijuana outweighed the negatives.  The governor is expected to reveal his executive budget at the end of the month. 

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