posted on June 16, 2012 08:07
Daredevil Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. An estimated crowd of 125,000 on the Canadian side and another 4,000 on the American looked on as Wallenda walked the 2-inch-wide cable 1,800 feet from the U.S. side to the Canadian. Others have done it in the past, but further downstream and not in the last 116 years. The member of the legendary Flying Wallendas used a tether to keep from plunging 180 feet into the river at the request of ABC, who televised the event. The 33-year old father of three agreed to do so because he didn’t want to lose the opportunity and needed the network’s sponsorship to help offset the $1.3 million cost of the spectacle. The Wallenda family traces their roots back to 1780 Austria-Hungary where ancestors traveled as acrobats, aerialists and trapeze artists. The family has been struck by tragedy in the past, most notably when founder Karl Wallenda fell to this death during a similar walk in Puerto Rico in 1978. Luckily, Nik did not meet the same fate.
As the Stafford Fire Hall hosts their annual carnival this weekend Local, State and County law enforcement will also be cracking down on drunk drivers. Gordon Dibble is the Genesee County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy of Road Patrol he says his advice to adults who are drinking is to go to the carnival with a plan on how you will be making it home after the festivities.
“The idea of course is to make sure everybody has a good time, everybody gets home safe, and that our roads are safe, which is our primary duty. For any problems on the grounds, the fire department has a group of security people that work in and around the beer tent,” said Dibble. “They will call us if they need anything additionally or the state police”
Dibble says detours will be created to cut down on the heavy traffic during tonight’s fireworks at 10p.m.
“People that are not destined for there but have other destinations and they have other routes, I would recommend taking those routes. If you are going to the carnival, leave early and get there early. Parking along the street is available on route 5,” said Dibble. “But again, you’ve got to be careful to make sure you are far enough off the street and be careful of areas that are marked by no parking signs.”
Dibble reminds everyone to have fun. The Carnival is at the Stafford fire hall and it will go until Sunday.
-report by WBTA reporter Ashley Hassett
A Batavia man is accused of acting the lookout while another person broke into “420 Emporium” on Ellicott Street. 24-year old Edward Loper was arrested and charged with burglary in the third degree.
Batavia Police Detective Patrick Corona says they received a call around 4 a.m. of a report of suspicious activity and the sound of glass breaking. He says the search is on for others that may have been involved.
“We do have information as to who may have been involved and we are pursuing that lead,” said Corona. “One person for certain, and possibly two.”
Corona says the suspects were attempting to steal disposable smoking pipes. He says the suspects left the pipes at the scene as they were getting away. Loper is in jail in lieu of $15-thousand bail.
Buffalo Police have confirmed that the body found in Lakeview is that of Dr. Timothy Jorden, the suspect in the shooting death of Jackie Wisniewski. There was a nationwide man hunt for Jorden, because he was wanted for questioning about the shooting that happened at ECMC on Wednesday. Jorden’s body was found in the woods near 18 mile creek wearing scrubs and it appears he died of a self inflicted gun shot wound.