posted on November 29, 2013 07:16
Black Friday has arrived, the busiest shopping day of the season. Shoppers were able to get underway on Thanksgiving as retailers opened even earlier with their “door buster” specials.
Shoppers had to endure some light snow flurries that accumulated about 1.4 inches in Genesee County overnight. Roads are snow covered and slippery and caution is advised to motorists. For today the forecast is for some morning flurries and then clouds giving way to sunshine with a high of about 26.
That recent string of armed robberies in the area has been solved with the arrest of two men. 43 year old Mark Maltese of Dellinger Avenue has been charged with the robberies at the Best Western, Days Inn, and 7-11 Oakfield Store. He has also been charged with a break-in the Rent-A-Center on West Main Street. 52 year old Robert Grant of Angling Road in Pembroke has also been charged with the burglary, but not implicated in the armed robberies. The arrestes resulted after a witness, possibly an employee of a nearby business noticed two men burglarizing the Rent-A-Center about 1AM Wednesday morning. Both were arrested later on Wednesday. In a sworn statement, Mark Maltese said he had been struggling with a major addiction to crack cocaine for the past six to eight months and the addiction was out of control. He admitted he used the 550 dollars from the robberies to immediately purchase and smoke crack cocaine each night.
There were some anxious moments Wednesday night at the Rochester Airport. A Delta flight coming in from Atlanta blew a tire on touch down. The landing was completed safely and no injuries were reported. The runway was temporarily closed, but has since reopened.
The cause of a house fire on Elmwood Street in Lockport is under investigation. Flames broke out shortly after 3:30 Thanksgiving morning in the home. Damage is estimated at 80 thousand dollars. Flames also spread to an adjoining house, damaging the upper portion of the home. There were no injuries.
New York State troopers are out in force this holiday weekend looking for drunk and distracted drivers. It's the latest installment of "Operation Hang Up" in which troopers look for motorists who are talking on cell phones, texting or putting on makeup while driving. Extra troopers are on duty through Sunday. The crackdown is aimed at preventing accidents during the busiest travel weekend of the year. During the last Operation Hang Up back in April troopers issued nearly three-thousand tickets for phone and texting violations.
Crowds apparently will keep many Americans from going to the stores on Black Friday. Fifty-six-percent of those taking part in a "Consumer Reports" poll say they won't be hitting the stores on the day after Thanksgiving. And 70-percent admit it's because of the crowds. However, 44-percent will be shopping this Friday, which is up from 30-percent last year. Among those who do plan to shop, 69-percent will be heading into the stores and 58-percent intend to hunt for purchases online.
Black Friday shoppers have technology to thank for some new ways to find the best deals. Editors at the '"Washington Post" compiled a list of their favorite shopping phone apps just in time for today's Black Friday crush. PriceGrabber lets users search for items and will tell users where they can find the best current price at their local retail outlet. The TGI Black Friday app claims more than ten-thousand deals from dozens of stores nationwide. And instead of cluttering your house with newspaper circulars, try Flipp which offers shoppers searchable versions of those old-fashioned paper circulars.