posted on December 13, 2010 07:23
An elderly man and his dog died when fire swept the home only the two shared in the Orleans County Town of Lyndonville.
91-year-old Frank Housel Junior was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 2 and a half story home on South Main Street was destroyed.
The cause of the deadly blaze remains under investigation.
Two young men from Orleans County are hospitalized in guarded condition this morning following a fatal weekend crash the town of Sweden.
Police say 19-year-old Joseph Merkley and his passenger 20-year-old Brandon Baker, both of Kendall, suffered potential life threatening injuries when Merkley's pickup truck was rear-ended on Route 31A Saturday afternoon. Investigators say the crash sent their pickup into oncoming traffic where it was hit head on by an SUV. 81-year-old John Swartselder of Holley, a passenger in that SUV, was killed. The woman who allegedly slammed into the pickup to start the chain reaction was not seriously hurt.
Five Niagara County men hunting in the Town of Alabama over the weekend were injured when stopped by a conservation officer.
Just before 6 p.m. Saturday on Roberts Road an officer with the state Department of Environmental Conservation was checking to see if the men had their hunting licenses. That's when police say a pickup truck driven by 55-year-old Erik Olsen of Alabama slammed into the cars stopped along the highway and hit several of the men. No serious injuries were reported. The DEC officer was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester where he was treated and released.
The driver said that he was blinded by the headlights of the officer's vehicle, which was parked on the opposite side of the road facing the wrong direction.
A Lake Effect Snow Advisory goes into effect at 11a.m. today for Genesee County and remains in effect until 7a.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service is predicting storm totals of 8 to 12 inches in the most persistent bands.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is looking to help online shoppers be aware of fees on products they return. Schumer wants the Federal Trade Commission to require online retailers to disclose their re-stocking fees before a customer purchases a product.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer says some re-stocking fees could be up to 25-percent of the cost of a product.
State law requires stores to put up signs for in-store return charges, but does not require any notification for online purchases. Retailers say re-stocking fees are necessary for handling opened products they can no longer sell as new.
WBTA’s Eye on Government:
The Batavia City Council meets tonight. Council is holding both a business and conference meeting.
The meeting begins at 7p.m.
City lawmakers are expected to discuss the possible sale of the city owned Ice Arena, although no formal vote is expected.
Council is slated to act on an agreement with Genesee County giving the county control over the administration of the city youth bureau.
Council is also expected to approve a local law increasing dog license fees:
The license for spayed and neutered dogs will go from $7 to $10,
Unsprayed or un-neutered dog licenses will go from $7 to $15,
And licenses for purebreds will increase from $10 to $35.