posted on February 07, 2011 07:15
It has been a deadly weekend on the on the slopes of Western New York Ski Resorts.
Two people die and a third is critically injured in separate incidents.
An Erie County man, John Fuchs, died Friday when the ski patrol found him on the ground beneath a chair at Kissing Bridge. Fuchs was 60.
Authorities said it appeared he might have suffered some kind of medical
In Ontario County, police continue to investigate what happened to 16-year-old skier Melissa LaCelle of Spencerport.
She was found unconscious in a wooded area of Bristol Mountain.
Authorities said she might have hit a tree. Melissa is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial.
At Hunt Hollow Ski Lodge, 54-year-old Paul Shiffer of Fairport struck a tree while skiing just off the main trail. He was taken to the hospital via Mercy Flight. He later died. Authorities said Shiffer was an experienced skier and was wearing a helmet.
The sun won't come out tomorrow. Forecasters say snow is expected through Tuesday night and then we'll see breaks of sun from Wednesday right through the end of the week. Temperatures will be slightly warmer today with a high of about 36 degrees. The winter settles back in with highs only reaching the low 20's tomorrow through Friday. Forecasters say we should be back above the freezing mark on Saturday.
A Batavia man, arrested last fall for allegedly bilking 58-thousand dollars from a Batavia woman, now faces charges for failing to report the money as income.
Myron and Marlene Hartford of 154 Vine Street, both face several felony counts of welfare fraud for applying for food stamps and not declaring the fraud as income.
Investigators say they received 25-hundred dollars worth of food stamp benefits they were not entitled to.
Myron was charged with Grand Larceny in connection with the scam.
Former Governor David Paterson's case for accepting 2009 World Series tickets is still pending. Paterson is being investigated by the Albany County D-A for violating the public officers law by asking for the tickets and trying to pay for them after the fact.
Paterson has already paid the Commission on Public Integrity more than 61-thousand dollars for the World Series scandal.
A hearing regarding the future of the racing, wagering and gaming industry in New York will be held by the state Senate's Racing and Wagering Committee. They will meet today to discuss legislation to resolve some problems in the industry. One issue that will be up for debate is whether the gaming market is over-saturated and if so how to consolidate.