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BARRE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A skydiver from Rochester has died after falling into an orchard in Orleans County.
It happened at 7:23 p.m. Saturday at Pask Road near Pine Hill. He died at the scene, according to the Orleans County Coroner, Rocky Sidari.
Two skydivers with the Western New York Sky Diving Club flew out of Pine Hill Airport around 7:00 p.m. for a sport jump. Witnesses told Sheriff’s investigators the other skydiver began searching for the victim after safely landing.
The Western New York Sky Diving Club identified the victim as 30 year-old Erick Miller. The club says Miller was an experienced instructor with over 700 civilian jumps and that details of the events leading to the fatal injuries are unclear and are under investigation.
The Federal Aviation Administration, Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Orleans County Sheriff’s Office are working together to figure out what happened.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Medical professionals, scientists, mathematicians and supporters made it clear Saturday, that they will fight to preserve science and its important role in society.
More than 2,000 people marched from Soldiers Circle to Delaware park. It was just one of 600 ‘March for Science’ rallies worldwide.
Those that took part in the march say there’s a growing attack on science.
“I was at the first earth day and the issues are still even more important to address because it’s just terrible what is happening to our environment and the political pressures to go backward,” said retired biologist, Elizabeth Stone.
Thousands of people worldwide are marching as part of an effort to push back against threats of budget cuts to funding STEM programs.
“We want to stand up for science and evidence based policy, we want to have the EPA and NIH have large budgets, not have these budget cuts that have been proposed,” said Alexandria Trujilo, rally organizer.
“When i heard about it, I just couldn’t believe there were people who were ignorant enough to think it wasn’t a big deal,” said Ehlimana Imamovic, demonstrator.
STEM supporters say policy makers are ignoring facts and research, especially when it comes to climate change.
“We just want to show people that scientific research and evidence is true and you can’t have an opinion, you have to just actually look at the evidence, you can’t just make things up,” said Trujilo.
“It’s very upsetting to think that all these people need to congregate just to prove that science is in fact a fact,” said Noah Juliano, demonstrator.
“The more people that come out and the more people that express their views, the better off it is because this is our democracy and this is how we have to exercise our rights,” said Stone.
“We want to vote for people who propose evidence based policy, hopefully politicians will start doing that,” said Trujilo.
President Donald Trump did not tweet about the rallies worldwide on Saturday, but he did take to Twitter to say, ” I am committed to keeping our air and water clean, but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!”
** A flood warning is in effect for Northeastern Erie county, Eastern Niagara county, and West Central Genesee county through 12:45 PM today. Areas impacted are the town of Royalton. A log jam has created flooding and caused Foote Rd. between Ditch and Wolcottsville roads to close.**
Today will be the better of the two weekend days. Skies will be sunny from start to finish and temperatures will be about 10 degrees warmer than Saturday. The exception, will be along the lake shores where a lake breeze will play a role in keeping temperatures a few degrees cooler.
Tonight, any clouds will remain out of the area. Clear skies and light winds will once again, allow temperatures to fall into the upper 30s across the Southern Tier and remain in the low 40s elsewhere. This means there is a slight risk in any interior valleys for some patchy frost.
Tranquil weather should hold up for the first half of the work week with a gradual moderation in temperature. Monday looks to be the 3rd nice day in a row, with temperatures in the upper 50s. By Tuesday temperatures will climb well above average and reach almost 70 degrees! Another bout of rain showers will arrive toward Wednesday, but activity looks minimal until Thursday and Friday where showers and thunderstorms are once again possible.
TODAY: Sunny, Milder, High: 63, Low: 39.
MONDAY: Mostly to Partly Sunny, High: 59, Low: 42.
TUESDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Chance of a Spotty Rain Shower, High: 66, Low: 53.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Milder, Showers Develop Late, High: 72, Low: 52
THURSDAY: Cloudy, Rain Showers Likely with Possible Thunderstorms, Breezy, High: 65, Low: 55.
FRIDAY: Partly Sunny with a Few Developing Thunderstorms Possible, High: 63.
SATURDAY: Partly Sunny with a Chance of Showers. High: 62
OLCOTT, N.Y. (WIVB)- It’s was team effort to fill 60,000 sandbags in Olcott on Saturday.
More than 100 firefighters from Niagara County helped the Olcott Fire Company and other local agencies prepare for rising waters. They worked to reinforce the northern shore.
“Setting sandbags for the residents, hoping to delay the water and try to keep them in their houses as long as we can,” said Chief Stephen Miller, with the Olcott Fire Company.
Lake Ontario is higher than it has been in more than 40 years. Officials told News 4 it will peak on about May 14, when it’s expected to be about a foot higher than it is now.
“The concern is the minimal flooding we’re getting right now will turn from moderate to extreme flooding where these residents are at,” said Jonathan Schultz, the director of emergency services. “We have a lot of people who live in these areas, they may have to be evacuated when the time comes.”
They deployed 14 pallets of sandbags on Saturday, to help protect homes and property.
Schultz told us they are also working to protect critical infrastructure like the sewer and gas systems.
About a third of the sandbags packed were distributed. Another 40,000 will be kept at headquarters, ready to go out.
“It’s basically day by day watching what the weather does and as these levels go up, see what happens.” said Schultz.
If you think you’ll need sandbags at your home officials said you should contact the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, the main number is (716) 438-3393.
You can also contact your local fire company.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Police are investigating a shooting.
It happened in the first block of Crossman Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Buffalo Police say one person was shot and their injuries appear to be non-life threatening.
No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at (716) 847-2255.
WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB)- West Seneca police have arrested a 19 year-old man accused of having sexual intercourse with a 13 year-old last August.
Detectives arrested Morrison on an arrest warrant Thursday. He is charged with rape in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child.
Morrison was arraigned and held at the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $15,000 bail. He is due back in court at a later date.