Dale’s Briefs – Tuesday November 15th
The National Weather Service was busy yesterday issuing severe weather warnings including tornado warnings mainly in the southern tier and crews will be out later today to determine if the damage was from tornadoes or straight line winds. A couple of barns were toppled, roofs were blown off, power poles were knocked down or sheared off. Several thousand were left without power as a storm moved its way thru Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties. It was part of a line of storms that moved across the central and eastern United States from Texas to Maine.
The Occupy Buffalo protesters are actually speaking up for the police that are keeping an eye on them. The protesters that have set up camp in Niagara Square for over a month held a rally yesterday to show their appreciation for the Buffalo police. Some protesters tell the "Buffalo News" they're concerned about how they're going to hold up outside once the bad weather hits.
Erie County Executive-elect Mark Poloncarz wants lawmakers to restore jobs in his old office. Poloncarz, who will leave the job of county comptroller in January when he is sworn-in as county executive, has asked lawmakers to restore seven jobs in the comptroller's office that Chris Collins cut or was intending to cut. Poloncarz says those cuts were "vindictive."
Four men accused of a violent home invasion in the town of Randolph last week are in custody. Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie County Sheriff’s along with Jamestown Police and the FBI combined to make those arrests. A couple were robbed of cellphones, cash and a flat screen TV. One of the residents needed medical treatment after he was beaten.
In Amherst, an 82-year old driver lost control of her car and crashed into a display of plants and a brick pillar outside the Wegman’s store on Niagara Falls Blvd. Nobody was hurt. No structural damage to the building – just cosmetic.
After failing to respond to that hit on Ryan Miller in Boston on Saturday, you could only wonder what the Sabres response would be against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. For two periods the Sabres were a no-show as the Canadiens built a 2-nothing lead. Different story in the third period as Jason Pominville and Derek Roy scored to tie the game and force overtime and then a shootout – that’s where the Sabres won it on goals by Thomas Vanek and Brad Boyes. Jonas Enroth in goal won his 6th straight game and has never lost a shootout. The Sabres are back home Wednesday night against New Jersey.