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A Year of New Development

A Year of New Development

By Jim Krencik

Medina Journal Register

MEDINA- This year's business development in the Village of Medina created new commercial opportunities, better gateways into the community and a sense of public pride.

Seemingly the only way you could have driven through the village without encountering a crane, construction site, or contractor would be to scuba dive through the canal, as projects dotted Maple Ridge, Road, Main Street, Center Street, Park Avenue and Bates Road.

Banner days were held throughout the village, as big projects brough in anchor businesses...

Read the rest of Jim Krencik's story about a banner year for growth and development in Medina, NY here in the Journal-Register:


Winners Selected in 2012 Holiday Lights Photo Contest

BUFFALO, NY - Congratulations to the Surovich family of 56 Karen Lane in Depew, voted the grand prize winner of the WGRZ Holiday Lights Photo Contest. 

They've been awarded a $100 Tops gift card, and top bragging rights in their neighborhood.

Coming in at second place in the voting was 54 Maple Street in Lockport, the handiwork of WGRZ viewer Paul Crego. He wins a $25 VISA gift card.

Thanks to everyone who entered our 2012 Holiday Lights Photo Contest. You can view all the entries here, and use the convenient locator map to plan a tour of the best-decorated homes in your neighborhood.

Fleeing Suspect Wanted in Orleans County

ALBION, NY-- The Orleans County Sheriff's Department is searching for a suspect who fled from them.

Investigators say they approached Allen M. Young, who was the subject of a several month-long investigation, in a parking lot in the Town of Ridgeway December 13.

They say Young fled, nearly hitting both investigators with his vehicle.   They later found the vehicle a mile away and believed Young ran into a wooded area. 

Police are asking the public for any information on Young's whereabouts.   He is described as a white male, 5'8" tall, about 190 lbs. 

You can contact the Orleans County Sheriff's Department at:  585-590-4155.

Young is currently wanted for two counts of reckless endangerment, but further charges are pending.

Vigil for Teen Killed in Accident

PEMBROKE, N.Y. -- Family and friends gathered tonight to remember a young Corfu woman who died in a three car accident over the weekend.

19-year-old Kelsey Milks was a passenger in one of the cars Sunday night that collided on Route 63 in Shelby.  Wednesday night, dozens of people took part in a prayer walk from the Pembroke Fire House to Kelsey's parents' house on Route 5.
Her family says they are finding strength in the community's support.

"It helps because we know that she touched so many people and it makes us feel better to know that everybody's here to help support us," said Kelsey's sister Aleah.

Kelsey was interested in veterinary work and loved her dog Ace.
Police say Sunday's crash is still under investigation.

Medina Resident Killed in Pedestrian Accident

SHELBY, NY-- Orleans County Sheriff's are investigating a fatal accident involving a pedestrian Tuesday morning.

The accident happened just before 6am on Maple Ridge Road between Hoffman Road and the Niagara-Orleans County line.

Deputies say Joseph L. Tillinghast, 47, was walking east on Maple Ridge Road when he was struck by a vehicle also headed east.  They say after Tillinghast was hit by the first car, he was struck by three other vehicles while lying in the roadway.  

All four drivers involved in the accident stopped at the scene and waited for law enforcement.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.  Police do not believe alcohol or speed played a role in the accident. 

19-Year-Old Killed in Shelby Collision


SHELBY, NY - A 19-year-old Corfu woman died from injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle collision Sunday night.

The Orleans County Sheriff's Office says Kelsey N. Milks died at Erie County Medical Center shortly after Mercy Flight flew her there from the accident scene.

The collision happened around 7 p.m. along the 5700 block of Route 63.

Investigators say two separate collisions occurred.  The first was when a head-on crash between a Dodge Caravan and Chevrolet Cavalier. The impact sent the Caravan down an embankment and into a ditch.

The second collision happened when a Chevrolet Cobalt hit the Cavalier.

The driver of the Cavalier, Dana R. Cipra, 20, of Batavia was flown to E.C.M.C.  Her condition is not known this morning, but remained hospitalized.  Her passenger was Kelsey Milks.

The driver of the Dodge Caravan, Walter C. Hawkins, 73, of Medina was treated and released from Medina Memorial Hospital.

Three Teens Injured in Medina Crash

MEDINA, N.Y. - Three teenagers are in the hospital following a serious crash on State Street early Sunday morning.

The Village of Medina Fire Department says the driver of the car struck a tree shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

The fire department says one of the three teens was trapped inside the car and had to be extricated.

The 18-year old male driver and a 14-year old male passenger both suffered serious injuries. Mercy Flight took them to ECMC and Women and Children's Hospital, respectively.

A 16-year old girl who was also in the car escaped with minor injuries- she went to Medina Memorial Hospital.

 The Medina Police Department and the Orleans County Sheriff's Office is investigating what caused the accident.