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Concerns Heighten With Rising Lake Level

WILSON, NY - As the Supervisor of this Niagara County town which hugs the Lake Ontario shoreline, Joseph Jastrzemski, has heard the concerns of his constituents.

As a lake shore resident himself, he's experienced them first hand.

"We're losing our property all along the lakeshore," Jastrzemski told WGRZ-TV.

What Cold? Thousands Watch, Join in Polar Bear Fun in Olcott

What Cold? Thousands Watch, Join in Polar Bear Fun in Olcott

Over 1,000 people braved the chilly temps in Olcott Beach, N.Y. to watch the 43rd annual Polar Bear Swim for Sight. While it may have been cold for the onlookers, it was most-likely much colder for those who took the plunge into the 36 degree waters of Lake Ontario. Not that it seemed to bother anyone. Those who signed up to "swim" had smiles on their faces, knowing it was for a great cause. 

Each year the swim, sponsored by the Olcott Lions Club, brings revelers from all around western New York. To get a glimpse of what happened this year, click on the video with the story.

 

Overnight Winds Knock Out Power, Trees

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The same storm system that was spawning tornadoes across the mid-west and the south caused some minor damage here in Western New York overnight, knocking out power to hundreds in Niagara and Erie Counties.

By daybreak this morning, more than 6,000 NYSEG and National Grid customers were without power in Niagara County, suggesting the northtowns were hit the hardest. There were just over 1,000 power outages reported in Erie County around 10:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service said that gusts around the area peaked at around 65 m.p.h. this morning. The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport recorded a peak gust of 58 m.p.h. at 7 a.m.

The high wind warning remains in effect for Western New York until 10 p.m. Sustained winds are expected to slowly die down during the day.

Pedestrian Killed in Orleans County Accident

CLARENDON, NY - The Orleans County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal pedestrian accident in the Town of Clarendon.

The accident happened shortly after 9pm Wednesday on State Route 31-A.

Deputies say a man was walking east on State Route 31-A when he was struck by a pick-up truck also traveling east.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.  He has been identified as Richard T. Webster, 31, of Holley.  The driver of the truck was not hurt.

Investigators are still investigating the accident, but say the victim was wearing dark clothes and walking in the roadway at night which that may have contributed to the accident.

NY Case of Death After Comics Theft Back in Court

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Several alleged members of an upstate New York stolen goods ring that's blamed for the death of a comic book collector have pleaded not guilty to federal murder and racketeering charges.

The group that prosecutors say was led by Rico Vendetti of Rochester appeared in federal court in Buffalo on Tuesday to answer a host of charges in an updated indictment returned last week. They were initially charged in 2010.

The new version of the indictment contains a provision that would have Vendetti surrender $5 million and five Rochester properties if convicted.

Vendetti is accused of arranging a home invasion robbery at collector Homer Marciniak's Medina house. Authorities say Marciniak had a fatal heart attack because of the beating he received and the psychological trauma.

J. Fitzgerald Group Adds New Art Director

J. Fitzgerald Group Adds New Art Director

J. Fitzgerald Group, an international marketing technology company based in Lockport, has added Lindsay van Harssel as Art Director.

Van Harssel most recently served as Associate Art Director at Marketing Drive, Ltd. in Norwalk, Conn. She has helped create design work for clients that include Jameson Irish Whiskey, CVS pharmacies, Dannon yogurt products and Keurig coffee.

A graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in communications design, van Harssel will contribute to creative design development for JFG clients - from the company’s work in traditional and online advertising to sales enablement. She is a Lewiston resident.

Founded in January 2002, J. Fitzgerald Group is an international marketing technology company specializing in full-service advertising, marketing, web design and research. JFG’s clients span local, regional and worldwide markets.

Theatre in the Mist Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

(Lewiston, NY) Theatre in the Mist closes it's 2011-2012 season of with the dazzling, family favorite JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. JOSEPH opens Friday, April 20 and runs through Sunday, April 29 at Stella Niagara Stage, 4421 Lower River Road, Lewiston, NY 14092.

 Show times: Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm | Sundays 2:00pm

Tickets: Adults $14 | Students/Seniors (62+) $12 | Children (12 & Under) $6