Saturday, May 7, 2022

Saturday 7 May 2022:
SLDN News Briefs

MERCY FLIGHT INC. announced Friday afternoon that its helicopter emergency medical professionals resumed service at 7 a.m. this morning (Saturday), ending the voluntary pause in its air ambulance operations that was in effect since the April 26 fatal crash of a Bell 429 helicopter in Elba. Mercy Flight pilot Jim Sauer and Bell Helicopter Flight Instructor Stewart Dietrick were killed in the crash.

SCARY SCENARIO IN PAVILION shares important lesson against impaired driving: Dateline Pavilion — A crackle comes over the radio. There is an accident at Pavilion High School. Ambulances are needed and there is one person dead. ... At least, that was the scenario presented to high schoolers at Pavilion High School for Pavilion Prom DWI. “We don’t want anyone drinking and driving. I know almost all of you. I don’t want to tell you or your parents, or have to deal with you during the whole thing,” said Pavilion Fire Chief Don Roblee. See DN's Mark Gutman video by clicking on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuxN6qZFg70 . Be prepared for substantial volume.

PROBLEM GAMBLING is a story covered by DN's Brian Quinn (bquinn@batavianews.com) in a message brought to patrons of Batavia Downs  Gambling addiction is an issue for roughly 2 million adults in the United States. In Batavia and around New York state, gaming providers say they’re making an effort to address the issue. NYS Gaming Commission Executive Director Robert Williams said as many as 3% or more than 6 million adults in the U.S., have mild or moderate gaming problems. “It’s our job as gaming regulators, administrators, operators, public health administrators and advocacy groups to join with the National Council (on Problem Gaming) to shine a light on the very real problem and issue of problem gambling and the millions of individuals nationwide who continue to gamble for reasons other than entertainment,” Williams said during a discussion Thursday at Batavia Downs. The HOPEline number is 1-877-8-HOPENY (467369), The HOPEline is owned by OASAS and operated by contractors to provide high-quality, responsive information, and referral services via phone and text message to callers throughout New York State experiencing substance abuse and problem gambling. HOPEline services are free and confidential.

ONE PERSON WAS FLOWN TO STRONG Memorial Hospital in Rochester as a precaution after suffering minor injuries Friday night in an accident near 6049 Ellicott Street Rd. in East Bethany. Sheriff’s Office personnel said at the scene that two people were not injured and signed off. A black pickup truck struck a silver sedan from behind. “Nothing serious at this time that we believe,” Sgt. Andrew Hale said of the person who was flown to Strong. “We just want to be on the safe side.” Hale said both vehicles were going south on Ellicott Street Road. The driver of the sedan was trying to turn left into a residence when the truck struck it, spinning the sedan around. The driver of the pickup said the car’s driver put its turn signal on at the last minute and truck driver didn’t see it, Hale said. He said the pickup truck driver will probably be ticketed for following too closely. “There were no signs of impairment or alcohol or anything like that,” he said. The call about the accident came in around 9:30 p.m., Hale estimated.  Story by DN's BRIAN QUINN, bquinn@batavianews.com.

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