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ERIE COUNTY
Multiple crashes close snowy Thruway east of Buffalo

WILLIAMSVILLE — State police say one person has died and one is seriously injured after several crashes involving numerous vehicles on the snowy New York State Thruway east of Buffalo.

Troopers say all lanes are blocked between Exit 50 and Exit 48A at Pembroke going into the evening rush hour Tuesday.

Trooper Michael Cassella in Albany says 15 to 25 cars and 10 tractor-trailers were involved in a series of collisions starting shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. He says weather was a contributing factor.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said seven volunteer fire departments were at the scene and hundreds of cars were backed up.

Gusty wind with blowing and drifting snow has prompted blizzard warnings for northern Erie County overnight.


Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen 

After removing the windshield, Fleming firefighters help Timothy Preston, of Syracuse, exit his vehicle uninjured. Preston rolled his vehicle over into a ditch along a snow-covered stretch of Route 34 on Tuesday.


Records
POLICE
Cayuga County-area police blotter: Jan. 2, 2018

City

• Jessica D. L. Hale, 27, 47 N. Fulton St., Auburn, was charged Dec. 29 with driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction, driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

• Aysha L. Richardson, 20, 5 Colburn Ave., Auburn, was charged Dec. 30 with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

• Jennifer L. Graves, 52, 181 Seymour St., Auburn, was charged Dec. 30 with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

• Susan M. Homick, 44, 228 N. Seward Ave., Auburn, was charged Dec. 30 with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated first offense and driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. 

• Robert W. Temple, 47, 91 Perrine St., Auburn, was charged Dec. 31 with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

• Brianna L. Bell, 19, 50 Delevan St. Apt. Up, Auburn, was charged Jan. 1 with resisting arrest. 

State

• Faith A. Brown, 20, Lockport, was charged Dec. 30 with second-degree reckless endangerment and first-degree introduction of prison contraband. 

• Joshua R. Waffner, 25, McGraw, was charged Dec. 30 with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

• Michael R. Feocco, 31, Union Springs, was charged Dec. 31 with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit and driving while intoxicated first offense. 

• Timothy L. Williams, 43, Auburn, was charged Jan. 1 with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit and driving while intoxicated first offense. 

• Jason S. McDeid, 27, Syracuse, was charged Dec. 30 with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

• Steven J. Martin, 56, Smyrna, Georgia, was charged Dec. 31 with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit and driving while intoxicated first offense. 


Obits
Elizabeth Schemerhorn

AUBURN — Elizabeth Schemerhorn, 92, formerly of Woodlawn Avenue, Auburn, passed away Dec. 31, 2017 at Groton Community Health Care Center. Born in Auburn, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ellen (Ballantyne) Ogilvie Sr.

Betty was an Auburn East High School graduate and retired from New York Telephone where she was an observing supervisor. She later was the administrative assistant for Westminster Manor. Betty and her late husband were active members at Westminster Presbyterian Church and was also a tireless volunteer for many local community organizations.

She is survived by her two children, Ellen Schemerhorn (Tom Moser), and Rob Schemerhorn (Danielle Roetting); three grandchildren, Andrew and Emily Schemerhorn, and Benjamin Moser.

She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Earle Schemerhorn in 2012, and by a brother, Robert B. Ogilvie Jr.

There are no calling hours and a memorial service will be held at a future date. Private burial will be in Fort Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Elizabeth’s memory may be made to Auburn Community Hospital Volunteer Department, 17 Lansing St., Auburn, NY 13021 or to Westminster Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 17 William St., Auburn, NY 13021.

Visit www.Langhamfuneralhomellc.com to leave a condolence for the family.


Obits
Virginia R. Coombes

AUBURN — Virginia R. Coombes, 92, of Auburn, passed away Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 at the Commons on St. Anthony. Virginia was born in Auburn on Nov. 28, 1925; she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Jeanette Millier Coombes. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, painting and she loved to travel.

Virginia provided a loving home to her family; she is survived by her son, James (Liz) Golembeski, of Tully, N.Y., and her loving companion, Roberto SanMartin.

Virginia was predeceased by her daughter, Veronica “Vicki’ Ledford.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at the White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. Burial will be held in the spring in Lakeview Cemetery in Fleming.