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Pembroke homeowner believes quarry activity could have to do with house cracking

PEMBROKE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Pembroke homeowner is closer to finding out what’s causing the foundation of his house to crack.

He said data is leading him to believe the nearby quarry could have something to do with it but the vice president of the quarry is standing by his claim that it’s not their fault.

Homeowner Gene Nati said data from County Line Stone shows the quarry has pumped more water out in June and July this year than they did last year in the same time frame.

“I think the volume of water they’re pumping out, based off the research we’re doing and people we have helping us, this fault line in the ground or whatever it would be called leads directly towards the quarry. My house is the only one in direct line with it the rest goes through the woods, backyards, towards County Line Road,” Nati said.

Quarry vice president Brad Buyers said Nati is misinterpreting some of the data.

He said all blasting has been within the legal limits, monthly pumping is down in 2022 from the five-year average, and there is no baseline data for summer well values, making it hard to determine a correlation to spring and fall data.

He also said the house is more than a mile from the quarry, no other neighboring homeowners are reporting issues, and the quarry and house are in separate watersheds.

Nati said he’s not accusing the quarry and said they’ve been cooperative.

He just wants to wait and see the final results of the investigation.

“It looks like from day one they’ve already jumped on, ‘its not their fault’ before an investigation started let alone completed.”

Buyers also released this statement:

“We are very sorry for the tragedy and loss being incurred by the Nati Family. This incident has geologists from all parties without conclusive answers as to both the cause and events ongoing. We are hopeful that in the coming week, the continued-on site investigation will draw conclusions and an understanding.   All agencies and parties have the full support of County Line Stone, and we welcome any inquires or requests for information or assistance.”

The town supervisor and quarry are bringing out experts to dig up the roadway and investigate on Monday.

Full information from County Line Stone:

The property and incident in question are more than one mile from the existing quarry location and outside of any ‘cone of influence’ from our mining and dewatering programs.This incident is confined to that immediate location with no other residences on neighboring roads, or within a closer proximity to the quarry reporting issues with ground or basement cracking, etc.   Based on the Genesee County GIS Maps, County Line Stone lies in the Ellicott Creek Watershed with the incident location lying in the Murder Creek Watershed.      We have been working with the NYSDEC as they have an ongoing investigation into the matters at hand and they have our full cooperation.    

It’s my understanding that based on the data we have been asked to provide there are three pieces of information that are being mis-interpreted by the affected party (Geno Nati):

Blasting – All blasting is monitored and recorded for both our internal record keeping as well as the NYSDEC.   We map every blast conducted which has been attached to this email along with the reporting.    The NYSDEC in their investigation asked that all blasting data for the past two weeks be provided as well as any blasts in the last month that registered with the seismograph closest to the incident location (brine line seismograph).   These have all been attached.    Its quite a bit of data to review but all blasting has been consistent with no abnormalities and well within the legal limits.    The seismograph closet to the incident in question (4500’ from 455 Cohocton Residence) only registered two blasts in the last month with a sensitivity of 0.02 in/sec of ground movement.    You can see normal blasting ground movement recorded by the seismographs is in the range of 0.15 – 0.7 in/sec which is a magnitude of 10x compared to that of the brine line seismograph.

Quarry Pumping / Dewatering – Our quarry pump station runs continuously and feeds into Dorsch Creek.    This information is recorded and monitored by both County Line Stone and the NYSDEC.    As you can see, our monthly pumping is down across the year in 2022 from the 5-year average with every month being below the average 5 year running values.   This is in line with the drought trend we have seen in 2022. Well

Data – County Line Stone is required by NYSDEC to provide bi-annual well monitoring which is conducted in May and October annually.    Due to the incident, NYSDEC requested that we take well readings immediately to get an idea as to what the ground water in the vicinity of the quarry is doing.    There are wells that are down substantially in value, all being on the west side of the quarry (further from the residence in question) while wells on the east side are down significantly less.   Well 4-12 which is only 1400 feet from the quarry (due east) and 4500 feet from the incident location showing abnormally high-water levels.     It should be noted that there is no baseline data for summer well values which makes correlation to spring and fall data hard to determine.  I requested at the last meeting between the NYSDEC, Town of Pembroke, and County Line Stone on 8/11 that wells in the immediate proximity of the incident should be measured to gauge their water levels. 

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Child porn charges could lead to 30 years for Jamestown man

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Jamestown man could spend decades in prison if he’s convicted of child porn charges.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York’s office, Jamestown police received information about 34-year-old Roberto Millan this past February. They were told that he sexually abused a 15-year-old girl.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the victim told investigators that Millan asked her to take sexually explicit photos of herself and send them to him. Officials say that initially, she refused, but complied after Millan allegedly threatened to harm her family.

“The victim also stated that during the first time Millan sexually abuse her, he warned that if she ‘made too much noise,’ he would physically harm her family,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Prosecutors said investigators found a series of sexually explicit text messages between Millan and the teen, along with child porn. Millan was taken to the Jamestown Police Department after a search of his home on February 9.

His cell phone, which prosecutors say contained more child porn, was seized. Millan has been charged with production and attempted production of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

If he’s convicted, he could spend five to 30 years in prison and pay a $250,000 fine.

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Motorcyclist killed in Collins crash; other driver hospitalized

TOWN OF COLLINS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A motorcyclist from Evans is dead following a collision in the Town of Collins.

On Thursday, New York State police say Martin Burke, 64, was headed south on Route 438 when a stopped, eastbound Buick Enclave at Versailles Plank Road failed to yield the right of way and entered the intersection.

Burke’s motorcycle subsequently hit the side of the Buick. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 79-year-old Buick driver, a Perrysburg woman, was taken to ECMC for non-life threatening injuries. New York State police are investigating this crash.

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Author Salman Rushdie airlifted with apparent neck stab wound, suspect in custody

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A suspect is in custody after author Salman Rushdie was attacked Friday morning on-stage at the Chautauqua Institution and airlifted.

At 11 a.m., Rushdie, the author of “Satanic Verses,” was about to be interviewed when someone charged the amphitheater stage and apparently stabbed the 75-year-old in the neck, New York State Police said.

The author was rushed to an “area hospital” by helicopter, his condition is unknown.

The interviewer was also attacked and suffered a minor head injury.

The suspect in the attack was taken into custody by an NYS Tropper assigned to the event.

A spokesperson for the Chautauqua Institution said they’re coordinating with law enforcement and are working to get more information on the attack.

“Chautauqua Institution is currently coordinating with law enforcement and emergency officials on a public response following today’s attack of Salman Rushdie on the Chautauqua Amphitheater stage,” Jordan Steves, director of strategic communications, Chautauqua Institution. “We will provide more details as we know them.”

NYS Governor Kathy Hochul thanked State Police for their response and offered her thoughts for Rushdie and his loved ones.

“Thank you to the swift response of @nyspolice & first responders following today’s attack of author Salman Rushdie,” Hochul said. “Our thoughts are with Salman & his loved ones following this horrific event. I have directed State Police to further assist however needed in the investigation.”

Author Stephen King tweeted, “I hope Salman Rushdie is okay.”

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Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage in New York

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced. The 75-year-old author was pushed or fell to the floor, and the man was restrained.

Rushdie was quickly surrounded by a small group of people who held up his legs, presumably to send more blood to his chest.

His condition was not immediately known.

FILE – Author Salman Rushdie appears at a signing for his book “Home” in London on June 6, 2017. Rushdie has been attacked while giving a lecture in western New York. An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage Friday at the Chautauqua Institution and begin punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File)

Hundreds of people in the audience gasped at the sight of the attack and were then evacuated.

Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous. A year later, Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death.

A bounty of over $3 million has also been offered for anyone who kills Rushdie.

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Iran’s government has long since distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment has lingered. In 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious foundation raised the bounty for Rushdie from $2.8 million to $3.3 million.

Rushdie dismissed that threat at the time, saying there was “no evidence” of people being interested in the reward.

That year, Rushdie published a memoir, “Joseph Anton,” about the fatwa. The title came from the pseudonym Rushdie had used while in hiding.

Rushdie rose to prominence with his Booker Prize-winning 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children,” but his name became known around the world after “The Satanic Verses.”

The Chautauqua Institution, about 55 miles southwest of Buffalo in a rural corner of New York, is known for its summertime lecture series. Rushdie has spoken there before.

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Hope Rises: Brother shares special moment with sister after missing wedding

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2 dead, 3 injured in Dunkirk four-vehicle crash

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two people are dead and three others were injured as the result of a four-vehicle crash in Dunkirk.

According to Dunkirk police, the incident happened Thursday around 5:50 p.m. on Central Avenue near Howard Street.

One person died at the scene while another was pronounced dead at Brooks Memorial Hospital. Two others were taken to the hospital for treatment, while another was flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is being asked to call Dunkirk police at (716) 366-2266.

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