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5 stories to catch up on after Thanksgiving holidays

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(WHAM) - Welcome to Monday morning! Chances are, if you're reading this in Rochester, you're in for a bit of a tough morning commute.

As much as we wish we could influence the weather to have it be less icy for driving, we can't. But what we can do is bring you some of the more important stories that you may have missed out on while you were spending time with others during the Thanksgiving holiday season.

With that in mind, here is a look at a few of the stories to get you up to speed on this first Monday on December.

1. December brings winter weather

It's the most obvious one.

Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings have been issued for several counties in Western New York. The advisory is for Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming Counties until 11 AM Monday, and Monroe and Livingston Counties until 7 PM Monday. The winter storm warning has been issued for Wayne and Ontario Counties until 7 PM Monday. A winter storm warning is in effect for Yates County until 12 AM Tuesday.

Nearly everyone in our area saw a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain that changed into snow Sunday night into Monday morning, with a glaze of ice in areas west and southwest of Rochester. At the end of the day, snow totals will likely be in the 4-8" range by Monday evening for regions around Rochester.


2. Nanny, girl killed in Brighton crash remembered

It was a devastating day last Wednesday when a car hit a woman and two children walking on a sidewalk in Brighton.

Elmira Hall, a nanny for three children in Brighton, was killed in the crash. One of the three children - 9-year-old Mila Ruangsuwana - also died. Mila's 2-year-old brother was critically injured, but their other sibling was not hurt.

Hall came to America from Russia in 2016 to make a better life for herself and her family. Her birthday would have been Saturday. She leaves behind two children.

Family and friends are remembering Mila as someone who would always spend time with her little sister.

"Mila was a very sweet girl, very kind, always very helpful," said family friend Yuliya Snyder. "She was spending a lot of time with her little sister. They were very close friends."

A memorial continues to grow for them on Edgewood Avenue near Westfall Road. Hall's cousins visited the site after the crash.

The driver has not been charged.


3. RPD investigating death of newborn baby

The Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office is working to determine a cause of death of a newborn baby brought to Rochester General Hospital on Thursday.

Rochester Police were notified by staff at the hospital that the baby had been brought in around 9 p.m.

There are no indications yet of whether there was any foul play involved. Police will provide an update as soon as information is made available in a preliminary autopsy.


4. Man shot at Destiny USA in Syracuse; suspect arrested

It was an intense and scary scene on Black Friday after two men got into a fight that ended with a gunshot at Destiny USA in Syracuse.

Syracuse Police said a 20-year-old man was shot twice in the leg near the food court, across from Kay's Jewelers, just after 7 p.m.

There were extra officers on hand at Destiny USA because of the big crowds expected on Black Friday, which helped officers make an arrest quickly. Kyree Truax, 21, was arrested and charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and reckless endangerment.

Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner said Destiny USA is safe and that they have increased patrols inside and outside of the mall as a precaution.

"The mall is open for business," Buckner said. "Don't allow two or three knuckleheads to ruin our holiday season."


5. Greece father, son bond over Bills Thanksgiving trip

This was one heck of a Thanksgiving to remember for Buffalo Bills fans.

Bills Mafia was well represented at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas where the Dallas Cowboys hosted the Bills for a Thanksgiving Day game. Buffalo dominated the Cowboys, winning 26-15 in a decisive victory that matched the team's best start since 1996.

Jeremy Pannoni and his son, Adam, left for Dallas earlier this week. This was Adam's first-ever Bills game and what a game it was.

"He just looked up in awe, watching Josh Allen warm up," Jeremy said, talking about Adam's reaction to being at the game.

The Bills take a 9-3 record back home where they will host the formidable Baltimore Ravens on December 8. Kickoff will be at 1:05 p.m.

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