HOLLEY – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 77-year-old man from Holley. Carl Zava has Alzheimer’s disease and may be in need of medical attention, deputies said.
Zava was last seen on Hall Road at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was driving a 2001 white Chevrolet Blazer with New York license plate GKK-5202.
Zava is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighs 110 lbs. He has gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and blue jeans.
Deputies believe he may have traveled to Erie County. The Sheriff’s Office has issued a New York State Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert.
Anyone with information on Zava’s whereabouts is asked to call 585-589-5527 or 911.
Press Release, Genesee & Orleans Health Departments
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this significant observance!
Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties, proclaims the many benefits and accomplishments vaccines have on our communities. “Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” he said. “When you get vaccinated, you not only protect yourself but you also help protect the people around you who might be too young or too sick to get vaccinated themselves. This is called ‘community immunity’ or ‘herd immunity.’ If enough people stop getting vaccinated, more outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, will occur.”
Most parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving babies the recommended vaccinations by age 2 is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their baby is up-to-date on vaccinations. It is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they encounter potentially life-threatening diseases.
The recent outbreak of measles in our country has reached the highest number of cases since the disease was eliminated in 2000. Most recent data shows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 695 cases of measles from 22 states. The return of the disease occurs when an unvaccinated traveler visits a country where there is widespread measles transmission, gets infected with measles, and returns to the United States and exposes people in a community who are not vaccinated.
Once measles enters an under-vaccinated community, it becomes difficult to control the spread of the disease. When measles enters a highly vaccinated community, outbreaks either don’t happen or are usually small. This is why taking proper precautions and receiving the vaccine is so important to the health of our community.
Below is a summary of the vaccines children should receive by 2 years of age:
ore throat, mild fever, weakness, and swollen glands in neck. Complications of these diseases include
swelling of the heart muscle, heart failure, coma, paralysis, death.
5 doses of DTaP vaccine.
first dose at 2 months, the second at 4 months, the third at 6 months, the fourth between
15–18 months, and the fifth between 4–6 years.
Protecting your baby from vaccine-preventable diseases begins even before your baby is born. Brenden Bedard, Director of Community Health Services of Genesee and Orleans Counties, educates on what vaccines mothers should get when they are pregnant. “All pregnant women are recommended to receive the Tdap and influenza (flu) vaccine during each pregnancy. The recommended time to get the Tdap shot is during the 27th through 36th week of pregnancy and the influenza shot can be given at any time during flu season, typically October through May. Pregnant women who receive these vaccines are also helping to protect their babies from diseases for the first several months after their birth, when they are too young to get vaccinated.” In addition to mothers, it is also important for immediate family, such as spouses, grandparents, and anyone who will be in close contact with a new baby to receive the Tdap vaccine and the influenza vaccine during flu season.
The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments participate in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. This federally-funded program will assist families who are uninsured or underinsured receive childhood vaccines at no cost. For more information, please contact your local health department.
HAMLIN – Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing, vulnerable woman.
Law enforcement and firefighters have been trying to locate Margaret DeGraff, 47, of the Town of Sweden since Sunday night.
DeGraff was last seen on Wednesday at her place of employment, Villa of Hope at 3300 Dewey Ave., Rochester.
Her vehicle was located Sunday in the Hamlin Beach State Park area, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is reporting.
The Sheriff’s Office teamed with State Police and other first responders in a search of the park and the surrounding area. Many firefighters from eastern Orleans County were part of the effort today.
The search will resume on Tuesday morning.
If anyone has seen or heard from DeGraff or has information about her whereabouts, please call 911.
(UPDATED at 2:17 p.m.)
LYNDONVILLE – All after-school activities are cancelled at Albion, Lyndonville and Medina. All Lyndonville students will be released at 2:35. There will be no late bus run.
All evening events are also cancelled at Albion Central School. There won’t be a 4:15 p.m. bus.
The icy road conditions have resulted in several accidents around the county today. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 1 a.m. tonight.
ALBION – The Albion school district has cancelled the afternoon prekindergarten program due to the icy road conditions.
The morning PreK students will stay at school until the 3:30 p.m. dismissal. Those students will also be fed lunch at school.
Parents also can pick up the PreK students before 3:30 if they call the school office.
The afternoon BOCES also is cancelled today. Parents can call the school office if they want to dismiss their child before the end of the school day.
The freezing rain and ice has made the roads slippery for motorists. Joe Perry, Medina DPW superintendent, is urging motorists not to drive if they have that option the next few hours.
“We have 4 trucks out salting and are having a hard time keeping up with the ice,” Medina Mayor Mike Sidari posted on Facebook. “We are expected to receive up to a half inch of ice. Watch for low hanging tree limbs and wires.”
If there is a wire hanging or down on the ground, Sidari said people shouldn’t try to move it. They should call 911.
Orleans County is under a winter weather advisory until 1 a.m. tonight due to the freezing rain.
ALBION – Albion Mayor Eileen Banker has cancelled a meeting at 6:30 this evening, which was set for the Village Board to discuss a personnel issue and an employee contract, Banker said.
Press Release, Albion Police Department
ALBION – The Albion Police Department is currently investigating a missing person case involving Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez, 12, and Raul S. Cruz, 14.
Both were last scene at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the 100 block of South Main Street in the Village of Albion. It is believed the Cruz and Lauro-Ramierez are together.
Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez is described as follows:
Hispanic Female, Black Hair, Brown Eyes, 5’01” 123 lbs.
Clothing: Black or Gray Hoodie.
Raul S. Cruz is described as follows:
Hispanic Male, Black Hair, Brown Eyes, 5’06” Slender Build
If anyone has information as to Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez or Raul S. Cruz location, please contact your local 911 center or the Albion Police at 585-589-5627.
Courtesy of Medina Police Department
MEDINA — A Medina man’s family hasn’t seen him for about a month and a half, and has filed a missing person’s report.
Heriberto “Roberto” Torres, 57, was living on West Avenue. He attended school at Medina, was in the Army for a decade and was living in the community before moving to Buffalo. About three or four years ago, he moved back to Medina, said his sister, Iris Torres.
The family is concerned because he hasn’t returned to his residence, and left his clothes and medication behind. His phone and wallet have not been found, his sister said.
She lives in Puerto Rico. Anyone with information about her brother can contact her at (787) 391-3801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Medina Police Department posted a missing person’s report for Torres on Sunday. Anyone with information about Torres can contact the Police Department at (585) 798-5602.