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December 23, 2008 - 6:15pm

Rumors that an elderly woman was found in a snow bank in Oakfield unfounded

posted by Philip Anselmo in Oakfield, weather, snow, winter, storm.

Earlier today, we received a news tip that an elderly woman in Oakfield had been "found in the snow" and subsequently taken to the hospital for treatment. Apparently a news station in Buffalo reported the incident without releasing the name of the woman nor relating what exactly had happened... Odd.

Well, we contacted the Genesee County sheriff's deputies to find out what really happened. Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble got back to us. He had this to say:

"I found nothing regarding an elderly woman found in a snow bank in our county yesterday.  What I did find was a rumor floating around about an elderly woman who was found in a snow bank in some other county and supposedly she was a Genesee Co. resident.  I am unable to backtrack that rumor but your caller may have heard a news report regarding this and picked up on the Genesee Co. part thinking it occurred in our county."

There you go. Just another rumor that made the nightly news.

Russ Stresing
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Usually, I am loathe to post without attribution, but in this instance, I have to honor the journalist's code by not revealing my sources. I was told that the woman in question had "incriminating claws marks on her back".
Tom Connolly
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This may have been confused with an Ontario incident: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iO6Ow7vodAhrc2P8bWxPAU...
barb falker-crandall
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Is this not almost par for the course? What people do not know they make up and add to it.
Nancy Hensel
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There was a women in OAKFIELD that did fall into a snowbank about 1-2 weeks ago when we had all the snow. A neighbor found her there and she is is okay. The police were not notified. I know this for a fact, because she is a neighbor of mine. She is fine.

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