2015 Recap: In January, readers focused on rough winter conditions

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — During one of the harshest winters in recent memory, hundreds of thousands of western New Yorkers were forced to travel through feet of snow relied on the news to get them home safe.

In January of 2015, the most popular stories of the year focused on road closures and road conditions, along with weather updates. Although January didn’t hold anywhere near the punishing conditions that the Snowvember storm held, storms still had the ability to close the Thruway. 

Although many consumed stories to stay up to date on traffic conditions, January held stories of interest for those concerned about crime, too.

When police accused a volunteer firefighter of $30,000 in damages due to vandalism, many were outraged. They weren’t alone.

“Many of the members; we pour our heart and souls into our equipment and to come back and see someone slap us in the face, it’s disgusting,” Clarksville Fire Chief Scott Sharp said of the vandalism.

In the City of Buffalo, readers also showed concern when a business in the Elmwood Village was shut down by the City of Buffalo. After police responded to a call of shots fired near the Habibi Sheesha hookah lounge, it was shut down.

The owner of the business would eventually fire back, but the lounge remains empty as 2016 approaches.

Doom and gloom would not rule the day, however. Thousands shared one viral story after an actor from “A Christmas Story” made an appearance for a fan in Buffalo. 

Ian Petrella, also known as Randy from the popular film, made an appearance at Yankee Spirits in North Tonawanda to give one lucky fan a leg lamp, a popular movie prop.

All in all, more than 5.5 million readers turned to WIVB.com to learn their news in January of 2015.

Click here to follow along with News 4 as we take a look back at news in Buffalo in 2015.

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