CREEPY STORIES ABOUT A TORNADO and LIGHTNING STRIKES... not too far from here. Am I the only one who thinks it is weird to get struck by lightning in a cemetery? How about a tornado (in NY... we don't get tornados) that formed and essentially landed right in the middle of one. Not much damage elsewhere. It is all too strange to me, that is why these pieces are obscura. If you want the actual news articles, I will provide them, just leave me a comment.



11, 2016 05:26 PM

Police say two people were killed after apparently being struck by lightning in Batavia.

On Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 police received a call for two deceased people in the Batavia Cemetery. Police say that during an early morning storm a lightning strike occurred in the area where 34-year-old Richard Garlock and 32-year-old Jenea Macleod were found. 

Batavia police say they don't quite know what to make of this. Detective Eric Hill tells us he has not heard of a case of death due to a lightning strike in recent years. But that's what appears to have happened to the two Batavia residents, in this cemetery overnight Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

The cemetery caretakers discovered the bodies of the two people Wednesday afternoon and called 911.

Hill says the medical examiner ruled the couple was struck by lightning. But Hill says when police discovered the bodies there were no obvious signs of death. Hill says police didn't see any obvious signs of foul play.

"Based on evidence at the scene and some of the things we had seen there, it may have been a lightning strike especially with the severity of the storm that came through," says Detective Eric Hill. "Since we were all pretty much woken up that night from the storm we had had that night. Some did call NOAA and they did determine we had lightning strikes in the Batavia area."

Hill says the case will likely be closed pending the final results of the autopsy. He warns people when there are alerts of bad weather, heed them.- Lynette Adams



FARMINGTON, N.Y.-- The wonder of Mother Nature is leaving those who drive by the South Farmington Cemetery in awe. Trees are completely up-rooted, just feet away flower pots sit untouched.

"It's a mess, but we've made a pretty good dent in it," Sylvia Schrader, a caretaker of South Farmington Cemetery said.

Since Wednesday's tornado, Sylvia and her husband Mark, have been working to restore peace to the cemetery.

"The first time we walked in it was heartbreaking, it's still heartbreaking now," Schrader said.

While cleanup on the ground shows progress, up above there's still a lot of work to be done.

"It's just still a very dangerous situation with tree limbs hanging," Schrader said. "They could come down at any moment."

But the Schrader's have an even bigger problem, insurance isn't footing the bill.

"It covers the chapel, he's not even sure if it will cover the shed or any of the equipment that was in the shed and it doesn't cover wind damage," Schrader said.

Thankfully, a tree removal company is donating their services. A family member has even created this Gofundme page to help out. With graves dating back to 1822, people are coming from near and far to lend a helping hand.

"People are concerned about preserving our history and there's certain sanctity about graveyards," Larry Ricker, of Rochester said.

Ricker came to check on his loved ones laid to rest here.

"Well there's a lot of damage done," Ricker said.

He also offered his churche's missionaries as volunteers to lend a hand.

"We'd like to come and help if there is some way we can be of help, whether it be puling brush out or whatever," Ricker said.

For now, Schrader said volunteers are asked to stay away until this is cleared up.

Right now, she hopes those volunteers can come up with money, not for the cemetery, but for the companies volunteering their time.

"It's just amazing the depths of peoples’ hearts when something like this happens," Schrader said.

The Schrader’s are also asking those who have loved ones buried at the cemetery to not go in and check on sites. They add while some stones have been toppled over, they don’t believe any are broken.-Breanna Fuss