Returning from winter break? 8 stories you may have missed

An apartment complex in Chili catches fire on Dec. 26, 2017. It was one of four fires during a 48-hour stretch for the Chili Fire Department. (WHAM photo)

(WHAM) - Welcome to Tuesday morning! Many of you reading this will be heading back to work or school after a long holiday break. During that time off, people unplug a bit from the daily news cycle. But the world keeps on turning and the news keeps on happening.

So with that in mind, let us catch you up on some of the biggest stories in the Rochester area and around the world in the last week.

1. 18-Year Playoff Drought Ends For The Buffalo Bills

This is the one where you may have been sleeping under a rock if you haven't heard about it.

For the first time since 1999, the Buffalo Bills will be in the NFL playoffs. Fans rejoiced after the Bills beat the Dolphins 22-16 Sunday afternoon, but the real excitement came when the Cincinnati Bengals topped the Baltimore Ravens, 31-27.

When the team landed in Buffalo after their victory over Miami shortly after midnight, they were greeted by hundreds of fans in subzero wind chill temperatures.

The team will play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, January 7 at 1 p.m. The winner of that game will face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2. Mark's Pizzeria Closing Several Shops

Mark's is paring down some of its restaurants across the state.

Three Rochester locations will shut down: Eastview Mall, The Mall at Greece Ridge and Honeoye Lake.

According to the New York State Department of Labor, all fast food chains with 30 restaurants or more must pay workers at least $12.75 per hour. According to a spokesperson from Mark's Pizzeria, closing restaurants will continue to help them be more profitable and charitable.

3. Snow, Snow, Snow

This was another one that most of us were talking about over the last week or so. Six to ten inches fell in most areas near Rochester, with a foot in some areas.

Did you have a cool photo or video with the snow in your neighborhood? Share it with us at!

4. Trapped In A Car For 9 Hours, Brockport Woman Shares Survival Story

It was November 30th at about 10 p.m. as Dawn Hickey Dunlap was driving home through Byron. That's when she swerved to avoid a deer.

She crashed into a tree and was trapped in her car for nine hours in freezing temperatures.

Dunlap says she doesn't remember the crash, but had 10 broken ribs, a collapsed lung and her left arm and artery had been severed. She shared her story with 13WHAM News.

5. Chick-Fil-A To Break Ground Wednesday

It's finally happening! After months of prep work, the town of Greece will break ground on the new Chick-fil-A restaurant. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 3 at 2140 West Ridge Road.

This will be the second Chick-fil-A restaurant to open in New York outside of New York City; the first will be in Cicero next month.

6. Penn Yan Pub Co-Owner Charged With Raping Patron

Police in Penn Yan say they are investigating multiple sexual assaults at Lloyd's Limited Pub in Penn Yan.

The first incident was captured on cell phone video at the pub on Christmas Eve when the bar was closed. After reviewing surveillance tapes, investigators say the woman who took that cell phone video later became a victim herself in the early hours of Christmas morning.

The suspect and pub's owner, Bob Champlin, turned himself over to police Thursday and was arraigned on several charges. He later posted bail.

The New York State Liquor Authority has suspended the liquor license of the establishment.

7. Chili Fires

It was an exhausting week for firefighters in Chili who battled four fires in 48 hours from December 26-28.

Temperatures plummeted during that stretch of time, due to an Arctic cold front moving into the region.

The fourth fire started in the basement of a rental home on Ballantyne Road. The home was later slated to be demolished due to the damage from the fire.

8. Brockport Police Handle An Unusual Suspect - A Squirrel

Things got a little squirrelly in Brockport on Friday when a squirrel found its way into a South Avenue home. It would eventually jump onto a responding police officer.

The video was all caught on that officer’s body camera. The video went viral reaching all the way to the United Kingdom.

The animal was helping himself to Christmas cookies on her kitchen table when the homeowner walked out of her room. She called for police, who came and were greeted by the surprise jump.

Police eventually cornered the squirrel behind the kitchen stove and were able to release it back outside.

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