Evening News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on June 3, 2019
An Ellicott Street man is hospitalized at Strong Memorial today after a beating at his home.
Batavia Police say 34 year old Mark Collier of Ellicott Street was beaten last night with a blunt object for refusing to make a so-called charitable donation to his attacker. Police identified his assailant as 30 year old Benjamin Santiago of Jackson St.
Authorities said Collier had made donations to Santiago before but last night he refused.
Santiago fled to Rochester in a vehicle stolen from a home in the Town of Batavia. Rochester Police arrested him and was brought back to Genesee County and charged with felony counts of assault and robbery.
The arraignment of 31 year old Quinton Edwards of Rochester was cancelled this afternoon. Edwards is charged with 2nd degree murder in the knife slaying of 43 year old Michael Paladino of Ross Street over the weekend. Court officials say Edmonds arrangement was postponed because he does not yet have a lawyer.
Governor Cuomo is pushing state lawmakers to pass a package of bills that would strengthen women’s rights across the state. Cuomo say his four point plan would make gender a protected right in the state constitution. It would toughen sexual harassment laws, ensure pay equity and extend the statute of limitation on certain rape cases. Some lawmakers wonder if all this can be done with just a little over two weeks to go until lawmakers go on their summer break.
State lawmakers who support legalizing marijuana in New York have just a few more weeks to get detractors onboard. The legislative session ends on June 19th, and right now it looks like a marijuana legalization bill would fail in the State Senate. One of the big stumbling blocks is how New York would spend the money generated from marijuana sales.
This note for Town of Alabama motorists:
Effective today, Ham Road, between Knowlesville Road and Gorton Road will be closed for a bridge replacement.
The county highway department reports Ham Road will be closed for approximately two months.