Evening News Briefing

Written by on December 3, 2019

Bishop Richard Malone, head of the Catholic Diocese of Western New York, will seek and early retirement.
The Buffalo News had reported that Malone would submit his resignation tomorrow. Now, sources tell the paper Malone will request early retirement.
Malone is 73. By Catholic Church Law he would have to retired at age 75.
Malone has been criticized for how he’s handled the clergy sex abuse scandal in the diocese and has said in the past he wouldn’t retire until he was required to in 2021.
The Diocese had no comment on the report.
If Malone steps down, Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger [[schar-fen-burger]] would reportedly serve as an apostolic administrator until Malone’s replacement is named.

Batavia’s new, full-time, city court judge will be sworn into office on Dec 20th.
Judge Durin Rogers won election last month to move from part-time to full time judge of city court.
The Batavia City Council will appoint a new part-time judge. The council is meeting in executive session this Friday to discuss the appointment.

From Batavia Police: 38 year old Mark Helm of State Street has been jailed for assault and child endangerment.
Police say Helm struck another person last Friday causing what were described as serious injuries. All of this, police said, occurred in front of four children.
Helm has been jailed without bail.

Go ahead and call City Hall – they can answer now.
Batavia City Hall says their telephone have been fixed.
Officials said a power failure in the server room caused the equipment failure.

How would you like to adopt a fire hydrant?
The city’s fire department are asking residents to adopt a hydrant near their home or business and keep it clear of snow during the winter season.
They prefer that you clear a 3ft area around a snow covered hydrant so firemen can quickly access a water supply in case of fire.

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