Evening News Briefing

Written by on December 6, 2019

Late this afternoon State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer announced he will not seek re-election next fall.
Ranzenhofer represented the 61st state senate district of New York which includes all of Genesee County as well as a portion of Erie and Monroe counties.
Ranzenhofer, a Republican, has served six terms in the State Senate.



Guillermo Torres-Acevedo has now plead guilty to felony count of rape in a case involving a 14 year old girl he took across state lines last year.
Acevedo appeared in Genesse County Court this morning and accepted a plea deal to a charge of second degree rape.
Earlier this week Acevedo pleaded guilty to federal charges in the same case that could result in a 20 year sentence. His plea today to the state charges could get him a sentence of 6 ½ to 20 years.
There was no guarantee the two terms would run concurrently.Acevedo was arrested in November of 2018 for the rape of the girl. A day later he picked up the girl at Byron-Bergen School and drove her to Mansfield, Pennsylvania triggering an Amber Alert. Lawmen traced them down by tracing the girl’s cellphone.
Sentencing on the federal charge has been set for February 13, five days later he’ll be sentenced on the state charge.


A well-deserved honor today for one of Batavia’s best known couples.
Tom and Lynn Houseknecht have been awarded the Health and Humanitarian Award from the Jerome Foundation.
The award recognizes the many contributions of the Houseknechts to United Memorial Medical Center, the Arc of Genesee Orleans, the Rotary Club and others.
Lynn Houseknecht says the spirit of volunteerism runs through their family as she humbly credited countless others who serve

Several speakers cited not only the Houseknechts’ financial support but the contribution of their time as a husband and wife and family team.


The Buffalo Bills will look to close in on a playoff spot, but to do it, they’ll have to beat the best team in the AFC. Buffalo is hosting the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field Sunday afternoon. The Bills have won three straight and are just a game behind the New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East.
Buffalo’s showdown with Baltimore is set for one p-m Sunday.

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