Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on January 31, 2019
Blizzard warning expires as Travel advisory remains in effect.
The National Weather Service has cancelled the blizzard warning for the region however the Wind Chill Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. and the Winter Storm Warning until 7 this evening.
The Weather Service predicts dangerously cold wind chills as low as 30 below zero, additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and winds gusting as high as 35 mph.
The travel ban that was issued for the entire County yesterday afternoon has been lifted by The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office as of 9 o’clock last night however a travel advisory for all of Genesee County remains in effect until further notice.
A No Unnecessary Travel advisory has also been reissued for Wyoming County as of this morning.
A Tractor Trailer and bus ban remains in effect as well on the New York State Thruway from Rochester Exit 46 to the Pennsylvania State Line including the I-190, and the 290 in Buffalo.
Motorists in the region are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel.
Twenty-one vehicles, including a State Police patrol vehicle, were involved in an accident that shutdown the Thruway through Le Roy yesterday.
Injuries were reported but no details have been released.
Several people involved in the accident were transported by van to the Ontario Service Center where they were evaluated by Mercy medics and interviewed by Troopers.
Le Roy Fire, Town of Batavia Fire, with assistance from Caledonia and Monroe County, responded to the scene.
All Schools in Genesee County closed for today and we have information about individual schools on our School and Weather Closings page.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley is again raising the question of whether residents support separating New York into two states.
The Assemblyman wants to pose the question to residents state-wide through a bill and Hawley has penned a letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie requesting the bill come before the house for a full vote.
Hawley said in a statement that this bill simply gives citizens a say on the direction of their state.
Adding that if downstate politicians really don’t need upstate, as many of them claim, then there’s no harm in at least asking the question if we should be divided.
LeRoy Police report the arrest of 46 year old Craig Fien Jr. of Mill Street LeRoy for allegedly conspiring to steal and keep a pump action shotgun from another individual.
Fien was charged with a Class E-Felony of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Conspiracy.
Fien was arraigned before the LeRoy Town Court and released under the supervision of the Genesee Justice.
Police also arrested 34 year old Steven Kazmierczak of Gilbert Street, LeRoy on one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree.
It is alleged that during a Probation check of Kazmierczak’s residence, he was found unlawfully in possession of a shotgun due to a prior felony conviction.
Kazmierczak was issued an appearance ticket and released to answer the charge in LeRoy Court at a later date.