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Written by Alex Feig on May 13, 2019
Dozens of active suspensions land a Central Ave man in lock-up.
36 year old James Calaci of Central Ave in the City was stopped on Liberty Street for allegedly speeding while using a portable handheld device.
Further investigation revealed that Calaci was driving without a valid license and had a New York State ID indicating a massive 46 active suspensions against him.
He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the first degree, Speeding and using a Portable Handheld Device while driving.
He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail with his next appearance scheduled for May 16th in Batavia City Court.
Repeated violation lands a Batavia man behind bars.
Following investigation into a complaint of a violated order of protection Batavia Police arrested 40 year old Jason Wood of Woodstock Gardens.
Wood was accused of intentionally violating the court order by contacting the protected party numerous times through text messages.
Wood is now facing two counts of second degree Criminal Contempt and after arraignment was committed to the County Jail in lieu of bail.
A bill that would expand sports gambling in New York is scheduled to be voted on in a Senate committee today.
The Times Union reports the legislation would allow casinos to set up online platforms for sports wagering.
If it passes today, the bill would move to the Senate Finance Committee.
Supporters hope to have the new law approved by the time this year’s legislative session ends in June.
Mother Nature has forced the closure of the Lilac Festival today.
Organizers say the decision was made due to the heavy rain in the forecast.
But, The BB King Blues Band featuring Michael Lee and Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People will still perform at Anthology on East Avenue.
The seven-30 p.m. show is free but space will be limited.
Organizers say they hope the festival can resume tomorrow.
Senator Chuck Schumer will be in Rochester today to discuss a new bill to deal with those annoying robocalls.
The bipartisan TRACED Act would give federal agencies the tools and authority to trace, prosecute and enforce fines against robocall scammers.
He says the legislation is needed because the federal “Do Not Call” rules are ineffective.
Americans received 47-point-seven billion robocalls in 2018, a 57 percent increase over the number of calls the year before.