Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on July 4, 2019
2 People were trapped on the 2nd floor of a house at 13 Hutchins st early this morning as fire crews responded to the scene. One person was able to safely jump from the home, however was seriously injured in the fall. The other person was safely rescued by firefighters using a ladder. Both were sent to UMMC for evaluation as both suffered smoke inhalation. The 2nd floor of the home was gutted and one side of the home was heavily damaged by the smoke and flames. The Salvation Army assisted with the 2 households that now will be seeking new living arrangements.
Genesee County STOP DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced yesterday that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of Le Roy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start yesterday, July 3rd and will end on Sunday, July 7th.
The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Thursday so expect heavy traveling and festivities to begin today and run through Sunday, July 7th.
The Batavia Muckdogs drew the largest home crowd in over two years and remain in 1st place even after losing last night 6-4. Paid attendance was 2,314. The Muckdogs now play 7 games in 6 days at Auburn and State college before returning home to play Lowell on Wednesday July 10th.
Drivers are getting a break when hitting the roads this July 4th in New York. Governor Cuomo said lane closures for state road and bridge construction projects on state highways will be suspended from six this morning until Monday morning. The governor said with a record number of travelers expected to hit the road this holiday weekend, officials are doing what they can to help ease traffic. He’s also urging motorists to follow the state’s Move Over Law, which requires drivers to slow down and safely move over for emergency vehicles stopped along the road.
If you are looking for a local fireworks show on the 4th of July you may be out of luck. And fireworks are scheduled Friday at Batavia Downs to follow the Kim Mitchel concert.
A new poll shows New Yorkers feel pretty patriotic on this Independence Day. According to the Siena College Research Institute, 77-percent of those surveyed say they celebrate July 4th. Fifty-five-percent also admit they wear red, white and blue for the holiday. Data also shows 71-percent of New Yorkers describe themselves as patriotic, while 80-percent claimed they’re at least somewhat if not very proud to be an American.