Morning News Briefing
Written by Alex Feig on July 31, 2019
Richard Hanes has been found guilty of Murder in the second degree by a Genesee County Court jury.
Hanes was accused of beating Ray Morgan to death on Liberty Street in Batavia last July.
The jury consisting of seven women and five men deliberated for around 3 and a half hours before reaching their verdict at 2:30 yesterday afternoon.
WBTA’s Lauren Leone has been covering the trial…
Hanes faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when sentenced on August 28.
The community of Dansville continues to mourn the tragic loss of four teenagers who were killed as the result of a one car crash.
State police say 16 year old Rebecca Earner drove through a stop sign in Burns Saturday night and her SUV ended up hitting a tree.
She and three friends, 16 year old Ambra Eddleton, 14 year old Justin Carpenter and 14 year old Kyrstin Wolfanger were all killed.
A fifth teen survived and was reportedly the only one wearing a seat belt.
A prayer service is being held tonight at 7:30 at the Dansville Presbyterian Church.
Troopers say driver inexperience may have been a factor however they are still investigating the tragedy.
Police in Albion are on the lookout for a pair of armed suspects who held up convenience store clerks.
According to authorities two suspects dressed in black entered the Crosby’s North convenience store in Albion Monday night and demanded money from store employees while flashing a handgun.
The white male and female suspects took off without any cash.
There are surveillance photos of the pair and contact information for Albion Police in the article on our website.
Congressman Chris Collins says he’s in no rush to announce whether he’ll seek re-election next year.
Two fellow Republicans, State Senator Chris Jacobs and attorney Beth Parlato have already announced they’re seeking the 27th Congressional District seat.
Collins is also awaiting trial next year on federal insider trading charges.
Collins says he’s innocent and called the case against him circumstantial.
Two new gun laws have been signed by Governor Cuomo.
The first piece of legislation makes it illegal to manufacture, sell, transport or have 3-D printed weapons.
Those weapons can be a threat to public safety since they can pass through metal detectors unnoticed.
The second law requires all gun owners to make sure their weapons are safely stored if children are living in their home.
Governor Cuomo says both measures continue New York’s legacy of having the strongest gun laws in the country.