Morning News Briefing
Written by Alex Feig on August 14, 2019
LeRoy Police took part in a short standoff at a residence on Church Street in the Village to apprehend a Parolee wanted on a State Parolee warrant.
45 year old Michael VanBuskirk Jr. of Lake Street, LeRoy was allegedly wanted by New York State Parole as an Absconder and had a Parole Warrant issued for his arrest.
VanBuskirk was seen entering a relative’s house on Church St in the Village yesterday shortly after noon and when Officers attempted to take him into custody he failed to answer the door or come outside.
The residence was surrounded and the roadway was closed for a short amount time.
During the standoff, the homeowner came home and allowed the officers inside where VanBuskirk was located and taken into custody without further incident.
He was then jailed on the Parole Warrant.
Members of City Council expressed their disappointment with the lack of progress seen at what has been dubbed the Ellicott Station project.
The development project planned on Ellicott Street in Batavia was announced in March of 2016 with Buffalo based developer Savarino Companies’ vision of office, retail, residential and entertainment space filling the brownfield site.
Council members voiced their concerns at their Monday night meeting citing that there has been no visible work done on the $20 million development since the announcement.
Council Member Robert Bialkowski said he was very disappointed in the developer, calling the property an eyesore and questioning what kind of landlord Savarino will be considering the state the site has deteriorated to.
The board voted, 6 to 2, in favor of City Manager Martin Moore writing a letter of support to the commissioner of the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal highlighting the importance of the project to the city and how it aligns with the HCR’s mission to build and support affordable housing.
Genesee County lawmen taking part in Statewide STOP-DWI Labor Day Crackdown Enforcement Effort.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police Departments will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives in the statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort which begins today and ends on September 2nd.
The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants from 9 to 3 today and tomorrow and on Friday from approximately 8 to noon in the areas south of Main Street and west of Jackson Street.
Homes and businesses in the vicinity will be affected and may result in a temporary discoloration of tap water.
As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing with discolored water but instead run cold water for about 5 minutes or until clear.
The Genesee County Highway Department announces that Railroad Avenue between Route 98 and Sandpit Road in Alexander is closed through August 27th.
Detour signs will be posted.
The public will be notified when it reopens.