Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on September 26, 2019
Felony charges have been filed against a Batavia woman for allegedly striking her young son twice over the past two years.
According to investigation by the Genesee County Welfare and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, back in 2017, 28 year old Niasia Jiggetts of Thomas Avenue allegedly hit her then 3 year old son with an undisclosed object.
She is accused of hitting him with an object again this past June causing injury to the child in both incidents.
Jiggetts is facing two felony counts of Assault and after being arraigned in Batavia Town Court was released with an appearance ticket for October 21st.
A Rochester man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire in Batavia has been deemed mentally competent to stand trial according to the State Commissioner of Mental Health.
23 year old Plush Dozier allegedly set his girlfriend and her Maple Street apartment on fire in June 2018.
The next step in his case is a Huntley Hearing to determine evidence admissibility which has been scheduled for November 14th.
A Batavia man arrested for shoplifting and then fleeing law enforcement.
24 year old Michael Weichman of West Main Road was arrested following a shoplifting complaint from the Dollar General on East Main Street in the city.
Weichman allegedly attempted to flee from police and was charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration, Conspiracy and Petit Larceny.
He was released with an appearance ticket for October 1st in City Court.
Dellinger Ave resident jailed after being arrested at an unrelated court appearance.
21 year old Kaleb Bobzien of Batavia appeared in City Court Tuesday afternoon for sentencing on an unrelated matter before he was arrested by city police for violating a court mandated stay away order of protection.
Bobzien was charged with Criminal Contempt and after being arraigned he was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
He is expected back in court on October 4th.
The Batavia Fire Department has completed investigations into recent fires in the city.
Since August 26, fires on Bank Street, East Ave, Ellicott Street and Garfield have all been determined to be accidental.
The recent fire in the kitchen of the Hawaiian Grill on East Main was ruled accidental due to spontaneous combustion.
The cause of a July 4th fire at 13 Hutchins Street, which sent two people to the hospital, remains under investigation.
Governor Cuomo is working on a proposal that would allow the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.
In a radio interview yesterday, the governor said he’ll announce his plans after talking with leaders from nearby states to come up with what he calls a common framework.
Cuomo says he wants to lay out ideas during the State of the State address in January.
There was an effort to legalize recreational marijuana this year, but there wasn’t enough support in the Legislature
A legal battle over the state’s ban of flavored e-cigarettes is now underway.
New York is being sued by two vaping chain stores and a national trade group.
The civil action filed by Perfection Vapes, Benevolent E Liquids and Vapor Technology Association claims the ban is unlawful and they’re asking for a judge to put it on hold until legal proceedings are complete.
New York announced the ban last week due to concerns over vaping illnesses and growing use of the products among teens.