Morning News Briefing
Written by Alex Feig on November 1, 2019
High Wind Warnings are in effect for the entire Western New York region.
Gusts are expected to peak around 65 miles per hour, making power outages likely.
At last check there were over 105-thousand National Grid customers without power at around 8:30 this morning with just under 400 customers without power in Genesee County, over 800 effected customers in Orleans County and less than 100 out in Wyoming and Livingston Counties.
The High Wind Warnings last through 1 p.m. today and National Grid’s expected restoration time is right around 4 o’clock this afternoon.
In Genesee County Court yesterday a jury found 35 year old Mark Daniel Tooley of Oak Orchard Road, Elba, not guilty of sexually abusing a minor.
Following his arrest on a Grand Jury indictment in January, Tooley was faced with charges of sexual abuse, acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, and criminal sex act.
He was accused of having sexual contact with a victim under the age of 13 on Main Road in Stafford last December.
Following his trial this week in Genesee County Court jurors acquitted him of the charges.
West Main Street Road woman busted for drug sales in Batavia
Members of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force took 64 year old Linda Thomas of West Main Street Road Batavia into custody following investigation into the sale of controlled substances in and around the City.
She is accused of selling a quantity of hydrocodone to a task force agent on one occasion and alprazolam on two other occasions.
Thomas is facing 6 felony counts and was ultimately released under supervision of Genesee Justice.
Troopers bust a Pavilion man for Assault and Endangerment.
State Police based out of Batavia report the arrest of 38 year old Joshua Northrup of Pavilion following investigation into a disturbance at a River Road address in the Town of Pavilion back on October 10th.
Northrup was hit with Class A misdemeanor counts of both Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was ultimately released on his own recognizance.
Former school athletic trainer indicted on multiple counts including enticing a minor and production of child pornography.
30 year old Austin Pratt of Conesus has been hit with a five-count indictment from a federal grand jury charging him with enticement of a minor, production, receipt, and possession of child pornography, and transfer of obscene matter to a minor.
Pratt was accused of messaging a female student 16 years his junior and engaging in sexual intercourse with her.
Pratt is now looking at a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of life in prison along with a $250,000 fine.
The New York Department of Transportation is getting the roads ready for winter.
Department officials say they have more than 180 plow trucks, and roughly 46-thousand tons of salt ready once the snow starts falling.
They’re reminding drivers to give plows enough room to safely clear roadways.