Morning News Briefing! State Police Identify Hit and Run Victim

Written by on December 24, 2019

A tractor-trailer rollover in Caledonia has led to the death of a Genesee County man.
The crash occurred on state Route 20 near Route 5.
55 year old Richard Ishmael of Bergen was pronounced dead at the scene Friday morning.
Deputies say Ishmaels’ rig left the roadway while making a turn and rolled over trapping him inside.

State Police have identified the victim of a deadly weekend hit-and-run in the Town of Niagara. Troopers say 22-year-old Maxim Vyazovoy was struck and killed on Lockport Road Saturday morning. Police have found the vehicle that hit him but are still trying to track down the driver. If you have any information, investigators want to hear from you.

Jeremy M. Fairbanks, 41, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with second-degree strangulation. Fairbanks was arrested following an investigation into a domestic dispute that occurred at 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 13 on Jackson Street in Batavia. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court at 3:03 p.m. on Dec. 18 and jailed without bail.

Drivers hitting the road during this busy travel week will find steady gas prices in Western New York.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of gas is two-65.
That’s the same as it was last week and is a penny cheaper than a month ago.

The New York State Thruway Authority has announced a new way to help thousands of drivers in the Empire State. The Office of the Toll Payer Advocate will help customers who aren’t able to resolve toll problems using the Customer Service Center. Each office will also help make sure folks get fair and responsive treatment and recommend reforms to improve service. Thruway Authority customers who haven’t been able to resolve toll violations can fill out a form on the agency’s website to ask for help.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on a new law to eliminate the use of a potentially cancer-causing chemical. PFAS is commonly used in firefighting foam and is known to contaminate drinking water sources. In addition to cancer, PFAS has been linked to other serious health problems. Its use will also now be phased out at oil refineries, fuel storage and distribution facilities and chemical plants.

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