Weekend News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on December 7, 2019
23 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo, of Batavia, pled guilty in Genesee County Court to one count of second-degree rape while other charges against him were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
While in County Court Friday he admitted to being a to having sexual intercourse with a person under age 15 in the Town of Batavia in Novemeber 2018.
Torres-Acevedo who is a Puerto Rico native is looking at a maximum possible sentence of six years in prison, with 10 years of parole afterward.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Febreuary 18th in Genesee County Court, following his sentencing in Federal Court on February 13th.
On Wednesday, Torres-Acevedo pled guilty in a Federal Court in Buffalo to enticing a minor, a 14-year-old Bergen girl, to travel across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Torres-Acevedo faces up to 20 years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine on the federal conviction.
Senator Ranzenhofer announces retirement.
Ranzenhofer made the announcement on Friday that he will not seek reelection and will retire from the NYS Senate at the end of next year.
Ranzenhofer said. “It has been the highest privilege to represent the many communities of WNY and I am proud of what we have accomplished together on behalf of residents.”
Ranzenhofer went on to say that he looks forward to spending more time with his family.
Following the Senators announcement, Williamsville businesswoman Joan Elizabeth Seamans announced her candidacy for the New York Senate District 61 seat.
Seamans ran a very strong race against Senator Michael Ranzenhofer in 2018 and had the closest margins in more than 10 years.
The Boy Scouts of America, Iroquois Trail Council is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of its Volunteer Service and Training Center, located at 102 S Main St. in the Village of Oakfield.
A commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off a public Open House on Saturday, December 14.
The doors will be open 1pm-5pm, with the ceremony at 1:30pm.
According to Scout Executive Jim McMullen the new location not only fits the scouts needs but is much more cost-effective than a new build would cost or continuing to lease space.
The City of Batavia Department of Public Works would like to ask for the public’s cooperation in dealing with winter weather.
The City says that private plowing contractors should be aware that plowing snow into the street or onto the sidewalk is not allowed and creates dangerous conditions for motorists and pedestrians.
Property owners are ultimately responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property.
While the City supplements sidewalk plowing as crews become available this is only completed after streets and municipal parking lots are plowed with School routes and main road sidewalks given priority.