Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on August 12, 2022
Cassandra Elmore, the Batavia woman accused of allowing her dog access to narcotics, leading to emergency veterinarian treatment for overdoses on three separate occasions, was a no-show in City Court yesterday. It was suggested by one of her friends who called the court about four hours earlier, that Elmore might be in the hospital. However, City Court Judge Thomas Burns had no proof that the claim was true, so he has issued a warrant for her arrest. Elmore faces three counts of injuring an animal under New York’s Agriculture and Markets Law, Section 353.
Experts still don’t know what has caused cracks to appear on the property at 445 Scribner Road in Pembroke, which forced a family from their home. The cracks were first noticed last Sunday by the homeowner, Gene Nati, and the initial thought was that a sinkhole had formed but geologists have now ruled that out. Instead, they’re classifying it as a catastrophic movement of the earth. The last time any shift or movement there was noticed occurred this past Monday and Tuesday. Monitoring equipment will be installed in a well to check water levels in the affected area and a seismograph will be placed to monitor if the ground is still moving. As of last night, Nati’s home is still standing and Scribner Road remains closed.
Starting tomorrow, New Yorkers will be able to cast their ballots in primary races for Congress and state Senate. That’s because early voting is going to begin and is scheduled to run through Sunday, August 21st. In Genesee County, the only early voting location is at the ARC Community Center at 38 Woodrow Road in Batavia. The hours vary each day so check the Genesee County Board of Elections page for early voting hours. Primary Day is Tuesday, August 23.
You may already have heard, at $3.98, the national average price for a gallon of gas has now dropped to under $4, for the first time since March. The New York State average is $4.38 (down 5 cents since Monday, and 11 cents since last week). Average prices for the four-county GLOW Region remain above the state average, and Orleans County – with an average price of $4.66 – is among the highest in New York State. Only New York County, at $4.80 per gallon, and Delaware County, at $4.67 per gallon, was higher than Orleans County. The lowest prices in New York were found in Suffolk County, $4.15 per gallon. In Batavia, Triple A tells us the average price per gallon this morning is $4.42, down a nickel since last week and 30 cents from a month ago.
The Buffalo Bills will continue their preparation for the upcoming season when they host a preseason game tomorrow afternoon. The Bills are going to be taking on the Indianapolis Colts at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. The Bills are coming off of a season that saw them win another AFC East title but once again fall to the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs. Kickoff for tomorrow afternoon’s contest is scheduled for 4:00.
Bicyclists from around the region will be gathering this weekend to take part in the Buffalo SkyRide. The event is taking place this Sunday and the state Department of Transportation says the Buffalo Skyway is going to be closed down from 6:00am until noon that day. There are going to be detours posted in the area to help get drivers to their destinations. The ride will happen rain or shine and more information can be found online by visiting skyridebuffalo.org.
Both the FAA and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office are looking into a plane crash that left two people injured. According to WKBW, the individuals onboard the aircraft were conducting training exercises last night when the plane went down in a wooded area near Baker Street Extension in the town of Harmony. The victims were treated at the scene and taken to a hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania. There’s no word on their conditions.
A Buffalo man could be spending the rest of his life behind bars after admitting his role in two separate murders. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Calvin Clemons shot and killed 17-year-old Feliz Aguirre back in December 2020 while the victim was sitting in a car on Liddell Street. The second deadly shooting happened in March 2021 when Clemons killed 20-year-old Trenten Sink during a robbery. Clemons is scheduled to be sentenced in October and is currently behind bars without bail.