Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on August 25, 2022
The Holley Hotel has been determined to be unsafe and unsanitary and ordered to close by the village code enforcement officer. This forces 28 residents to find other shelter. Many of the residents have been assisted by the Department of Social Services. About 16 are staying at a Batavia motel in the short term. Others are staying with friends and family. Kathy Blackburn, the building owner, said the plan is to extensively clean the building and then an exterminator will be brought in to focus on ridding the site of rodents and insects, including cockroaches and bedbugs. The Holley Hotel is known as a place for registered sex offenders, people on parole and others who are difficult to place in housing.
The FBI is warning of potential copycat attacks following the publication of the alleged Buffalo supermarket gunman’s manifesto. Along with the Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI said the 180-page document and 672-page online diary would likely enhance the capabilities of others who may be inspired by it. Investigators found that the suspect, Payton Gendron, invited several others to view and help disseminate his writings just minutes before the attack that left 10 dead and three injured.
According to the latest data from the state, the spread of COVID-19 is holding steady in the Finger Lakes region. Currently, the seven-day average infection rate is sitting at 7.4%. At this time last week, the infection rate was at 7.1%. However, the spread of COVID-19 appears on the rise again in Western New York, with the seven-day average at 12.8%; last week at this time, it was 10.9%. Experts continue to say the best way to protect yourself and others from getting infected is to be vaccinated, receive your booster shots, and wear a mask while indoors.
Following an investigation by police, 39-year-old Donald Cooper of LeRoy has been arrested and charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Cooper will return to the Town of LeRoy Court at a later date.
Governor Hochul says police agencies are making significant progress towards getting illegal guns off the streets. The governor announced that thanks to the efforts of the Interstate Gun Task Force, more than 6000 illegal weapons were seized during the first seven months of the year. That’s a 20% jump from the same time period last year. The governor says that her administration is focused on stopping the devastation caused by gun violence.
Rochester police are continuing their investigation into another shooting in their city that left one person dead. According to officials, the victim was hit by gunfire last night in the area of North Street. The name of the individual who was killed hasn’t been released. Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to dial 911 immediately.
A new poll from Siena College shows there are a lot of New Yorkers who aren’t happy with the way their lives are going. Just 27% of people said they are more satisfied with their life than they were a year ago while 33% are less satisfied. However, many folks say they are satisfied with things like their family and friends, spiritual life, health, and even where they live. But 75% of those surveyed are either not very or not at all satisfied with the world as a whole.