Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on August 30, 2022
Batavia City Schools issued a letter this morning to parents regarding respectful etiquette. This morning, Superintendent Jason Smith appeared on the Main and Center Show with Chris Kalen and elaborated this point. He asked that everyone stay mindful and respectful of neighbors when parking and dropping off their kids for school. Mr. Smith also spoke with enthusiasm about the re-opening of Robert Morris to pre-school students. He noted that with the Blue Devils good track record and growing popularity, with crowds at games that sometimes reach more than 1000 attendees, there is a need for increased security measures. Admission for all Varsity football games is $2 for adults; students and seniors 62 and older get in for free. One additional change for this year includes that all kids 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. The first home game is Friday evening, September 9th.
48-year-old Louis Coleman, Jr. of Batavia has been arrested and charged with operating a vehicle on a suspended license. Additional investigation revealed that Coleman was in possession of drugs, including suspected cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, scales and drug-packing materials. He is now held without the possibility of bail due to having three prior felony convictions.
Recent rainfalls have apparently had no effect on the GLOW region’s drought status. The latest map released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor showed no change from the week before. About 46.4 percent of Genesee County (and 31.8 percent of Livingston County) remains in a moderate drought. All of Western New York, including the GLOW region, remained at a moderate fire risk, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The number of wildfire ignitions is generally low under such circumstances; according to the DEC. Fires in open grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast. However, in general, fires are not likely to become serious and control is relatively easy. The “moderate” fire risk is a reduction from the “high” risk posted earlier this month by the DEC.
Animal cookies sold at Target nationwide are being recalled because they may contain pieces of metal. The voluntary recall is for the 44-ounce package of Market Pantry White Fudge Animal Cookies. The cookies were sold under the brand Market Pantry, and come in a clear plastic jug formed in the shape of a bear. The recalled products have a Best By Date of Feb. 21, 2023, the jug lot number Y052722, with a UPC code of 085239817698. No other lots or products are affected.
People living in the Buffalo and Western New York region who are searching for a job might want to consider a career with the United States Postal Service. The agency is currently looking to hire automotive technicians at its vehicle maintenance facility on William Street in the city. Shifts run from 3:00pm until 11:30pm Monday through Friday and the starting pay rate is $28.74 an hour. Benefits include paid federal holidays, sick leave, and health and life insurance. The application deadline is September 6th and more information is available online at about.usps.com/careers.
If you haven’t yet received your STAR property tax rebate check, there’s an easy way to find out what its status is. Click here: https://www8.tax.ny.gov/SCDS/scdsGateway And then input your zip code, county of residence and school district.
During the early morning hours today in Medina, an individual broke into Hartway Motors on North Main Street and stole keys to multiple vehicles. The suspect then took one of these vehicles and left the scene. The Medina Police Department caught up with him on Route 63, south of the Village of Medina where the suspect was taken into custody. The 18-year-old man has been charged with several felonies as well as traffic offenses. His name has not yet been released.
A popular music group will be bringing its winter tour to Western New York later this year. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on Thursday, December 1st at 7:00pm. Presale tickets will be available to fan club members on September 8th and 9th. Seats for the general public will go on sale September 16th at 10:00am.