Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on September 22, 2022
A Genesee County grand jury has indicted a Batavia man accused of shooting two people and kidnapping a third during an altercation at the 7-11 store on East Main Street. 47-year-old Jeremy Ives is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree assault, second-degree kidnapping, one count of second-degree menacing, and the most serious of the charges, first-degree criminal use of a firearm. The latter is a felony and punishable by up to 25 years in prison. The shootings happened on August 12th; Ives allegedly shot a man and woman, with one of the victims requiring treatment at the scene and the other, at a hospital. He then attempted to flee the scene with several passengers; Ives knew many of the victims but police have not identified a motive. Ives remains in Genesee County Jail pending arraignment in Genesee County Court.
Expect traffic delays for the next two Mondays and Tuesdays in the areas of Chandler Avenue, Bank and Ross Streets from 7am until 3pm as crews resurface. While work is being performed, local traffic will be permitted to and from their residence and property but should plan accordingly for delays. Motorists are asked not to park on the roadway within the work areas. Please contact the Bureau of Maintenance if you have questions (585) 345-6400.
The Town of Batavia Planning Board has approved the opening of a new convenience store, which will be located at the intersection of Routes 5 and 63. The owner, Ali Musa says the store will sell groceries, cigarettes, tobacco products, clothing and other miscellaneous household items. At this time, Musa does not intend to sell beer or other alcoholic beverages. The new store will be called F & M Convenience. Photo by Doug Thompson, WBTA News.
The unemployment rate for Orleans County was at 4.2 percent in August. That’s the lowest it’s been for an August in Orleans in at least the last decade. And more good news: The unemployment rate in Genesee County remains at an even 3%, presently the lowest in the entire GLOW region. Nationally the unemployment rate is down from 5.3 percent in August 2021 to 3.8 percent in August 2022. Statewide the rate dropped from 6.7 to 4.9 percent.
The latest data from the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments shows confirmed Covid cases are on the rise locally. In Orleans, over the last three weeks, the cases have increased from 39 to 64 in the second week, and then to 79. In Genesee, during the same period, the cases have increased from 62, 91 and 123. Genesee also recently reported two deaths from Covid and now has documented 200 Covid-related deaths since March 2020. The State Department of Health also is reporting another Covid-related death in Orleans County, putting the Covid deaths at 121 in Orleans during the pandemic. The federal CDC puts both Orleans and Genesee counties at medium for the community level for Covid.
A Greece woman has been arrested after being accused of murdering her husband. Police say that 68-year-old Skavon Andrews shot Rawleigh Andrews in the head on Tuesday. The victim’s body was found in the driveway of the Vintage Lane home that the couple shared. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and anyone who has information can contact Greece police.
State Attorney General Letitia James has filed a civil lawsuit against former President Trump for allegedly inflating his net worth. James says this legal action is the result of a three-year investigation, alleging Trump and his family falsified business records, stretched asset valuations, and committed insurance fraud. The lawsuit seeks a 250-million-dollar judgment that would also ban any member of the Trump family from leading a business in New York State. In a statement, Trump called James’ lawsuit quote “another witch hunt.”
A Buffalo man is facing up to the next seven years in prison for his role in a crash that killed an infant. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Gino Cesar was speeding on Genesee Street in Cheektowaga last December when his car went through a red light at Pine Ridge Road and struck another vehicle. A six-month-old child in that vehicle died and another passenger was seriously hurt. Cesar pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and assault and is expected to be sentenced in November.