Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on October 11, 2022
37-year-old Erica Raphael of Batavia has been arraigned on an indictment charging her with two counts of third-degree burglary and petit larceny. She is accused of stealing a bicycle and attempting to steal a cart full of merchandise from Walmart in Warsaw, where she had been banned for previous shoplifting incidents.
Medina Police report today that all of the victims from the multiple stabbings at Poler’s Pub are alive and in stable condition. It was learned that all parties involved knew each other; and what started as a verbal argument inside the bar escalated and became physical outside, during which a person used a knife against multiple people. Police know who the subject in this incident is and he is wanted for questioning. At this time, no charges have been filed and the investigation continues.
The Department of Motor Vehicles encourages vehicle owners to exchange any license place that is peeling, free of charge; to avoid the risk of being ticketed or having to pay a fine. License plates that show signs of natural aging, including chips or cracks, are not eligible for a free exchange. Stop in to the DMV for additional information.
Election Day is only four weeks away and there’s an important registration deadline coming up later this week for residents. The final day to sign up to vote is this Friday, October 14th. You can register to vote in-person at the DMV, at a Board of Elections office, by mail, or online. To check your registration status, go to voterlookup.elections.ny.gov Early voting starts Saturday, October 29th.
Proposal 1 is on the ballot this November: It’s The Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. The proposal asks if you approve for the State to borrow 4.2 billion dollars and spend 1.5 billion for climate change mitigation, 1.1 to reduce flood risks, 650 million to increase water quality and infrastructure, and 650 million for open space land conservation. This is in addition to voting for governor, attorney general, comptroller and senator.
Testimony resumed today in the trial of former Northwood Elementary School principal Kirk Ashton. He is accused of sexually abusing over 20 students while he worked at the school, which is located in Hilton. Last week, jurors heard from multiple witnesses. A former student who took the stand testified Ashton touched him under his clothes. Two teachers and a district counselor claimed they saw Ashton acting inappropriately towards students. He was principal at the school from 2004 until his arrest last year.
The Mega Millions jackpot keeps growing and is now sitting at $445,000,000 ahead of tonight’s drawing. No one has claimed the top prize since an over $1.3 billion jackpot was won back in July. Anyone who wants to watch this evening’s drawing live can do so at megamillions.com. Please play responsibly.
The Genesee Society of Model Engineers will host the 101st “Great Batavia Train Show” this Sunday, October 16th, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the Richard C. Call Arena, Genesee Community College. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for kids 13-17 and under 13 are free.