Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on October 14, 2022
A former Boy Scout leader who molested Scouts at a camp in St. Lawrence County has now been charged with violating probation. 58-year-old Ronald Rowcliffe of Elba made an initial appearance on the charge earlier this week in Genesee County Court. He was released after his appearance pending further court action. Rowcliffe pleaded guilty in September 2020 to a single count of first-degree sexual abuse in satisfaction of all charges against him. He was placed on one year of interim probation and was successful, leading to the probation sentence. Rowcliffe was then sentenced in St. Lawrence County Court in November to 10 years of probation and is on probation until Nov. 9, 2031. He also was fined $2,500.
According to the New York Lottery, Shawn Elkins of Batavia has claimed his $1000 a week for life winning ticket. He opted to take the top prize in an annuity and received his first payment of $33,852 after required withholdings and will continue to receive payments annually, for life. The winning ticket was purchased at Batavia Downs Gaming.
Former Western Regional Off Track Betting CEO Michael Nolan says he will appeal the decision throwing out his lawsuit against the gambling corporation. The judge made that decision because Nolan filed after the statute of limitations had expired. Nolan alleged OTB violated his First Amendment rights by firing him in retaliation for speaking to federal investigators.
There’s a new development in the ongoing legal case against the man who allegedly carried out a mass shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo. According to WIVB, the attorneys for Payton Gendron have decided against pursuing a psychiatric defense in his state case. Gendron is accused of opening fire at the Jefferson Avenue store on May 14th, killing 10 people and injuring three others in what prosecutors say was a racially-motivated hate crime. He is facing both state and federal charges and is currently behind bars without bail.
A new poll has been released involving the race for New York governor and it shows one candidate has a solid lead over their opponent. According to the Marist College survey, Democrat and incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul has a 10-point advantage over her Republican challenger, Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin. But, Hochul’s lead is only eight points among those who say they’ll definitely vote. Hochul is looking to win a full four-year term in office while Zeldin is hoping to become the first Republican since George Pataki to be elected governor. Election Day is coming up on Tuesday, November 8th.
The Buffalo Sabres have started of their new season in the best way possible after picking up a win on home ice. Victor Olofsson had two goals and both JJ Peterka and Rasmus Dahlin also scored as the Sabres beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 at KeyBank Center last night. And if I’m doing the math correctly, Sabres goalie Craig Anderson stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced. Up next for the Sabres is another home game against the Florida Panthers tomorrow at 1:00.
The Buffalo Bills have hit the road on their way to battle the team that’s eliminated them from the playoffs the past two seasons. The Bills are taking on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Buffalo is fresh off a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week that improved their record this season to four wins and one loss. Kickoff for Sunday’s contest is scheduled for 4:25.
Prices at the post office could soon increase. The United States Postal Service has plans to hike prices on everything from stamps to post office boxes and money order fees. In a news release issued today, USPS officials detailed the price changes, which included a 3 cent increase for Forever Stamps, up from 60 cents, and postcards would increase from 44 cents to 48 cents. An international 1-ounce letter, currently priced at $1.40, would move to $1.45. The changes have already been approved by the USPS Board of Governors, and will be reviewed by the Postal Regulatory Commission. If the increases are approved, the new prices will take effect January 22, 2023. (Photo by Doug Thompson, WBTA News)
The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots continue to grow and have now reached a combined total of $948,000,000. The prize up for grabs in this evening’s Mega Millions drawing is going to be at least $494,000,000. And, whoever picks all the correct numbers for tomorrow night’s Powerball drawing will win $454,000,000. Both drawings are going to be streamed live online. Please play responsibly.