Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on November 4, 2022
A 25-year-old man is charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly stabbing a person in the City of Batavia. Tyshon Taylor was arrested after the stabbing was reported to police (on October 18th around 9:30pm). The victim was stabbed in the abdomen while walking on Jackson Street and rushed to ECMC for treatment. Taylor was arraigned in City Court and ordered held without bail. He’ll be back in City Court at 1:30 p.m., November 10.
A Genesee County Grand Jury has indicted 35-year-old Andrew Searight and 24-year-old Jerrtonia Scarbrough, both of Batavia, accusing each of the felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals (two counts), a felony charge under Agriculture and Markets law, after allegedly abandoning an animal in a cage for an extended period of time, intentionally causing serious physical injury to a companion animal. (in the City of Batavia on May 10, 2022)
There are some unhappy people in Medina now that the snail jungle gyms from their local parks are up for auction. They’d been playground pieces for at least 50 years. However, the village’s insurance company would no longer cover claims filed by people injured on the equipment. And that’s why the snails are now listed for sale through an online auction by Government Deals. Bidding started at $10 for the snail that was in the better shape; at last check, the current bid was $525, which means if you’re interested, the minimum bid is now to $550. The auction continues until November 14. A direct link to their website is provided on today’s Afternoon News Brief page; click the Local News tab at WBTAi.com to take a look. at 7:15 p.m. for the Pine Street Park snail and 7:30 p.m. for the Butts Park snail.
A Genesee County Grand Jury has indicted Andrew Draper, accusing him of the felony of criminal contempt and harassment. He allegedly subjected a person with an order of protection against him, to physical contact while at a residence in the City of Batavia on June 17, 2022. Draper was also indicted on charges of falsifying business records after he made a false entry on a Bill of Sale at Pawn King, 4140 Veteran’s Memorial Drive.
Officials with Pegula Sports and Entertainment have chosen the contractors who will be building a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. New York City-based Turner Construction, the Buffalo-based 34 Group and the Gilbane Building Company in Rhode Island are going to be responsible for constructing the over one-billion dollar stadium. The facility is going to be built near Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. The new stadium is expected to open in 2026. (Image obtained from the Buffalo Bills website)
The Powerball jackpot just keeps getting bigger and that means there’s going to be a huge prize up for grabs this weekend. The jackpot for tomorrow night’s drawing is going to be at least one-point-five billion dollars. That is just short of the record $1.586 billion-dollar Powerball jackpot that was claimed in 2016. The drawing will be streamed live online at Powerball.com. Please play responsibly.
Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin will be bringing his campaign for governor to Western New York this weekend. According to the Amherst New York Republican Committee, Zeldin is going to appear at 9:30 Sunday morning at the West Seneca Community Center. Zeldin is hoping to be the first Republican to be elected New York governor since George Pataki. Polls show incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul is leading the race but that Zeldin has closed the gap.
The Buffalo Bills are taking a trip to the Garden State as they try and extend their current winning streak to five games. Josh Allen and the defending AFC East champions are set to visit the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Buffalo is coming off of a 27 to 17 victory over the Green Bay Packers and has a record of 6 and 1 this season. Kickoff for Sunday afternoon’s game is 1:00.
The Town of Batavia is seeking a part-time and/or full-time Deputy Town Clerk. The Deputy position assists the Town Clerk in all phases of administrative functions in the Town Clerk’s Office, including the duties associated with Tax Collector. A complete job description and employment application is available on their website at www.townofbatavia.com or at the Batavia Town Hall. Applicant must be a Town of Batavia resident and must possess a valid NYS Driver’s License. The salary for this position will be based on experience. Please send completed employment application and resume with references to Heidi Librock, Town of Batavia, 3833 West Main Street Road, Batavia, New York 14020.
The start of the holiday season is just around the corner, and UPS is looking to add to its number of employees in the area. A hiring event that begins a ten a-m is taking place today and tomorrow at the UPS Customer Center on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo. UPS is searching for seasonal drivers, driver helpers and warehouse workers. For more information, visit jobs-ups.com.