Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on November 21, 2022
For the third consecutive week, flu cases are on the rise across the GLOW region. This is according to the most recent data collected by the state Department of Health. According to the report, there were 80 total active cases across the four counties. People at higher risk of developing flu complications include young children, pregnant women and those two weeks postpartum, anyone over 65, those with weakened immune systems and some chronic illnesses, and those who are obese. The CDC and other health experts recommend a yearly flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older with rare exceptions. The vaccination is the best defense against flu. And while the flu vaccine does not provide complete protection against getting the virus, the goal to avoid severe reactions to the flu or hospitalizations.
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has issued a reminder to make sure your snowmobile is registered. Registrations must be renewed annually, which you can do by mail, at the DMV office, or online: https://transact3.dmv.ny.gov/registrationrenew/index.cfm/
Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties are under a wind advisory today until 7pm. Sustained southwest winds at 25-35 miles per hour are expected; gusts can reach 50 mph. Combined with the blowing snow this could result in reduced visibility and whiteouts on the road. Outdoor objects should be secured and tree limbs may fall on power lines causing outages.
BATAVIA INDICTMENTS: Stacey King has been indicted on counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and falsifying business records in the first degree. King is accused of presenting a forged COVID-19 vaccination record to her employer in the City of Batavia on Oct. 1, 2021. ALSO: Katherine Briggs has been indicted on one count of criminal contempt in the first degree. Briggs is accused of violating an order of protection on July 27 at a location on South Main Street, Batavia.
Gas prices are continuing their slow decline this week. According to Triple A, the state average is currently $3.85 and nationally it’s $3.66. In Batavia, we’re also paying $3.85 per gallon, down a nickel from a week ago but 28 cents higher than this time last year.
A scheduled court appearance for the man accused of carrying out a mass shooting at a Buffalo Tops store has been postponed. Peyton Gendron was reportedly going to plead guilty to state charges for his role in the May 14th shooting; however, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office says that proceeding has been adjourned because of the weather. There is no word yet when Gendron will return to court. He’s also facing federal charges that could result in him receiving the death penalty if convicted.
Governor Hochul has directed State Police to increase their efforts to protect communities that might be targeted by hate crimes. The governor made the announcement yesterday after a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado and the arrest of two men who are accused of traveling to New York City with plans to cause violence towards the Jewish community. State Police will be boosting their surveillance of potential targets and also keeping a close eye on social media to find out if any threats are being made. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is asked to dial 911.
A lithium ion battery is being blamed for causing a fire at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Crews were called to the scene yesterday and arrived to find a small fire in a work area at Nathaniel Rochester Hall. They were able to contain the flames in about 30 minutes. Lithium ion batteries are used to charge devices like e-bikes and have been responsible for several deadly fires.
The Buffalo Bills are back on the winning track after snapping a two-game losing streak against a conference opponent. Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen threw for 197 yards and tossed a touchdown as the Bills defeated the Cleveland Browns 31 to 23 at Ford Field in Detroit yesterday. The game was moved to the Motor City because of the snow that blanketed large parts of Western New York. Devin Singletary also had a rushing touchdown for the Bills whose record this season is now seven wins and three losses. Buffalo’s next game is on Thursday in Detroit when they take on the Lions.