Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on January 18, 2023
43-year-old John Sumlin III of Batavia, in jail for allegedly breaking into a woman’s residence and holding a knife against her neck, has now been indicted for calling the woman while in jail. Earlier charges include first-degree burglary, felony criminal mischief, assault and menacing. And now, felony criminal contempt of court has been added to the list for violating an order of protection. Sumlin remains in jail.
Lisa Bors has been hired as ARC GLOW’s new public relations director. She has twenty years’ experience in the field. Bors reflected that Arc GLOW is a family-driven organization, empowering people with disabilities of all ages to be valued members of the community. She added she looks forward to increasing community awareness and private support of the organization.
Wyoming County officials say the closure of the NYS Thruway during major winter storms puts drivers at a higher risk of crashing. They’re asking New York State officials to review the decision to close the Thruway during the November lake-effect snowstorm. This is largely because of steep and rolling hills and turns that are characteristic of county roads there and create scary travel and hazardous conditions. During the storm on November 18th, more than 20 tractor-trailer incidents were documented. County officials say it will take more collaboration from Albany and local authorities to find a solution because it is not one size fits all for each storm.
Governor Hochul’s nominee to be the next Chief Judge of the State Court of Appeals will have a hearing in Albany today. Hector LaSalle will be appearing in front of members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing. LaSalle’s nomination has drawn criticism from lawmakers, advocates, and labor leaders who have concerns about his judicial record. The governor says regardless of how today’s hearing goes; LaSalle’s nomination needs to be voted on by the full Senate.
A new report from the Transportation Security Administration shows the number of guns detected at Upstate New York airport security checkpoints increased last year. During routine screenings, TSA officers spotted 23 weapons in 2022, a total that includes three at Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport. In 2021, there were 19 handguns caught at upstate airports. As a reminder, passengers who bring firearms to a security checkpoint may face criminal charges as well as civil penalties from the TSA.
Tickets for a potential neutral-site AFC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta are on sale, available today and tomorrow for all season ticket holders for both teams who previously opted in to purchase AFC Championship Game tickets. The contest is set for Sunday, January 29th and would involve the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. All other fans will have to participate in a pre-sale that begins at 10:00am Friday. However, both teams would need to win their respective playoff games this weekend for that to happen. There will be a six-ticket limit for all purchases and should the game not take place in Atlanta, all of those tickets would be refunded.
The Buffalo Sabres are now on a two-game losing streak after suffering a tough defeat on the road in the Windy City. Tage Thompson, Peyton Krebs, and Victor Olofsson had goal each but the Sabres still fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime at the United Center last night. Sabres goaltender Craig Anderson gave up four goals on the 26 shots that he faced in the contest. Buffalo’s next game is tomorrow night at home against the New York Islanders with face-off at 7:30.
A rock group that’s sold millions of albums and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is bringing its new tour to the area later this year. Chicago will take the stage at Kodak Center in Rochester on Wednesday, June 21st. The band is known for several huge hits including “You’re the Inspiration,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “Color My World,” and “Make Me Smile.” Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at 10:00am at the box office or through Ticketmaster.
Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is up to an estimated $439,000,000 (million). The lump-sum payout is more than $237 million, before taxes. The drawing is at 11:00 tonight. Please play responsibly.