Afternoon News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on December 23, 2020
52 year old Matthew Barber of Batavia has been indicted for receipt and possession of child pornography. Barber was previously indicted in April of 2007 for child porn, he served 74 months and was under supervision for 5 years. In July of 2017 he was resentenced to 6 months of prison and 5 more years of supervision. In May of 2020 he was fired from his job which prompted a search of his home which found several thousand child pornography pictures and videos on a flash drive and cell phone. Barber could go to jail for between 15 and 40 years.
COVID Update: Genesee county has 75 new case and 57 people have recovered. 16 people are hospitalized. Orleans county has 44 new cases and 19 people have recovered. 7 people are hospitalized. There are 266 active cases in Genesee county and 168 in Orleans.
The Governors office has announced that through many drives and efforts more than 7 thousand toys, coats and school supplies have been donated across the state. Members of the Governor’s administration organized collections across the state and are distributing 7,348 toys, coats and school supplies to communities in need. For the first time, donations were also collected by mail to provide another option to participate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.