Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on January 21, 2022
The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating their 50th birthday. John Dwyer was one of the original county chamber leaders and noted the basic role of the chamber has remained the same since its inception 50 years ago. In attendance of the ribbon cutting ceremony at their Park Road office were chamber leaders past and present. Chamber leaders have had about 30 business ribbon-cuttings over the last year.
The Batavia Police Department has closed out the Mo-Vember/Don’t Shave December campaigns for 2021. They were able to raise over $1700 for Genesee Cancer Assistance. Members of the department want to thank the community for their support and donations.
A body found in West Seneca is believed to be that of a man reported missing earlier this week. Police say the discovery was made yesterday in a wooded area near Mayer Brothers off of Transit Road. Police had been searching for 53-year-old Milton Monnin who was last seen on Tuesday in the area of Transit Road. Police say the body of the male victim is consistent with the description of Monnin. The cause of death and determining the identity of the victim could take several days, according to investigators.
Tim McArdle has resigned his principal position at LeRoy Junior-Senior High School and accepted the assistant principal position at Caledonia-Mumford. He acknowledged it was a difficult decision to make but is looking forward to working in his home school district.
A Buffalo Bills Fan Appreciation Skate will be held at Canalside today. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is hosting the event, where one dollar from each admission will be donated to the Patricia Allen Fund benefiting Oishei Children’s Hospital. Fans will also have a chance to win a 90-minute reservation in the Bills Igloo at the Ice. The event is being held from four this afternoon until eight in the evening.
Buffalo is once again showing its pride for the Bills. The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority is lighting the Peace Bridge in Buffalo Bills
colors ahead of Sunday’s divisional round game with the Kansas City Chiefs. In addition, whenever the Bills score a touchdown, there will be a brief light show on the bridge.
The owner of a Kansas City bar and grill is throwing his support behind the Bills in Sunday’s divisional round game. Al Burns, a South Buffalo native
and owner of Al’s Bar and Grill, says his establishment is a home base for Buffalo Bills’ fans. He is preparing two-thousand pounds of chicken wings
for Sunday’s game.
The Town of Batavia will be distributing free COVID test kits on Monday, January 24 from 5-7 pm at the Batavia Town Hall Window. There are 110 available kits, with two tests per kit. Individuals seeking free kits must be a Genesee County resident and may take up to two kits per household, while supplies last. Proof of residency is required.
New York Attorney General Letitia James today issued guidance to remind New Yorkers of the various rights and protections for residents following the expiration of New York’s eviction moratorium on January 15. Though landlords are now able to start new eviction cases, proceed with existing cases, and issue eviction warrants against some tenants, New Yorkers still have some protections under state laws and access to rental assistance programs. All of which are designed to help keep them from losing their homes as the COVID pandemic continues. State residents should apply to have their rent arrears paid by the state under the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Some good news on the local job front…there were 200 more private-sector jobs in Genesee County last month, than there were in December 2020. This, according to the NYS Department of Labor. Analysis of the data, shows that the county added goods-producing and business service jobs. Meanwhile, the total number of government jobs dropped by 100, to 5,200. The entire state added more than 45,000 new jobs in December.
Cody Bush of Batavia, who has been on post-release supervision from his third state prison term, is now facing a new felony indictment. He had been charged last Valentine’s Day for beating a woman and now faces charges of second degree burglary, criminal contempt of court, resisting arrest, and two counts of misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance.
An Albion man has been sentenced to 5 years in prison in the Orleans County Court. 62-year-old Isaiah Alexander pleaded guilty to stabbing his 17 year old stepson in the chest, during an altercation last May. The boy’s 20 year old sister was also cut in the altercation when she intervened in an attempt to stop the fight. The initial charge against Alexander was attempted murder, but was reduced to first degree assault. Upon release from prison, he has also been ordered to serve 5-years post-release supervision.
Mayor Malik Evans says a consolidation of Rochester’s anti-violence programs will help tackle the rise of gun violence in the city. The mayor’s advisor on violence prevention programs — Victor Saunders — will lead the coalition of programs that previously reported to the Department of Human Services. At a news conference yesterday, Mayor Evans said while more officers are needed, the community can help by becoming involved in such programs as Pathways to Peace. On Wednesday, one man was killed in a triple shooting, another man was stabbed, and a teenager was arrested for allegedly shooting at police investigators.
The city of Rochester is going to ask the public who it thinks the next police chief should be. Mayor Malik Evans announced an online survey will ask residents for the qualities they think the city should look for in its search. The survey is available at the city’s website. Mayor Evans says community focus groups will also gather the public’s thoughts on the search. The city has hired a national search firm and Mayor Evans says he hopes to have someone hired by the spring.
Rochester police say they’ve arrested a teenager in an incident in which they say someone shot at investigators while they sat in their unmarked car. The shooting happened Wednesday night on Glenwood Avenue. Police say a suspect with a long gun fired at least one shot at investigators in their car. The shooting was unprovoked. No one was hurt. The suspect is identified as 18-year-old Kenneth Nixon. He’s to be arraigned today.