Evening News Brief

Written by on April 5, 2021

The Batavia Center Culinary Team out of BOCES ranked in the top 10 in national rankings for the NASA culinary challenge this week with their Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie.  According to the judges’ feedback, Isaiah Merrell, Alexa Wolcott, and Sara Logsdon had one of the best creations in taste, texture aroma and appearance.  Isaiah is a senior from Byron-Bergen High School, and Alexa and Sara are both juniors from Pavilion High School.  Some other entries were Roasted Butternut Squash risotto from New Jersey, Granola Bars from Connecticut, and Grilled Steak with Asparagus from Alabama to name a few.  If their recipe is chosen number 1 it could be sent to the ISS for astronauts to enjoy in space.

2 Batavia Men have been arrested for Rape.  The first, 35 year old Kyle Gugel is charged with violating an order of protection, illegally entering a residence and forcibly raping a victim on March 18th at 9:30am on West Main street.  He was arrested on the 31st.  The second man is 19 year old Hezekiah Burch is charged with first degree rape, first degree sex abuse, and attempted sex abuse all with forcible compulsion.  The charges come from aleggedly forcibly raping a 15 year old over a month long period earlier this year.  He was arrested on the 29th.

Gas prices are up a cent in Batavia but overall fairly steady.  This week a gallon of regular will run you 2.85 in Batavia but the New York State average is down a penny to 2.90.  Nationally it is up a penny to 2.87.  Oil Prices are down but the amount of travel is up causing a wavering effect but no firm up or down movement in the price of gas.

The Buffalo Sabres won in a shootout against the New York Rangers Saturday Night.  Their 3-2 victory is thanks to Tage Thompson who scored the winning goal and Victor Olofsson and Casey Mittelstadt put a puck in a piece.  Buffalo’s next match up will be against the New Jersey Devils in New Jersey at 7 Tuesday night.


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