Evening News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on December 26, 2018
One man had to be roused from his sleep in order to escape a fire in his apartment building on Maple Street.
The fire was reported just after 6 last night at 10 Maple Street.
The only occupant was in an apartment untouched by the fire.
City Fire Captain Marty Hinz described finding the source of the fire
A Pit Bull dog named Sadie was rescued from the fire and treated with oxygen at the scene.
The minimum wage in New York State is set to go up on New Year’s Eve. Large employers in New York City will be mandated to pay their workers 15 dollars an hour. The rest of the state sees the minimum wage increase to eleven dollars and ten cents.
The state is launching a wage theft hotline for workers to call if they feel their employer is not complying.
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Gas prices continue to drop.
According to Gas Buddy-dot-com, the price of a gallon of gas on the Indian Reservation in Basom is $2.15 a gallon.
The lowest price in Batavia was reported at the Citgo on Park Road at $2.77 a gallon.
On average, prices have dropped five-cents from last week and 21-cents in the last month.
State Police are going to increase patrols to crack down on impaired driving through the end of the year.
The enforcement detail is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which runs through New Year’s Day.
In addition to the DWI checkpoints and patrols, Troopers will be watching for distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up and drivers violating the “Move Over Law,” which requires motorists to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped in or on the side of the road.
New York has the highest number of pay phones in the United States. The FCC says as of 2016, there were fewer than 100,000 pay phones in the country.
Of that number, more than 20,000 of them were located in New York.
If you’re wondering, North Dakota was found to have the fewest number of pay phones.