Evening News Briefing

Written by on January 17, 2018

Tpr. Brianna Smith


State Police have arrested one of their own for falsely reporting an incident.
25 year old Brianna J. Smith of Batavia, a New York State Trooper, is accused of claiming she was menaced with a weapon during a domestic incident. After an investigation, troopers determined a weapon was never used or displayed


Governor Cuomo is trying to keep spending down in the next state budget. He is dealing with a four-billion-dollar budget gap.
Cuomo said they’re looking at ways to cut that number down but still increase school funding.
Batavia Republican Assemblyman Steve Hawley agrees the state needs to find cuts and he suggests starting with Medicaid:

He proposed funding a study to see if it’s possible that recreational marijuana could impact the state’s economy.

The Corfu Police Department has added a K-9 unit.
The small village police force has recently hired an officer with previous K-9 experience and comes with two dogs of his own.
One of the dogs specializes in tracking and drugs, the other is trained in explosives.
The Sheriff’s office has K-9. The state police and the DEC also have K-9’s available for local deployment.


Corfu PD Officer Anthony Bartucco and K9 “Rocco”



A Social Media posting lands a Batavia man in lock up.
23 year old Ryan Bartholomew of Adams Street was arrested on charges of Aggravated Harassment and Making a terroristic threat.
Bartholomew was accused of threatening serious physical harm toward law enforcement officials.
He was arraigned in City Court and jailed without bail.

A Batavia man pretends to be another person to avoid paying a bill.
30 year old David Andrews of Lewis Place was arrested on charges of Criminal Impersonation and Conspiracy following investigation into a complaint from a business on West Main Street in the city.
Andrews was accused of conspiring with another individual to impersonate someone with the hopes of escaping payment of a bill.

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