Evening News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on March 9, 2018
A second suspect in last summer’s violent assault on East Main Street has been found guilty on all counts.
26 year old Anthony Spencer Jr. of Batavia, known on the street as “Trouble” was found guilty of Gang Assault on John Roblee last July.
Roblee was left in the street bleeding profusely and barely clinging to life.
A second defendant, JW Hardy the Third also known as “Dubs” accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 10 years.
The Genesee County Court jury began deliberating Spencer’s fate yesterday afternoon. Their verdict was returned gthis morning.
Spencer will be sentenced next month.
More potential victims of of an Albion couple’s suspected sexual abuse have come forward.
Police say more possible victims have accused 54 year old Reneee Koch (Cook) and her 45 year old boyfriend Richard Herring of molesting children between the ages of 12 and `17.
Koch and Herring are due back in Orleans County Court next week.
Batavia City Council is scheduled to take final action on next year’s city budget when they meet this Monday night.
The budget calls for a 3% decrease in city property taxes but increase water rates.
City lawmakers will take a separate vote on hiring a full time Building Maintenance worker for the City Centre Mall now that the city is taking over responsibility for the mall concourse.
In another separate council will be asked to approve a 2% pay raise for non-union city hall workers.
The New York Senate is considering a bill that would legalize sports betting.
The legislation would make it legal to place sports bets in casinos and online.
There would be an 8.5% on gross revenue. Proponents say legalized sports betting would generate between $10 and $30 million a year for New York State coffers.
For the second week in a row, flu rates are down across New York.
The latest numbers by the state show a more than 50-percent drop in new flu cases from the week before.