Evening News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on May 11, 2018
Stylianos “Steve” Spryopoulos, 66, co-owner of Settler’s Restaurant, was found unresponsive on the floor of his neighboring business, Billy Goats, early this morning and was later pronounced dead.
Spryopoulos and his wife, Rula, owned and operated Settler’s with his son John. He opened Settler’s in 1984 and expanded it to seat 150 people in 1995. He opened Billy Goats, a bar and grill, in late 2000.
The restaurant was closed today. It will reopen at 5 a.m., Saturday.
A jury has found Sheldon SIlver guilty on all counts in his corruption retrial. Prosecutors accused the 74-year-old Silver of using his position as New York State Assembly Speaker to do favors in exchange for four million dollars in bribes. Silver was convicted a few years ago but the verdict was thrown out after the Supreme Court changed the definition of corruption. SIlver was first elected to the Assembly in 1976 and eventually became one of the three most powerful politicians in the state.
Batavia traffic stop busts three using various drugs.
Batavia Police allegedly found a trio of local men in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine, Oxycodone and marijuana after being subject to a traffic stop on Pringle Ave in the city.
18 year olds Conner Beaumont of LeRoy, David Renteria of Pavilion and 29 year old Eric Bratcher of Batavia were all arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance along with Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia.
They all received appearance tickets for Batavia City Court at a later date.
President Trump is nominating a Buffalo lawyer to be a federal judge in Western New York.
Trump nominated John Sinatra Junior yesterday after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Congressman Chris Collins endorsed him.
Schumer said he wanted attorney Kathleen Sweet but the White House refused to nominate her.
Schumer resigned to support Sinatra, saying he was a well-respected and qualified choice.
The 20th Annual Batavia Rotary Club High School Tournament will take place tomorrow at Dwyer Stadium.
Due to the threat of rain, there has been a change in the schedule of games.
Attica will play Notre Dame in the first game at 1p.m followed by Oakfield-Alabama vs. Batavia at 4 p.m. with the championship game schedule to start at 7 p.m. There will be no consolation game.
Admission is $5 for an adult all-day pass and $2 for a student all-day pass. All proceeds from the tournament will help benefit Batavia Rotary Club charities.
The 4pm Oakfield-Alabama / Batavia game and the 7pm Championship will be broadcast on WBTA.