Friday News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on October 27, 2023
The Orleans County Jail will host an additional inmate on the weekends for the next four months. Road rage apparently got the better of 59-year-old James Duggan of Albion, who allegedly became angry when another driver passed him. He then tailgated that person, who eventually pulled over. Duggan was holding a knife when he approached the other driver, who ended up with cuts on his hand. Duggan was facing a second-degree assault charge, which was reduced to a 3rd degree charge as part of a plea agreement. In addition to weekends in jail, Duggan was sentenced to three years probation.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 61-year-old Edward Ruckdeschel of Batavia. He’s charged with several counts of grand larceny for allegedly stealing motor vehicles. Several stolen vehicles were located throughout Genesee County and surrounding areas. Ruckdeschel was arraigned in CAP Court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail on no bail. The investigation is ongoing and several additional charges are expected to be filed.
As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: Eight women have filed lawsuits against the Erie County Sheriff’s Office alleging sexual abuse by corrections officers while in custody. The abuse in the eight separate suits is alleged to have occurred at both the Erie County Correctional Facility and Erie County Holding Center, with dates ranging from 1996 through 2018. The lawsuits are part of the Adult Survivors Act. The legislation created a one-year look-back window for survivors of sexual assault that occurred when they were over the age of 18 to sue their abusers regardless of when it occurred. A spokesperson for the Erie County Attorney’s Office said they have not yet seen the lawsuits. The sheriff’s office declined comment.
One person is dead and two others have been hurt following a shooting on Interstate 190 in Buffalo. The victims were City of Buffalo Sewer Authority workers who had just finished up a job yesterday when gunfire erupted from another vehicle on I-190 south near the Peace Bridge. The two people who survived were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police don’t have a motive for the shooting but believe this was an isolated incident and there’s no threat to the public. Witnesses are asked to call 585-344-6200.
Hyundai is looking to help customers avoid auto thieves by offering a free anti-theft software installation clinic in five American cities, including Rochester. Eligible owners can take their vehicle to a mobile clinic Friday and Saturday, November 17th and 18th. The software takes less than 30 minutes to install. The company will reach out to impacted drivers with further information on where to go and how to enroll.
A Buffalo man is in some serious trouble with the law after being accused of committing sex crimes involving children. Authorities say an investigation was opened into 35-year-old Jonathan Daley, and it was revealed that he allegedly both had and shared child pornography. He’s now facing multiple felony charges. Daley is scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court November 15th.
The Rochester Police Department has issued a warning about an ongoing scam in our region. They say people are posting apartments for rent on sites like Craigslist that the scammers have no connection to. Those scammers claim to be out of town and only offer to give people keys to the apartment once they have received money. Police say it’s best to only meet potential landlords in-person.
The early voting period gets underway tomorrow, meaning residents will have the chance to cast their ballots ahead of Election Day. Polling places in counties around the Empire State will be open until early voting wraps up November 5th. Locally, stop by the Arc Community Center at 38 Woodrow Road in Batavia to cast early votes. Anyone who has an issue at the polls can contact the Election Protection Hotline at 866-390-2992. The Attorney General’s office says everyone has the right to vote free of intimidation and coercion. (WBTA News photo)
With a lot of people heading out to celebrate Halloween in the coming days, police across New York State are going to be keeping a close eye out for drunk drivers. People can expect to see increased patrols on the roads from today through Tuesday. Folks who are planning to drink alcoholic beverages are being urged to make sure they have a safe ride home. Anyone who sees suspicious or dangerous activity while they’re driving should dial 911.
The Buffalo Bills are back to their winning ways after picking up a much-needed victory at home. Quarterback Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another score as Buffalo defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 to 18 at Highmark Stadium last night. Dalton Kincaid and Gabe Davis had receiving touchdowns for the Bills. The Bills improved their record last night to five wins and three losses. Their next game is in Cincinnati against the Bengals on Sunday, November 5th. Kick-off is at 8:20.
An eerie image of Jupiter is circulating just in time for the spooky season. NASA snapped an image of the planet last month. Some space sleuths say a closer look at the clouds in the photo shows what appear to be a face with two eyes, a nose and a mouth. The raw images are available for download and further examination.
Detroit-based Faygo is releasing a new flavor of pop. Called “Dreamin,'” it tastes like an orange creamsicle with vanilla and citrus flavors. It is available in 20 and 24-ounce bottles and is one of over 50 flavors offered by the company. Faygo was founded in 1907 by Russian immigrants Ben and Perry Feigenson as Feigenson Brothers Bottle Works.
Today is Friday, October 27th, the 300th day of the year.
October 27 in history…
…In 1904, the New York City subway opened for business. It was the first rapid transit subway system in the United States.
…In 1954, actress Marilyn Monroe filed for divorce from New York Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio just nine months after they wed. Monroe cited mental cruelty in her divorce petition. The divorce became final a year later.
…Also in 1954, Walt Disney’s first television anthology program, “Disneyland,” premiered on ABC. The show was later renamed “The Wonderful World of Disney.”
…In 1964 31-year-old Salvatore Bono married 18-year-old Cherilyn La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny & Cher. The couple divorced in 1975.
…In 1975 Bruce Springsteen became the first rock performer to be featured on the covers of “Time” and “Newsweek” in the same week, due to the breakthrough success of “Born to Run.”
…In 2016 A letter John Lennon wrote to Queen Elizabeth half a century ago, explaining why he was returning his Member of the British Empire medal, was found tucked in the sleeve of a record from a $15 car boot haul. The typed message reads: “Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts.” The letter was valued at $72,000.