Friday News Brief

Written by on November 3, 2023


Phillip Chin

36-year-old Phillip Chin of Batavia has been arrested following a six-month investigation by the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force into the possession, transportation, and sale of crack cocaine in and around Genesee County. Chin is charged with criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance, as well as tampering with evidence. He was arraigned in Genesee County Court this morning.




Governor Hochul has announced millions of dollars will be coming to the Genesee County STAMP site. In her statement yesterday, Hochul touted the site as the largest in New York and her commitment to the new Tech Corridor designation between Syracuse and Buffalo. She said that the state would be working to focus on building the remaining infrastructure to support many advanced manufacturing projects including a wastewater treatment facility and pump station, force-main components, natural gas transmission main tap and extension within the site, road construction improvements and a water transmission main. Total cost of the project is 62.37 million dollars.


As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: A pair of teenagers from Rochester are accused of stealing two unlocked vehicles that were left running in the driveways of Batavia homes yesterday morning. The first theft was reported on Lacrosse Avenue in Batavia. It was later located on Cherry Avenue, where another vehicle that had been left unlocked and running was stolen. A short time after the theft was reported, a Le Roy patrol officer spotted the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver fled, leading to a chase into Monroe County. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the pursuit once it was in the department’s jurisdiction. The chase ended in North Chili, where one occupant was taken into custody without incident. A second occupant fled on foot but was taken into custody a short time later. A 17-year-old male and an 18-year-old female, whose names are not being released by Batavia PD, were charged with two counts each of grand larceny 4th. They are also facing charges and traffic violations in Le Roy. The pair was issued appearance tickets and released to their guardians in accordance with state law.


Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end Sunday and the American Red Cross says the clock change should serve as a reminder to people to test their smoke alarms. Experts say doing so can help prevent a tragedy in your home if there’s a fire. They’re also recommending everyone practice their fire escape plan to make sure they know a way out of their residence in case of an emergency. Additional safety tips can be found at



William Collins

A member of the Niagara County legislature is facing a criminal charge for his alleged role in a tire slashing incident. According to WIVB, Republican William Collins slashed the tire last week at the Attitudes Bar and Grill on West Avenue in Lockport. He’s currently seeking re-election on Tuesday in the 12th District and is expected to turn himself in to police next week. If convicted, he faces up to a year behind bars.




Damar Hamlin is most likely not going to play against the Cincinnati Bengals when Buffalo goes up against them on Sunday. But, whether he plays or not Hamlin says he is not worried. The 25-year-old Hamlin’s journey is coming full-circle with Buffalo’s first return to Cincinnati since he collapsed after making what appeared to be a routine tackle. Hamlin’s heart stopped as a result of commotio cordis, which happens after a direct blow at a specific point in the heartbeat cycle causes cardiac arrest. Doctors have assured Hamlin he can resume playing without any fear of setbacks or reoccurrence. It’s unlikely Hamlin — who missed practice Wednesday due to an illness — will suit up Sunday. He’s been a healthy inactive for all but one of Buffalo’s first eight games since he’s last on the team’s safety depth chart.


The Buffalo Bills will be hitting the road this weekend in search of a second straight victory. The Bills are set to battle the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium in Ohio. Buffalo hasn’t played since last Thursday night when they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and improved their record this season to five wins and three losses. Kickoff Sunday night will be at 8:20.




The Volocopter air taxi in Tampa

Florida is taking to the sky in its first-ever “air taxi” test flight. Officials say they conducted an urban air mobility trial at Tampa International Airport earlier this morning, marking the first at a large U.S. airport. It was in collaboration with German aircraft manufacturer Volocopter. The electric-powered aircraft is designed to take people and supplies to different places within city limits. The goal is to reduce road congestion, while lowering the aviation industry’s carbon footprint.



There’s something suspicious about this Border Patrol vehicle…

A Florida man is in trouble for driving a truck painted to look like a Border Patrol vehicle. There was one little difference as instead of “Border Patrol,” the truck read “Booty Patrol.” The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office posted photos of the truck online this week to warn about people impersonating authorities. The man, who wasn’t identified, got off with a citation for using prohibited vehicle lights that resemble those used by law enforcement.


Donald Trump

Attorneys for former President Trump are filing an appeal to gag order placed on him in his federal election interference case. The gag order, which prevents Trump from disparaging witnesses, was reinstated on Monday. Trump’s attorneys said in a statement that no court “in American history” has imposed a gag order on a criminal defendant actively campaigning for public office, let alone for president.




Today is Friday, November 3rd, the 307th day of the year.

November 3 in history…


A 1911 Chevrolet experimental car

…In 1911, the Chevrolet Motor Company was founded.






The Wizard of Oz debuted on television today in history

…In 1956, “The Wizard of Oz” is televised.






Hall & Oates ‘Abandoned Luncheonette’ album cover

…In 1973 Hall & Oates released their second studio album, “Abandoned Luncheonette.” The most well-known track from the album, “She’s Gone,” did not become a hit when first released but gained momentum from two later covers, one by Lou Rawls, and one by Tavares.






The cast of ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ in 1978

…In 1978, the sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” debuted on NBC and aired from today in history to 1985; in ’85, the show moved to ABC for one more season. The show starred Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dana Plato and Conrad Bain.







Geraldo recovering from a broken nose, sustained during a brawl on his TV show

…In 1988, talk show host Geraldo Rivera had his nose broken during a brawl that took place on the set of his television show.





Amanda Watts

…In 2015, Amanda Watts, a former prison officer was jailed for 12 months after admitting selling stories about George Michael to the Sun newspaper for $3,249.




Olivia Newton-John

…In 2019, the black leather outfit worn by Olivia Newton-John in “Grease” sold for over $405,000 at auction.


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