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A man in Gainesville was arraigned Wednesday on allegations of child sexual abuse against a child under 11 years old.  Robert Evans is accused of sexually abusing a child from August of 2017 to May of 2023 and is charged with one count of Sexual Conduct Against A Child in the 2nd Degree.  Based upon the fact that Mr. Evans has a prior felony child abuse conviction out of the state of Virginia, the maximum sentence he faces on this new indictment is 7 years in prison followed by up to 15 years of Post Release Supervision.  This indictment stems from an 8-month investigation led by members of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Wyoming County Child Protective Services.

Buffalo Bills player Von Miller is in trouble after allegedly assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.  The linebacker turned himself in to police in North Texas yesterday. Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA reported that Miller posted a $5,000 bond and was released from a Texas jail.  In an arrest warrant affidavit the victim accuses Miller of choking, pushing and grabbing her and in the 911 call said she was bruised, he had choked and hit her and pulled her hair out but in a text to the news station in Dallas she said it was taken out of context and they were “fine”.  The Bills said they are aware of the incident and are gathering information.  Miller is listed as active on the Buffalo roster.

New York State police are investigating a deadly crash on I-90 near the Silver Creek exit.  The crash occurred around 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Police said a tractor-trailer traveling east drifted from its lane and struck a tractor-trailer that was stopped on the shoulder to switch drivers.  According to police, the tractor-trailer that was traveling east jackknifed and overturned multiple times before it became engulfed in flames.  The driver of the tractor-trailer that overturned was pronounced dead at the scene. The two occupants of the tractor-trailer that was stopped were not injured.  The crash caused the closure of the eastbound I-90 for some time overnight.

New York authorities continue to crack down on unlicensed Cannabis operations with a raid on a store in Canandaigua Thursday.  Authorities say Jaydega was selling cannabis without a license.  The shop was issued a violation notice earlier this year.  Authorities say they seized large quantities of cannabis flower, edible products and cannabis concentrate.  Estimates are that several hundred thousand dollars worth of illegal cannabis was seized.  Authorities say the shop owner is not facing criminal charges. However, the store is closed while the owner awaits a court hearing.

New York is taking charge of maintaining mental health for students across the state.  Governor Hochul announced on Thursday that school districts are receiving more than $5 million to boost mental health programs.  This will help enhance the role of guidance counselors and train other staff.  Mental health in kids has become a concern since the COVID pandemic.  The governor cites a loss of social connection during the pandemic as one of the root causes in mental health issues over the past few years.

The unions representing more than 1,800 caregivers and service workers at the University of Rochester Medical Center are moving forward with plans to strike.  They have set a date and time for the strike: December 13th from 6am to 11pm.  Negotiations have been ongoing since August 2022. The unions are seeking higher wages and better staffing. Union leaders say they are prepared to return to the bargaining table.

ConnectLife announced it is teaming up with the Buffalo Sabres and all blood donors in December will receive a voucher to redeem online for two tickets to an upcoming Sabres home game.  According to ConnectLife, it’s a partnership to bring in donors at a time when blood supply is hit hard.  In addition, ConnectLife also said all donors in December will also be entered into a raffle for a Sabres Game Day Experience — which includes four 100-level tickets and passes to the hallway where the players walk out, two Zamboni rides, and a prize pack including an autographed mini helmet.

The Buffalo Sabres fell to the St Louis Blues 6 to 4 Thursday Night.  JJ Peterka scored 1 goal and Rasmus Dahlin, Peyton Krebs and Zach Benson each had a goal and an assist for the Sabres who are now 10 and 11 and 2 on the season and were 3-1-1 their previous five games. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen allowed six goals on 20 shots after allowing a total of five in his previous three starts.  The Sabres started off down by 3 and then rallied but it wasn’t enough.  The Sabres will be on the Hurricane’s ice Saturday at 7pm. 

Thursday News Brief

City Police are investigating an incident in Batavia in the area of Oak Street and North Lyons Street.  The call came in late last night. Someone drove by in an SUV and fired shots, which hit a home on the 40 block of Oak Street. Police went door-to-door interviewing residents and searching the roads and sidewalks. This is not the first time this area of Oak Street has been hit with gunshots. The last incident was on August 28. No suspects have been named.

 

Attica Correctional Facility (13WHAM file photo)

The maximum-security prison of Attica is on lockdown “following several acts of violence,” according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The violence at Attica Correctional Facility in Wyoming County allegedly began with incidents pitting inmates against other inmates, leading to staff members being assaulted — including one being stabbed multiple times. DOCCS said it is working with police to pursue prosecution. The facility, infamous for a deadly 1971 uprising that gained national attention, is undergoing a full search that is expected to take several days.

 

With the number of respiratory syncytial virus cases on the rise across the state, the Department of Health is urging people to protect themselves against the illness. The agency says the best way to do that is to be vaccinated against RSV. That is especially important for folks over the age of 60 with medical conditions and people who are pregnant. Right now, there are more RSV cases in the state than flu and COVID-19 cases. Anyone who wants to get vaccinated should contact their doctor.

 

Wendy Jerome with her father

Timothy Williams in court during opening statements yesterday. (13WHAM Photo)

Now that opening statements have been heard, testimony is scheduled to begin today in the Timothy Williams murder trial. Prosecutors told the jury yesterday that Williams is the man responsible for killing 14-year-old Wendy Jerome in Rochester back in 1984. But the defense countered, claiming that no one believes Williams is capable of committing a crime like this. Williams wasn’t charged until 2020 after he was connected to the case through DNA evidence.

 

NYSDOT file photo of snowplow during a storm.

The New York State Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be cautious near snowplows, following a close call in the Rochester area. NYSDOT shared video on social media Wednesday of a car apparently trying to outrace a plow as lanes merged on an expressway on-ramp. The plow ended up hitting the red sedan. No injuries are reported. Plows can’t go as fast or slow down as fast as normal traffic and they have reduced visibility while at work. And, most likely, if you hit a plow the plow will be fine but the same can’t be said for your vehicle.

 

Buffalo Sabres right wing John-Jason Peterka (77) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with center Dylan Cozens (24) and left wing Victor Olofsson (71) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory photo credit: Danny Wild, USA TODAY Sports.

The Buffalo Sabres are on the road again tonight as they look to pick up a second straight victory. The Sabres are set to take on the Saint Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center in Missouri. Buffalo is coming off a dominant 5-1 win Monday over the New York Rangers and the team has earned 22 points so far this season. Face-off is at 8:00.

 

 

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

A California company is one step closer to a medical breakthrough. It’s called Loyal, a fitting name for their mission. Researchers are creating a drug they hope will help dogs live longer, and they just hit a new milestone. The FDA sent a letter saying it agrees with the data provided that shows the drug’s effectiveness. Dogs would get a shot or pill every three to six months. Both could be ready by 2026.

 

Henry Kissinger (NBC News Photo)

Legendary diplomat Henry Kissinger is dead at the age of 100. Kissinger served as National Security Advisor to the Nixon administration from 1969 to 1975, and was best known for guiding American foreign policy during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 after negotiating a ceasefire agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam.

 

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton’s “Rockstar” album is number one on this week’s Top Rock Albums chart. The new album by the 77-year-old country music icon debuts at number three on this week’s Billboard 200 album chart. The 30-track album consists primarily of covers of rock classics, and features guest artists like Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

 

 

 

Crash Test Dummies engaging in unsafe behaviors behind the wheel (AAA Photo)

Six in ten U.S. drivers admit to unsafe behaviors behind the wheel, according to a survey out this week from the Triple-A Foundation for Traffic Survey. Nearly 23% admitted excessive speeding, with the survey finding that speeding has the lowest perceived social disapproval.

 

 

Today is Thursday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2023 with 31 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.

November 30 in history…

Charlie Chaplin (PBS Photo)

…In 1913, Charles Chaplin made his screen debut in Mack Sennett’s short film Making a Living.

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Hodges and her doctor show the bruise, following her being struck by a meteorite.

…In 1954, a meteorite crashed through the roof of a house in Sylacauga, Alabama, striking Elizabeth Hodges, who was sleeping on a couch, in the hip. The space rock was a sulfide meteorite weighing 8.5 pounds and measuring 7 inches in length.

 

 

 

 

 

…In 1982, Epic Records released the album Thriller by Michael Jackson.

 

 

 

 

James Brady looks on as President Clinton signs the Brady Bill into law.

…In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Bill into law, the most far-reaching nationwide gun control measure enacted in a decade. It was named after White House press secretary James Brady, who was injured in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

 

 

 

 

Alex Trebek with Ken Jennings, early in Ken’s run as champion.

…In 2004, Ken Jennings lost on the U.S. game show Jeopardy! after winning 74 games and $2.5 million. In case you missed it, here’s the rest of the story:

The Final Jeopardy answer that tripped him up? “Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year.” Jennings guessed Federal Express, but it was, in fact, tax preparer H&R Block. Ventura, Calif., real estate agent Nancy Zerg guessed correctly, unseating Jennings with a final score of $14,001 to $8,799.

Backstage before the show, Zerg told the AP, she repeated the mantra: “Someone’s got to beat him sometime, it might as well be me,” she said. “It was a big relief to me that I lost to someone who played a better game than me,” Jennings told the Associated Press. “There were no recriminations or remorse.”

The final irony of Jennings’ losing question: David Byers, senior vice president for tax operations for H&R Block, released a statement offering Jennings the tax help he’s sure to require for his newfound wealth. By Byers’ calculations, he’ll have to pay just over $1 million in taxes.

Morning News Brief

Police responded to a shots fired incident in Batavia in the area of Oak St and N Lyons St Late wednesday evening.  Apparently someone drove by in an SUV and fired shots which hit a home on the 40 block of Oak Street. Police went door to door interviewing residents and searching the roads and sidewalks.  This is not the first time this area of Oak Street has been hit with gunshots. The last incident was on August 28.  No suspects have been named.

The New York State Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be cautious near snowplows, following a close call in the Rochester area.  NYSDOT shared video on social media Wednesday of a car apparently trying to outrace a plow as lanes merged on an expressway on-ramp.  The plow ended up hitting the red sedan.  No injuries are reported.  Plows can’t go as fast or slow down as fast as normal traffic and they have reduced visibility while at work.  And, most likely, if you hit a plow the plow will be fine but the same can’t be said for your vehicle.

Two men face charges after police said they discovered illegal cannabis sales at two smoke shops in Greece.  Police executed search warrants Nov. 14 at the GSpot Smoke Shop locations on Dewey Avenue and Stone Road. They also searched a warehouse on River Street in Rochester and a home in Greece.  Detectives recovered more than 150 pounds of cannabis, along with cash, cannabis-infused ingestible products and equipment used to make edibles.  28 year olds Anthony Gingello of Greece, and Charles Infantino of Rochester, are charged with criminal possession of cannabis. They were arraigned and issued appearance tickets.

The maximum-security prison of Attica is on lockdown “following several acts of violence,” according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.  The violence at Attica Correctional Facility in Wyoming County allegedly began with incidents pitting inmates against other inmates, leading to staff members being assaulted — including one being stabbed multiple times.  DOCCS said it is working with police to pursue prosecution.  The facility, infamous for a deadly 1971 uprising that gained national attention, is undergoing a full search that is expected to take several days.

There is a new effort to bolster the healthcare industry in Western New York, as a special class of “graduates” celebrated the beginning of a new chapter in their careers Tuesday night.  Catholic Health’s first Nurse Residency Program graduation will bring in 12 new nurses into the workforce.  In November 2018, the Department of Labor stated that the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metro Area had more than 15,000 hospital workers, however, that number dropped sharply during the pandemic; in no small part due to high rates of burnout among nurses.  Early in the fall of 2021, the industry lost 2,000 workers, before it rebounded.  Since March 2022, the number of hospital workers has steadily risen but there are still 1,300 fewer hospital workers now than there were five years ago.

Savarino Companies may have gone under and left the Ellicott Station unfinished, but that doesn’t absolve them of their responsibilities.  The City of Batavia wants it’s money back.  Genesee County Economic Development Center officials have severed their ties with Savarino Companies and asked for more than $1 million of tax benefits back according to Senior Marketing and Communications Director Jim Krencik.  One of Savarino’s Ellicott Street properties was also fined for neglected property maintenance, along with a number of others, for an extra $30,000 for city cleanups of grass, weeds and debris.  Savarino halted work on the project this summer after shutting down his company due to financial issues stemming from New York State refusing to pay for a construction project at SUNY Alfred State after much work was done.  He is currently suing for damages.

Christmas in the City — an annual festive tradition that happens the first weekend in December — will be bringing the usual favorites of Santa Claus, hot cocoa, a parade down Main Street and cheery carolers, along with some new additions.  The main event at Batavia City Centre runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and will offer gift-giving shoppers plenty of options with 42 vendors and 64 tables so far throughout the concourse.  The Great Lakes and Attica Regional Railroad model train club will be joining the action this year. The club will have three train boards set up with various displays, including a Christmas village and town theme.  Santa will be there from 1 to 5pm.  Shops on Main Street will also be providing special treats for shoppers.  The Christmas Parade will start at 6pm and run from near the City Centre down West Main Street.  And finally, the little big band, Serendipity Swing, will be performing at the Main St Theatre at 7:30.  Tickets at the door are 20 dollars.

Another Chick-fil-A is headed to Western New York, this time in Niagara Falls.  According to reporting by Buffalo Business First, the sixth franchise will be built in the Esporta Plaza on Niagara Falls Boulevard.  According to Business First.  Benderson Development, the owner of the plaza, has filed site plans with the Niagara County Planning Board for the 6610 Niagara Falls Blvd. property.  The developer plans to build a 5,000-square-foot location, with 51 parking spaces.  If approved, this new location would run adjacent to the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls.

Wednesday News Brief

Germayne Fifer

Elijah Davis

Tyrese Heard

 

BATAVIA CITY POLICE BLOTTER: On 11/9/2023, Germayne D Fifer (age 19) of Inkster, Michigan, Elijah A Davis (age 22) of Inkster, Michigan, and Tyrese I Heard (age 19) of Ypsilanti, Michigan, were all charged with Grand Larceny 3rd and Conspiracy 5th. The charges stem from an investigation into an incident on 11/9/2023, when police responded to Speedway, for a larceny complaint. The clerk stated that the suspects had used a credit card scam and stolen over $5,000 in gift cards. Officers located and stopped the suspects’ vehicle on Oak St. All three were arrested and arraigned in Batavia City Court. They were released and are due back in court, on 11/20/2023.

 

Jimmy Ramirez

On 11/4/2023, Jimmy Ramirez (age 41) of Rochester, was arrested for Felony DWI. The arrest follows a civilian complaint of a possibly intoxicated driver on Lewiston Rd. Officers located the vehicle and found that Ramirez was allegedly operating while intoxicated. He was issued several traffic tickets and is due in court on 11/15/2023.

 

 

 

 

On 11/15/2023, Edwin L Bethel (age 57) of Rochester, was arrested and charged with Assault 3rd, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Mischief 4th, and Petit Larceny. Bethel was arrested following an investigation into a disturbance on South Main St on 11/11/2023. It’s alleged that he caused injury to another person, damaged property and stole the victim’s car keys all while in the presence of two children, under seventeen years old. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court and released. He is due back in court on 12/7/2023.

On 11/14/2023, Kate J Long (age 39) of Batavia, was arrested for Harassment 2nd. It’s alleged that Long sent numerous unwanted e-mails to the Batavia City School Board of Education, for no legitimate purpose. Long was issued an appearance ticket and is due in City Court on 12/5/2023.

On 11/16/2023, Stephanie L Coley (age 41) of Lockport, was arrested on an arrest warrant. Coley was initially charged on 9/24/2021 with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th. A warrant was issued, after she allegedly failed to appear in court. She was arraigned and released under the supervision of Genesee Justice. She is due back in court on 12/7/2023.

On 11/15/2023, Michael J Torres (age 40) of Batavia, was arrested on a bench warrant. Torres was initially charged on 4/12/2023, with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (Intent to Sell) and Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd, after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop on a bicycle. He was arraigned in CAP Court and is due back in City Court at a later date.

On 11/16/2023, George J Budzinack (age 43) of Batavia, was arrested on a bench warrant. He was initially arrested on 9/27/2023, after an investigation into the larceny of a bicycle, on East Main St. The warrant was issued after he allegedly failed to appear in court. Budzinack was arraigned in CAP Court and is due in City Court at a later date.

On 11/13/2023, Christine M Caplis (age 43) of Elba, was arrested for Criminal Tampering 3rd. It’s alleged that Caplis tampered with the security cameras at an apartment building on Liberty St. She was issued an appearance ticket and is due in Batavia City Court on 11/28/2023.

On 11/14/2023, Thomas A Griffin (age 36) of Batavia, was arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. Griffin was charged in relation to an incident on 10/10/2023, where he was allegedly found to be operating a vehicle, while impaired by drugs. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in Batavia City Court on 11/28/2023.

On 11/2/2023, Timothy M Pendleton (age 38) of Batavia, was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd, and several traffic violations. Pendleton was arrested following a traffic stop on East Ave, where he was allegedly found to be in possession of narcotics. Pendleton then engaged in a physical altercation with police, when they attempted to take him into custody. He was issued appearance tickets and is due in Batavia Coty Court on 11/21/2023.

On 11/15/2023, Dorian D Batchelor (age 56) of Williamsville, was arrested for Criminal Contempt 2nd. It’s alleged the Batchelor violated an order of protection, by entering the protected party’s residence. He was arraigned and is due back in court at a later date.

On 11/3/2023, Ameriquay J Scott-Whitaker (age 18) of Rochester, was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd, Reckless Endangerment 1st, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Possession of Burglar’s Tools, and Unlawfully Fleeing Police in a Motor Vehicle 3rd. The charges stem from an incident on Clinton St, where Batavia Police attempted to stop a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Rochester. The vehicle, allegedly operated by Scott-Whitaker, failed to stop and led police on a pursuit. State Police were able to successfully deploy spike strips, in the area of Rt 33 and Rt 19. Scott-Whitaker along with four juveniles were taken into custody a short time later. Scott-Whitaker was arraigned and is due in Batavia City Court at a later date.

On 11/8/2023, Jamie S Kraft (age 38) of Bath, was arrested on an arrest warrant. Kraft was initially arrested on 9/13/2023 and charged with Aggravated Harassment 2nd, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd and Falsely Reporting an Incident 3rd. Kraft allegedly made numerous 911 calls in which he falsely reported that people had been struck by lightning. He then threatened to stab police. Kraft was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. He is due in Batavia City Court on 11/30/2023.

On 11/9/2023 Benjamin G Evans (age 35) of Batavia, was arrested on three warrants from Batavia City Court. Two of the warrants were related to separate Petit Larceny charges. The other resulted from charges of Trespass and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th. He was arraigned in CAP Court and is due in Batavia City Court at a later date.

On 11/9/2023, Jeanine D Fuller (age 37), was arrested on an arrest warrant. The arrest stems from an incident where Fuller was allegedly found inside the vacant Days Inn Motel on Oak St on 8/23/2023. She was arraigned in CAP Court and released. She is due back at a later date.

On 11/6/2023, Marcus A King (age 22) of Rochester, was arrested for Harassment 2nd. King was charged after an investigation into an incident on Pearl St, where he allegedly struck another person in the face. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court on 11/14/2023.

On 11/10/2023, Gregory M Wansha (age 23) of Batavia, was arrested for Criminal Mischief 4th. It’s alleged that Wansha slashed the tire on another person’s car on State St. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in Batavia City Court on 11/21/2023.

On 11/6/2023, Terrance L Falk (age 25) of Batavia, was arrested on a warrant from Batavia City Court. The original charges stem from an incident on Washington Ave, where he allegedly threatened another person with a knife. He was arraigned and remanded to the Genesee County Jail. He is due back in court on 11/29/2023.

On 11/17/2023, Adam J Kaczanowski (age 22) of Eden, NY, was arrested on a warrant. Kaczanowski was originally charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd, after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, on 9/26/2023. He was issued an appearance ticket, but allegedly failed to appear in court. Kaczanowski was arraigned in Batavia City Court and released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court, on 12/19/2023.

On 11/20/2023, Krystal L Frye (age 33) of Jamestown, was arrested on a bench warrant. Frye was initially arrested on 4/2/2019 and charged with Grand Larceny 4th, after an investigation into an incident where she allegedly stole a debit card. A warrant was issued after Frye allegedly failed to appear for a court appearance. She was arraigned in CAP Court and released on her own recognizance. She is due back in court at a later date. On 11/13/2023, Kenneth B Jordan (age 31) of Albion, was arrested on a warrant. Jordan was originally charged on 1/16/2023 with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd, after a traffic stop on River St. Jordan was issued an appearance ticket, but allegedly failed to appear in court. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court and released. He is due back in court on 11/29/2023.

On 11/9/2023, Heidi S Kollarik (age 51) of Oakfield, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Kollarik was charged following a traffic stop on East Main St, where she was allegedly found to be operating a vehicle while intoxicated. She was issued traffic tickets and is due in court on 11/21/2023.

IN OTHER NEWS…

40-year-old Anthony Morrow of Lockport has been arrested in Batavia. He’s charged with petit larceny after it was alleged he stole a crossbow from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Morrow was issued appearance tickets and is due in Batavia Town Court on December 19th.

 

Timothy Williams’ mugshot and victim, Wendy Jerome

The defense and prosecution will be taking part in a second day of jury selection in the Timothy Williams murder trial today. Yesterday, 10 members of the panel that will decide Williams’ fate were picked. Williams is accused of killing 14-year-old Wendy Jerome in November 1984 and leaving her body behind School 33 in Rochester. Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley says she expects Jerome’s mother to testify.

 

Undated file photo

As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: A 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after a crash Monday in the Town of Wales that involved 10 vehicles and 18 people. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident on Route 20A around 4:40pm. Deputies reported near-whiteout conditions and heavy snow at the time of the crash. After the crash, authorities say people were leaving their cars to get off the road due to oncoming traffic striking their vehicles. Investigators say the 12-year-old boy who was traveling with his family was then hit by another vehicle as he was trying to get off the road. The boy was taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital where he is listed in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

 

The drought conditions and waffling temperatures have kept the snow away until this week. The Town of Wyoming was hit the hardest in our area with an average of 9 inches of snowfall Monday and Tuesday. Warsaw and Attica were next with 6.5 inches each when it was measured Tuesday afternoon. Any new snow will likely fall north or east of Rochester. A typical snowfall for this time of the season would be 7 inches so far. But officially Western NY has only had 1.

 

Undated file photo of Mayor Brown

A new report says that Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is seriously considering a run for Congress. According to The Buffalo News, Brown has his eye on the 26th District seat that is being held by fellow Democrat and Congressman Brian Higgins. Higgins is leaving Capitol Hill soon so he can become the next president and CEO of Shea’s Performing Arts Center in February. The only Democrat to enter the race so far is State Senator Tim Kennedy.

 

A lot of people will be making charitable donations during the holidays, and one state agency has issued tips to help folks avoid scams. The Division of Consumer Protection says one important thing is to check the legitimacy of the charity you want to give money to. Also, designate any donations you make to ensure money will be used for its intended purpose. And never disclose personal information such as credit card or social security numbers when responding to an unsolicited charitable request.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Sebastian Maniscalco on stage

One of the most popular comedians on the planet is bringing his tour to Rochester next year. Sebastian Maniscalco will perform at the Blue Cross Arena on November 15th, 2024. Maniscalco is known for his stand up specials, and also his roles in films including “The Super Mario Brothers movie” and “The Irishman.” Seats for his show go on sale this Friday morning at 10:00.

 

 

The Miller Lite beercracker

It looks like a nutcracker, but it opens your beer. That’s the best way to describe Miller Lite’s new beercracker. The company is offering the limited time bottle opener/decoration for the holiday season. The traditional nutcracker has been replaced with a mouth that opens beer bottles, and a removable hat that opens beer cans. There’s even a small gift-wrapped box of Miller Lite at the beercracker’s feet. You can get them at Miller Lite’s online store tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday only.

 

Two of the twelve hostages released by Hamas (NBC News photo)

Twelve more hostages have been released by Hamas as part of an extended ceasefire deal with Israel. Yesterday’s swap came after a temporary pause in fighting was extended an additional two days. In exchange, 30 additional Palestinian detainees were released from Israeli prisons.

 

 

File photo of Derek Chauvin in court (NBC News Photo)

The FBI is investigating after the former Minneapolis police officer convicted for killing George Floyd was stabbed in prison. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says the FBI will look into what led up to Derek Chauvin being stabbed last week.

 

 

 

Mark Cuban on the set of “Shark Tank” (ABC Photo)

Mark Cuban says he’s ready to leave “Shark Tank.” On the Showtime podcast “All The Smoke,” Cuban said the next season of the ABC series would be his last. Cuban first made a guest appearance on “Shark Tank” in season two, and will leave season 16.

 

 

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2023. There are 32 days left in the year.

November 29 in history…

Enos appears ready to orbit the Earth

…In 1961, Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.

 

 

 

 

John and Yoko during his arrest in October, 1968

…In 1969, John Lennon was convicted of possession of cannabis and fined $360 in London. Yoko Ono, who was arrested with Lennon on October 18, was cleared of charges.

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Lee Lewis, mugshot in 1976

…In 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis shot his bass player, Norman “Butch” Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.

 

 

 

Natalie Wood with husband Robert Wagner (Getty Images)

…In 1981, film star Natalie Wood drowned at age 43 while boating off California’s Santa Catalina Island with her actor husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.

Morning News Brief

Monday marked one week since anyone has seen or heard from Matthew Grant, a fourth-year student at Rochester Institute of Technology.  He left his home near RIT’s campus Nov. 20 around 10 p.m. after his family said he searched maps in the Adirondacks, North Country and Appalachian Trails.  He told his roommates he was going to meet a friend, but he instead went east. His car, a 2014 Jeep Cherokee with a Michigan license plate, ESR-8141, was last tracked to Exit 36 just outside Syracuse.  From there, it is unclear if he went north or south.  Grant is co-captain of the wrestling team at RIT. His family was hoping that if he went off somewhere, he would be back for wrestling practice on Monday. He has a big tournament coming up this weekend and his family can’t think of any reason he would not be here to get ready for it.  Deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are working with law enforcement in Syracuse and other areas. A tip over the weekend to search outside New York state did not go anywhere.

A 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after a crash Monday in the Town of Wales that involved 10 vehicles and 18 people.  The Erie County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident on Route 20A around 4:40 p.m. Deputies reported near-whiteout conditions and heavy snow at the time of the crash.  After the crash, authorities say people were leaving their cars to get off the road due to oncoming traffic striking their vehicles.  Investigators say the 12-year-old boy who was traveling with his family was then hit by another vehicle as he was trying to get off the road.  The boy was taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital where he is listed in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

If you took advantage of a COVID policy to renew your drivers license you may be running out of time to avoid suspension.  New York drivers who renewed their licenses between March 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2021 and self-certified their vision test must provide proof their vision meets state DMV requirements by Friday or they could have their license suspended.  It is estimated that over 50,000 drivers in NY need to do this or lose their license.   There are three ways to provide proof your vision meets the DMV’s requirements:  Visit a local vision registry, eye care provider or use an online test provider, Have your vision screened by a doctor and have them complete a MV-619 form, or Visit a DMV office and have a vision screening performed.

A typical snowfall for this time of the season would be 7 inches so far.  But officially Western NY has only had 1.  The drought conditions and waffling temperatures have kept the snow away until this week.  The Town of Wyoming was hit the hardest in our area with an average of 9 inches of snowfall Monday and Tuesday.  Warsaw and Attica were next with 6.5 inches each when it was measured Tuesday afternoon.  Any new snow will likely fall north or east of Rochester.

A little girl in Ogden is using her platform to raise money for the Pirate Toy Fund.  Mariana Lippincott-Diaz has raised over a thousand dollars for them so far and wants to keep going.  The 7 year old’s platform is selling beverages outside her house.  Over the summer she raised money by selling lemonade but now has switched to hot chocolate.  The Pirate Toy Fund came to visit Mariana when she was sick, so she knows all about the joy the toys bring.

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are alerting residents to rising cases of syphilis and congenital syphilis. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that is most often spread through sexual contact. Congenital syphilis is a preventable disease that occurs when a mother with syphilis passes the infection on to the baby during pregnancy. In 2020, there were 12.1 confirmed cases of syphilis per 100,000 population and to date in 2023, there have been 33.3 cases per 100,000 population, which include confirmed cases and probable cases pending investigation. With a rise in cases, particularly among women, GO Health has also seen a rise in congenital syphilis cases.  It is a bacterial infection that can be treated if it is detected.  Many people do not notice any symptoms but can still be contagious and develop serious issues later when it is harder to fight.  For more information on Syphilis and other Sexually Transmitted Infections, visit the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention website.

On Friday, Dec. 1  the Genesee Amateur Hockey Association Ramparts Mite Division will host their first annual “Merry Mitemas Tournament at the David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Evans Street, Batavia. The Opening game will  begin 5 p.m.  Eighteen teams from the Rochester and Buffalo area are participating.  Also featured during the Tournament will be a Basket Raffle and 50/50 Drawing on Saturday along with donut sales, and T-shirt sales on Saturday and Sunday (until sold out).  The teams participating in this Mite Tournament will be playing half-ice; there will be two games played at the same time.  Volunteers are still needed.  If you’d like to volunteer please contact Allyson Valyear at Avalyear5@gmail.com.

Do you have 15 million dollars burning a hole in your pocket?  That’s what you would need to buy the most expensive house ever sold in Erie County.  The Cabin is a 17,000 square foot home sitting on 180 acres of land with its own 4 acre private lake, an indoor basketball court, 26 horse stables, an indoor equestrian arena, six luxury bedrooms and 7 full baths.  It is located on Warner Hill Rd in South Wales.  It is being sold by Canaan realty.

Tuesday News Brief

File photo of shoplifting dramatization

Governor Kathy Hochul is under fire for vetoing a retail crime task force as retailers in the state report a loss of billions of dollars to shoplifting. The bill, which had received bipartisan support, would have created a panel of experts to outline ways to respond to retail theft in New York State. Hochul rejected the bill last week, sparking outrage from retailers and lawmakers statewide. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have criticized Hochul for the move, arguing that passing the bill would have brought “relief” to store owners.

 

Matthew Grant

The search for a missing Rochester Institute of Technology student is now being expanded. Matthew Grant has not been seen since last Monday when he left his house near the school’s campus. He told his roommates he was going to visit a friend but his vehicle was last tracked near Exit 36 of the Thruway in Syracuse. Monroe County deputies are working with Syracuse police and other law enforcement agencies to find any clues involving Grant’s whereabouts. Tips can be submitted by dialing 911.

 

 

 

File photo of school bus

The driver of a school bus for the Wellsville Central School District was seriously hurt in a crash Monday morning on State Route 19 in Allegany County. New York State Police say bus 156 was hit by another vehicle as it was transporting students to the Wellsville Secondary School. Eighteen passengers were on board at the time. None of the students was seriously hurt. The driver, however, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital. Students were also taken to the same hospital as a precaution for further evaluation and have all since been reunited with their families. An investigation into the crash is underway. State police are not releasing any additional information at this time.

 

Timothy Williams mugshot and 14-year-old victim, Wendy Jerome

Jury selection is expected to begin today in the murder trial of Timothy Williams. He is the man accused of sexually assaulting and killing 14-year-old Wendy Jerome back in November 1984. Williams ended up being extradited back to Rochester in 2020 after being linked to Jerome’s death through DNA evidence. Williams and Jerome didn’t know each other, but they did live in the same area at the time of the homicide. There’s no word how long the trial will take.

 

Joan Wozer

New information has been released on a weekend fatal three-alarm fire at a house in Clarence. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says the person who was found dead following Sunday’s blaze on Spaulding Drive has been identified as 62-year-old Joan Wozer. No other injuries were reported.

 

 

 

 

Pothole on one street in need of repair (undated file photo)

With the cold winter months just around the corner, New York State is releasing $100 million to improve the safety of roads that are affected by severe weather. Repaving projects will take place at over 60 locations statewide, including locally in Monroe, Genesee, Ontario, and Wayne counties. In recent years, there has been a focus on making highways and roads safer and more efficient. Governor Hochul says these new investments will ensure roads are resilient in the face of extreme weather.

 

The Buffalo Sabres have avoided a second straight loss after picking up one of their biggest wins of the season on the road. Alex Tuch scored twice and Casey Mittelstadt, JJ Peterka and Kyle Okposo had a goal each as the Sabres defeated the New York Rangers 5-1 at Madison Square Garden last night. Sabres goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced in the contest. Buffalo’s next game is Thursday in Saint Louis against the Blues. Face-off is at 8:00

 

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Jason Aldean

One of the biggest stars in the world of country music is bringing his tour to Western New York next year. Jason Aldean is scheduled to perform at the Darien Lake Amphitheater on August 1st. Aldean is a multi-time Grammy Award nominee and is known for several hits such as “Dirt Road Anthem,” and “Night Train.” Tickets will go on sale Friday at 10:00am on the singer’s official website.

 

 

“Drew Ortiz”, an AI creation of Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated says it has deleted several articles from its website after publishing them under fake names and author headshots created with artificial intelligence. The existence of the articles was revealed in a report from Futurism, which couldn’t find any evidence of the authors’ existence and found the headshots for sale on digital marketplaces.

 

Merriam-Webster’s 2023 word of the year is “authentic.” The online dictionary said this year saw a “substantial increase” in searches for the word. It attributes that to more “stories and conversations about AI, celebrity culture, identity, and social media.”

 

 

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 28, the 332nd day of 2022. There are 33 days left in the year.

November 28 in history…

Mars craters, 1964 (NASA Photo)

…In 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course toward Mars, which it flew past in July 1965, sending back pictures of the red planet.

 

 

 

 

 

Willie Nelson at the Grand Ole Opry, today in history

…Also in 1964, Willie Nelson made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elton John and John Lennon, 1974

…In 1974, Elton John and John Lennon sang a duet of “I Saw Her Standing There” at Madison Square Garden in New York. The show was John Lennon’s last stage appearance.

 

 

 

Firefighters battle Ringo’s rented home as the drummer looks on

…In 1979, Ringo Starr’s rented home in Los Angeles, CA, burned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Dahmer in court

…In 1994, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was slain in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate.

Morning News Brief

Wyoming County and the Southern Tier is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning through 7:00am Wednesday. National Weather Service officials are warning of accumulations of 8-16 inches and possible local amounts of 20 inches. Winds may gust up to 35 miles per hour, which could produce white out conditions and drifts. Conditions could impact morning and evening commutes. Heaviest snows are expected this morning.

The driver of a school bus for the Wellsville Central School District was seriously hurt in a crash Monday morning on State Route 19 in Allegany County.  New York State Police say bus 156 was hit by another vehicle as it was transporting students to the Wellsville Secondary School. Eighteen passengers were on board at the time. None of the students was seriously hurt. The driver, however, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital.  Students were also taken to the same hospital as a precaution for further evaluation, the district said. They have all since been reunited with their families, the district said.  An investigation into the crash is underway. State police are not releasing any additional information at this time.

Retailers in New York are dealing with several billions of dollars in losses due to retail crime and Governor Hochul is drawing the ire of both lawmakers and retail chains because she used her veto power to stop a bill which would have created a retail crime task force.  The bill, which had bipartisan support, would have created a panel of experts to outline ways to respond to retail theft in New York State. Hochul rejected the bill last week. Retailers and law enforcement from the Capital Region have stressed the need for a statewide response to theft, noting that it is having a “devastating effect” on communities. Republican and Democratic lawmakers condemned Hochul for the move, arguing that passing the bill would have brought “relief” to store owners.  Organized retail crime is growing into a substantial threat for store owners throughout the U.S. Stores have lost a combined $112 billion in sales in 2023.

The prisoner swap between the country of Israel and the Hamas terrorist organization was good news for one upstate New York family. A Doctor at University of Rochester Medical Center David Siegel’s brother and sister in law were kidnapped in the October 7th raid on southern Israel.  His sister in law Adrienne, has been freed, but not his brother Keith, her husband.  Hamas drew criticism for the prisoner exchange where they deliberately separated children from parents, wives from husbands, and siblings, keeping family members and not freeing whole family units.  The cease fire has been extended as Hamas is promising to release more prisoners as long as the cease fire continues.

More legal cannabis dispensaries could soon be opening across New York state.  Monday, the NY Cannabis Control Board approved a settlement agreement to allow for more license applications through the Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary program, which has been on hold.  The NYS Supreme Court now must approve the agreement, which would allow 426 temporary CAURD licensees to open storefronts if their applications are confirmed, to officially lift that hold.  CAURD is open exclusively to individuals who own a profitable, qualifying business and who have previously been incarcerated through outdated marijuana laws.

The HE Turner and Company, Bohm Calarco Smith and Burdett and Sanford Funeral Homes Annual Service of Prayer and Remembrance will be held at Northgate Free Methodist Church on Wednesday December 6th at 7pm.  Anyone who has lost a loved one can call and reserve a candle by December 1st.  One candle will be provided per deceased loved one and will be given to participants at the service.  The number to call is 585 344 4295.  It does not matter what funeral company took care of the arrangements all are welcome to participate.

Tempers were high during the Buffalo Bills game against the Eagles on Sunday with fans close to the field apparently hurling insults and threats towards the Buffalo team.  This culminated in players Jordan Phillips and Shaq Lawson getting into a confrontation with an Eagles fan near the sidelines.  In a video circulating social media the players can be seen getting in the fans face and then Lawson appears to shove the fan away.  After the incident the players said the fan was making life threatening remarks toward them and the Buffalo team.  The fan was not removed from the stadium.  A Bills spokesperson said the team continues to look into the incident.

If you’re a Genesee County resident in need of a winter coat, Community Action of Orleans and Genesee may be able to help. The nonprofit has winter coats for people of all ages and sizes. They are free for low income families, and only require some simple paperwork to be completed.  People may select their coats through 4 p.m. Monday or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday this week.  As for donations, they are always in need of new or gently used coats and clothing.  Community Action is at 5073 Clinton Street Road, Batavia.

Monday News Brief

Wyoming County and the Southern Tier is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning through 7:00am Wednesday. National Weather Service officials are warning of accumulations of 8-16 inches and possible local amounts of 20 inches. Winds may gust up to 35 miles per hour, which could produce white out conditions and drifts. Conditions could impact morning and evening commutes. Heaviest snows are expected tonight and Tuesday morning.

 

 

47-year-old Robert Newton of Darien has been arrested. He’s charged with endangering the welfare of a child and harassment. This followed an investigation after a domestic disturbance complaint. Newton was arraigned in Genesee County CAP Court and released on his own recognizance.

 

 

Gas prices continue their slow drop. According to Triple A today, the national average price of a gallon of regular is $3.25. The state average is $3.57. In Batavia, we’re paying $3.59; that’s down a nickel from last week; 17 cents from a month ago today and 4 cents from a year ago. Gas demand is down as the price per barrel remains down as well.

 

 

 

Folks who live in Genesee County and are currently dealing with dry wells have a place where they can go tomorrow to get water. The Town of Bethany has received a shipment of water and is ready to start giving it out to people hard hit by the drought conditions. Farmers are allowed to come and fill up to 500 gallons at a time. The distributions are scheduled for tomorrow from 5pm to 7 pm and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm. Residents have been driving to other towns and other counties to get water. A 500 gallon fill up can mean a week or less for regular households.

 

File photo of Albion Fire Department truck

Several crews put out a heavy fire at an auto shop in Orleans County. The call came in around 8:00am yesterday morning. Albion firefirefighters responded to a structure fire at Frank’s Auto Center on Telegraph Road. Firefighters were unable to get into the building due to downed power lines blocking their path. As a result, it took more than an hour to put out the fire. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The extent of the damage done to the shop is unclear at this time. Firefighters in Albion were later dispatched to another fire at approximately 11:15am at 312-314 West Park Street, a house owned by Vickie Golisano. Two residents there were momentarily trapped but were able to safely get out. The cause of that fire also remains under investigation.

 

 

Thousands of New Yorkers are facing an important deadline this week from the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Anyone who had their license expire and renewed it online between March 1st, 2020 and August 31st, 2021 must submit proof of an in-person vision test by Friday. Drivers who fail to do so will end up having their license suspended. The DMV has posted a list of places to get a vision test on its website at dmv.ny.gov.

 

 

File photo of Josh Allen; he wore the same facial expression last night.

The Buffalo Bills have suffered another tough loss after coming up short on the road. Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles scored in overtime as his team beat the Bills 37 to 34 at Lincoln Financial Field yesterday. Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen tossed two touchdown passes and rushed for two more for the Bills, whose record this season is now 6 wins and 6 losses. The next game for Buffalo is December 10th against the Chiefs in Kansas City. Kickoff is at 4:25.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

File photo of unidentified “Gen Z-er”

Some members of Generation Z might not be able to make it home for the holidays this year. A recent Credit Karma survey found many Gen Z Americans with student debt won’t be able to afford traveling home for the holidays on top of their student loan payments. Nearly a third of Gen Z survey participants say they’re relying on their parents to pay for their travel expenses. A consumer financial advocate at Credit Karma says holidays can cause a lot of financial stress for people who are struggling to make ends meet.

 

 

BBC News photo of A23a iceberg (in red)

For the first time in more than three decades, the world’s largest iceberg is on the move. The Antarctic iceberg called A23a is about 1,500 square miles, roughly three times the size of New York City. The huge chunk of ice has been stuck on the floor since 1986, but now it’s traveling about three miles away from Antarctica every day. Scientists say they are closely monitoring the iceberg’s trajectory.

 

 

 

 

For that price, you’d think you could get fresh scotch…

A rare bottle of scotch whiskey has sold for a record-breaking $2.7 million. The 1926 Macallan Adami single-malt whiskey is one of only 40 that were ever bottled and is described as “the most sought-after” whiskey in the world. After an intense bidding war, it sold for nearly $3 million, shattering the previous record for a single-malt bottle.

 

 

It’s Cyber Monday and time to look for those hidden sales. Amazon has some, like a 32-inch high definition TV for 80 bucks. There’s also vacuum cleaners, pillows, airpods, mattresses, furniture and plenty of other electronics at huge discounts. Analysts say beware of scams though and do your research.

 

Derek Chauvin

The former Minnesota police officer who was convicted of killing George Floyd is expected to survive after he was stabbed in prison. Derek Chauvin is serving over 20 years in a federal prison for Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis in 2020. He was seriously injured Friday after being stabbed by another inmate.

 

 

Today is Monday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2023. There are 34 days left in the year.

 

November 27 in history…

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1931

…In 1924, Macy’s first Thanksgiving Day parade — billed as a “Christmas Parade” — took place in New York.

 

 

 

 

 

Paul McCartney with Alistair Taylor

…1967: The Beatles’ single “Hello, Goodbye” backed with “I am the Walrus” was released in the US. On the same day, the first promo for the single premiered on The Ed Sullivan Show, featuring the band in their Sgt. Pepper outfits and accompanied by hula dancers. Paul McCartney later said that “Hello, Goodbye” originated when, in response to a question from Beatles aide Alistair Taylor about songwriting, McCartney sat down at a harmonium and asked Taylor to say the opposite of whatever he said.

 

 

Asylum Records Photo

…1978: The Eagles released their cover of the Charles Brown song “Please Come Home for Christmas.” It was the first song by the group to feature Timothy B. Schmit on bass and peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Christmas song to reach the top 20 since “Pretty Paper” by Roy Orbison in 1963.

 

 

 

President Clinton with Monica Lewinsky (NBC News Photo)

…In 1998, answering 81 questions put to him three weeks earlier, President Bill Clinton wrote the House Judiciary Committee that his testimony in the Monica Lewinsky affair was “not false and misleading.”

 

 

 

 

…In 2000, a day after George W. Bush was certified the winner of Florida’s presidential vote, Al Gore laid out his case for letting the courts settle the nation’s long-count election.

Morning News Brief

Wyoming County is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning from 10am today till 7am Wednesday.  National Weather Service officials are warning of accumulations of 8-16 inches and possible local amounts of 20 inches.  Winds may gust up to 35 miles per hour which could produce white out conditions and drifts.  Conditions could impact morning and evening commutes.  Heaviest snows are expected tonight and Tuesday morning.  

The Town of Bethany has received a shipment of water and is ready to start giving it out to people hard hit by the drought conditions.  Farmers are allowed to come and fill up to 500 gallons at a time.  The distributions are Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm and Thursday from 6 to 8pm.  Residents have been driving to other towns and even counties to get water.  A 500 gallon fill up can mean a week or less for regular households. 

Gas Price Update: The price of a gallon of Regular is roughly the same as it was last week at 3.64 which is just a penny less than 7 days ago. The New York State Average is a bit better being 3 cents below last week at 3.58.  The national average is much lower at 3.25.  The national average has either fallen or stayed flat for 60 days.  Gas demand is down and the price per barrel remains down as well. 

A teenager is hospitalized following a shooting in Buffalo.  Police say a 14 year old boy was attacked while walking down the street along Richlawn Avenue.  This happened just before three o’clock Sunday morning.  The victim is recovering at ECMC with what police are calling non life threatening injuries.  Police are still looking for a suspect.

Buffalo police are investigating after a man died as a result of a construction accident. Police say a 37-year-old Buffalo man fell off the roof of St. John’s Parkside Church on Seneca Street just before noon on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The victim’s name has not been released.  The accident remains under investigation.

Several crews put out a heavy fire at an auto shop in Orleans County Sunday morning.  At 7:58 a.m., Albion fire responded to a structure fire at Frank’s Auto Center on Telegraph Road.  Firefighters were unable to get into the building due to downed power lines blocking their path. As a result, it took more than an hour to put out the fire.  No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The extent of the damage done to the shop is unclear at this time.

The Buffalo Bills are now 5 and 6 as they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 37 to 34 Sunday in Overtime.  Allen threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 81 yards and two scores for the Bills, who are in danger of missing the playoffs after winning the AFC East the past three years.  Allen used a 15-yard scramble and a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on the first drive of OT to put the Bills in position for the win.  The Bills have a bye before playing at Kansas City on Dec. 10.

Perhaps they should switch places with the Buffalo Bills.  The Pembroke Dragons shut out their opponent to win their second straight season Championship at Cicero North Syracuse High against Moravia.  Dragon Tyson Totton ran for 401 yards and finished the season with over 4000 yards and 70 touchdowns.  The Dragons went undefeated 13 wins and no losses.  The final score was 36 to 0.

Weekend News Brief

Kurt Villani and Son giving turkey 2014 Thanksgiving

Niagara Falls Police have identified the two people who died in the Rainbow Bridge crash on Wednesday as Grand Island residents Kurt Villani and Monica Villani.  Both 53 years old.  They were apparently returning home after trying to attend a KISS concert in Canada which was canceled due to band member illness.  Witnesses to the fatal explosion said that their white Bentley was “fish-tailing” out of control at “over 100 miles an hour” ahead of a checkpoint before hitting a barrier, “flying” 30 feet in the air and exploding in “a ball of fire.”  The Rainbow Bridge reopened Thursday evening.  Niagara Falls Police are still investigating the crash.

Governor Hochul signed legislation Friday which makes it mandatory for youth sports programs and summer camps to have an Automated External Defibrillator on hand and have staff trained in their use.  The legislation will require camps and youth sports programs with five or more teams participating to establish an AED implementation plan. Such plans will detail how AEDs will be made available or reasonably accessible at every camp, game or practice. The plans will also detail how the camps and programs will ensure that when practicable at least one employee, volunteer, coach, umpire or other qualified adult who has successfully completed a training course in the operation of an AED is present.  The legislation is supported by Bills player Damar Hamlin who had a cardiac arrest on the field in Cincinnati playing against the Bengals last year.

Calling it a “failure of the governor’s office and her team,” State Sen. George Borrello voiced his frustration earlier this week with New York’s inability to forge a new gaming agreement with the Seneca Nation of Indians.  The contract, officially known as the Seneca Nation Compact, expires on Dec. 9 — just 15 days away.  Gov. Kathy Hochul and Seneca Nation leadership thought they had a preliminary deal five months ago, but that was quashed by state lawmakers when it was learned – after the fact — that the new compact terms included placement of a Seneca Nation-operated casino in Rochester.  Borrello said that once the deadline passes, Seneca Nation has no obligation to pay out any funds to the state because the contract will have expired.  Per the original compact, the Seneca Nation pays 25 percent of its revenues on slot machines and other games to the state in exchange for the right to offer gaming west of Route 14.  Borrello, noting that the original compact was signed in 2002, said New York State “changed the rules of the game and pulled the rug out from underneath the Seneca Nation when they created three state-run casinos.”

A record number of runners came out to support those with Cystic Fibrosis in Wyoming County Thanksgiving morning.  The 11th annual Turkey Trot drew 500 participants this year which is a record.  The race raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder where the lungs and airways and other parts of the body become clogged up by a buildup of mucous causing difficulty breathing and metabolizing and also causing people to get infections easily.  There is no known cure for Cystic Fibrosis and it results in a much shortened lifespan for those suffering from it.  The race director, Carrie Bartholomew, started the race after her second child was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

The Buffalo Sabres beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3 to 2 on Friday night on their home ice.  Alex Tuch, Jeff Skinner and Kyle Okposo scored goals for the Buffalo team.  The sabres fell behind early and rallied in the Third.  Coach Don Granato credits Kyle Okposo’s impassioned speech to the team during the second intermission for the win.  The Sabres play the Devils in New Jersey Saturday at 7 and then the Rangers Monday at 7 in New York. 

Morning News Brief

The Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls has reopened after two people were killed in a crash and vehicle explosion on Wednesday.  Just before 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed crashed into a median on Niagara Street, went airborne, and crashed into a U.S. Customs and Border Protection booth at the bridge and the vehicle and booth exploded.  On Wednesday evening the governor said: “At this time, there is no indication of a terrorist attack. Let me repeat that, at this time there is no indication of a terrorist-involved attack here at the Rainbow Bridge.”  The FBI has said there were no explosive materials or terrorism nexus identified.  Two people in the vehicle died.  The two people killed in the crash were a couple from Grand Island. Investigators are not releasing any information on the victims at this time.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer suffered minor injuries, went to the hospital out of an abundance of caution and was treated and released.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday at 11:12 am, they began an investigation into a two car motor vehicle crash on State Route 31A in the Town of Clarendon. Two people from one vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.  The dead are identified as 22 year old Autumn Dercqu of Medina and 32 year old Justin Christmas of Rochester.  The female operator from the other vehicle was transported to Strong Hospital in Rochester with multiple injuries. The preliminary investigation indicates that the east bound vehicle attempted to pass a vehicle that had slowed to make a right turn into a private driveway. The eastbound vehicle then collided with a west bound vehicle. This portion of Route 31A is a no passing zone, with a double solid line, on a curve.

The town of Bethany has been suffering from an extreme drought which is causing residents to be completely without water in their wells.  The town released a statement advising that all activities at the Town Hall are canceled because of the lack of access to water.  On Wednesday a Tanker truck full of water arrived in Bethany from the New York State Office of Emergency Management.  Residents can call the Town hall at 585 343 1399 extension 202 to make an appointment to get water.  

Assemblyman Steve Hawley recently received an excellent ranking in the New York State Conservative Party’s legislative session ratings report, which was released Tuesday. Hawley received a conservative rating of 92 out of 100 with the average score for Assembly Republicans being 88.  The report took into account members’ positions on issues such as criminal justice, Second Amendment rights and tax policies. Hawley said he is proud to have received this high rating and is committed to supporting pro-business policies and working to lower the cost of living across the state.

Lawsuits filed under New York State’s Adult Survivors Act allege sexual contact by eight Catholic priests and two religious brothers in Western New York.  Those accused are Frs Lawrence Connors, Donald Joyce, Paul Keeling, Joseph Rogliano, Arthur Smith, James Spielman, Kennth Ward, William White, Brothers Augustine Towey and Richard Prange. The dates of alleged sexual misconduct range from 1964 to 2010.  The suits were made possible by the year-long suspension of the legal time limit to sue over sexual assaults against adults in New York. The lookback window closed Thursday.  Of the accused only Keeling and Rogliano are living.  More than 250 priests and nuns in the Buffalo Diocese have been accused of sexual misconduct. Over 1,000 Child Victims Act lawsuits were filed in Western New York, with the majority being against the Diocese of Buffalo.

Police in Buffalo are warning shoppers to be on their guard against crimes of opportunity while they go about their Christmas shopping.  Some tips for being on guard while shopping.  Don’t leave your purses or wallets in your carts while you are away from them.  Don’t leave items visible in the car while you go into the store.  Out of sight out of mind works with car windows and thieves.  Try to put things in the car between stores and not carry all your purchases at the same time when you can’t be in control of them.  Officials also encourage people to shop local and support small businesses.

Ruby Gordon Home, the beloved family-owned furniture store with locations in Greece and Henrietta, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  According to Furniture Today, as cited in the Rochester Business Journal, Ruby Gordon filed for bankruptcy on Monday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of New York.  The filing comes as Ruby Gordon is marking 87 years in business. Founder Frank Ruby established the business in 1936 and, years later, partnered with Ted Gordon to expand. In addition to furniture, the store also sells beds, dining sets, and kitchen storage.  In July, President Janetta Ruby and CEO Aaron Ruby said that the Ruby Gordon in Henrietta was closing temporarily because of supply chain and shipping issues since the pandemic.

The Buffalo Sabres will be back on their home ice tonight at 6pm to play against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Sabres lost to the Capitals at the Capital One Arena on Wednesday night 3 to 4.  The Sabres started the game with a quick 2 goals by JJ Peterka and Dylan Cozens and then a third goal which Cozens put in.  The Capitals tied the game and pushed it into overtime where they scored with 8 seconds left to win. 

Wednesday News Brief

With a lot of people traveling to and from their Thanksgiving destinations in the coming days, police across the state will be on the lookout for impaired and reckless drivers. Their latest safety initiative kicks off today and runs through Sunday. During last year’s Thanksgiving holiday travel period, over 210 people were arrested for DWI and more than 4,000 speeding tickets were handed out. Anyone who sees suspicious or dangerous activity out on the roads should dial 911 immediately.

 

Matthew Grant

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance from the public to help find a 22-year-old RIT student. Matthew Grant of Henrietta was last seen Monday night around 10:00pm driving a 2014 gray Jeep Cherokee with Michigan license plate ESR-8141, and wearing a green jacket and blue jeans.

 

 

 

 

 

Former Chief of Police Fabian Rivera

Members of the Macedon Town Board have voted to accept the resignation of now former police chief Fabian Rivera. On Monday, Rivera was involved in a crash, and his blood alcohol content was more than three-times the legal limit when he was taken into custody. Rivera is now facing multiple charges including DWI. Sergeant Adam Husk is leading the department on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found.

 

 

 

 

Niagara County deputies are continuing their investigation into the death of a pedestrian. According to authorities, the 29-year-old woman was in the area of Military Road and Lockport Road in Lockport last night when she was struck by a vehicle. She was taken to a nearby hospital but could not be saved. No charges have been filed and witnesses are asked to reach out to the sheriff’s department.

 

 

 

As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: GO Health is alerting residents that cases of respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, are rising throughout Genesee and Orleans Counties. An increase in the presence of RSV in wastewater throughout both counties is also noted. RSV is a common respiratory virus that can be mild for most people, but can be very harmful and serious for very young children, older adults, people with medical conditions, those born premature, or with underlying lung conditions. Symptoms of RSV include fever, fatigue, decreased appetite, coughing, sneezing, and runny nose. A vaccine is available to prevent and protect against RSV for adults aged 60 and older, infants and young children, as well as pregnant people to protect their unborn child.

 

Governor Hochul says steps are being taken to crack down on what she says is a growing amount of hate speech online. She’s sent a letter to social media companies, asking them to increase monitoring of content that may lead to violence. The governor has also asked her administration to create a media literacy toolkit to help educators teach kids how to spot misinformation online. Money will also go to expand threat assessment and management training at all colleges and universities statewide.

 

The Buffalo Sabres will be on the road once again tonight as they look to win their second straight game. They’ll visit the Washington Capitals at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Buffalo hasn’t played a game since Sunday when they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Face-off for this evening’s contest is set for 7:00.

 

 

 

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“I’m worth how much?”

Hawaii is no stranger to high prices. The Aloha State ranks number one when it comes to states with the most expensive Thanksgiving turkeys. According to a study from Finance Buzz, the cost for a 15-pound turkey in Hawaii is $52.85. Alaska ranks second with the price being $42.35. Louisiana and Kansas are the least expensive state for a Thanksgiving turkey, where they cost just $27.30 on average.

 

 

 

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange is paying over $4 billion in penalties following a years-long Justice Department probe. Attorney General Merrick Garland says Binance and its founder have agreed to plead guilty to money laundering violations, unlicensed money transmitting and sanctions violations.

 

Mexican migrants walking toward the border with hopes of crossing over into the United States. (Reuters Photo)

A new poll is suggesting more American voters support funding for U.S. border security than for foreign conflicts. The NBC News national poll that found 74% of voters supported more funding for security at the U.S. southern border as opposed to 58% that supported more funding for humanitarian aid to Gaza.

 

 

 

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife former first lady Rosalynn Carter sit together during a reception to celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Plains, Ga. Rosalynn Carter, the 96-year-old former first lady, is in hospice care at home, the Carter Center says. (Associated Press file photo)

President Biden is ordering flags to be flown at half-staff to honor former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. The wife of former President Jimmy Carter passed away Sunday at the age of 96. Flags at U.S. government buildings and military bases will be flown at half-staff from Saturday until sunset on November 29th, the day Rosalynn Carter will be laid to rest.

 

 

 

Today is Wednesday, November 22nd, the 326th day of the year.

November 22 in history…

…In 1954, the Humane Society was founded.

 

 

 

 

Moments before President Kennedy was assassinated.

…In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Governor John Connelly was seriously wounded. Vice President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President a short time later. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the shooting a few hours later.

 

 

 

…In 1967 George Harrison began recording sessions for the film soundtrack “Wonderwall,” which was also his first solo album.

 

 

 

 

Mike Wallace introduces the Jack Kevorkian segment on ’60 Minutes’ (CBS Photo)

…In 1998, CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired a videotape of assisted-suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian injecting lethal drugs into terminally ill patient Thomas Youk. Kevorkian was later convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to prison. He received parole in 2007 and died in 2011.

 

 

…In 2018, as a part of the ongoing 20-year project to stabilize the Leaning Tower of Pisa, its tilt is reduced by four centimeters.

 

Morning News Brief

The Lockport Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting that occurred on Spalding Street on Monday.  According to police, officers responded to 166 Spalding Street for the report of a man who had been shot, he was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The victim was identified as 26-year-old Michael Hathaway.  Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Nearly 2,000 caregivers and service workers at URMC’s Strong Memorial Hospital and River Campus overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to authorize a two-day strike.  99 percent of voting members represented by the union were in favor of a strike, which could cost URMC hundreds of thousands of dollars per day. A date for the strike has not yet been set.  Union members held informational pickets last week demanding higher wages, citing a lack of staff, after their previous contract agreement expired Oct. 31.  Both sides have been negotiating a new contract agreement for some time, and are now set to resume negotiations Nov. 28.  URMC has said it continues to bargain in good faith

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are alerting residents that cases of respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, are rising throughout Genesee and Orleans Counties. GO Health has also seen an increase in the presence of RSV in wastewater throughout both counties.  RSV is a common respiratory virus that can be mild for most people, but can be very harmful and serious for very young children, older adults, people with medical conditions, those born premature, or with underlying lung conditions.  Symptoms of RSV include fever, fatigue, decreased appetite, coughing, sneezing, and runny nose.  A vaccine is available to prevent and protect against RSV for adults aged 60 and older, infants and young children, as well as pregnant people to protect their unborn child.

Rochester Police are investigating a shooting that killed one person and injured another Tuesday morning.  Two officers on patrol heard gunfire in the area of St. Paul and Mortimer streets just before 7:45 a.m.  Police found two men who had been shot near the bus station. One was dead at the scene. The other was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in stable condition.  Officers took a person of interest into custody on East Main Street and recovered a gun. He remains in custody with charges pending.  This is Rochester’s 51st homicide of the year.  Last year there were 82.

Oakfield fire responded to a structure fire at 2993 Oakfield Townline Rd at around 4:45pm yesterday.  One occupant and two dogs were rescued from the structure safely.  No other occupants were in the home.  Oakfield Fire along with Batavia and East Pembroke Fire departments had the fire out by 7:30pm.  The occupant of the home was checked by medics and had no apparent injuries.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Radon gas exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if you smoke and live in a home with high radon levels, your risk of developing lung cancer increases.  Testing your home for radon is the only effective way to know if you and your loved ones are exposed to toxic levels of this poisonous gas.  Radon is odorless and tasteless and invisible.  It is naturally occurring and comes up out of the ground.  Free radon testing kits are available from Go Health.  If you would like to get one call 585 344 2580 extension 5555.  

St Paul Lutheran Church is hosting a vendor and craft fair at the church on Saturday November 25th from 10 am to 3 pm.  The church is located at 31 Washington Ave in Batavia.  A variety of vendors and crafters will offer items such as Tastefully Simple and Norwex. There will also be hand-crafted items such as quilts, blankets, baby items, indoor signs, home decor, kitchen items, seasonal/holiday gifts and decorations, and much more.

A marine from Rochester performed a physical feat for charity on Tuesday.  William Robertson did 2,500 chin ups to raise funds for St Judes Children Research Hospital.  He credits his girlfriend’s mother’s nutrition advice for being able to do so many chin ups at a time.  He drank pickle juice, ate mustard and hamburger meat and prepared by doing 500 pull ups a day. 

Tuesday News Brief

Wyoming County is under a wind advisory until 11:00pm. Winds from 20-35 miles per hour with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour are predicted to come in from the southeasterly direction. The strongest winds will be at the tops of hills and hitting north facing slopes. Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few isolated power outages may result. Use extra caution when driving especially high profile vehicles.

 

As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: The clock is ticking for survivors of sexual abuse or misconduct who have not yet filed a suit under the Adult Survivors Act as the window closes Friday. The Adult Survivors Act, signed into law last year by Gov. Kathy Hochul, created a one-year look back window for survivors of sexual misconduct to take legal action. More than 2,500 suits were filed statewide in the past year, empowering survivors even if the statute of limitations normally would have passed in their case. Many of the suits filed involve abuse at local jails. Eleven suits were filed against Erie County and the Office of Sheriff in the last month. A resolution could take 2-5 years if a case goes to trial.

 

The Medical Center at University of Rochester

Union members at the University of Rochester Medical Center will be voting today to decide if they want to go on strike. The union and hospital have been trying to work out a new contract, but issues including staffing and wages have prevented an agreement from being reached. The current deal expired back in October. If there is a strike it wouldn’t start until after a 10-day notice is issued.

 

The results of a new poll show just how Empire State residents are feeling about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. According to the Siena College survey, 75% of people asked said the level of anti-Semitism has increased since Hamas attacked Israel last month. And, about 60% of respondents said those attacks are an unspeakable crime that should be condemned. Also, 54% said they are against the killing of innocent civilians in Gaza.

 

Buffalo police are expressing concern following a recent spike in the number of deadly drug overdoses. Six people have died due to suspected overdoses in the past few days, including four within a 24-hour period this past weekend. At five of the overdose scenes, authorities found what they believe was powder and crack cocaine. They are now waiting for test results to see of those drugs were contaminated with xylazine or fentanyl.

 

 

The chief of the Macedon Police Department is on the other side of the law after being arrested on a DWI charge. According to authorities, Chief Fabian Rivera was involved in a crash yesterday on Waterford Road near the Ganada Parkway. Investigators later determined that he was under the influence of alcohol and he was taken into custody. No one was hurt and Rivera will appear in court at a later date.

 

 

 

The U.S. government is offering to send another round of four free at-home COVID-19 tests ahead of the typical surge in cases during the winter holiday season. Anyone who did not order a batch of four COVID-19 tests in September can secure up to eight of them this time around starting Monday at COVIDtests.gov. The U.S. Postal Service will deliver them for free.

 

With energy costs expected to rise during the winter months, the state Division of Consumer Protection is offering recommendations to help people save on their bills. Folks should often check their thermostat, since each degree it’s lowered can decrease fuel consumption by about three-percent. And, weatherize and insulate your home to help it retain heat. Finally, make sure your heating system is in good shape so it can run efficiently.

 

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Belly fat could be linked to early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. A new study found that those in their 40s and 50s with more hidden belly fat had a higher amount of an abnormal protein in the part of the brain where dementia occurs. The study’s senior author said men have a higher relationship between belly fat and the brain. The research also showed a relationship between belly fat and brain atrophy, which is important since the brain wasting away is a biomarker of Alzheimer’s.

 

 

 

Undated file photo of happy family on plane.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has launched a push aimed at keeping families together on commercial airlines. Schumer says that airlines often charge parents fees just so they can sit next to their children. His proposed legislation would put an end to that practice by creating fee-free family seating. Schumer believes caregivers shouldn’t have to pay for wanting to keep their kids safe while flying.

 

 

A gag order hearing involving one of former President Trump’s federal cases is over. The limited gag order from the judge in his 2020 election subversion case was frozen until the three-judge panel considered how to balance Trump’s free speech rights. Prosecutors claim the order is necessary to protect witnesses, prosecutors and court personnel from intimidation. Trump claims the Obama-appointed judge had inserted herself into the 2024 race by restricting his ability to speak freely.

 

 

 

Napoleon’s pricey hat.

A hat belonging to Napoleon Bonaparte is going up for auction. The authentic black beaver felt hat is valued around $700,000 and will be put up for auction in Paris on Sunday. Historians say the iconic hat was a part of Napoleon’s brand, and he wore it sideways to be more recognizable in battle. The French military commander owned over 120 similar hats throughout the years, but only around 20 are thought to still exist.

 

 

And please, no political talk between bites!

Most Americans are hoping to avoid politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table. A Quinnipiac University national poll shows that more than 60% of Americans would rather not talk about the subject. On the other hand, just under three in every ten said they look forward to discussing politics this holiday. A news release from the university’s polling analyst says “a healthy dose of ‘zip it’ will be on the menu” this year.

 

Today is Tuesday, November 21st, the 325th day of the year.

November 21 in history…

 

Elvis Presley on stage in 1955

…In 1955 Sun Records sold Elvis Presley’s contract to RCA for $40,000.

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvester Stallone as ‘Rocky’ – United Artists Photo

…In 1976, The movie “Rocky” starring Sylvester Stallone opened in theaters on this date.

 

 

 

 

David Cassidy

…In 2017, actor David Cassidy died at the age of 67. Cassidy was known for playing Keith Partridge on the 1970’s musical-sitcom “The Partridge Family.”

 

Morning News Brief

The clock is ticking for survivors of sexual abuse or misconduct who have not yet filed a suit under the Adult Survivors Act as the window closes Friday.  The Adult Survivors Act, signed into law last year by Gov. Kathy Hochul, created a one-year lookback window for survivors of sexual misconduct to take legal action.  More than 2,500 suits were filed statewide in the past year, empowering survivors even if the statute of limitations normally would have passed in their case.  Many of the suits filed involve abuse at local jails. Eleven suits were filed against Erie County and the Office of Sheriff  in the last month.  A resolution could take 2-5 years if a case goes to trial.

Wyoming County is under a wind advisory today from 11am to 11pm.  There will be wind blowing 20-35 miles per hour and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour blowing in a southeasterly direction.  The strongest winds will be at the tops of hills and hitting north facing slopes.  Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few isolated power outages may result.  Use extra caution when driving especially high profile vehicles.

A ruling from the State of New York Court of Appeals upheld a decision that stripped Rochester’s Police Accountability Board of any disciplinary powers.  Voters approved the board’s formation in 2019. A judge ruled in favor of the Rochester Police Locust Club — the union for the city’s police officers — in 2020 that the board’s disciplinary powers conflicted with state law.  Monday’s ruling upheld that decision.

A strike authorization vote is scheduled today for some 2,000 University of Rochester Medical Center caregivers and service workers at Strong Memorial Hospital.  Union members will decide whether to wage a two-day strike as both sides work towards agreeing to a contract extension.  If a strike authorization is approved, the union would have to give ten-days notice.  The group held informational pickets last week seeking higher wages.

Apparently no one had a good defense in the Pembroke Dragons/Frankfort-Schuyler Maroon Knights Section 3 game.  The Dragons walked away with the victory at 107 to 64.  Massively high scores for both teams.  Tyson Totten ran the ball for 626 yards and 10 touchdowns.  The Dragons are taking their 12 and 0 undefeated season to the State championship game in Cicero on Friday.  There they will play the also undefeated Moravia Blue Devils.

Batavia Downs Gaming President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek presented representatives from the Rochester Veterans Treatment Court with a check for $7,000 to help support their efforts of assisting Veterans within the court system.  On Oct. 21, a Vets night dinner was held at Batavia Downs in conjunction with a night of live racing.  Proceeds from live and penny auctions were collected in support of the Rochester Veterans Treatment Court.

Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan is stepping down from his leadership role at his namesake dance company.  Garth Fagan Dance announced Monday — on the company’s 53rd anniversary — that 83 year old Fagan will no longer lead the company but will continue to choreograph dances.  The company said Fagan has tapped Natalie Rogers-Cropper, longtime principal dancer, to serve as executive director and school director.  Norwood Pennewell, longtime principal dancer and choreographer, will become artistic director.  Fagan, who won a Tony Award in 1998 for his choreography of “The Lion King,” will be titled founder and distinguished artistic director emeritus.

If you have flown any time recently and wanted to sit with your family you may have been hit with what’s called a “Junk Fee.”  A Junk Fee is an extra fee the airlines charge for things like choosing to sit with your party, check bags, change flights or many other things.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Buffalo Monday to announce legislation that would prevent airlines from charging you so-called “junk fees.”  Schumer announced the “Families Fly Together Act”.  The US government has been pushing airlines and other companies to get rid of extra fees and show the consumer the total bill up front.  6 out of 10 airlines have refused to disclose all fees.

Monday News Brief

Michael Torres

40-year-old Michael Torres of Batavia has been arrested during a traffic stop. He’s charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. It’s alleged that Torres was arrested pursuant to an active warrant and was found to be in possession of cocaine and buprenorphine. He was held at the Genesee County Jail pending arraignment in CAP Court.

 

 

 

 

Fred finds a full service station.

According to Triple A today, the national average cost for a gallon of regular fuel is now $3.31. The state average is now sitting at $3.61. In Batavia, we’re paying $3.64 per gallon; that’s down 2 cents from a week ago and 7 cents from a year ago today.

 

 

 

 

Governor Hochul has signed off on a brand-new law aimed at helping stop the opioid crisis in the Empire State. It’s called Matthew’s Law, and expands access to fentanyl testing supplies by allowing them to be given out by pharmacists and health care professionals. The Office of Addiction Services and Supports has already started a new system that has led to the order of 2 million fentanyl test strips. Anyone who needs help battling addiction can call 1-877-8-HOPENY.

 

An elderly woman has tragically lost her life after being hit and killed by a vehicle over the weekend. According to authorities, the 97-year-old victim was in the area of Hertel Avenue and Saint Florian Street in Buffalo Saturday when she was struck. The woman, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to Erie County Medical Center and pronounced dead. No charges have been filed in connection with this incident.

 

Rochester police continue to be on the lookout for the suspect involved in a weekend carjacking. A 72-year-old man says he was sitting in a car near Saint Paul Street and Norton Street yesterday when he was approached by someone and punched. The suspect then drove away with the victim’s vehicle, and the man needed treatment for an injury.

 

 

The Bills are now 6 and 5 after a 32 to 6 win against the Jets Sunday night. The Bills have been struggling and many fans were incredibly disappointed after last week’s 12 men on the field flub which saw a victory go up in smoke in the last few seconds of the game against the Broncos. Bills offense sacked Jets Quarterback Zack Wilson 5 times causing 2 fumbles. Allen went 20 of 32 for 279 yards and 3 touchdowns. Injuries in the Bills secondary continued to pile up, with Dane Jackson with a concussion, Taron Johnson also suffering a concussion and Taylor Rapp hurting his neck. The Bills will hit the road to face the 8-1 Eagles in Philadelphia. Kickoff is set for 4:25 on Sunday.

 

File photo

It’s one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, and the TSA has issued some simple tips for people flying out of Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport. It’s recommended folks get to the airport at least two hours before their scheduled flight, and know what items can be in their carry-on bag. Travelers should take advantage of time they spend in the security checkpoint line to get out their ID and boarding pass. And, people who see anything suspicious should report it immediately.

 

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Thanksgiving foods that are hitting the road (TSA Graphic)

From jiggly jello molds to green bean casseroles, the TSA is dishing on which Thanksgiving foods can fly with you this holiday. While most foods can be carried through airport checkpoints, some need to be checked into baggage. TSA officials say if it’s a solid item like baked goods, meats, stuffing or casseroles, it can go through a checkpoint. If you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it and it’s larger than 3.4 ounces, then it should go in a checked bag. That means pack the cranberry sauce, gravy and apple cider in the checked luggage.

 

 

 

A man who won the $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot is suing his ex-girlfriend for telling his family members about the lottery win. The Maine resident who anonymously claimed the jackpot earlier this year filed a lawsuit claiming that his ex-girlfriend, who is also the mother of his child, breached an agreement that they had to keep the win confidential. The lawsuit says his ex signed an NDA but ended up telling his father and stepmother about the jackpot win. The man is asking her to name every person she’s told and pay a $100,000 fine for each NDA violation.

 

 

The holiday season is bringing an increase of viral illnesses, as people are getting ready for gatherings. While flu activity is still at low levels overall, an official with the CDC says there’s going to be many weeks of increasing flu activity and estimates that nearly 780,000 people have had it so far this season. The director of the CDC says these are the months when flu likes to spread, especially since everyone travels for holidays.

Today is Monday, November 20th, the 324th day of the year.

November 20 in history…

 

Walters with Sadat at the Egyptian Embassy, 1977 (ABC News Photo)

…In 1977, Barbara Walters interviewed Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

Remember when these were just 20 cents each?

…In 1984, the 50-billionth McDonald’s hamburger was made. The milestone was celebrated at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

 

 

 

Michael Jackson’s mugshot

…In 2003, in the glare of the media spotlight, Michael Jackson surrendered to authorities in Santa Barbara, California where he was arrested on child molestation charges stemming from accusations made by a 12-year-old boy. The pop star posted $3 Million bonds and returned to Las Vegas where he was shooting a music video.

 

 

 

Spector in court (NBC News Photo)

…Also in 2003, legendary producer Phil Spector was formally charged with murder in connection with the death of actress Lana Clarkson. He pled not guilty during his arraignment, and was allowed to remain free on the $1 million bail he’d posted after his initial arrest ten months earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

The birthday boy

…In 2022, Joe Biden turned 80-years-old making him the first octogenarian to serve as President of the United States.

Morning News Brief

Buffalo police are investigating after a 97-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon.  The incident happened at about 4 p.m. Saturday near Hertel Avenue and St. Florian Street.  Police say a vehicle was turning onto St. Florian Street, from Hertel Avenue, when it struck an elderly woman attempting to cross the road. The 97-year-old Buffalo woman was taken to ECMC where she later died.  Investigators believe the glaring sun could have played a role in the incident.

Governor Hochul signed legislation on Sunday to provide more testing for fentanyl and attempt to fight the opioid epidemic.  Fentanyl testing strips were difficult to access across large parts of New York State. Matthew’s Law expands on the state’s ongoing efforts to provide access to test strips. Both the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports fund initiatives for providers to obtain and distribute fentanyl and xylazine test strips, as well as naloxone.  Matthew’s law is named for Matthew Horan who died of an accidental Fentanyl overdose in 2020. 

Gas Price Update: The current average price for a gallon of gas in Batavia is 3.65 which is 2 cents from last week and 13 cents from a month ago.  The New York State average is 3.61 which is down 5 cents from last week.  The US Average is 3.31.  10 state snow have below 3 dollar average gas.  Demand is down from 9.5 million barrels a day to 8.95 million.  If trends continue Holiday travel will be cheaper this year. 

A Rochester man is bringing awareness to autism by running 144 miles around Monroe County.  Clement Chung’s son was diagnosed with autism at age three.  Now, he’s connecting others to the mission of Autism Up, a parent-led organization.  Chung’s personal goal was to raise $14,400 by completing the county lap in just 44 hours.  He surpassed that goal on Sunday, raising over $27,000.  Autism Up has served more than 3,000 families living with autism in the greater Rochester area.

The Bills are now 6 and 5 after a 32 to 6 win against the Jets Sunday night.  The Bills have been struggling and many fans were incredibly disappointed after last week’s 12 men on the field flub which saw a victory go up in smoke in the last few seconds of the game against the Broncos.  Bills offense sacked Jets Quarterback Zack Wilson 5 times causing 2 fumbles.  Allen went 20 of 32 for 279 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Injuries in the Bills secondary continued to pile up, with Dane Jackson with a concussion, Taron Johnson also suffering a concussion and Taylor Rapp hurting his neck.  The Bills will hit the road to face Jalen Hurts and the 8-1 Eagles in Philadelphia. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. on Sunday.

The holiday spirit is in the air at the Genesee Country Village and Museum.  The holiday market is open and preparations for winter in the historic village are underway.  Western New Yorkers will have the opportunity to step back in time to the 19th century to experience what winter preparations were like back then.  This year, organizers collected non-perishable donations through Cameron Community for Families this Thanksgiving.

Weekend News Brief

A 39-year-old woman was injured Friday morning after her 2018 Toyota left the roadway on Oak Orchard Road near Federal Drive and struck a utility pole, causing the vehicle to overturn.  The woman was the sole occupant of the vehicle. She was ejected from the vehicle. The State Police have not released her name or where she is from.  The woman was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight for treatment of serious injuries.  NYSP says this is an ongoing investigation.

A Carlton woman has been found guilty of neglecting 10 horses on a property in Orleans County.  69 year old Elaine Bute pleaded to a one-year conditional discharge. She cannot own horses during that time and was ordered to pay restitution to Lollypop Farm, which cared for the horses after they were seized.  Lollypop Farm Humane Law Enforcement officers responded to the property July 26, 2022 after Orleans County Animal Control received reports of horses being kept in poor conditions.  Investigators found a thin Palomino with overgrown hooves standing on at least 2 feet of packed manure.  After obtaining a warrant to search the property, investigators returned and found a total of 10 horses living on the property. Multiple horses were found covered in their own feces in stalls packed down with manure and old straw. Several horses had overgrown hooves that made it difficult for them to bear weight. Investigators also found insufficient water in the areas used to house the horses.  Lollypop Farm said three of the horses were euthanized, including two as a result of their neglect. One horse is in foster care, while the rest have been adopted.

New York’s Cannabis Control Board did not vote on adult-use marijuana licenses at its monthly meeting on Friday.  The board was expected to vote but it was removed from the meeting agenda at the last minute, with the executive director saying the item was not ready to go before the board.  During the public safety portion of the meeting, several individuals spoke about their frustrations with communication with the Office of Cannabis Management.  They applied for and were granted marijuana retail licenses months ago but still have not been allowed to open.

The Buffalo Sabres lost to the Winnipeg Jets 3 to 2 Friday night at the Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg.  Alex Tuch and JJ Peterka scored for Buffalo but couldn’t make up the last point as the game came to a close.  The Jet’s goalie stopped 25 shots to keep the score 1 up for them.  The Sabres will stay on the road, next up they play the Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday at 7pm.

Friday News Brief

The civil service exams may stay at no cost after a bump in the number of applications following the fee waiver this year. The normal price of $25 had been in place since 2011. This year it was decided to waive the fee to see if more people would come take the test. And they did. The number of applicants was up 31 percent this year. The county has struggled to attract candidates for several departments over the last couple of years, including the sheriff’s office, which is growing with a new, larger jail facility in progress, and the mental health department. The no-fee trial period started June 1, 2022. The Ways & Means Committee has agreed to keep it in place through 2025.

 

The State Attorney General’s Office has opened up an investigation into a fatal shooting involving a New York State Trooper. On Wednesday, the Trooper responded to a call on State Route 64 in East Bloomfield after getting a report that someone was threatening to kill another person. When the Trooper interviewed a 17-year-old, the teen reportedly pulled out a knife and charged at the Trooper, leading to the officer opening fire and killing him. The AG’s office will now determine if the Trooper did anything wrong.

 

 

John Flynn (File photo)

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn has made an important decision about his political future. Flynn says he’s not going to seek re-election in 2024 and may actually decide to leave office before his current term is up. Flynn says he is currently working to return to a private law practice, but is still searching for a firm that’ll hire him. He has been district attorney since 2017, and First Deputy District Attorney Michael Keane could end up replacing Flynn.

 

 

National Grid is taking action to update its substations across the region ahead of what could be another snowy winter. When a deadly blizzard hit the region last December, high winds caused snow to pile up in some of those substations, which made power restoration efforts even more difficult. The company is installing new vents and shutters that’ll help keep snow out of buildings. The hope is all of this work will be done in the next few weeks.

 

The Drought continues in western NY with the amount of precipitation being significantly lower than most years. It is harder to notice it in the cold of late fall but western NY is roughly 4 inches below normal for this time of year. With fewer crops in the ground the need for water isn’t enough to spur any use advisories.

 

 

The Buffalo Sabres will be on the road tonight to take on an opponent from the Western Conference. The Sabres are set to play the Winnipeg Jets at the Canada Life Centre. Buffalo has not played a game since Tuesday when the Boston Bruins defeated them, 5 to 2. The Sabres have earned 15 points this season and face-off this evening is set for 8:00pm.

 

 

 

The Buffalo Bills are hoping they’ll be able to snap their current two-game losing streak in front of their home crowd. The defending AFC East champions will play host to the New York Jets at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. When these teams battled back in September, it was the Jets who won 22 to 16 in overtime. Kick-off Sunday afternoon is scheduled for 4:25.

 

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David DePape (NBC News file photo)

A jury has found the man who attacked the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi guilty. The jury began deliberating Wednesday afternoon and they reached a verdict late Thursday morning. David DePape was convicted on attempting to kidnap a federal official and assaulting an immediate family member of a federal official. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

 

 

 

 

Today is Friday, November 17th, the 321st day of the year.

November 17 in history…

1790’s Washington Capitol oil painting

…In 1800, after a ten-year stay in Philadelphia, the Senate of the Sixth Congress convened in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

…On November 18, 1883, the United States and Canada adopted a system of Standard Time zones established by the railroads — Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific.

 

 

 

1903 Teddy Bear

…On November 18, 1902, Brooklyn toy maker Morris Michtom named the teddy bear after the 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt. Michtom got the idea from an editorial cartoon depicting the president sparing the life of a bear cub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big news in 1928

…In 1928, after 23 years, Notre Dame loses a home football game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

…In 1962 The Four Seasons started a five week run at number one on the US singles chart with ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

…On November 18, 1985, the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes” debuted in newspapers. For a look at the first one, click here: https://www.reddit.com/r/calvinandhobbes/comments/14b4jeq/nov_18_1985_first_comic/

 

 

The Eagles two CD set “Long Road Out of Eden” – 2007

…In 2007 The Eagles were number one on the US album for the first time since 1979.

 

Morning News Brief

A trooper shot and killed a 17-year-old boy during an investigation Wednesday night in Ontario County, New York State Police confirmed Thursday morning.  The trooper responded to a home on State Route 64 around 6:40 p.m. to investigate an anonymous tip received by the Department of Homeland Security alleging someone at the home was talking about killing someone.  Police said the trooper began to interview the 17-year-old on a side porch, but the teen immediately pulled a knife and lunged toward the trooper, causing both of them to fall to the ground.  The suspect allegedly charged at the trooper with the knife in his hand, prompting the trooper to shoot the suspect.  The New York State Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident.

Police are searching for suspects in a violent robbery on Rochester’s northwest side.  Just before 6 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a store front in the 1100 block of North Goodman Street for the report of a robbery with gunshots heard inside the store.  Once there, police found evidence of gunfire, but said nobody was struck. However, at least two suspects, who police believe are men, started fighting the store’s clerk before stealing some items and fleeing the scene, according to police.  Officers said the store employee sustained minor cuts and scrapes during the incident.  No arrests have been made.

The CEO of a company that recently halted construction of a new hub just outside Rochester said the decision to put the project on pause happened quickly, amid escalating costs and “complex financing.”  Li-Cycle announced a $375 million loan commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy in February to help finance the construction of a lithium-ion battery facility at Eastman Business Park in Greece. The facility was projected to bring 270 new jobs to the Rochester area. The company abruptly stopped construction last month.  CEO Ajay Kochhar said Thursday that the cost to build the facility quickly became much higher than expected.  Construction workers said they had no warning that they would be out of a job — showing up to work one day and being told the project was on pause.  Kochhar said the company still plans to open a facility at the site, using a revised plan. He hopes to share an update on the project’s future by February.

The civil service exams may stay at no cost after a bump in the number of applications when they were waived this year.  25 dollars was the normal price and had been since 2011.  This year it was decided to waive the fee to see if more people would come take the test.  And they did.  The number of applicants was up 31 percent this year.  The county has struggled to attract candidates for several departments over the last couple of years, including the sheriff’s office, which is growing with a new, larger jail facility in progress, and the mental health department.  The trial period was to run from June 1, to Dec. 31, 2022, and is current through all of 2023. The Ways & Means Committee agreed on Wednesday to push it onward through 2024 and 2025.

A Muckdogs player has signed a contract to move to sunnier climes and continue his career toward the Major Leagues.  Jack Keeler, who played with the Muckdogs for 6 games last season as pitcher, has signed on with the Missoula Paddleheads, affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Keeler won four of his six games & finished with a 2.06 ERA. 6’3 and weighing 210 pounds, Jack Keeler is a pitcher from the University of Fort Lauderdale. Keeler, in his sophomore season, made some giant improvements lowering his ERA from a 4.63 to a 2.41.

The Drought continues in western NY with the amount of precipitation being significantly lower than most years.  It is harder to notice it in the cold of late fall but western NY is roughly 4 inches below normal for this time of year.  With fewer crops in the ground the need for water isn’t enough to spur any use advisories.  Time will tell what rain or snow we get moving into the holidays.

Thursday News Brief

Jennifer Shaffer

On 11/7/2023, Jennifer M Shaffer (age 41) of Batavia, was arrested for Aggravated Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs (Leandra’s Law). The arrest is the result of an investigation into a traffic stop on 10/10/2023, where it’s alleged that Shaffer was operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs, with a child in the car. She was issued several traffic tickets and is due in court on 11/29/2023.

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Trapp

On 11/1/2023, Nicole M Trapp (age 21) of Buffalo was arrested for Grand Larceny 4th. Trapp was arrested as part of an investigation into an assault that took place on 5/30/2022, on Law St. It’s alleged that she stole property from another person, during the incident. She was arraigned in Batavia City Court and released under the supervision of Genesee Justice. She is due back in court on 11/21/2023.

 

 

 

On 11/7/2023, Kathleen M Zemke (age 58) of Perry, was arrested for DWI. Zemke was arrested after officers responded to a complaint from Zemke’s employer that she had shown up to work intoxicated. She was issued several traffic tickets and is due in court on 11/29/2023.

On 11/6/2023, Phillip P Heale (age 45) of Batavia, was arrested for Harassment 2nd. It’s alleged that Heale struck another person in the face, during an altercation on East Main St. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court on 11/21/2023.

On 10/18/2023, Dean D Root (age 42) of Batavia, was arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol. Root was arrested during a traffic stop on East Main St where he was allegedly found to be operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol. He was issued traffic tickets and was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th. He is due in court on 11/8/2023.

On 11/3/2023, Aaron R Hatfield (age 39) of Batavia, was arrested on a bench warrant. Hatfield was initially arrested on 8/14/2023, for Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, after allegedly stealing merchandise from Tops. He was issued an appearance ticket, but failed to appear in court. A warrant was issued on 9/26/2023. He was arrested on the warrant on 10/6/2023. He was arraigned in CAP Court and released. He again failed to appear in court and another warrant was issued on 10/19/2023. He was arrested on 11/3 and arraigned in CAP Court. He was released and is due back in court at a later date.

On 11/2/2023, Caitlyn A Heidenreich (age 26) of Batavia, was arrested for DWI. Heidenreich was arrested after officers responded to a motor vehicle accident on Harvester Ave, shortly after 7:30pm on 11/2. It’s alleged that Heidenreich was operating a vehicle, while intoxicated, and crashed into a parked car. She was issued several traffic tickets and released. She is due back in court on 11/14/2023.

On 10/28/2023, Zachary D Kaczor (age 29) of Buffalo, was arrested for Aggravated DWI. Kaczor was arrested following a traffic stop on Ellicott St, where he was allegedly found to be operating a vehicle, while intoxicated. He was issued traffic tickets and is due in court on 11/15/2023.

On 10/30/2023, Patricia M Anderson (age 38) of Batavia, was arrested on a bench warrant. Anderson was initially arrested on 4/9/2023, for Petit Larceny, after allegedly stealing merchandise from Seven-Eleven. She was issued an appearance ticket, but allegedly failed to appear. A warrant was issued on 5/16/2023. She was arrested on the warrant on 8/9/2023. She was arraigned and released. She again failed to appear and another warrant was issued on 10/10/2023. Anderson was arraigned in Batavia City Court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail on $2,500 cash bail, $5,000 bond, and $10,000 partially secured bond. She is due back in court on 11/15/2023.

IN OTHER NEWS TODAY…

Kamela Lockhart

Kamela Lockhart, the teenager from Batavia who had been missing since November 6th, has been located in Rochester and is safe. The Batavia Police thank the Rochester Police Department and the public for their assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

Bedbug

According to frustrated employees, the Tesla Gigafactory in the south of Buffalo is infested with bedbugs. One Tesla employee shared a video on X – which is also owned by Tesla owner Elon Musk – of a bedbug she says was crawling on the floor near her workspace. Workers say the outbreak began last Thursday. An OSHA spokesperson shared that the agency has actually received dozens of calls regarding bedbugs inside the South Buffalo factory. OSHA says that it’s investigating all of this but doesn’t have any specific workplace standards for bedbugs. Tesla says they sprayed for the bedbugs but the complaints continue along with new complaints of chemical exposures.

 

 

Some of the recalled applesauce products

The Niagara County Health Department says a child is being treated after testing positive for lead poisoning. The child ate a pouch of cinnamon applesauce that’s part of a nationwide recall due to concerns it could contain lead. Lead poisoning has been known to trigger serious medical problems like brain damage that can lead to behavioral and developmental issues. Anyone with concerns can call 716-439-7430.

 

New information has been released about a sexual assault at a high school in Wayne County. Officials say four people who were involved in the incident are members of the Clyde-Savannah High School varsity football team. The victim was assaulted in a locker room last month and video of what happened was shared on social media. Two of the defendants were in court yesterday and the other two will face a judge today.

 

PepsiCo Incorporated is now facing a lawsuit that’s been filed by New York State Attorney General Letitia James. The lawsuit claims single-use plastic packaging that is produced by the company is causing environmental problems along the Buffalo River. As a result, pollution is leading to the contamination of drinking water and putting the safety of wildlife at risk. James wants the company to pay restitution for the damage caused and to end its environmentally unsafe practices.

 

Aftermath Tremont Street crash in Rochester involving 15-year-old who stole a KIA. (13WHAM Photo)

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after police say he allegedly crashed a stolen Kia in Rochester. According to authorities, the teen was trapped inside the vehicle when crews got to the scene on Tremont Street yesterday. The boy was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He was later charged, and the teen’s name is not being released due to his age.

 

 

Roswell Park is offering men the opportunity to get themselves screened for prostate cancer later today. An event is taking place at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Data shows one in eight men will have to battle prostate cancer at some point in their lives. To sign up for an appointment, head to roswellpark.org/onegoal.

 

 

Tage Thompson following the injury in question (Photo by Micheline Veluvolu; Rochester Americans Photo)

One of the best players on the Buffalo Sabres is going to be missing some games after suffering an upper-body injury. Head coach Don Granato said yesterday Tage Thompson is week-to-week after getting hurt while blocking a shot in his team’s loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. So far this season, Thompson has 12 points in the 16 games he’s played. Buffalo will be back on the ice tomorrow to take on the Winnipeg Jets.

 

 

“Let’s eat!”

Thanksgiving is just a week away, and a new report shows the cost of a holiday meal will be higher for New Yorkers this year. According to the New York Farm Bureau, the average total price of a 16-pound turkey and other common food items will be $70.70. That’s a roughly six percent jump from last year. Data also revealed that the Northeast was the highest region in the country for food prices.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Tom Turkey in file photo of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC Photo)

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is coming up next week, and organizers say it is going to feature six new floats. They include a Willie Wonka-inspired chocolate float and also a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed creation. A new Snoopy float will also debut that’ll show Woodstock and friends looking out for wild turkeys.

 

 

A new poll is suggesting that over half of all American voters want other candidates to join the 2024 presidential race. Over a dozen candidates have joined the race to the White House, but a new Quinnipiac poll says 52% of voters would like more options, including 72-percent of independents and 58-percent of Democrats.

 

2021 NBC News photo of Derek Chauvin in court

The former Minneapolis police officer that killed George Floyd is trying to get his conviction overturned. Derek Chauvin filed a motion earlier this week claiming he never would have pleaded guilty if he knew about the theories of a forensic pathologist from Kansas. That pathologist does not believe Chauvin killed Floyd in 2020.

 

 

Unidentified postal worker in undated file photo delivers package

The U.S. Postal Service is down $6.5 billion this year. The service had hoped for a financial turnaround and predicted it would actually break even in the fiscal year ending September 30th. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy blamed it on inflation upping operations costs and skyrocketing printing prices.

 

 

Today is Thursday, November 16th, the 320th day of the year.

November 16 in history…

Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard, 30-year-old osteopath charged with the slaying of his wife, Marilyn, sits moodily at a court hearing in Cleveland, August 2, 1954 where his bid for temporary freedom through writ of habeas corpus was denied. Dr. Sheppard, who pleads innocent to the charge, answers many questions with: “On advice of counsel, I can’t talk about it.” His attorney, William J. Corrigan, has told Sheppard the only way he could be convicted was through his ‘Own Mouth.’ (Associated Press Photo)

…In 1966, Dr. Sam Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial of charges he murdered his pregnant wife. His story was the subject of the television show and the film “The Fugitive.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…In 1974, “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” lands John Lennon a number one spot on the U.S. singles chart.

 

 

 

 

September 1982 Newsweek cover (Photo by Newsweek)

…In 1982, a 57-day-old NFL strike came to an end after an agreement was reached.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 photo of The Beach Boys in concert. Most certainly, they’ve made back the $1,000,000 by now.

…In 1988 Former Beach Boys manager Stephen Love was sentenced to five years in probation for stealing almost one million dollars from the group’s account.

 

 

 

 

 

NBC News photo of Nathanial Abraham on the stand in court.

 

…In 1999, 13-year-old Nathaniel Abraham, the youngest murder defendant in U.S. history, was convicted of second-degree murder in Michigan for shooting a man with a rifle when he was eleven.

 

 

People Magazine photo of Bono

…In 2014 U2 singer Bono was involved in a bicycle accident in New York. He had to undergo five-hours of surgery.

 

 

 

 

…In 2020, Moderna releases its early data on its COVID-19 vaccine, saying the shot is nearly 95% effective.

Morning News Brief

A tractor-trailer driver has a “severe” arm injury after a crash Wednesday morning on the Inner Loop in Rochester.  New York State Police responded just after 7 a.m. near the St. Paul Street exit for a report of a crash with some trapped. Multiple police and fire crews responded, along with a hazmat team.  Police said the tractor-trailer was eastbound when it struck a guardrail and overturned. The Rochester Fire Department reported “heavy entrapment” at the scene. The 64-year-old male driver was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for his injury.

A 15-year-old is charged after being pulled from a stolen vehicle that crashed early Wednesday in the city of Rochester. Police responded to a report of a crash with a person trapped on Tremont Street around 3 a.m.  When officers arrived, they discovered a disabled Kia SUV with a teen in the driver’s seat. The Rochester Fire Department arrived to extract the teen from the vehicle. The teen was taken to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening lower-body injury. Police said the driver lost control of the stolen vehicle, striking a telephone pole and another vehicle before stopping on the opposite side of the street.  The teen is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

O’Lacy’s Irish Pub and restaurant is closed.  Owner Roger Christiano closed O’Lacy’s on School Street in Batavia Wednesday, 18 months after he took over the popular public house in 2022 from former owner Kent Ewell.  He posted a sign on the door saying that he couldn’t devote the time and effort necessary to run the restaurant because of his wife’s declining health. He said he is closing the pub with a heavy heart and that he hopes the restaurant can reopen again under new ownership in the future. 

New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo Inc. James announced the lawsuit Wednesday at Canalside in Buffalo alongside state and local leaders.  The lawsuit alleges that hundreds of PepsiCo products have been found along the Buffalo River and caused public harm in the city.  In addition, the lawsuit charges PepsiCo with failing to warn consumers about the potential environmental and health risks of its single-use plastic packaging.  James said that “no company is too big to ensure their products do not damage our environment and public health.”  A study found that Pepsi product packaging was the most plentiful plastic waste in the Buffalo River. Microplastics have been detected in the City of Buffalo’s drinking water. The water is sourced from Lake Erie, which runs less than a mile from the Buffalo River.

According to frustrated employees, the Tesla Gigafactory in the south of Buffalo is infested with bedbugs. One Tesla employee shared a video of a bed bug she says was crawling on the floor of her work space Monday on X which is also owned by Tesla owner Elon Musk.  Workers say the outbreak began last Thursday.  An OSHA spokesperson shared that the agency has actually received dozens of calls regarding bed bugs inside the South Buffalo factory.  OSHA says that it’s investigating all of this but doesn’t have any specific workplace standards for bed bugs.  Tesla says they sprayed for the bedbugs but the complaints continue along with new complaints of chemical exposures.  

The Village of LeRoy has a new ambulance. Since 2021 the LeRoy Ambulance Service has been fundraising for a new vehicle and, because of fundraisers and an anonymous donor, they were able to take delivery of a shiny new ambulance on Wednesday.  The new ambulance is a 2023 Chevy G-4500 Chassis that has been converted to an ambulance by Medix Specialty Vehicles using their MSV II 170 ambulance box. The ambulance was purchased from Gorman Emergency Vehicles and had a final price in excess of $200,000.  An anonymous donor gave 100,000 dollars to the company and they fundraised the rest over the last 2 years. 

Wednesday News Brief

Matthew Fisher

A former school administrator at the Gow School in South Wales is looking at a possible 20-year prison sentence after being arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. 50-Year-old Matthew Fisher was arrested after the school’s I.T. department found that he had accessed web pages with pictures and videos of naked young boys performing sexual acts on each other. The information was provided to the FBI. The images have timestamps that range from January 2019 through September 2023 and some of the images allegedly appear to be from a covert camera and depict clothed, male children in a bedroom believed to be on campus of The Gow School. Fisher has been terminated from his position. He has made an initial court appearance and is being held pending a detention hearing on Friday.

 

 

Khairullah Hasein

An arrest has been made in connection with a deadly hit-and-run that happened near Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. Authorities say 32-year-old Khairullah Hasein was working as an Amazon delivery driver on Monday night when he struck a 65-year-old Rochester man and left the scene. The victim was rushed to a hospital but couldn’t be saved. Hasein is facing multiple charges and officials say there’s no evidence that speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in this tragedy. Police say that the only reason Hasein is being charged is that he fled the scene of the accident. If convicted, he could face up to seven years behind bars.

 

 

Hyundai is going to be installing anti-theft software in vehicles later this week in Rochester. Owners can get the software from 8:00am until 5:00pm both Friday and Saturday in Lot D across from Innovative Field. There is no cost to attend the event, which is part of a push by Hyundai to prevent its vehicles from being stolen due to not having proper theft protection. The installation is expected to take about 30 minutes.

 

Governor Hochul (File photo)

Governor Hochul has declared November to be Adoption Awareness Month in New York State. She also revealed yesterday an additional $7 million in state funding is being made available to support adoption-related services. Money will be used by the state’s Office of Children and Family Services for things like recruiting adoptive parents. The governor says, as a mother herself, she understands how important a stable household is for a child’s development.

 

Joe Brady

The Buffalo Bills have made a change to their coaching staff after announcing Ken Dorsey has been replaced as offensive coordinator. The move was made yesterday, just hours after the Bills suffered a disappointing 24 to 22 home loss to the Denver Broncos. Quarterbacks coach Joe Brady will serve as interim offensive coordinator until a permanent hire is made. The Bills have a record of five wins and five losses this season and their next game is Sunday against the New York Jets.

 

 

Victor Olofsson (File photo)

The Buffalo Sabres are now on two-game losing streak after being beaten at home by one of the best teams in the NHL. Victor Olofsson scored both of Buffalo’s goals as the Sabres fell to the Boston Bruins 5 to 2 at KeyBank Center last night. Sabres goaltender Devon Levi stopped just 13 of 18 shots before being pulled from the game. Buffalo’s next contest is on Friday in Winnipeg against the Jets. The puck drops at 8:00.

 

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Aerial shot of aftermath from yesterday’s crash in Ohio.

Six people are dead and 18 more are injured after a crash involving a charter bus carrying high school students in Ohio. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said crash happened Tuesday morning on Interstate-70 when the bus was rear-ended by a semi-truck east of Columbus. Five vehicles, including the bus, were involved.

 

 

Unionized Starbucks baristas are planning to hold a major strike this week. Thousands of employees across the nation will hit the picket lines Thursday on the company’s so-called Red Cup Day, a popular promotional event when Starbucks gives out holiday-themed reusable cups. Workers are accusing the company of refusing to fairly negotiate at cafes that voted to organize. Starbucks claims it’s the union that is not bargaining in good faith.

 

 

The Beatles are making chart history again. The Fab Four have a new song on the Billboard charts, called “Now and Then.” It debuted at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their 35th track to hit the top ten. It also extends their record as the group with the most top ten hits (with the Rolling Stones in second place with 23 top ten hits).

 

 

 

The Federal Reserve will likely make deep cuts to interest rates this spring. That’s according to a new estimate from UBS Investment Bank. The cuts could come as early as March. UBS said easing inflation could pave a way for a 2.75% decrease in the interest rate over the year. That would almost halve the current nearly 5.5% rate.

 

Today is Sunday, November 12th, the 319th day of the year.

November 15 in history…

 

NBC Radio Red Network logo

 

…In 1926, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) debuted with a network of 24 stations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice President Charles Curtis sits in front of a fan to cool off, prior to air conditioning (July 1929)

…In 1937, air conditioning was used in the U.S. House and Senate chambers for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnny and the Moondogs in 1959

…In 1959 Johnny and the Moondogs, who later became known as The Beatles, auditioned for the British Show, The TV Star Search in Lancashire. They advanced from the first round, but had to go home and not perform the second day because they had no money for a hotel room.

 

 

…In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

 

Morning News Brief

An arrest has been made in connection with a deadly hit-and-run that happened near Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. Authorities say 32-year-old Khairullah Hasein was working as an Amazon delivery driver on Monday night when he struck a 65-year-old Rochester man and left the scene. The victim was rushed to a hospital but couldn’t be saved. Hasein is facing multiple charges and officials say there’s no evidence that speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in this tragedy.  Police say that the only reason Hasein is being charged is that he fled the scene of the accident.  If convicted, he could face up to seven years behind bars.

A former School Administrator at the Gow School in South Wales is looking at a possible 20 year prison sentence after being arrested and charged with possession of Child Pornography.  50 Year old Matthew Fisher was arrested after the Gow School IT department found that he had accessed web pages with pictures and videos of naked young boys performing sexual acts on each other.  The IT department turned the information over to the head of the school who then called the FBI.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the images have timestamps that range from January 2019 through September 2023 and some of the images allegedly appear to be from a covert camera and depict clothed, male children in a bedroom believed to be on campus of The Gow School.  Fisher has been terminated from his position at the school. He made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and is being held pending a detention hearing on Friday.

Police are investigating a shooting on the city of Rochester’s northeast side Tuesday afternoon.  Officers said a 16-year-old boy was shot on Melville Street in Rochester just before 1 p.m. He was taken to the hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  No arrests have been made.

New York State Senator Tim Kennedy has announced that he’s going to be seeking a seat in Congress. Kennedy says he wants to fill the spot in the 26th District that’s going to open up when Congressman Brian Higgins leaves office in February. Kennedy, a Democrat, says if elected he’ll work to keep guns off the streets and continue the fight for abortion. It’ll be up to Governor Hochul to announce when a special election in the district will be held.

The Buffalo Bills have made a change to their coaching staff after announcing Ken Dorsey has been replaced as offensive coordinator. The move was made yesterday, just hours after the Bills suffered a disappointing 24 to 22 home loss to the Denver Broncos. Quarterbacks coach Joe Brady will serve as interim offensive coordinator until a permanent hire is made. The Bills have a record of five wins and five losses this season and their next game is Sunday against the New York Jets.

The Buffalo Sabres are now on two-game losing streak after being beaten at home by one of the best teams in the NHL. Victor Olofsson scored both of Buffalo’s goals as his team fell to the Boston Bruins five-to-two at KeyBank Center last night. Sabres goaltender Devon Levi stopped just 13 of 18 shots before being pulled from the game.  Buffalo’s next contest is on Friday against the Winnipeg Jets.

Tuesday News Brief

Joshua Watkins

New York State police are investigating a deadly crash that occurred in Orleans County. Troopers say 32-year-old Joshua Watkins was traveling on East Barre Road in Barre early on Sunday morning when his vehicle went off the road and flipped several times before it ended up in a field. Watkins was ejected because he was not wearing a seatbelt and passed away at the scene. No one else was hurt and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

 

 

 

Joanna Larnder

30-year-old Joanna Larnder of Batavia has been arrested following an investigation into the possession, transportation and sale of crack cocaine in and around Genesee County. Genesee County Sheriffs took her into custody on a sealed indictment warrant. It’s alleged Larnder sold a quantity of crack cocaine to an agent of the Genesee County Task Force in the City of Batavia. She was ineligible for release on her own recognizance because of previous bail-jumping charges. Larnder is now committed to the Genesee County Jail.

 

 

 

34-year-old Michael Lanham of Lockport has pleaded guilty to production of child pornography with a prior offense, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years in prison. Back in 2010, he was convicted of rape of a victim less than 17 years of age and is a registered sex offender. In September 2020, he took a sexually explicit photo of a minor on his cell phone. Lanham then distributed the image in a private online message to an undercover law enforcement officer on the Kik application. Sentencing is scheduled for March 2024.

 

As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: Major changes have been proposed to New York’s current guidelines for students to graduate from high school. A panel laid out its recommendations yesterday, and they included replacing three diploma types with just one diploma type, ensuring access to career and technical education, and also creating more tailored requirements for certain groups of students. Right now, students need to pass multiple Regents exams to get their diploma. It’s unlikely any changes will go into effect for at least a year.

 

Josh Allen’s facial expression tells the story.

The struggles of the Buffalo Bills continue as the team drops its second game in a row. The Bills gave up a 36-yard field goal as time expired and lost to the Denver Broncos 24 to 22 at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park last night. Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen tossed a touchdown pass and had a rushing score but also threw two interceptions and his team’s record this season is now five wins and five losses. Their next game is Sunday against the New York Jets.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Drake in concert

One of the biggest names in the music industry is going on tour, and he’ll be making a stop in Western New York. Drake is scheduled to perform at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center on February 27th, 2024 at 8 p.m. The five-time Grammy Award winner will be joined at the concert by J.Cole. Tickets for this show will go on sale to the public this Friday at 11 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

 

McDonald’s crocs, available starting later this week.

McDonald’s is releasing custom-designed Crocs. The clogs will cost between $70 and $75 and become available on Tuesday. The companies are teaming up to offer Crocs based on the mascots Grimace, Hamburglar and Birdie, as well as a classic red and yellow colorway. There are also matching socks for each pair for $20. They’ll be available at Crocs retail locations and wholesale partners.

 

Unidentified family in file photo on their way to an adventure.

More than 55 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving this year. That’s according to a Triple-A projection. It’s an increase of a little more than 2% from last year and the third-highest forecast for the holiday since Triple-A began tracking it in 2000. Most will drive to their destinations, nearly 2% more compared to 2022. And 4.7 million travelers will fly, an increase of more than 6.5% compared to last Thanksgiving.

 

Marijuana users say cannabis helps them get a good night’s sleep more than medications. Washington State University helped lead a study that compared marijuana to sleep aids like melatonin or benzodiazepines. More than 80% of pot users say smoking joints helped them get better sleep.

 

Today is Tuesday, November 14th, the 318th day of the year.

November 14 in history…

 

U.S. troops on the ground in Vietnam.

…In 1965, the U.S. government sent 90,000 soldiers to Vietnam.

 

 

 

 

 

Students in an English Literature class at Yale (1970).

…In 1968, Yale introduced it’s plan to educate both men and women.

 

 

 

 

…In 1969 “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies went number-one on the UK singles chart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV Guide promotional ad, from 35 years ago today.

…In 1988, “Murphy Brown” with Candice Bergen debuted on CBS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Shula in 1993 (Sports Illustrated photo)

…In 1993, Don Shula became the coach with the most wins in NFL history with career win number 325.

 

 

 

 

Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson

…In 1996 Michael Jackson married Debbie Rowe in Sydney, Australia. The couple divorced nearly three-years later on October 8th, 1999.

 

 

 

 

 

The boots.

…In 2015 A pair of white boots worn by Elvis Presley during his famous Comeback TV Special performance in 1968 were auctioned off for nearly $45,000.

 

Morning News Brief

New York State police are investigating a deadly crash that occurred in Orleans County on Sunday.  The crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. on East Barre Road in the Town of Barre. Police said 32-year-old Joshua Watkins of Albion was traveling west and exited the road into a field, his vehicle overturned multiple times and he was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police said Watkins was the only occupant in the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. 

A man is charged with murder in connection to the deadly beating of a man on the city’s west side over the summer.  Police arrested 39 year old Quintel Crockton for allegedly killing 61 year old Terran Felder the night of Wednesday, Aug. 23.  Investigators determined Crockton began assaulting Felder outside the mini-mart at 1218 Jay Street, before the incident spilled over into the store, where officers found Felder. Crockton is charged with second-degree murder and was arraigned in Rochester City Court Monday morning.

Local families of murdered loved ones met with NYS senators and police on Monday to speak out against a state parole reform bill.  Several people said that having a cap on the age of prisoners would be an insult to the memories of those who had been murdered. The proposed legislation would allow an incarcerated person aged 55 and older to be considered for the possibility of parole if they have served at least 15 years of their sentence.  There are no exceptions for the seriousness of the crime.

Major changes have been proposed to New York’s current guidelines for students to graduate from high school. A panel laid out its recommendations yesterday, and they included replacing three diploma types with just one diploma type, ensuring access to career and technical education, and also creating more tailored requirements for certain groups of students. Right now, students need to pass multiple Regents exams to get their diploma. It’s unlikely any changes will go into effect for at least a year.

The struggles of the Buffalo Bills continue as the team drops its second game in a row. The Bills gave up a 36-yard field goal as time expired and lost to the Denver Broncos 24 to 22 at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park last night. Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen tossed a touchdown pass and had a rushing score but also threw two interceptions and his team’s record this season is now five wins and five losses. Their next game is Sunday against the New York Jets.

The Buffalo Zoo announced it has started its winter operating hours.  Beginning Monday and continuing through March 28 the zoo will be closed to the public every Monday through Thursday and open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The zoo will be open during the week from December 26 through December 29 on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents Day.

Monday News Brief

43-year-old Carrie Stewart of Attica has been arrested. She’s charged with petit larceny. It’s alleged she shoplifted from Old Navy in the Town of Batavia. Stewart was released on an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia Town Court next month.

 

 

Rochester Pipeline, Incorporated will be mobilizing equipment in preparation for construction on the Bank Street Water project within the City of Batavia. Construction on this project is scheduled to begin this week and will include the installation of 932 linear feet of new 8-inch water main and appurtenances to replace the existing 4-inch and 6-inch water mains along Bank Street (East Main Street to Washington Street). Traffic delays are to be expected; however, no street closures are anticipated at this time.

 

 

As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: Some possible bad news for the STAMP site in Genesee County near Alabama. The Plug Power company currently building a hydrogen fuel cell plant at the site declared in an SEC filing that it has not been able to raise enough money through investors and may not have enough capital to continue within a year. The Latham-based company started selling public stock in 1999 and has never reported a profit, which is not unusual for early-stage start-ups. The company is working on several options to raise more capital. The CEO said that the report is not final and he has hope for the company’s future. According to reports in early October, Plug Power is considered a strong contender for a portion of $7 billion in federal grants for alternative energy projects. In 2019, the federal government committed $4 million to the company.

 

Some good news regarding the per-gallon price of regular gas. As of this morning, the national average price is $3.37. The state average is 3.65. In Batavia, we’re paying $3.66 per gallon, that’s down 4 cents from a week ago and 13 cents from a year ago today. Recent decreases in the price of oil may bring the price at the pump down even more. Oil has dropped over $10 per barrel in just a week.

 

The University of Rochester Medical Center

Starting today, over 1000 employees at the University of Rochester Medical Center will begin an informational picket. Service workers and caregivers say they want to be paid fair wages and for attempts to be made to recruit and train more people to address staffing shortages. The workers are still going to be on the clock for their regular shifts and will picket in their time off. Their current contract with the hospital expired last month.

 

File photo of Congressman Higgins

Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins has confirmed that he’ll be leaving Capitol Hill next year. Higgins is planning to resign in February so he can become the next president of Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. The 26th District Democrat says that Congress isn’t the same place as it was when he first took office, and that less time is being spent serving the American people. A special election will be needed to fill the rest of his term.

 

Today, proposed changes to high school graduation requirements are going to be revealed at the state Board of Regents meeting. Right now, high school students need to pass four specific Regents exams to get their diploma. Recommendations may include getting rid of those exams or allowing kids to have more of a say in what they must do to graduate. It’ll be up to the board to decide how and when these changes are made.

 

 

applesauce recall

The state departments of health and agriculture and markets are urging residents not to buy or eat certain apple puree and applesauce products. Recalls have been issued for Schnucks Applesauce pouches, WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouches, and Weis Apple Cinnamon Fruit pouches due to concerns they could contain high levels of lead. The state is now working to see if any children have elevated lead levels in their blood. Anyone who has bought these products should throw them out.

 

The Buffalo Bills will be back in the national spotlight tonight as they take the field for Monday Night Football. The Bills are set to host the Denver Broncos at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park. Buffalo is coming off of a 24 to 18 loss last Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals that dropped their record this season to five wins and four losses. Kickoff this evening is set for 8:15.

 

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The tree has arrived

The Rockefeller Center Tree arrived in New York City Saturday and is now standing. The 80-foot tall Norway Spruce was cut down from Vestal, New York Wednesday morning. The traditional 80-year-old, 12 ton Norway Spruce made a roughly 200 mile journey to be the star of New York’s holiday season. The tree’s decorations includes five miles worth of more than 50,000 LED lights, and is topped with a nine foot, 900 pound Swarovski star adorned with three million crystals. The tree lighting will be on Wednesday, November 29th.

 

Dinosaur tracks found in Texas thought to be around 110 million years old

Scientists in Texas have discovered a new species of dinosaur. While a small fossil from the animal was discovered in 2020, more bones were found near Lake Grapevine this week and scientists confirmed it was an entirely new species. The small herbivore’s Latin name translates to “Cohen’s Grapevine Jaw,” a combination of Murray Cohen who first made the discovery, and the place it was found. The dinosaur was likely about six-feet long and between 20 to 60 pounds.

 

 

A Dickinson, North Dakota woman has been handed a big surprise at Lottery headquarters in Bismarck. The woman was cashing in what she thought was a Powerball ticket worth $600 this week. At the Lottery office she was told it was actually worth $150,000. The drawing was October 7th.

 

Today is Monday, November 13th, the 317th day of the year.

November 13 in history…

 

1941 Fantasia promotional movie still

…In 1940, the Walt Disney animated feature “Fantasia” premiered in New York.

 

 

 

 

 

Duane Allman

…In 1971 Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Silkwood

…In 1974, nuclear power plant employee and political activist Karen Silkwood died at the age of 28. She was killed while on her way to meet with a “New York Times” reporter. They planned to discuss evidence she had uncovered about faulty fuel rods at the plant. The story was the basis for the 1983 film “Silkwood.”

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Jones and President Clinton

…In 1998, President Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit and end the four-year legal battle that triggered the impeachment proceedings against him.

 

 

 

Michael Jackson

…In 2009 Forbes Magazine reported that Michael Jackson had earned about $72 million since his death in June.

 

Morning News Brief

Another shooting involving a vehicle in Buffalo.  Buffalo police are investigating after a man was shot and killed early Sunday morning on Broadway and Lathrop Street.  Ferry-Fillmore officers were called to Broadway and Lathrop Street just after 3:15 a.m.  Police say a 32-year-old Buffalo man was shot multiple times inside a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

A man is expected to survive a shooting that happened on Hudson Avenue in Rochester on Saturday morning.  At around 9:21 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Hudson Avenue and Durnan Street for a report of a person shot.  When officers arrived on scene, they found a 55-year old man, city resident, who was shot multiple times in the upper body.  Police say the victim is an employee at the Durnan Mini Market.  He was transported to Strong Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  The shooting is under investigation and there are no suspects in custody.

Police say a man attempted to rob a store in Rochester with a hatchet Saturday night.  Around 9:15 the Family Dollar on Waring Road had an incident where a man came in and demanded money.  Employees confronted him and he went to the door and displayed a hatchet and then fled.  No one was injured. There are no suspects in custody at this time.  An investigation is underway.

Some possible bad news for the STAMP site in Genesee County near Alabama.  The Plug Power company currently building a hydrogen fuel cell plant at the site declared in an SEC filing that it has not been able to raise enough money through investors and may not have enough capital to continue to be a “going concern” within a year.  The Latham-based company started selling public stock in 1999 and has never reported a profit, which is not unusual for early-stage start-ups.  The company is working on several options to raise more capital.  The CEO said that the report is not final and he has hope for the company’s future.  According to reports in early October, Plug Power is considered a strong contender for a portion of $7 billion in federal grants for alternative energy projects.  In 2019, the federal government committed $4 million to the company.

Gas Price update!  According to AAA the average price of a gallon of gas in Batavia is 3.67.  This is down 5 cents from a week ago and 13 cents from a month ago.  The New York State average is 3.66 which is down 4 cents from last week and 17 cents from last month.  The national average is 3.37.  Recent drops in the price of oil may make the price of gas start going down faster.  Oil has gone down over 10 dollars per barrel in just a week.  It is possible New York could see sub-3 dollar prices if the trend continues.

High lead found in applesauce.  If you have WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree Pouches, Schnucks Applesauce Pouches or Weis Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches you may want to take them back to where you got them or throw them away.  These products were sold and distributed by multiple retailers, including Sam’s Club, Amazon, and Dollar Tree.  5 states have reported finding elevated lead levels in each of the products and at least 4 kids have gotten sick after eating them.  New York State is working with local health departments to determine if there are any cases in New York of children with elevated blood lead levels connected to the recalled product.

Weekend News Brief

New York State police are investigating after a man was struck and killed while getting his mail in the Town of Stafford.  The incident occurred just before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Police said a GMC Sierra was traveling west on State Route 5 and entered the turn lane at Batavia-Stafford Townline Road and struck 74-year-old James R. Ehmann while he was getting his mail.  According to police, paramedics attempted life-saving measures at the scene and transported Ehmann to United Memorial Medical Center.  He was pronounced dead at the hospital.  Police are investigating the possibility that the driver was impaired or distracted.

A 26-year-old man is recovering after he was shot on Rochester’s north side Friday night.  Around 7 p.m., police responded to Bernard Street, where they found the victim with at least one gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Rochester police.  No arrests have been made.

The Lockport Police Department has announced it has completed its investigation into the deadly Lockport Cave boat tour incident and has determined no criminal charges will be filed.  One person was killed and 11 others were injured after a boat capsized during a Lockport Cave tour on June 12.  On the day of the incident, Lockport Fire Department Chief Luca Quagliano said the boat became unbalanced and capsized at the end of the cave. Quagliano said the boat can safely hold 40 people and 29 were on board at the time of the incident, 28 visitors and one staff member.  Investigators said 65-year-old Harshad Shah of Niagara Falls died at the scene after life-saving measures were attempted. 11 others were taken to area hospitals for minor injuries.

Deer season is here, and AAA of Western and Central New York is urging drivers to buck up and watch for animals on the roads.  AAA analyzed New York crash data and found that in 2022 New York State reported 36,743 animal-related crashes state-wide. That number was a 7% increase from 2021 and the equivalent of an animal-related crash every 15 minutes.  AAA has tips to avoid accidents, slow down and obey speed limits, scan the road and shoulders, and, if a collision is unavoidable, do not swerve to avoid the deer as doing so could cause more damage.  

Two funeral home companies in Batavia have announced a merger.  H E Turner and Gilmartin are coming together after signing a deal this week.  H E Turner’s Steve Johnson said staffing issues, a change in how funeral homes are doing business, and trends moving together for the businesses made the move make sense.  Customers have been informed, and all of the prior licensed funeral directors will remain in place, including Turner’s other acquisitions of Marley Funeral Home and Eaton-Watson.

Friday News Brief

Judith Purdy

Students and staff in the Rochester City School District continue to mourn the tragic death of a teacher. Genesee County deputies say 58-year-old Judith Purdy was driving on Route 19 in LeRoy yesterday when her vehicle collided with a deer. Purdy was on her way to work at Abraham Lincoln School Number 22 when this accident occurred. Counseling is being made available to everyone affected by her loss. (Assistant Fire Chief Joshua Pfendler provided the following statement to WHEC News10 from the Le Roy Fire Department: “The Le Roy Fire Department was saddened by the sudden passing of Judy Purdy. She was a former member of our department and a great supporter of all emergency responders. Judy served our community for many years and enjoyed teaching fire safety to local students. As a volunteer firefighter she was always willing to help and had a passion for helping others. Our thoughts go out to Judy’s family and friends during this difficult time.” – Photo provided by Joshua Pfendler)

 

Michael Fratini

A former postal worker is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 30-year-old Michael Fratini asked a woman he met on a dating app for illicit photos of her daughters. The woman reported the request to law enforcement, and Fratini was taken into custody after traveling to a hotel where he thought he was going to meet the woman. Fratini will be sentenced in March.

 

 

40-year-old Marlene Cruz of Rochester has been arrested. She’s charged with the delay or destruction of mail and theft of mail by a postal employee. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Multiple complaints were filed by postal customers in January 2022 that their mail had been tampered with. Investigation revealed that Cruz, a fulltime mail carrier, had opened envelopes and parcels, removed items such as ticket stubs, cash, lottery tickets and gift cards on multiple occasions. Cruz will return to court at a later date.

 

Trameir Garner

A person of interest in a deadly shooting on Interstate 190 in Buffalo has been arrested in connection with a different case. Officials say that 19-year-old Trameir Garner is charged with criminal possession of stolen property in Cheektowaga. On October 26th, 22-year-old Keyshawn Gault and two other employees of with the Buffalo Sewer Authority were shot, and Gault lost his life. Garner hasn’t been charged in that incident and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

 

 

 

Erie County Fair

People who want to get their hands on 12-day passes for the 2024 Erie County Fair can do so right now. They’ll cost $60 and are good for admission to the fair which will run from August 7th through the 18th. It is likely the passes are going to sell out in advance, so it’s recommended that fairgoers purchase them soon. There is a limit of four passes per household and more details can be found at ecfair.org.

 

Did the boy catch the fish or did the fish catch the boy?

The final free fishing day of 2023 is taking place across the Empire State tomorrow. That means no license is required for those who want to take part in the popular outdoor activity. The free fishing day program started in 1991 and helps support management of the state’s fisheries by encouraging people to buy a fishing license. While no license is required for tomorrow, all other freshwater fishing regulations remain in effect.

 

 

 

 

The Sabres are back on home ice tonight.

The Buffalo Sabres are back on  home ice tonight as they hope to avoid a second straight loss. They’re hosting the Minnesota Wild at KeyBank Center. Buffalo is coming off of a 3-2 overtime defeat at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night and so far this season the team has earned 13 points. Face-off this evening is scheduled for 7:00.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Unidentified youngster in undated file photo appears quite brave before receiving a vaccination.

School vaccine exemptions for kindergarteners are at the highest on record. CDC data looking at immunization programs for measles, mumps and rubella, tetanus, polio and chickenpox shots show that fewer children are getting them now than pre-pandemic.

 

 

 

Friendly, aggressive or ambiguous?

A new study suggests cats are not really all that aloof and are actually quite expressive. Researchers at UCLA began studying felines in 2021 to learn more about how they communicate, and found that cats displayed at least 276 different facial expressions. About 46% of those were friendly, 37% were aggressive and 17% were ambiguous. The study’s co-author says she’s considering creating an app that would allow people to record their cats’ facial expressions to determine what feelings they’re expressing.

 

 

 

This tree will soon be on its way to New York City.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is being cut down this morning. It’s an 80-foot tall, 12-ton Norway Spruce being donated by the McGinley family just outside of Binghamton, New York. The tree will be brought to Rockefeller Center on a huge flatbed truck and hoisted this Saturday. As part of an annual tradition, the tree lighting which draws huge crowds will take place November 29th in New York City.

 

 

Robert Card, the Maine mass shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An independent probe is being launched into the mass shooting in Maine that left 18 dead last month. Maine Governor Janet Mills says the seven-member commission will have the authority to look into all aspects of the shooting, including how the gunman was able to carry out the attack despite showing obvious warning signs regarding his mental health.

 

 

 

 

Today is Friday, November 10th, the 314th day of the year.

November 10 in history…

…In 1775, the Continental Marines was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It became recognized as the United States Marine Corps in 1798.

 

 

 

“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

…In 1871, explorer Henry Stanley found missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone living in central Africa. That’s when Stanley allegedly delivered his famous greeting, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

 

 

 

 

The tradition started today in history.

…In 1908, a Gideon Bible was placed in a room at the Superior Hotel in Iron Mountains, Montana. The action started a long-standing tradition at hotels around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

…In 1967 The Moody Blues released the single “Nights in White Satin.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Sesame Street” cast in 1969.

…In 1969, “Sesame Street” debuted on PBS.

 

 

 

 

 

…In 1979 The Eagles were at number one on the US charts with “Heartache Tonight” the groups 5th and final number one.

 

 

Morning News Brief

Several arrests were made after a woman was assaulted in Rochester Thursday night.  Officers responded to the 400 block of Oxford Street around 7 p.m. for the report of a robbery. Officers found that a 33-year-old woman was reportedly pulled from her vehicle by a group of suspects who threw her on the ground, assaulted her and stole her smartphone. She was injured but did not need to be taken to the hospital, RPD said.  Police said one of the suspects appeared as if they were going to get into the driver’s seat and steal the victim’s vehicle, but then decided to flee the scene.  Later on, officers said they found several suspects nearby with the help of police K-9s and took them all into custody.

A former postal worker is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 30-year-old Michael Fratini asked a woman he met on a dating app for illicit photos of her daughters. The woman reported the request to law enforcement, and Fratini was taken into custody after traveling to a hotel where he thought he was going to meet the woman. Fratini will be sentenced in March.

A person of interest in a deadly shooting on Interstate 190 in Buffalo has been arrested in connection with a different case. Officials say that 19-year-old Tramier Garner is charged with criminal possession of stolen property in Cheektowaga. On October 26th, 22-year-old Keyshawn Gault and two other employees of with the Buffalo Sewer Authority were shot, and Gault lost his life. Garner hasn’t been charged in that incident and anyone with information is asked to come forward.

2 more shootings in Rochester on Thursday night.  Police are looking for suspects after a teen was shot on the 500 block of Lyell Ave around 8:30 pm.  Police found the victim, a 17-year-old, who was bleeding profusely from gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.  No arrests have been made.  Another man was seriously injured in a shooting in Rochester’s 19th Ward, according to police.  Around 6 p.m., the victim, a 20-year-old man from Rochester, arrived at Strong Memorial Hospital by private vehicle. He’s currently being treated for critical but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.  Investigators believe the man was shot on Arnett Blvd.  No arrests have been made.

Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is planning to resign from his office on Capitol Hill. According to several reports, Higgins is going to leave his position in the coming weeks so can be the next president of Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. Right now, the 64-year-old Democrat represents the 26th District and was last re-elected in 2022. If he does step down, Governor Hochul would call for a special election to fill the rest of his term.

Buffalo State Athletics announced the launch of the new women’s wrestling program at the university. It is the first school in the SUNY school system to launch a women’s wrestling program and the fifth college in New York State with a team. The sport was recognized as an emerging sport by the school in 2022 which paved the way for the program’s creation.  Buffalo State has already locked in seven commits to the program as recruitment began immediately after the school announced the program’s addition to its athletic department.  Women’s wrestling is one of the fastest-growing sports in America across both high school and college levels. 41 states now recognize it as an official championship sport at the high school level with 17 of those states recognizing the sport within the last three years. In 2022, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association called the sport an emerging sport.

Thursday News Brief

The Genesee County Sheriffs Office is investigating a one-car motor vehicle accident that occurred on Route 19 in the Town of Le Roy. A little after 7:00am this morning, a car driven by 58-year-old Judith Purdy of Le Roy, was driving northbound. A deer entered the roadway from the east shoulder of the road and her vehicle struck it. As a result of the collision Purdy suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Unidentified children fishing (file photo)

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that New York will honor veterans on the year’s sixth and final Free Fishing Day of 2023 this Saturday, November 11. On Free Fishing Days, the state waives the requirement for a freshwater fishing license, offering the perfect opportunity for beginners to try out the sport for the first time or for skilled anglers to bring along friends and family to experience the sport and the state’s waterways.

 

47-year-old Brian Kennedy of Batavia has been arrested. He’s charged with petit larceny, possession of burglar tools and conspiracy. It’s alleged he entered Dick’s Sporting Goods and removed a security tag from a coat and exited the store passing all points of sale without paying. Sheriffs later located Kennedy in Walmart. He was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Batavia Court for a later date.

 

Kamela Lockhart

UPDATE: KAMELA HAS BEEN LOCATED IN ROCHESTER AND IS SAFE. BATAVIA POLICE THANK THE ROCHESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR HELP. The Batavia Police Department continues to seek public assistance in locating a missing 14-year-old girl. Kamela Lockhart was last seen on November 6 in Batavia. She was wearing a thin black sweatshirt, a red t-shirt, red pants, and multi-colored crocs. Kamela is about 5’04” and 180 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350 or the NYS Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3543.

 

Sarah-Elizabeth Tierney with fallen Buffalo firefighter Jason Arno and their daughter

The widow of a Buffalo firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The legal action taken by Sarah-Elizabeth Tierney names four defendants including the City of Buffalo, the fire department and the owner of the Main Street building where her husband Jason Arno died while battling a blaze back in March. Investigators say the fire was started by a blowtorch that was being used by workers before it ignited combustible materials. No criminal charges were filed.

 

 

State Attorney General Letitia James (file photo)

New York State Attorney General Letitia James says she’s been able to secure $450,000 from a medical company that failed to protect the personal data of patients. James says US Radiology Specialists, which has six offices in Western New York, did not make the proper upgrades to keep its network secure. That ended up causing a cyberattack that affected over 92,000 people. The AG says the company has promised to take action to prevent something like this from happening again.

 

 

Unidentified individual vaping

As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: If two state lawmakers get their way, no one will be doing any kind of vaping at school. They are proposing a bill that would ban all vaping at all schools – including colleges and universities. Right now, the state’s Public Health Law prohibits smoking and vaping in several indoor areas, like educational buildings. This bill would expand those guidelines to include “outdoor areas contained within a public or private school.” Republican Assemblymen Scott Gray and Ken Blankenbush introduced the legislation requiring a complete ban of e-cigarettes on public and private school and college campuses and for schools to educate communities about the health risks associated with vaping while posting no-vaping signs.

 

William Collins

The Niagara County legislator accused of slashing a person’s tire has surrendered to police. William Collins turned himself in yesterday after allegedly slashing the tire at the Attitudes Bar and Grill in Lockport October 26th. The incident was caught on surveillance camera and Collins faces up to a year in jail if convicted. Collins has been given an appearance ticket and is set to be arraigned November 29th. By the way, Collins’ challenger for the Niagara County Legislative post, Democrat Carla Speranza, came out on top but by a very slim margin over Collins.  Because the race shows she won the election by only 19 votes (1027 to 1008), today there is a recount.

 

TSA file photo

For the sixth time since the start of the year, a loaded weapon has been found at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The gun was spotted in a carry-on bag while it was going through an X-ray machine on Tuesday. The weapon had 10 bullets inside and there was also an additional magazine discovered with 10 more bullets. The owner had a valid permit for the gun and turned it over to security. He now could be fined up to $15,000.

 

 

File photo of snowmobilers enjoying a winter day

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding snowmobile enthusiasts to make sure that their snowmobiles are registered for the season. Registrations must be renewed annually and the process can be completed either online through the DMV website or by visiting a DMV office. Snowmobilers are required to carry their registration and proof of insurance when they ride. There are over 10,000 miles of trails in the Statewide Snowmobile Trail System.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

The new fall season of television shows may start soon.

The Hollywood actors strike is over. SAG-AFTRA says the strike officially ended today after union members unanimously approved a deal. The deal now has to be approved by the SAG-AFTRA national board. The strike lasted 118 days, making it the longest actors strike in U.S. history.

 

 

 

The blue diamond. I don’t believe I’d offer more than $43 million; how about you?

The largest blue diamond to hit the auction block is being sold. It sold for more than $44 million at Christie’s Auction House. The more than 17-carat blue royal ring is now the most expensive jewel sold at auction this year. It had been part of a private collection for 50 years and will now be handed over to another collection.

 

 

Two of the pandas that will soon be off to China; I guess the third one was busy packing.

The three National Zoo giant pandas are headed back to China. Today marks the end of more than five decades of pandas calling the Washington, D.C. zoo their home. Zoo Atlanta will now be the only zoo in the country to feature Chinese pandas — and they may be gone soon too. Atlanta’s contracts for their four bears are up next year and there hasn’t been any word about an extension. China first gave two giant pandas two the U.S. in 1972 as a symbol of diplomacy after President Nixon visited the country.

 

Today is Thursday, November 9th, the 313th day of the year.

November 9 in history…

 

Charles Sifford

…In 1961, the Professional Golfers Association eliminated their “Caucasian only” rule and opened its door to all races. Charlie Sifford became the first African American member of the PGA Tour.

 

 

 

Brian Epstein was watching The Beatles play during this gig at The Cavern Club in Liverpool today in history.

…Also in 1961 Brian Epstein saw The Beatles playing live for the first time during a lunchtime session at The Cavern Liverpool. He later went on to be the groups manager.

 

 

 

 

 

The effected areas

…In 1965, the great northeast blackout shut down several states and parts of Canada. The largest power failure in U.S. history left more than 30-million people in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and parts of Ontario without power for most of the night.

 

 

The first cover with John Lennon

…In 1967, the first issue of “Rolling Stone” magazine was published.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” album cover

…In 1973, Billy Joel released his breakthrough album, “Piano Man.” The title song became his first hit single.

 

 

 

 

The Berlin Wall comes down

…In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down after communist East Germany opened its borders to allow its citizens to travel to West Germany. This historic event signaled the end of The Cold War for American people.

 

 

 

The Eagles album everyone seemed to have.

…In 1999, the Recording Industry Association of America declared the Eagles’ “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” the best-selling album of the century. “Candle in the Wind 1997,” by Elton John was declared the 20th century’s biggest single.

 

 

 

 

 

Unidentified teenager receives Covid vaccine.

…In 2020, drug makers Pfizer and BioNTech announced their COVID-19 vaccine is over 90% effective in a first review of their phase three trial results that involved about 44,000 people. On the same day, the U.S. recorded its 10,000,000th COVID-19 case, with the death toll at the time at roughly 237,000.

 

Morning News Brief

Police in Rochester are looking for suspects in a shooting on the city’s north side Wednesday night.  Around 8 p.m., officers responded to the area of Jewel and Carthage streets in Rochester for the report of a person shot. Once there, they found the victim, a 17-year-old from Rochester. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.  The circumstances leading up to the shooting remain unknown as the investigation continues.

Monroe County Deputies are investigating an attempted robbery Wednesday night.  The victim was shot at an address on Crockett Drive in Henrietta, and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies said it appears to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public, and did not say if any arrests have been made.  Around the same time a man was shot on Rochester’s north side, according to police.  Around 10:15 p.m., officers responded to Kosciusko Street for the report of a man shot.  Once there, they learned the victim, a 25-year-old man from Rochester, was being taken to the hospital by private vehicle. He’s being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  No arrests have been made.

Michael Scott faces charges following a fatal shooting on the city of Rochester’s west side over the summer.  21 year old Michael Scott Jr. allegedly shot and killed 22 year old Demetrius Rucker on Aug. 4th as Rucker was walking down Henion Street.  Police said a stray bullet went through a home on neighboring Clifton Street and hit a TV.  A woman and three children were watching the TV at the time but were not hit.  U.S. Marshals saw Scott leaving his home on Buffalo Road Wednesday and took him into custody. He’s charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.  Police said Scott was previously arrested Sept. 23, 2022 with two illegally possessed handguns and plead guilty in October but was released from custody. Charges for that incident were pending when he allegedly shot and killed Rucker.

If two state lawmakers get their way, no one will be doing any kind of vaping at school. They are proposing a bill that would ban all vaping at all schools – including colleges and universities.  Right now, the state’s Public Health Law prohibits smoking and vaping in several indoor areas, like educational buildings.  This bill would expand those guidelines to include “outdoor areas contained within a public or private school.”  Republican Assemblymen Scott Gray and Ken Blankenbush introduced the legislation requiring a complete ban of e-cigarettes on public and private school and college campuses and for schools to educate communities about the health risks associated with vaping while posting no-vaping signs. 

The four lion cubs at the Buffalo Zoo are drawing quite the crowd, Asali, Briggs, Denny and Saúl, are now five months old and weigh about 60-70 lbs.  The cubs are spending their days either cuddled up next to their mom and siblings or horsing around and being cooed over by crowds of admirers.  You can check out the cutest new residents of Buffalo daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Buffalo Zoo.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding snowmobile enthusiasts to make sure that their snowmobiles are registered for the season. Registrations must be renewed annually and the process can be completed either online through the DMV website or by visiting a DMV office. Snowmobilers are required to carry their registration and proof of insurance when they ride. There are over 10-thousand miles of trails in the Statewide Snowmobile Trail System.

Wednesday News Brief

Kamela Lockhart

The Batavia Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating a 14-year-old girl. Kamela Lockhart was last seen on November 6 in Batavia. She was wearing a thin black sweatshirt, a red t-shirt, red pants, and multi-colored crocs. Kamela is about 5’04” and 180 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Batavia Police Department at 345-6350 or the NYS Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3543.

 

Louis Carusone

A former Brighton High School physics teacher is now awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors. 45-year-old Louis Carusone of Webster uploaded the material in an online file-sharing network late in 2022. An undercover officer downloaded the files and found more from Carusone’s IP address. Investigators then searched Carusone’s home recovering more than 2,000 images and videos of child pornography — some of which depicted children as young as 5 years old, as well as children being subjected to violence and sexual abuse. Carusone also recorded and photographed children in public — including students in his classroom, though none of the recordings were pornographic — and at a waterpark, where he recorded them in bathing suits. Carusone faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for February 21, 2024.

 

 

That fish is almost as big as he is…

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that New York will honor veterans on the year’s sixth and final Free Fishing Day of 2023 this Saturday, November 11. On Free Fishing Days, the state waives the requirement for a freshwater fishing license, offering the perfect opportunity for beginners to try out the sport for the first time or for skilled anglers to bring along friends and family to experience the sport and the state’s waterways.

 

 

 

 

File photo of Eastway Wegmans on Empire Boulevard (13WHAM Photo)

A former Wegmans employee is heading to prison for accumulating more than half a million dollars in fraudulent refunds for herself through a program used to fill customers’ prescriptions. 48-year-old Alicia Torres of Webster, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Prosecutors said she used the Enterprise System between 2014 and February 2023 to process approximately 350 credit card refund requests worth a total of $568,021.69 in store customers’ names. Torres worked at Wegmans for 27 years, including the last 15 as a pharmacy technician at the Eastway store on Empire Boulevard. Prosecutors said Torres also used Wegmans gift cards to steal $10,922.17 from the company between 2020 and February 2023. A judge sentenced Torres to one year in prison and ordered her to pay restitution totaling $578,943.86.

 

The recovered Mercedes Benz

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are in the process of returning a stolen vehicle that was seized at the Peace Bridge. A Mercedes-Benz with a value of $50,000 was on a commercial car carrier that attempted to enter the United States on Monday. An investigation revealed the Vehicle Identification Number and paperwork associated with the Mercedes were counterfeit. The vehicle was recently reported stolen out of Ontario.

 

 

Mark Poloncarz celebrates his win

Election results are in across New York State. Some of the big ones in Western NY: Democrat Adam Bello remains the Executive of Monroe County for a second term with 61 percent of the vote. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has made history by being elected to serve a fourth term in office. The incumbent Democrat fought off a challenge from Republican Chrissy Casilio and will serve another four-year term. Poloncarz won with 58 percent of the vote. Republican Alex Renzi was elected to the State Supreme Court with 37 percent of the vote. In Batavia Republicans swept the board running unopposed for County Clerk, County Coroner, and several legislator and town council positions.

 

“Yay! I hope they spend some of the money on treats!”

Five-million-dollars is being made available to help animal shelters and humane societies statewide make needed improvements to their facilities. It is part of the Companion Animal Capital Fund that launched in 2017 and so far has helped pay for dozens of projects. The money can be used for things such as renovations and also lowering operational costs. The deadline to apply is January 29th.

 

 

NHL Photo of Rasmus Dahlin celebrating his score with teammates

The Buffalo Sabres have come up short in their bid to win a second straight game after suffering a tough loss on the road. Rasmus Dahlin and Alex Tuch each scored as the Sabres fell to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime at PNC Arena last night. Buffalo goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced in the contest. On Friday, the Sabres host the Minnesota Wild. The puck drops at 7:00.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

YMCA file photo of previous Buffalo Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and registration is still underway for the 128th YMCA Turkey Trot in Buffalo. The event will kick off at 9:00am on November 23rd and roughly 14,000 runners and walkers are expected to take part. The race starts on Delaware Avenue and will wrap up at the Buffalo Convention Center. Money raised from registration fees will help support YMCA programs in the area. To sign up, head to ymcabn.org.

 

Bear in Florida apparently thought UberEats made a mistake with his delivery.

A hungry bear is blamed for ruining a Florida family’s dinner. Longwood residents Laidy Gutierrez and Daniel Bula ordered dinner, through UberEats, from Taco Bell last week. The family’s doorbell camera shows the driver dropping off the food before a black bear wanders onto the porch and takes it. The couple’s niece says the bear even took the soda. UberEats issued the family a refund.

 

 

Not any more, Homer…

Homer Simpson will no longer choke his son Bart. The producers of the animated, longest-running TV show have confirmed its policy shift. The last time Homer choked Bart on an episode of The Simpsons was three years ago but now Homer will take a stand against child abuse. In episode three of season 35, Homer tells a new neighbor that he won’t be choking his son anymore. The word is out on social media and fans are split about the decision. Some are cheering the move and others see it as a mandate from Disney, which owns the animated series.

 

They may soon be putting away their signs.

The actor’s strike could soon come to a close. According to Deadline, SAG-AFTRA and motion picture and television studios have reportedly reached an agreement on the use of artificial intelligence. The use of AI to recreate actors’ likenesses has been a major topic in negotiations, as well as revenue sharing. The union’s lead negotiators and studios met on Tuesday in what could be the final phase to sealing a new deal and the end to the more than three-month strike.

 

Unidentified woman with credit card in  dramatization

Americans owe over a trillion dollars on their credit cards. That’s according to a new report on household debt from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It found that credit card balances spiked by over $150 billion year over year. It’s the largest increase this century. Credit card delinquency rates also went up, especially among millennials.

 

Today is Wednesday, November 8th, the 312th day of the year.

November 8 in history…

Elijah Craig

…In 1789, bourbon whiskey was first distilled from corn by Reverend Elijah Craig in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1958 Edsel Cruise

…In 1956, Ford Motor Company decided to name their new car “Edsel” after Henry Ford’s only son; the first Edsels were available in 1958.

 

 

John Kennedy and Richard Nixon

…In 1960, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in the run for the office of President of the United States.

 

 

 

“Julie” and “Tom” pose in 1956 during filming of the first show.

…In 1965, the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” debuted on NBC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John and Cynthia during happier times

…In 1968 Cynthia Powell Lennon is granted a divorce from John Lennon after 6 years of marriage.

 

 

 

 

 

David Bowie with Cher on her 1975 show.

…In 1975 David Bowie debuted “Fame” on the Cher CBS TV show.

 

 

 

 

 

Ace Frehley of Kiss is unmasked in 1980

…In 1980 Kiss kicked off their eleven-day “Unmasked” Tour in Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…In 2020, global COVID-19 cases passed 50-million. The death toll at that point was over 1.2 million.

 

 

 

 

Governor Hochul is sworn in 2021 to replace Former Governor Cuomo

…In 2022, Kathy Hochul became the first elected female Governor of New York.

 

Morning News Brief

 

Kamela Lockhart

The Batavia Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating a 14-year-old girl. Kamela Lockhart was last seen on Nov. 6 in Batavia.  She was wearing a thin black sweatshirt, a red t-shirt, red pants, and multi-colored crocs.  Kamela is about 5’04” and 180 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes.  Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350 or the NYS Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3543.

A former Brighton High School physics teacher is now awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors.  Prosecutors said 45 year old Louis Carusone of Webster, shared the material in an online file-sharing network Oct. 10 of 2022. An undercover officer downloaded the files and found more from Carusone’s IP address over the next few days.  Investigators searched Carusone’s home Oct. 21 of 2022, recovering more than 2,000 images and videos of child pornography — some of which depicted children as young as 5 years old, as well as children being subjected to violence and sexual abuse.  Prosecutors said Carusone also recorded and photographed children in public — including students in his classroom, though none of the recordings were pornographic — and at a waterpark, where he recorded them in bathing suits.  Carusone faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 21.

Election results are in across New York State.  Some of the big ones in Western NY: Democrat Adam Bello remains the Executive of Monroe County for a second term with 61 percent of the vote.  Democrat Mark Poloncarz stayed for his 4th term as Erie County Executive with 58 percent of the vote.  Republican Alex Renzi was elected to the State Supreme Court with 37 percent of the vote.  In Batavia Republicans swept the board running unopposed for County Clerk, County Coroner, and several legislator and town council positions.  

A former Wegmans employee is heading to prison for accumulating more than half a million dollars in fraudulent refunds for herself through a program used to fill customers’ prescriptions.  48 year old Alicia Torres of Webster, pleaded guilty earlier this year to wire fraud. Prosecutors said she used the Enterprise System between 2014 and February 2023 to process approximately 350 credit card refund requests worth a total of $568,021.69 in customers’ names.  Torres worked at Wegmans for 27 years, including the last 15 as a pharmacy technician at the Eastway store on Empire Boulevard.  Prosecutors said Torres also used Wegmans gift cards to steal $10,922.17 from the company between 2020 and February 2023.  A judge sentenced Torres to one year in prison and ordered her to pay restitution totaling $578,943.86.

Five-million-dollars is being made available to help animal shelters and humane societies statewide make needed improvements to their facilities. It is part of the Companion Animal Capital Fund that launched in 2017 and so far has helped pay for dozens of projects. The money can be used for things such as renovations and also lowering operational costs. The deadline to apply is January 29th.

The Buffalo Sabres have come up short in their bid to win a second straight game after suffering a tough loss on the road. Rasmus Dahlin and Alex Tuch each scored as the Sabres fell to the Carolina Hurricanes three-to-two in overtime at PNC Arena last night. Buffalo goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced in the contest. The next game for the Sabres is on Friday when they play the Minnesota Wild.

Morning News Brief

63-year-old Gerald Steven Pigeon of Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to one count of first-degree sexual abuse ahead of a jury trial that was scheduled to begin next month.  Pigeon is a former Erie County Democratic Chairman.  According to the district attorney’s office, on a date between November 2016 and December 2016, Pigeon subjected a child, who was younger than 11 years old to sexual contact at a location in Erie County. The victim was known to Pigeon. He was arraigned on a six-count indictment in the case in December 2021.  Pigeon is scheduled to be sentenced on December 22, he faces a maximum of seven years in prison. He continues to be released on his own recognizance and a temporary order of protection issued on behalf of the victim remains in effect.

The general election is today.  Polls opened at 6am and will close tonight at 9pm.  If you don’t know where you can vote you can visit voterlookup.elections.ny.gov or call 585 815 7804 to find your polling place.  Today is also the last day to postmark your ballot. The Board of Elections must receive it by Nov. 14. Military/Special Federal absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 20.  All registered voters are allowed to vote today.  There are 2 propositions on the ballot.  1 is for an increase in the debt limit for small city school districts.  2 is for removing the debt limit for sewage projects.  Byron Bergen Voters also have prop 3 which is adding an annual tax to support the public library.  

One suspect is in custody after a theft at Dicks Sporting Goods on Veterans Memorial Drive in Batavia. Deputies were dispatched to the area following the report of two men stealing coats.  The men reportedly fled on bicycles.  They were described as white, one wearing a black sweater, baseball cap, and jeans and the other in blue jeans and gray sweater.   They were reportedly seen headed toward Walmart before officers arrived. 

The City of Batavia Water Department will need to temporarily turn off water in the Jackson Street area today for the duration of the day to replace a valve. The following streets will be without water: Chestnut Street, Kibbe Avenue, Elmwood Avenue, South Jackson Street, from Jackson Street to Liberty Street, and Jackson Street, from Central Avenue to South Jackson Street.  Surrounding streets may be affected as well.  As always, when the water is restored, it may be discolored.  Refrain from doing any laundry until the water runs clear.

New York State is attempting to tackle maternal and infant mortality rates.  Governor Hochul on Monday announced legislation to create a community directory of Doulas who are birthing experts that provide physical and emotional support for expectant parents. New funding has also been allocated for Peri-Natal Centers. Also, Doula services will be covered for all Medicaid recipients, starting January 1st.  

General Motors plans to invest $300 million into the Tonawanda engine plant, the United Auto Workers union confirmed Monday.  It’s one of three additional investments that was secured by the union through recent negotiations. The deal must still be ratified by a simple majority of the union’s 46,000 members with the automaker.  The investment would be used for drive-unit production for electric vehicles. Other locations included for EV investment are the Lansing and Fairfax plants

Monday News Brief

32-year-old Trevvown Parker of Medina has been arrested. He’s charged with petit larceny, after allegedly stealing fuel from the TP Deli in Alabama by pumping gas and driving away without paying for it. Parker was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled for Alabama Town Court on November 21.

 

 

Gas prices continue to make their way down this week. According to AAA this morning, the national average per gallon price of regular is $3.42. The state average is $3.70. In Batavia, we’re paying $3.71; that’s four cents lower than a week ago, 12 cents lower than a month ago and seven cents lower than it was a year ago today. Lower demand and a falling oil barrel price are driving the prices down slowly as we head into the middle of autumn and into the winter.

 

File photo of Thruway overpass repair work after an oversized vehicle running into it

State Police are going to be doing their part over the next several days to prevent bridges from being hit by large vehicles. Troopers will be working with local agencies across New York State to increase patrols during the “Check Your Height, Know It’s Right” initiative that runs through Saturday. Officials say bridge strikes are preventable and can cause potential hazards to motorists and first responders.

 

 

A man is recovering after being the victim of a carjacking in Rochester over the weekend. The 39-year-old man says he was forced from his vehicle around midnight yesterday in the area of Elmwood Avenue and Scottsville Road in the city. The vehicle was later found near Kenwood Avenue and Chili Avenue. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to be OK.

 

Senator Schumer

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make a change to its disaster aid policies. Schumer says the guidelines FEMA has in place now to help communities recover from weather disasters like major snowstorms are too strict. The New York Democrat has written a letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell asking for the snow disaster policy to be re-evaluated. Last year a blizzard crippled the region, and it took months for financial aid to arrive.

 

Ah-CHOOOO!

The New York State Department of Health is recommending that people roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot. Flu season begins in October and runs through May, but typically peaks between December and February. The vaccine is available to everyone six months and older at places like pharmacies and doctor’s offices. Those 65 and older and individuals who have certain medical conditions could experience serious health complications if they get the flu. To schedule an appointment, go to vaccines.gov.

 

 

Damar Hamlin

Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin is setting up a scholarship program in honor of the hospital workers who saved his life. Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field back in January while playing in Cincinnati and ended up in the ICU for a week. Over the weekend, he announced he was establishing ten $1,000 scholarships, each one in the name of the ten people on the hospital team that kept him alive.

 

The Buffalo Bills have failed to move into first place in the AFC East after suffering a loss on the road. Quarterback Josh Allen threw for 258 yards and a touchdown, but his team still fell to the Cincinnati Bengals 24 to 18 at Paycor Stadium last night. Allen also had a rushing TD for the Bills, whose record this season is five wins and four losses. Buffalo gets a buy this week and their next game is November 13th against the Denver Broncos.

 

ELSEWHERE…

Joro Spider

A spider species is spreading. A study from Clemson University says Joro spiders are spreading beyond South Carolina and could inhabit most of the eastern U.S. The spiders are large, brightly colored and use their webs to travel in the wind. They’re venomous, but researchers say they don’t bite humans or pets unless they are cornered.

 

 

 

 

President Biden and Former President Trump

The 2024 presidential election is exactly one year away. New polling done by the New York Times and Siena College shows former President Trump holds an edge over President Biden across five key swing states in hypothetical match-ups. Biden and Trump are both the overwhelming favorites for the nomination for each of their parties.

 

Today is Monday, November 6th, the 310th day of the year.

November 6 in history…

…In 1941, the Soviet Union was lent $1 million by the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 1970, Phil Donahue with Johnny Carson on Phil’s local show in Dayton.

…In 1967, “The Phil Donahue Show” debuted on a local station in Dayton, Ohio. The program later went into syndication and stayed on the air for 29 years.

 

 

 

A still shot from The Monkees’ movie that even they acknowledged fans didn’t like.

…In 1968, The Monkees’ $750,000 feature film, “Head” opened in New York City. The feature follows band members Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith on a trippy adventure through 1960s Hollywood, California where they cross paths with such people as Dennis Hopper, Frank Zappa and Jack Nicholson. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster.

 

 

Mr. Loaf in 2007

…In 2007 Meat Loaf cancelled his European tour after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords, but denied media reports he might be quitting the stage for good.

 

Morning News Brief

Tyson Food Inc has issued a recall for one of its most popular products.  The company is recalling 15 tons of its dinosaur chicken nuggets saying they may have small pieces of metal in them.  At least one person has already been injured by the metal in the nuggets.  The affected bags of nuggets have a use by date of September 4 2024.  If you have these dinosaur nuggets you are advised not to eat them but instead throw them away or return them to the store you purchased them at.  To check the specific lot codes go on our website at wbtai.com.

Lot codes: 2483BRV0207, 2483BRV0208, 2483BRV0209 and 2483BRV0210.

Around midnight on Sunday, Rochester Police responded to a report of a vehicle that was stolen in the area of Elmwood Avenue and Scottsville Road.  Police say that a 39-year old city resident told them that he was removed from his vehicle by suspects who then drove off with his car.  The vehicle was later found in the area of Kenwood and Chili Avenue.  The victim was taken to Highland Hospital and treated for minor injuries.  There are no suspects in custody.

Gas prices are trickling down in Western NY.  The average price for a gallon of regular is 3.71 in Batavia which is down 4 cents from last week and 11 cents from last month.  The New York State average is 3.70 which is 4 cents down from a week ago.  The national average is 3.42 down from 3.50 last week and 37 cents down from last month.  Lower demand and a falling oil barrel price are driving the prices down slowly as we head to the middle of autumn and into the winter.  

State Police are going to be doing their part over the next several days to prevent bridges from being hit by large vehicles. Troopers will be working with local agencies across New York State to increase patrols during the “Check Your Height, Know It’s Right” initiative that runs through Saturday. Officials say bridge strikes are preventable and can cause potential hazards to motorists and first responders.

The Buffalo Bills have failed to move into first place in the AFC East after suffering a loss on the road. Quarterback Josh Allen threw for 258 yards and a touchdown, but his team still fell to the Cincinnati Bengals 24 to 18 at Paycor Stadium last night. Allen also had a rushing TD for the Bills, whose record this season is five wins and four losses. Buffalo gets a buy this week and their next game is November 13th against the Denver Broncos.

Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin is setting up a scholarship program in honor of the hospital workers who saved his life.  Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field back in January while playing in Cincinnati and ended up in the ICU for a week.  Over the weekend, he announced he was establishing ten one-thousand-dollar scholarships, each one in the name of the ten people on the hospital team that kept him alive.  Hamlin said his Cincinnati Heroes Scholarship will help underserved high school and college-bound students attend private high schools, trade schools or universities in the Cincinnati area.

Weekend News Brief

If you try to go to Denny’s in Geneseo you’ll find a sign in the window of the front door that says “closed permanently as of 10/30/2023.”  The reason it’s closed?  The owner, Dawood Beshay, who owns Denny’s restaurants in New York and Arizona, took a Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant from the government in 2020 to cover revenue losses from the COVID shutdowns but was not eligible for the grant.  Beshay owned more than the allowed number of locations and lied on the application.  He was charged with fraud by the US Attorney’s Office and just settled for 2 million dollars.  

A man was seriously injured in a shooting in Rochester on the 600 block of North Clinton Avenue Friday evening.  Rochester Police said the victim, a 25-year-old man, was found around 4:45 p.m., rushed to the hospital and taken into surgery. His injuries are considered “very serious” but non-life-threatening, according to police. No arrests have been made as of yet.

Tuesday is election day and the Batavia City School Board wants to remind you to get out and vote.  Specifically they want you to vote yes on Proposition 1 which raises the small city debt rate from 5 percent to 10 percent.  In a letter to the community they point out that rural schools and large city schools can carry a 10 percent debt but small cities are limited to half that which hinders their ability to carry out large capital projects which are needed to do building upgrades and improvements.  The vote would change the limit across the state and only affect small city school districts like Batavia.  The school board says Small City School Districts view this critical issue and vote as a matter of equity and fairness for students, school districts and communities across New York State.  The letter is signed by the school board members and Jason Smith, the school Superintendent.

As the holiday season approaches, a collaborative effort is underway to bring joy and  support to underprivileged children and teenagers in Genesee County.  On November 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Stuff the Cruiser” will take place at the Batavia Town Centre.  To stuff the cruiser items are needed such as new toys, new clothing, small denomination gift cards, personal care gift sets, hats, gloves, accessories, and non-perishable food items.  All contributions will remain within Genesee County, ensuring they reach children and families who can benefit from these gifts during the holiday season. The event features the active involvement of many local law enforcement and social welfare agencies including: the Genesee County Probation Department, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Batavia Police Department, the New York State Police, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Genesee County Department of Social Services.

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?  At the Buffalo City Zoo.  The Buffalo Zoo announced Friday the arrival of a rhinoceros, Romeo.  Romeo is a four-year-old Eastern Black rhino from Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. On October 3rd, he was transferred to Buffalo, while LuLu, a five-year-old Eastern Black rhino from Buffalo was transferred to Chicago.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists Eastern Black rhinos as a critically endangered species. Romeo and Lulu were transferred as part of a Species Survival Plan recommendation to support the Eastern Black rhino conservation.  In Buffalo, Romeo will mature until he is ready to breed. In Chicago, Lulu will be paired with a 19-year-old male Eastern Black rhino.

Friday News Brief

 

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 redcross.org/homefires.

 

 

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.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

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.

 

Morning News Brief

A 15-year-old boy faces charges for a shooting on the City of Rochester’s north side last month that injured two people.  Police responded to the area of Avenue D and North Street for a report of shots fired Oct. 12 just after 8:15 p.m.  Officers found a 14-year-old boy and a 36-year-old woman with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.  Investigators determined the suspect was driving a stolen Kia Sportage, which they found and attempted to stop the next day on North Goodman Street.  Police said the vehicle failed to stop, prompting a pursuit that ended when they lost sight of the Kia near Webster Avenue. Officers later found the vehicle unoccupied on Peck Street.  U.S. Marshals found the suspect Wednesday on Ridgeway Avenue and took him into custody. He’s charged two counts of assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful fleeing.

A pair of teenagers from Rochester are accused of stealing two unlocked vehicles that were left running in the driveways of Batavia homes this 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.

Governor Hochul has announced millions of dollars will be coming to the Genesee County STAMP site.  In her announcement on Thursday, 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 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.  

The Sheriffs Office has released the name of the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle Wednesday. Authorities say 60-year-old Robert Schryver entered the road on Route 5 between Delre’s Greenhouse and the former Dibble Family Center Wednesday night.  According to the initial investigation, a 27-year-old Akron woman, Brittany Hill, was driving a 2020 Gray Volkswagon SUV westbound when Schryver reportedly crossed the road ahead of her vehicle.  Schryver sustained serious injuries and was transported to UMMC, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Western New York’s largest seasonal employer may be seeing some changes after Six Flags and Cedar Faire announced a merger in the last couple of days.  The Ohio company which owns Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio, Knotts Berry Farm in California and several other parks around the country and Six Flags which owns 27 parks across the US and contracts to run Darien Lake for EPR Properties are set to merge in early 2024 in a deal worth over 8 billion dollars.  No announcements on what this will mean for the Western NY amusement park moving forward or for customers who buy season passes or memberships have been made.  

Damar Hamlin is most likely not going to play against the Cincinnati Bengals whenBuffalo 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 when a direct blow at a specific point in a heartbeat 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.

Thursday News Brief

The investigation continues today into the death of a pedestrian on West Main Street Road in Batavia. According to deputies, 60-year-old Robert Schryver of Batavia died after he was struck by an SUV operated by 27-year-old Brittany Hill of Akron. The accident was called in to 9-1-1 just before 7pm last night. Schryver was apparently trying to cross the road when he entered the westbound lane and was hit by Hill. He was transported to UMMC where he succumbed to his injuries.

 

The City of Batavia Police Blotter:

Terrance Falk

On 10/24/2023, Terrance L Falk (age 25) of Batavia, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd and Menacing 2nd. It’s alleged that Falk threatened two people, with a knife, during an altercation on Washington Ave. He was arraigned in CAP Court and is due in Batavia City Court, at a later date.

 

 

 

 

Victor Diaz

On 10/19/2023, Victor M V Diaz (age 22) of Canisteo, was charged with Gang Assault 2nd. Diaz allegedly caused serious physical injury, to another person, during an altercation on Law St, on 5/30/2022. Diaz was arraigned in Batavia City Court and released under the supervision of Genesee Justice. He is due back in court, on 11/9/2023.

 

 

 

 

Shante Johnson

On 10/16/2023, Shante C Johnson (age 26) of Batavia, was arrested for Burglary 2nd and Criminal Mischief 4th. The arrest is the result of an investigation into an incident on 9/26/2023, where Johnson allegedly entered a residence, on Thorp St, and damaged property inside. Johnson was arraigned in CAP Court and is due in Batavia City Court, on 10/24/2023.

 

 

 

 

Joseph Tornabene

On 10/19/2023, Joseph M Tornabene (age 32) of Batavia, was arrested for Criminal Contempt 1st. It’s alleged that Tornabene had unwanted physical contact with the protected party, in an order of protection. Tornabene was arraigned in Batavia City Court and is due back in court, at a later date.

 

 

 

 

On 10/15/2023, Corey A Brown (age 37) of Batavia, was arrested on two arrest warrants. Each warrant charges Brown with Sex Offender Failure to Notify Change of Address and Level 3 Sex Offender Failure to Verify Address. He was arraigned in CAP Court and is due in Batavia City Court, at a later date.

On 10/22/2023, Michael A Sweet (age 37) of Batavia, was arrested for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th, Identity Theft 3rd and Petit Larceny. It’s alleged that Sweet used a stolen debit card to purchase items, from a local store. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court, on 11/7/2023.

On 10/21/2023, Amanda E Hess (age 39) of Alexander, was arrested for DWI and Aggravated DWI. Hess was arrested after an investigation into a citizen complaint of a possible intoxicated driver. Hess was issued traffic tickets and is scheduled to appear in court, on 11/8/2023.

On 10/24/2023, Gage A Dieterle (age 22) of Batavia, was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th. It’s alleged that Dieterle damaged property, belonging to another person, during an altercation on Lincoln Ave. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court and is scheduled to return, at a later date.

On 10/23/2023, James E Murray (age 34), was arrested for Criminal Contempt 2nd. It’s alleged that Murray had contact with the protected party, in an order of protection. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail. He is due back in court, on 11/8/2023.

On 10/23/2023, Hailee N Callicutt (age 23) of Batavia, was arrested on a bench warrant, from Batavia City Court. Callicutt was initially arrested on 1/1/2022, and charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd, Resisting Arrest and several vehicle and traffic violations. She was issued appearance tickets and release. Callicutt allegedly failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued on 9/20/2022. Callicutt was arrested on that warrant on 8/29/2023 and arraigned in CAP Court. She was released and was scheduled to appear in court at a later date. She allegedly failed to appear again and another warrant was issued, on 10/16/2023. Callicutt was located on a traffic stop, in Batavia, on 10/23 and arrested. She was arraigned on 10/17 and was scheduled to appear in court again, later that day.

On 10/19/2023, Benjamin G Evans (age 35) of Batavia, was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny. It’s alleged that Evans stole a package off the front porch of a residence, on Union St. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court, on 10/24/2023.

On 10/21/2023, Peter L Jackson (age 57) of Batavia, was arrested for Criminal Contempt 2nd. Jackson allegedly violated an order of protection by coming to the residence of the protected party. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court, on 11/7/2023.

On 10/21/2023, Ted E Kingsley (age 51) of Batavia, was arrested for Petit Larceny. Kingsley allegedly stole merchandise from Family Dollar on East Main St. He was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court, on 11/7/2023.

In other news…

Heikki Rantakari

The search for a missing University of Rochester professor has come to a tragic end. Police say the body that was removed from the Genesee River earlier this week were the remains of 44-year-old Heikki Rantakari. He was last seen alive back on October 20th when he checked into an Airbnb on Exchange Street in Rochester. Video later showed Rantakari fell off a bridge and into the water. Officials say they haven’t uncovered any signs of foul play.

 

Patrick Dai

A Cornell University student and Pittsford native is being held behind bars without bail after making an appearance in federal court. Yesterday, 21-year-old Patrick Dai was in front of a judge in Syracuse after being arrested for allegedly threatening to hurt Jewish students on the Cornell campus in Ithaca. Prosecutors say Dai visited one of the locations he threatened to attack. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted and is due back in court November 15th.

 

 

Alexander Bryant

As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: 19-year-old Alexander Bryant of Niagara Falls has been indicted in two separate sexual assaults. According to the district attorney’s office, Bryant is facing charges in connection to an alleged sexual assault that occurred on September 19 in Niagara Falls: Two counts of predatory sexual assault, First-degree rape, First-degree criminal sexual act. Bryant is also charged with the following in connection to an alleged sexual assault that occurred on October 6 in Niagara Falls: Predatory Sexual Assault, First-degree criminal sexual act, Second-degree criminal sexual act. The Niagara Falls Police Department issued a warning to the public about the sexual assaults on October 8.

 

Brandon Biro (File Photo)

The Buffalo Sabres have earned a second straight victory after picking up a win on the road. Brandon Biro scored twice and Tage Thompson, Casey Mittelstadt and Owen Power had a goal each as the Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers five-to-two at the Wells Fargo Center last night. Buffalo goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced in the contest. The Sabres and Flyers will meet again tomorrow night in Buffalo.

 

 

 

Applications are now being accepted for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program ahead of the 2024-2025 academic year. Financial help is available to both part-time and full-time students who attend an approved school in the Empire State. The maximum TAP award is more than $5,000 dollars, and the goal of this program is to provide support to people who may not be able to afford a college education. For more information, head to hesc.ny.gov.

 

 

Moving indoors, starting this Saturday

The Batavia Indoor Market is set to return to the Batavia City Centre this Saturday with local vendors, farmers and handmade crafts. The market is open from 10:00am until 1:30pm starting this Saturday. (Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 6 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17, and March 2, 16 and 30. The regular City Centre shops will be open and be joined by Porter Farms, Garner Farms, Ladybug Creations, Meadow Moon Designs, and For the Love of Madeline Candles.) There is also an online market with 176 items for sale and orders open from 8:00am on Mondays to 8:00pm on Thursdays. Current online vendors listed are Flint’s Maple, Botanical Ben, Garner Farms and Creekside Designs and Blanks. Detailed information, including specific Saturdays that the market will be open, is available here: https://onlinefarmmarkets.com/Batavia-Indoor-Market

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

The cover of Cher’s latest release

Cher is joining the 97th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The pop icon will be closing out the parade around the time Santa appears on his sleigh. Cher just dropped her first album in five years called, “Christmas.” The parade will include 5,000 volunteers, 16 character balloons, 26 floats, more than 700 clowns, 12 marching bands and 9 performance groups. For the first time, the parade will start a half hour earlier at 8:30am Eastern Time.

 

 

 

The cover of The Rolling Stone’s latest release

The new Rolling Stones album has set a chart record in the U.S. “Hackney Diamonds” debuted at number three this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart. That makes the Rolling Stones the first act to reach the top ten with a new album in the U.S. every decade since the 1960s.

 

 

 

 

Jerome Powell speaks with reporters yesterday. (NBC Photo)

The Federal Reserve is leaving interest rates unchanged for now. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told reporters yesterday that the central bank would continue to track inflation and the health of the economy. He added that there’s still a long way to go to get inflation down to two-percent. It’s the second time in a row the Fed held interest rates steady following eleven rate hikes, including four this year.

 

 

Today is Thursday, November 2nd, the 306th day of the year.

November 2 in history…

 

President Truman enjoys a laugh

…In 1948, President Harry S. Truman was reelected in a narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas Dewey. “The Chicago Tribune” caught heat when it printed the now infamous premature headline “Dewey Wins.”

 

 

 

Vivienne Nearing, the new champion, “Twenty-One” host Jack Barry, and Charles Van Doring on the day he ‘lost’ in 1957. The show’s sponsor, Geritol, wrote Doring a big check.

…In 1959, game show contestant Charles Van Doren admitted that he had been given questions and answers in advance of his appearances on the popular NBC television game show “Twenty One.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

…In 1967, The Beatles completed recording their next single “Hello Goodbye” at Abbey Road studios in London with a second Paul McCartney bass line. The McCartney song had been selected for the A-side of the Fab Four’s next single, the flip side to be Lennon’s “I Am The Walrus.”

 

 

 

 

 

President Carter

…In 1976, Jimmy Carter became the first candidate from the Deep South to be elected president.

 

 

 

 

 

 

…In 1978 The Police released their debut album, “Outlandos d’Amour.” The working title, “Police Brutality,” was changed to make is sound more romantic.

 

 

“Snoopy” enjoying his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

…In 2015, the famous beagle Snoopy got a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame days before “The Peanuts Movie” was released. Snoopy’s star was placed next to the late cartoonist Charles Schulz.

 

Morning News Brief

Genesee County Sheriffs are investigating a fatal accident on rt 5 in Batavia that occurred Wednesday night at around 6:55pm.  Police say a pedestrian attempted to cross the road into oncoming traffic and was struck by a gray SUV which was traveling west in the area of 4077 Rt 5.  The male pedestrian suffered fatal injuries.  The identity of the man has not been released and police are continuing the investigation.

The body pulled from the Genesee River Tuesday morning has been identified as Heikki Rantakari, the 44-year-old University of Rochester professor who went missing last month, according to police.  Rantakari, who lived in Boston, was an associate professor of economics and management at the U of R’s Simon School of Business. The university said Rantakari was reported missing after he didn’t show up to teach a Saturday morning class Oct. 21.  He was last seen Friday, Oct. 20 when he checked into an Airbnb on Exchange Street. Police later determined Rantakari fell off a pedestrian bridge at the end of Bragdon Place into the Genesee River early the next morning.  Ten days after Rantakari was reported missing, a scuba team pulled his body from the river near the Inner Loop.  Police said they have not found any signs of foul play. The exact cause of death remains under investigation.

The Niagara County District Attorney’s Office announced an indictment was unsealed in court Wednesday charging 19-year-old Alexander Bryant of Niagara Falls in two separate sexual assaults.  According to the district attorney’s office, Bryant is facing charges in connection to an alleged sexual assault that occurred on September 19 in Niagara Falls: Two counts of predatory sexual assault, First-degree rape, First-degree criminal sexual act.  Bryant is also charged with the following in connection to an alleged sexual assault that occurred on October 6 in Niagara Falls: Predatory Sexual Assault, First-degree criminal sexual act, Second-degree criminal sexual act.  The Niagara Falls Police Department issued a warning to the public about the sexual assaults on October 8.

Applications are now being accepted for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program ahead of the 2024-2025 academic year. Financial help is available to both part-time and full-time students who attend an approved school in the Empire State. The maximum TAP award is more than five-thousand dollars, and the goal of this program is to provide support to people who may not be able to afford a college education. For more information, head to hesc.ny.gov.

The Batavia Indoor Market is set to return to the Batavia City Centre this Saturday with local vendors, farmers and handmade crafts offered for discerning customers.  The market runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, and Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 6 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17, and March 2, 16 and 30. The regular City Centre shops will be open and be joined by Porter Farms, Garner Farms, Ladybug Creations, Meadow Moon Designs, and For the Love of Madeline Candles.  There is also an online market with 176 items for sale and orders open from 8am on Mondays to 8 PM on Thursdays.  Current online vendors listed are Flint’s Maple, Botanical Ben, Garner Farms and Creekside Designs and Blanks.  To get to the online market follow the link at wbtai.com.

https://onlinefarmmarkets.com/Batavia-Indoor-Market

The Buffalo Sabres have earned a second straight victory after picking up a win on the road. Brandon Biro scored twice and Tage Thompson, Casey Mittelstadt and Owen Power had a goal each as the Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers five-to-two at the Wells Fargo Center last night. Buffalo goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced in the contest. The Sabres and Flyers will meet again tomorrow night in Buffalo.

Wednesday News Brief

Patrick Dai

A 21-year-old junior at Cornell University has been charged in connection to violent online threats directed at the school’s Jewish community. Patrick Dai, originally from Pittsford, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly posting a series of disturbing messages to the Cornell section of an online forum, threatening to brutally assault and kill any Jewish people he sees on campus. Dai also said he was “gonna shoot up 104 West,” which is a Cornell dining hall that caters to Kosher diets and is located next to the Cornell Jewish Center. Dai is charged with posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

 

The Genesee County Department of Social Services has filed charges that include grand larceny following investigation into three Batavia residents. 37-year-old Patricia McDonald is accused of falsely reporting that her children were residing with her in order to obtain additional SNAP benefits in the amount of $2,500. 63-year-old James Harris is accused of failing to report income, which resulted in him receiving nearly $2400 in SNAP benefits for which he was not entitled. And 33-year-old Remy Lacey is also accused of failing to report wages. He received $3326 in SNAP benefits he was not entitled to. Each was arraigned in Town of Batavia Court and released on their own recognizance.

 

 

30-year-old Maranda Button of Batavia has been arrested. In addition to a traffic violation, she is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. The arrest occurred last night when Button was stopped by road patrol Deputies near the intersection of Route 63 and Park Road. An investigation resulted in allegations that Button was in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on an appearance ticket.

 

Rochester police are still looking into the discovery of human remains in the Genesee River. The remains were removed from the water yesterday near the Inner Loop. They were then turned over to the Monroe County medical examiner for an autopsy and identification. Anyone with details on this case is asked to reach out to police at 585-428-6720.

 

File photo of Governor Hochul

Governor Hochul says the state is taking action to protect people from hate crimes. There have been a growing number of bias-related incidents in the last few weeks in the aftermath of an attack against Israel that was carried out by Hamas. The governor says millions of dollars are available to help law enforcement prevent and solve these crimes. That includes funding for State Police to expand their social media analysis unit to monitor potential threats.

 

Flying south (among other regions), and probably not just for the winter.

As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: A new study released by the Business Council of New York State says that the state lost almost $10 billion to Florida in the year 2021. Over the past 3 years $993 billion left New York and moved to other states. The national average of financial growth is 4%. New York has sat at .2% for the last 3 years. The report also states that New York is very low on the list for business friendliness, tax competitiveness and out migration (the definition of which is the action of leaving one place to settle in another, especially within a country). Governor Hochul’s office touted the new tech corridor in Western and upstate New York and nearly half a million jobs created since she took office and said she is doing everything in her power to turn the state around. Experts warn that without New York reducing tax burdens and cutting over-regulation the trend will continue.

 

Starting today, applications are being accepted for anyone who is interested in enrolling in the Home Energy Assistance Program. The program helps people pay their energy bills during the winter months and eligibility is based on factors such as income, household size, and primary heating source. Only one HEAP benefit will be given to an eligible household per program year. Additional information can be found by going to otda.ny.gov.

 

Medical Center at The University of Rochester

Members of a union at the University of Rochester Medical Center are planning to hold an informational picket. The more than 1,800 service employees and caregivers say they’re upset an agreement hasn’t been reached on a brand-new contract. Employees are still planning to go to work each day but say they want to let people know what’s happening and how they could be affected. The date of the picket hasn’t been announced.

 

Rasul Douglas

The Buffalo Bills have picked up a new Cornerback, Rasul Douglas, in a trade with the Green Bay Packers. Buffalo acquired the 28-year-old corner and a 2024 fifth-round pick from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a 2024 third-round pick. He’s been a durable player, missing just nine total games since coming into the league in 2018. He also intercepted Josh Allen during the Packers’ loss to the Bills last season. People in Green Bay say Douglas is also a leader and a voice that is heard in the locker room. He has size, standing at 6-foot-2-inches, and he can make plays, racking up nine interceptions over the past two seasons. He comes to the team as Tre’davious White is out for the season with an injury.

 

The Buffalo Sabres are in the City of Brotherly Love tonight as they hope to pick up a second straight win. The Sabres are set to visit the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Buffalo is coming off of a four-to-nothing shutout victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday and has earned eight points so far this season. Face-off is set for 7:00.

 

 

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Definitely a “then” photo of The Beatles from 1969

The very last Beatles song will premiere on iHeartmedia broadcast stations nationwide tomorrow. “Now and Then” was written and sung by John Lennon decades ago, and newly developed Artificial Intelligence technology has finally allowed every Beatle to contribute to the finished song. It includes guitar parts recorded by George Harrison before his death, Ringo Starr’s drumming, and Paul McCartney’s bass and piano. “Now and Then,” will debut on more than 740 iHeart stations at 10:00am Eastern, tomorrow.

 

“Casper At My House,” – Copyright MammalMage

Turns out ghosts aren’t a deal breaker for homebuyers. A Zillow survey found that 67% of prospective homebuyers would purchase a haunted house if it were in a good location, affordable or had other appeal.

 

 

 

 

Today is Wednesday, November 1st, the 305th day of the year.

November 1 in history…

 

President John Adams; the first to hang curtains in the President’s new digs

…In 1800, John Adams became the first President to live in the White House in Washington D.C.

 

 

 

 

Elvis with Natalie Wood today in history

…In 1956 Elvis Presley bought a new Harley Davidson motorbike and spent the day riding around Memphis with actress Natalie Wood.

 

 

 

 

1975 promotional poster

…In 1975 Paul McCartney and Wings kicked off a 9-date tour in Australia.

 

 

 

…In 2005, voters in Denver, Colorado voted to allow residents over the age of 21 to legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

Morning News Brief

A 21-year-old junior at Cornell University has been charged in connection to violent online threats directed at his school’s Jewish community.  Patrick Dai, originally from Pittsford, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly posting a series of disturbing messages to the Cornell section of an online forum, threatening to brutally assault and kill any Jewish people he sees on campus and saying he was “gonna shoot up 104 West,” which is a Cornell dining hall that caters to Kosher diets and is located next to the Cornell Jewish Center.  Dai is charged with posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A body has been recovered from the Genesee river in Rochester.  Emergency crews, including a scuba team, responded to the Genesee River near the Inner Loop just before 11 a.m. Tuesday after 911 received a report of a body in the water.  Crews recovered human remains from the river Tuesday afternoon and turned them over the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.  Traffic on the Inner Loop between Interstate 490 and St. Paul Street was closed for several hours, as was the Andrews Street Bridge. Both reopened later Tuesday afternoon.  No report on the identity has been released yet. 

A new study released by the Business Council of New York State says that the state lost almost 10 billion dollars to Florida in the year 2021.  Over the past 3 years 993 billion dollars left New York and moved to other states.  The national average of financial growth is 4 percent.  New York has sat at .2 percent for the last 3 years.  The report also states that New York is very low on the list for business friendliness, tax competitiveness and out migration.  Governor Hochul’s office touted the new tech corridor in Western and upstate New York and nearly half a million jobs created since she took office and said she is doing everything in her power to turn the state around.  Experts warn that without New York reducing tax burdens and cutting overregulation the trend will continue.

State Police have recovered the vehicle they believe was involved in a deadly shooting on Interstate 190 in Buffalo. Troopers say the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen before last Thursday’s shooting that left a City of Buffalo Sewer Authority worker dead and two other colleagues hurt. Police don’t have a motive but believe that this was an isolated incident and there’s no threat to the public. 

The Buffalo Bills have picked up a new Cornerback, Rasul Douglas, in a trade with the Green Bay Packers.  Buffalo acquired the 28-year-old corner and a 2024 fifth-round pick from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a 2024 third-round pick. He’s been a durable player, missing just nine total games since coming into the league in 2018.  He also intercepted Josh Allen during the Packers’ loss to the Bills last season.  People in Green Bay say Douglas is also a leader and a voice that is heard in the locker room.  He has size, standing at 6-foot-2-inches, and he can make plays, racking up nine interceptions over the past two seasons.  He comes to  the team as Tre’davious White is out for the season with an injury.

Wednesday November 8th the Office for the Aging in Genesee County will be hosting an Employment Fair for people with disabilities from 1 to 4 pm.  The event presents an opportunity for job seekers to connect with leading companies, organizations, and not-for-profits to explore a wide range of career options.  You can preregister for the event by calling Ashley Dunham at the Office for the Aging at 585 815 8501 or emailing adunham@wnyil.org.

Tuesday News Brief

34-year-old Casey Vaughn of Batavia has been arrested. He’s charged with criminal contempt. It’s alleged Vaughn violated a complete stay-away order of protection by allowing the protected person to enter his residence. He was transported to the Genesee County Jail and held pending a Cap Court arraignment.

 

 

 

The Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force searched a house at 14 Spruce Street on Saturday and arrested 4 people. 30-year-old Michael Torres, 32 year old Jason Freeman, 24-year-old Haley Lardner and 63-year-old Dawn Morford were all arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon. The search warrant was a result of a several month investigation into the illegal possession and sale of narcotics from 14 South Spruce Street and weapons possession. Torres, Lardner, Morford and Freeman were held at the Genesee County Jail pending Cap Court arraignment.

 

Aftermath of blizzard in Buffalo (2022 file photo)

The City of Buffalo has officially released its snow plan for the upcoming 2023-2024 winter season. Highlights include improving communication with residents when bad weather strikes and also maintaining a fleet of dozen of plows that can be used for snow removal. Mayor Byron Brown says he’s happy with this plan and he’s praising everyone who worked to create it. For more information, head over to https://www.buffalony.gov/.

 

 

Striking UAW workers (September 2023)

As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: It’s a national story that has local implications: The United Auto Workers union and General Motors have reached a tentative agreement, which, along with agreements with Ford, may mean an end to the autoworkers strike. The big 3 automakers agreed to very generous deals to get the workers to go back to work. Negotiators got them pay and cost-of-living raises that would top 30% by the time the contracts expire in April 2028. Workers would get an immediate 11% pay bump upon ratification. Over 4 thousand workers in New York will be getting back to the job if the deal goes through. Though analysts say that the new contracts will cause a big jump in auto prices and cost the big 3 billions of dollars. Time will tell how this impacts the market and consumers.

 

Beginning November 1, applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program benefits will be accepted. Eligibility is based on income, household size, primary heat source, and whether there are elderly residents or children in the house. One HEAP benefit will be awarded to eligible households per program year. Those currently receiving Temporary Assistance and/or SNAP benefits may qualify for an automatic regular HEAP benefit and may not be required to file a separate application. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Halloween has arrived, and tonight, State Police and volunteers will be teaming up for the annual Pumpkin Patrol. The goal is to prevent Halloween pranks on the Thruway and to protect people from drivers who take part in dangerous activities such as speeding or being behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. About 200 volunteers from more than a dozen counties will help Troopers with this initiative. State Police took over running the Pumpkin Patrol in 1990.

 

Leonard Fournette

The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran running back Leonard Fournette to the team’s practice squad. The 28-year-old spent the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won a Super Bowl back in 2021. Fournette was released by Tampa Bay in the off season after scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 688 yards last season. Buffalo’s current starting running back James Cook is eighth in the NFL in rushing.

 

 

 

Darien lake Amphitheater file photo

Some of the biggest music stars of the 80s and 90s are coming to Western New York next year. New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul, and DJ Jazzy Jeff will be at the Darien Lake Amphitheater as part of the Magic Summer 2024 Tour on August 22nd. Both Abdul and DJ Jazzy Jeff have won Grammys and the New Kids on the Block were nominated for the prestigious award. Tickets for the show go on sale to the general public November 3rd.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Witches, black cats, and other images associate with Halloween have a history that goes back 2,000 years. The ancient Celtic fire festival called “Samhain” marked the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season. It was believed to be a time when the souls of the dead could return to the earth. Black cats became a symbol of the day because some believed souls could inhabit their bodies. The broomstick used by witches is symbolic of the magical powers of women, because it’s employed in the cleansing of ritual places.

 

 

 

 

Glenwood Taverns Amusement Park in Colorado

A man who was found dead inside a Colorado amusement park was potentially planning an attack. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office says the man broke into the amusement park in Glenwood Springs after hours on Friday, dressed in full tactical gear and armed with multiple weapons and loaded magazines. Multiple improvised explosive devices were also found with the suspect and in a car believed to be his.

 

 

It may still be recommended, but unlikely masks will be required when traveling 

It’s unlikely you’ll ever be forced to wear a COVID mask on an airplane again. The Senate has passed an amendment to a spending bill that bans federal funds from being used to enforce face-covering mandates on airlines, trains and buses.

 

 

Today is Tuesday, October 31st, the 304th day of the year.

 

October 31 in history…

Harry Houdini preparing for what would be a failed escape attempt.

…In 1926, legendary illusionist Harry Houdini died at the age of 52.

 

 

 

 

Mount Rushmore

…In 1941, Mount Rushmore was completed.

 

 

 

 

 

Bing Crosby

…In 1942, Bing Crosby’s hit song “White Christmas” topped the pop singles chart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beatlemania” erupts at Heathrow Airport today in history.

…In 1963 The Beatles returned to London after a five-day tour in Sweden. They were greeted at Heathrow Airport by hundreds of screaming fans and a mob of photographers and journalists. TV host Ed Sullivan was there as The Beatles arrived, experiencing Beatlemania first-hand; he decided to look into getting the group to appear on his show.

 

 

 

David Bowie in 1969

…In 1969 David Bowie appeared at a Halloween event in England. The gig lasted about 15 minutes and Bowie sang “Space Oddity” to everyone’s delight. Afterwards, he sat down and read poems and was booed off stage.

 

 

 

 

 

Hamilton poses in 2003 with the surfboard she was riding when the shark attacked her earlier that year.

…In 2003, a 14-foot-long tiger shark bit the arm off of 13-year-old surfer Bethany Hamilton when she was out for a morning surf with her best friend’s family in Kauai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Barker announces his retirement.

…In 2006, after 35 years at the helm, beloved game show host Bob Barker announced he would retire from CBS’ “The Price Is Right” at the end of the 2006-2007 TV season.

 

Morning News Brief

2 people were seriously injured in a crash at the Warsaw Orangeville townline on Rt 20A early Tuesday morning.  Police were called to a head on collision between a 2023 Ford truck and a 2019 Dodge Ram at 6:50am.  Evidence at the scene suggests that the Ram didn’t make the curve and crossed the center line in front of the Ford, hitting it head on.  Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles and were taken to ECMC with non-life threatening but serious injuries.  No charges have been filed at this time as the incident remains under investigation, and names of those involved are being withheld due to ongoing family notifications.

The Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force searched a house at 14 Spruce Street on Saturday and arrested 4 people.  30 year old Michael Torres, 32 year old Jason Freeman, 24 Year old Haley Lardner and 63 year old Dawn Morford were all arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon.  The search warrant was a result of a several month investigation into the illegal possession and sale of narcotics from 14 S. Spruce Street and weapons possession.  Torres, Lardner, Morford and Freeman were held at the Genesee County Jail pending C.A.P. Court arraignment.

A national story that has local implications, the UAW union and General Motors have reached a tentative agreement which, along with agreements with Ford and Stellaris, may mean an end to the auto workers strike.  The big 3 auto makers agreed to very generous deals to get the workers to go back to work.  Negotiators got them pay and cost-of-living raises that would top 30% by the time the contracts expire in April 2028. Workers would get an immediate 11% pay bump upon ratification.  Over 4 thousand workers in New York will be getting back to the job if the deal goes through.  Though analysts say that the new contracts will cause a big jump in auto prices and cost the big 3 billions of dollars.  Time will tell how this impacts the market and consumers.

Beginning November 1, applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program benefits will be accepted. HEAP is federally funded with the goal of helping low-income households with their energy needs.  Eligibility is based on income, household size, primary heat source, and whether there are elderly residents or children in the house.  Benefit eligibility is based on the last 30 days of household gross income from the date of application. One HEAP benefit will be awarded to eligible households per program year. Those currently receiving Temporary Assistance and/or SNAP benefits may qualify for an automatic regular HEAP benefit and may not be required to file a separate application.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The St Lawrence Seaway is back open again after Union Workers and the Seaway management agreed to a deal late on Sunday.  The union announced that the workers returned back to the job on Monday morning and the big ships carrying grain, equipment, and other items from the great lakes to the ocean and back are sailing once again.  Around 360 workers in Ontario and Quebec with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union, walked out Oct. 22 in a dispute over wages with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.  It may not sound like a lot of workers, but those workers controlled a vital shipping lane for a lot of the North’s goods. 

A boarded-up window and empty boxes is what remains of a break-in and theft at the Foodlink facility on Mount Read Blvd. in Rochester Sunday night.  Foodlink said suspects broke a small garage door window to get into the building, propped open an exit door and loaded a truck with boxes of various items including diapers, paper towels and non-perishable foods.  All the items were intended to be distributed to food pantries and banks out of state, because they didn’t meet local health or quality standards Foodlink adheres to.  The incident comes just ahead of November, Foodlink’s busiest month, when the nonprofit said it moves 2 million pounds of food to organizations in need.

Monday News Brief

Salman Rushdie

As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: The trial date has been set for the man who is accused of attacking author Salman Rushdie. The case against Hadi Matar is scheduled to be presented in court beginning January 8th, and Rushdie is expected to be a witness. He was preparing to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution last year when he was brutally assaulted with a weapon and suffered wounds to his neck, stomach, eye and chest. The trial is projected to take about two weeks.

 

 

According to Triple A this morning, the national average cost for a gallon of regular gas $3.49. The state average is 3.74. In Batavia, we’re paying $3.75 per gallon; that’s down 7 cents from a month ago but up a penny from a year ago today. Oil prices have stayed $80 a barrel despite lower demand because of global tensions from the war in Israel.

 

 

Arxada Building (13WHAM Photo)

An investigation is still underway into what caused an explosion at a chemical facility in Rochester. Crews were called to the Arxada building on McKee Road yesterday and found that the blast contributed to significant damage inside. No chemicals leaked from the property, so the health of people living in nearby neighborhoods was not at risk. There were also no injuries reported due to the explosion.

 

File photo of UPL

The Buffalo Sabres have picked up a big win after shutting out one of the top teams in the National Hockey League on home ice. Tyson Jost, Casey Mittelstadt, JJ Peterka and Rasmus Dahlin all scored as the Sabres beat the Colorado Avalanche four to nothing at KeyBank Center yesterday. Buffalo goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped all 23 shots he faced in the contest. Up next for the Sabres is a game against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday.

 

Very soon!

Halloween is tomorrow, and the state Division of Consumer Protection has put out some simple tips to make sure everyone has a safe time. It is recommended kids only go trick-or-treating with a trusted adult and to have route planned out before starting. Also, place reflective tape on costumes to make them easier to see in the dark. Finally, check all candy before eating it to make sure it’s not contaminated.

 

ELSEWHERE…

Legendary magician David Copperfield is announcing his newest trick. During a weekend interview on Today, Copperfield revealed he has plans to make the moon disappear. He said it’s taken 30 years of work to develop the illusion. Practice runs of the trick are apparently going well, and he claims “people have reported seeing strange things in the sky at night all around the country.” Copperfield has previously made the Statue of Liberty appear to vanish, and has seemingly walked through the Great Wall of China.

 

Deja Taylor outside of court (file photo)

The mother of a six-year-old Virginia boy who shot his teacher will have to wait to learn her fate. Deja Taylor was supposed to be sentenced today for child neglect, but the hearing was pushed back until December 15th. Prosecutors say her son climbed on a dresser, grabbed a gun from her purse and took it to Richneck Elementary in Virginia Beach the next morning, where he shot Abby Zwerner as she taught class. Taylor has pleaded guilty to having a firearm, marijuana possession and child neglect.

 

 

 

Today is Monday, October 30th, the 303rd day of the year.

October 30 in history…

 

Orson Wells during the famous broadcast

…In 1938, Orson Welles’ classic radio play “The War of the Worlds” aired on CBS. The live drama panicked some radio listeners who actually thought that the ploy’s faked news reports about a Martian invasion was true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second-hand shoes for sale during rationing

…In 1945, the U.S. ended shoe rationing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Morrison on the day of sentencing

…In 1970, Jim Morrison of the Doors was sentenced in Miami to six months hard labor and a $500 fine for indecent exposure and profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he moved to Paris, France where he would die on July 3rd, 1971.

 

 

…In 1973 John Lennon released the album “Mind Games.” It was Lennon’s first self-produced recording without help from Phil Spector.

 

 

 

 

Ali connects with Foreman

…In 1974, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, to regain the world heavyweight boxing championship. The fight was billed as “The Rumble in the Jungle.”

 

 

 

…In 1984 Bruce Springsteen released the single “Born In The U.S.A.” The song was ranked 275th on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

 

 

Morning News Brief

Nurses Picket Outside RGH

The contract for nearly 2,000 caregivers and service workers at URMC is set to expire today.  If the union and hospital leaders do not reach a deal, the union could send the hospital a notice of an informational picket.  The union employees would still report to work but join the picket during their time off.  This comes after months of negotiations and a 22-day-long bargaining session.  The union is asking for increased wages that will help them recruit and retain staff and improved benefits.

Buffalo police continue to search for the person who pulled the trigger in a weekend shooting. Authorities say two men and a woman were struck by gunfire yesterday in the area of Clinton Street and Jones Street. All three victims were brought to Erie County Medical Center where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The trial date has been set for the man who is accused of attacking author Salman Rushdie. The case against Hadi Matar is scheduled to be laid out in court beginning January 8th, and Rushdie is expected to be a witness. Rushdie was preparing to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution last year when he was brutally assaulted with a weapon and suffered wounds to his neck, stomach, eye and chest. The trial is projected to take about two weeks.

Gas price update.  Western New York drivers are saving money at the pump when it comes time to fill up their vehicles. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas in Batavia is now three-76. That is down 2 cents in the past week and is also 8 cents less than this time one month ago. Currently, the state average is three-75 a gallon and the national average is three-49.  Oil prices have stayed up around 80 dollars a barrel despite lower demand because of the war in Israel causing global tensions.  

The Buffalo Sabres have picked up a big win after shutting out one of the top teams in the National Hockey League on home ice. Tyson Jost, Casey Mittelstadt, JJ Peterka and Rasmus Dahlin all scored as the Sabres beat the Colorado Avalanche four to nothing at KeyBank Center yesterday. Buffalo goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped all 23 shots he faced in the contest. Up next for the Sabres is a game against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday.

Despite all of the upcoming expenses for infrastructure and jail to house men and women out on Route 5, Genesee County Taxpayers should see a decrease in their bill. This next year’s all-funds budget of $182,790,077 is $20 million more than the 2023 adopted budget and includes a tax rate that is 37 cents less than the current tax rate, or an expected $8.08 per $1,000 assessed value. For a home assessed at 100,000, if nothing has changed with its assessment this past year, the annual tax bill will decrease by $37. An increase in sales tax revenue is cited as the reason the county has extra money on hand to use for all the new projects and not charge them to the residents.

Weekend News Brief

911 Dispatchers Re-certification

Genesee County Emergency Services Dispatcher Andrew Merkel was posthumously awarded the Telecommunicator of the Year Award by the 911 Coordinators Association at its annual fall conference at the Seasons on Keuka Lake in Penn Yan.  911 operators, first responders and experts were in attendance from all 62 New York counties for training and networking as well as an awards banquet.  The Award is presented annually by the association that recognizes a 911 Telecommunicator for his or her accomplishments, sacrifice, and exceptional leadership skills.  Merkel passed away suddenly in March.  He had worked in dispatch in Genesee County since 2011. 

Rochester Police have confirmed that they believe missing U of R professor Heikki Rantakari drowned in the Genesee River after falling from a pedestrian bridge near Bragdon Place.  They said they had video evidence that showed the 44 year old man from Boston falling from the bridge.  Scuba teams have been searching for 2 days but have not located his body.  Police say there is no evidence of foul play and the search is ongoing. 

A man has been arrested for breaking into homes in Rochester.  Police arrested 50-year-old Laurice Howard for forcefully entering two houses on Scrantom Street on Thursday morning. Police said he is also a convicted murderer, out on parole following a 1993 conviction.  Officers said Howard broke a window to enter one house on Scrantom Street, where he allegedly laid down next to a child on a sofa. Neighbors said the child was 8 years old. The family discovered Howard in the home and confronted him, and he fled the scene, according to police.  A few hours later, police responded to another break-in on a house further down the street, where they arrested Howard.  Neighbors said their child refused to come home from school until Howard was arrested. No one was harmed, but they are shaken up from the incident.  Howard is being charged with 2 counts of second degree burglary, 2 counts of 4th degree criminal mischief, and petit larceny.

A man faces charges after he allegedly caused “extensive” burns and a broken leg when he submerged a 3-year-old child in hot water last month.  Police responded to Rochester General Hospital for a report of a severely injured child Sept. 20.  Officers learned the child had been brought to the hospital with severe burns and a “significantly” fractured leg. The child was transferred to Golisano Children’s Hospital due to the “serious nature” of the injuries, according to police.  Investigators said 30 year old Shavar Canty was caring for the child and was responsible for the injuries.  Canty is charged with first- and second-degree assault. He remains in Monroe County Jail.

Trick or treating is coming up quickly.  The City of Batavia will observe Halloween Trick-or-Treating activities between the hours of 4- 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 only.  The City of Batavia Police department has some tips for those going out or driving on Halloween night.  For people walking, wear bright or reflective clothing or use a reflective candy bag.  Cross the street at marked intersections and follow traffic signals.  Put down the phone and pay attention to your surroundings.  For drivers, go slowly and stay alert.  Look for children at all times and especially at intersections.  When backing up, check multiple times for pedestrians. 

Friday News Brief

File photo of Orleans County Jail

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.

 

Edward Ruckdeschel

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.

 

Buffalo Police investigate the shooting on I-190 (13WHAM Photo)

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.

 

2021 Hyundai Veloster (File photo; not necessarily one of the cars eligible for software upgrade)

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.

 

 

Arc GLOW Community Center on Woodrow Road, Batavia. Use the back side entrance from the parking lot for early voting.

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.

 

Josh Allen celebrates the touchdown pass to Gabe Davis.

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.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

The ‘eerie face’ in the clouds over Jupiter. (NASA Photo)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New flavor of Faygo

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…

 

Opening day: The New York City subway, October 27, 1904

…In 1904, the New York City subway opened for business. It was the first rapid transit subway system in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio during happier days.

…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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disneyland debut promotional ad in TV Guide, this week in 1954.

…Also in 1954, Walt Disney’s first television anthology program, “Disneyland,” premiered on ABC. The show was later renamed “The Wonderful World of Disney.”

 

 

 

Sonny & Cher on their wedding day

…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.

 

 

 

 

“The Boss” makes two covers in the same week.

…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.”

 

 

 

 

John Lennon’s letter to the Queen, circa 1969.

…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.

 

Morning News Brief

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 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.

Eight women filed lawsuits against the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday 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, which created a one-year lookback 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.

Pembroke voters approved an ambitious plan for a school district capital project on Tuesday.  Both propositions passed but not without some dispute.  The votes for the 37.5 million dollar improvement project to the school came in at 356 yes and 130 no for the major project and 269 yes and 208 no for the more minor improvements.  The vote means that Pembroke will move forward with getting new lighting for the auditorium, renovating the band room, renovating the pool, gymnasium, hallways, locker rooms and fitness center, regrade the baseball field and put in proper drainage.  Build new bleachers.  Repave the parking lot and circle.  Add blue lights to the campus.  Replace the pa system and phone system.  And upgrade office equipment.  This will also update the elementary school playground and update the gym to have a new scoreboard and the bleachers so spectators don’t have their feet on the court during games.  

The Rochester Police Department has issued a warning about an ongoing scam. 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 prospective landlords in-person.

Hyundai is looking to help customers avoid auto thieves by offering 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, Nov. 17-18.  The software takes less than 30 minutes to install.  Hyundai said it will reach out to impacted drivers with further information on where to go and how to enroll.

The Buffalo Bills are back to their winning ways after picking up a much-needed victory at home. Bills 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. Gabe Davis and Dalton Kincaid had receiving touchdowns for the Bills whose record this season is now five wins and three losses. Buffalo’s next game is against the Cincinnati Bengals November 5th.

Thursday News Brief

State residents are going to be able to get some help with paying their energy bills during the cold winter months. The Empire State is set to receive $360 million from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. These funds can be used to help cover the cost of monthly heating bills and also to make cost-effective home energy repairs. Households can apply for assistance by going to myBenefits.ny.gov.

 

 

National Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, October 28th, from 10am to 2pm. There are 3 locations across Genesee County where the public has the opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The Batavia Police Department will be accepting prescription drugs and sharps in the Alva Place parking lot across the street from Batavia Showtime. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office will accept prescription drugs ONLY at the Pembroke Town Hall, 1145 Main Road Corfu. The LeRoy Police Department will also be accepting prescription drugs ONLY at their headquarters located at 3 West Main Street, LeRoy.

 

As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: Members of the Rochester Union of Nurses and Allied Professionals working at Rochester General Hospital have voted to ratify the new 42-month contract with the hospital. Approximately 95 percent of the nurses voted in favor of the deal, which is said to increase wages and improve staffing levels. Both were major sticking points during negotiations. The two sides came to an agreement last week, averting a five-day strike. A strike that lasted two days was held back in August.

 

Alexander Bryant

Niagara Falls police have identified the suspect who they say was involved in a recent sexual assault. According to authorities, Alexander Bryant approached a 31-year-old woman while being armed with a gun in the parking lot of the Pine Plaza September 19th. Bryant then allegedly forced the woman to go behind a building where she ended up being assaulted. Bryant is now facing multiple charges and is in the county jail without bail.

 

 

 

Ethan Sulik-Doty

The Rochester Institute of Technology is mourning the passing of a 22-year-old student. Authorities say Ethan Sulik-Doty was riding a motorcycle on Scottsville Road near Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport Tuesday when he collided with a van. Sulik-Doty was taken to a hospital but couldn’t be saved. He had been at the school since 2019 and was working on a degree in electrical engineering. The cause of the tragedy is being looked into.

 

 

Genesee County law enforcement agencies will be participating in a coordinated effort with the STOP-DWI program to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving. The High Visibility Campaign is in place starting tomorrow, October 27th and will run through Halloween night. This all means that more police will be on the roads during this time. Law enforcement suggests planning ahead; designating drivers or taking ride shares or taxis if planning to drink while celebrating the holiday.

 

Unidentified teenage girl putting on her safety seatbelt and about to start the car. 

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is now taking part in a national campaign to improve safety on the roads. The Buckle Up, Phone Down challenge is aimed at reminding drivers to stay off their mobile devices while behind the wheel, and to ensure they are wearing a seatbelt. Data shows from January 2022 through mid-September, there were nearly 23,000 crashes statewide where people weren’t wearing a seatbelt and 334 individuals died. Over 1,400 accidents had phone use as a contributing factor.

 

The New York State Department of Transportation is reminding drivers about a closure on the Kensington Expressway. The highway will be shut down once again from 11 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. tomorrow. This closure is needed so crews can safely install signs above the Dodge Street overpass. A detour is going to be in effect from Best Street to East Delavan Avenue to help travelers get to their destinations.

 

The Buffalo Bills are home tonight as they look to get back on the winning track. The Bills are hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park for Thursday Night Football. Sunday, the Bills fell to the New England Patriots 29 to 25. The Buccaneers have lost three of their last four games to sit at 3-and-3 on the season. However, Tampa has won three of its last five against Buffalo dating back to 2005. The Bills are in second place in the AFC East with their 4 wins and 3 losses. Kickoff tonight is 8:15.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Robert Card

(As of 2:40 pm this afternoon, according to NBC News – 10/26/23): Law enforcement in Lewiston, Maine has released more information about the person of interest in a mass shooting Wednesday night. Authorities have identified the person of interest as Robert Card from Bowdoin, Maine, who allegedly worked as a firearms instructor and was committed to a mental health facility for two weeks this summer. At last count, 18 people were reportedly shot and confirmed dead, with 13 more individuals injured, across multiple locations in the city of Lewiston. Lewiston is about 150 miles north of Boston and is the second most populous city in Maine with nearly 38,500 people.

 

 

The Beatles are announcing the release of their last song. Titled “Now and Then”, the song was written and sung by John Lennon with help from Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The song was originally recorded by Lennon in the 1970s and completed using AI technology by McCartney and Starr last year. The song will debut on November 2nd. Click the audio link below for more information:

 

 

Governor Hochul learned of her father John Courtney’s death as she was visiting the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Hochul, dressed in black, is pictured here leaving a traditional note in the wall that included a reference to both Israel and her father.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul is in Florida for her father’s funeral this week. Hochul’s father, Buffalo native John Courtney, died last week at the age of 87 while she was visiting war torn Israel. Hochul has said numerous times that her father heavily influenced her life, crediting him with her dreams of becoming a congresswoman. Courtney leaves behind six kids, 20 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

 

 

 

McDonald’s is getting rid of its McFlurry spoon. The fast food chain says it’s looking into more sustainable alternatives. The hollow plastic spoon, which confused many for its shape, doubled as a spindle. It could be inserted into the machine to mix the ice cream toppings in. Now, the shakes will have a smaller spoon using less plastic.

 

 

 

Striking workers in Lockport (file photo)

The United Auto Workers union is celebrating a tentative agreement with Ford. CNBC reported the potential deal Wednesday afternoon. The agreement could signal the beginning of the end of the strike against Detroit’s Big Three automakers that’s been ongoing since September.

 

 

Today is Thursday, October 26th, the 299th day of the year.

October 26 in history…

Governor Roosevelt and his tugboat on the Erie Canal (undated file photo)

…In 1825, the Erie Canal was opened. America’s first man-made waterway linked the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

 

 

Police impose crowd control during Bill Haley and The Comets concert in Germany

…In 1958 Bill Haley and his Comets were touring in Germany when over 7,000-rock ‘n’ roll fans turned the show into a riot.

 

 

 

 

 

The first strip

…In 1970, Garry Trudeau’s comic strip “Doonesbury” debuted in 28 newspapers around the U.S. A better view of the first strip is available here: https://www.npr.org/2010/10/26/130815184/trudeau-reflects-on-four-decades-of-doonesbury

 

Paul and Linda McCartney with daughter Stella, in front of ‘Hell On Wheels’

…In 1973 Paul McCartney and Wings released the song, “Helen Wheels.” It was named after Paul and Linda McCartney’s Land Rover, which they nicknamed “Hell on Wheels”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Bowie and Freddie Mercury of Queen

…In 1981 David Bowie and Queen collaborated on the single “Under Pressure.” The song was listed at number 31 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s, and voted the second best collaboration of all time in a poll by Rolling Stone magazine.

 

 

 

Baby Fae

…In 1984, “Baby Fae” was given the heart of a baboon during an experimental transplant in California. A severe heart defect prompted the operation. “Baby Fae” lived for 21 days with the baboon heart.

 

 

 

The promotional poster.

…Also in 1984, “The Terminator” opened in theaters across the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investigation into possible crimes committed by Ozzy started today in history.

…And still more in 1984, 19-year-old John D. McCollum killed himself with a gun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records, touching off the now infamous lawsuit. McCollum’s parents would take court action against Ozzy and CBS Records one year later, alleging that the song “Suicide Solution” from the album “Blizzard of Ozz” contributed to their son’s death. The case was eventually thrown out of court.

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis on stage in 1954

…In 2004 Elvis Presley came at the top of a list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Forbes.com listed the ‘Top 5 dead music earners.’ At number one was Elvis Presley at $40 million, number two was John Lennon at $21 million, then George Harrison and Bob Marley at $7 million, with George and Ira Gershwin taking the fifth spot at $6 million.

 

 

 

 

…In 2015, meat becomes classified as a carcinogenic by the WHO.

 

 

Morning News Brief

Members of the Rochester Union of Nurses and Allied Professionals working at the Rochester General Hospital voted Wednesday to ratify the new 42-month contract with the hospital, according to a social media post from the union.  RUNAP says 95 percent of the nurses voted in favor of the deal, which is said to increase wages and improve staffing levels, which were major sticking points during negotiations.  Both sides came to an agreement last week, averting a five-day strike. A strike that lasted two days was held back in August.

Hundreds of union workers who run the locks and bridges on the St. Lawrence Seaway are on strike, shutting down the crucial shipping lane and causing vessels to be parked on both ends of the Welland Canal near Buffalo.  Tens of thousands of jobs rely on the transportation industry along the seaway, contributing up to $100 million per day in economic activity, according to Syracuse University Supply Chain Professor Dr. Patrick Penfield.  The St. Lawrence Seaway connects the western Great Lakes to Lake Ontario through the Welland Canal and then extends east to Montreal, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.  Workers want higher pay, while their employer — St. Lawrence Seaway Management — said the salary demands are unreasonable. Both sides are scheduled to resume talks Friday.

A man is now awaiting sentencing for his role in a deadly mass shooting on North Clinton Avenue in Rochester last year.  A jury convicted 29 year old Joshua Williams of second-degree murder and weapons charges after determining he shot and killed 24 year old Willie Wofford during the incident that left three others wounded during a large overnight party at a basketball court outside the Clinton Baden Community Center on July 5th of 2022.  Williams was arrested nearly a month later in North Charleston, South Carolina after fleeing the Rochester area, according to prosecutors.

A man who was allegedly rifling through peoples cars in the parking lot of Batavia Downs has been charged with criminal mischief and damage to property.  19 year old Tyler Burns was arrested on Sunday at around 4am after falling asleep in the bathroom at the Downs.  When security woke him up he became irate and wrecked the baby changing station in the bathroom before being taken by police.  Burns was transported to the Genesee County Jail for fingerprints and photos and was released on an appearance ticket. He will appear in Batavia Town Court on November 7th.

There will be an All Hallows Eve party and Ghost Walk in Bergen on Saturday.  The Bergen Business And Civic Association will be hosting the event at Hickory Park from 5 to 8 pm on Saturday.  The evening kicks off with a costume parade that will lead to Hickory Park, where festivities are to include a Trunk or Treat, food trucks, music, games, scavenger hunt, bonfire, face painting and historic ghost tours at Mount Rest Cemetery.  This is a free event, except for the ghost tour, which is $5. All proceeds benefit The Imagination Library.

Genesee County law enforcement agencies will be participating in a coordinated effort with the STOP-DWI program to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving.  The statewide STOP-DWI Impaired Driving High Visibility Engagement Campaign runs: Oct. 27 – 31.  More police will be on the roads during this time to try and stop Halloween driving from becoming a horror fest.  They urge revelers to plan ahead, get designated drivers or take ride shares or taxis if they are planning to drink while celebrating the holiday.

Wednesday News Brief

Demarques Underwood

Erica Davis

Following an investigation into the sale and distribution of crack cocaine in and around the Medina area, law enforcement there have arrested 34-year-old Demarques Underwood and 35-year-old Erica Davis, both of Medina. The pair face several felony charges including criminal possession of a controlled substance. Underwood was arraigned in Cap Court in the Town of Barre and committed without bail to the Orleans County Jail, due to his previous criminal history. Davis was issued and appearance ticket and scheduled to return to court next week. More charges are pending in this case.

 

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants today until approximately 3:00pm in the general area of north of West Main Street and west of Bank Street. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected because the tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area. As is always the case, do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored; if your water is discolored, run it cold for about five minutes or until it’s clear. If you have questions, or notice a hydrant in need of repair, please contact the fire department at 345-6375.

 

New York has joined dozens of states across the country in taking legal action against Meta. The social media company, which oversees Facebook and Instagram, is facing a federal lawsuit. Meta is accused of hurting the mental health of young people and contributing to the youth mental health crisis. State Attorney General Letitia James is claiming Meta designs its platforms to have features that make children addicted while lowering their self-esteem. Meta says it’s working to provide a safer environment for teens.

 

 

Niagara Falls police are expected to release more information today on a recent sexual assault. Authorities say that an arrest has been made in connection to the September 19th incident in the parking lot of the Pine Plaza shopping center. A woman told officers a man approached her with a weapon before being forced to go behind a building where she was then assaulted. The name of the suspect hasn’t been made public.

 

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is making it easier for people to apply for a REAL ID. The agency says the availability of an online pre-screening tool for those IDs has been expanded. The goal is to make sure people have applications that are accurate before they go to their closest DMV office and file the paperwork. The DMV is urging residents to apply for a REAL ID now so they don’t need to worry about missing the May, 2025 deadline to have one.

 

The Buffalo Diocese says it’s willing to pay a total of $100 million to the survivors of sexual abuse. The money would be used to help settle lawsuits that were filed by people who were allegedly victimized by members of the clergy. Up to half of those funds would come from schools, parishes, and the sale of the Catholic Center on Main Street. However, lawyers for some of the survivors believe the diocese wants to silence accusers by quietly putting an end to these lawsuits.

 

Monroe County deputies are looking into the deaths of two people in Pittsford. Law enforcement was called to a home on Tobey Road last night after a woman’s relative said the family had not heard from her. The bodies of the woman and a man were found inside the house. Investigators say this could have been a murder-suicide.

 

 

Heikki Rantakari

Police are continuing their search for a missing University of Rochester professor who they believe might be in danger. Authorities say 44-year-old Heikki Rantakari hasn’t been seen since this past Friday when he was in the area of Exchange Street between Flint Street and Mount Pleasant Park in Rochester. The school says Rantakari is an Associate Professor of Economics and Management and didn’t show up for his class Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to dial 911.

 

 

Tops Friendly market is giving veterans, military personnel and their families a discount on their purchases again this year. On Veterans Day they can take 11% off their bill for the 11th year in a row. Customers should present proof of service that they, or an immediate family member are a U.S. Veteran, active duty, reserve, or retired military personnel to automatically receive an 11% discount off of their total purchase that day.

 

 

Rochester is one of the 50 “rattiest” cities, according to a new list from pest control company Orkin. The list is based on the number of new service calls and efforts the communities make to control the problem America’s largest cities take up the top spots in the list, with Chicago leading the way for the ninth consecutive year. Los Angeles is second, followed by New York City, Washington and San Francisco rounding out the top five. Rochester moved into the top 50, up five spots to 46th this year. Buffalo dropped five spots to 38th, while Albany fell six spots to 42nd and Syracuse dropped nine spots to 48th.

 

Thanks to the Buffalo Bills, students in the Orchard Park Central School District will be spending less time in class this week. A spokesperson says kids will be dismissed after just a half-day of instruction on Thursday. This move is being made for traffic and safety reasons ahead of Buffalo’s game against the Tampa Bay Bucanneers. Another half-day is set for Monday, November 13th when the Bills host the Denver Broncos.

 

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has provided the traffic plan for tomorrow night’s Buffalo Bills home game. The portion of Abbott Road in front of Highmark Stadium will close beginning at 3:15 p.m. and remain shut until after the game is over. All stadium lots will open at 4:15 p.m. and fans are asked to avoid parking vehicles on the shoulder of the road to help keep pedestrians safe. Kickoff between the Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers is set for 8:15pm.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Spike

Bobi

The oldest dog ever has passed away. Bobi, who lived to be over 31-years-old, died last week at an animal hospital in Portugal. He was officially recognized as the oldest dog ever in February, two weeks after a 23-year-old Chihuahua attempted to stake a claim at the title. That dog, named Spike, is now the oldest living dog.

 

Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree is dead at the age of 81. Best known for his portrayal of the iconic detective John Shaft in the 1971 action thriller “Shaft” as well as its two sequels and TV series, Deadline reports Roundtree died Tuesday after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 81.

 

Today is Wednesday, October 25th, the 298th day of the year.

October 25 in history…

Martin Luther King, Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama jail

…In 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr., was sentenced to four months in prison for a sit-in. He was released two days later.

 

 

 

 

The Beatles on the wall

…In 1963 The Beatles were photographed standing by a wall beside Stockholm, Sweden’s Town Hall while on tour. The picture would later be used for the Fab Four’s “Long Tall Sally” EP. That evening, the Fab Four kicked off their first tour of Sweden by playing two shows.

 

 

 

The Rolling Stones during their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS Photo)

…In 1964, the Rolling Stones made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” They played Chuck Berry’s blues classic, “Around & Around,” closing out the show with their hit, “Time Is on My Side.”

 

 

 

 

President Nixon declares a war on drugs.

…In 1970 Speaking at a U.S. radio conference, President Richard Nixon asked programmers to ban all songs containing drug references.

 

 

 

 

Elton plays Dodger Stadium

…In 1975 Elton John performed the first of two historic sold-out shows at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on a bill that also included opening sets by Emmylou Harris and Joe Walsh.

 

 

 

 

Evander Holyfield stands above the knocked-out James “Buster” Douglas in the third round of their heavyweight title bout, on October 25, 1990, at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Associated Press Photo)

…In 1990, boxer Evander Holyfield defeated James “Buster” Douglas to become the undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Smith

…In 1994, Susan Smith of Union, South Carolina, claimed a black carjacker had driven off with her two sons. Smith later confessed to drowning the children herself and was convicted of murder.

 

 

 

 

Payne Stewart

…In 1999, golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their out-of-control plane crashed in South Dakota. Stewart was 42.

 

 

 

Michael Jackson

…In 2010, the late Michael Jackson topped Forbes magazine’s “2010 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities” list, with an estimated income of $275 million in the first year following his death. Coming in at number two was Elvis Presley. The King of Rock n’ Roll’s estate racked in $60 million.

 

Morning News Brief

Monday afternoon smoke was spotted coming from the windows of a house in Warsaw on Christ Rd by a mail carrier.  Fire crews from Warsaw, Silver Springs, Perry Center, Wyoming, Attica and Varysburg responded to the residence owned by Darren and Tammy Long about 3:27p.m. Four family dogs were rescued from the home by firefighters.  No injuries were reported and crews were on scene for about four hours.  Both occupants are being assisted by the Red Cross after the home sustained significant damage from the fire. Estimated loss is $100,000.

Police in Pittsford are investigating a possible murder suicide on Tobey road.  Deputies responded to an address on Tobey for a reported shooting. Once there, they found two adults, a man and woman, who were dead upon arrival. Their exact cause of death has not yet been determined.  MCSO believes it may have been the result of a domestic violence incident, and they have responded to the address before. A young child was reportedly involved in the incident, but was not hurt.  Deputies said the incident was contained to the household where it took place, and there is no danger to the community. MCSO said they do not believe there’s any suspects on the loose.

Police are looking for help finding 44-year-old Heikki Rantakari.  They say he was last seen Friday in the 1000 block of Exchange Street after checking into his AirBnB following a flight in from Boston where he lives.  Police have information indicating he may be in danger.  Rantakari is an associate professor of economics and management at the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.  The university said Rantakari was reported missing after he didn’t show up to teach a class Saturday morning.  He is 5 foot 11 inches and speaks with a Finnish accent.

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants today from approximately 9:00am until 3:00pm in the general area of north of West Main Street and west of Bank Street. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected, tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area. As is always the case, do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored; if your water is discolored, run it cold for about five minutes or until it’s clear. If you have questions, or notice a hydrant in need of repair, please contact the fire department at 345-6375.

Tops Friendly market is giving veterans, military personnel and their families a discount on their purchases again this year.  On Veterans day they can take 11 percent off their bill for the 11th year in a row.  Customers should present proof of service that they, or an immediate family member are a U.S. Veteran, active duty, reserve, or retired military personnel to automatically receive an 11 percent discount off of their total purchase that day.

Rochester is one of the 50 “rattiest” cities, according to a new list from pest control company Orkin.  The list is based on the “number of new rodent services” and “the efforts that residents and businesses of the top cities have taken to treat rodent issues.”  America’s largest cities take up the top spots in the list, with Chicago leading the way for the ninth consecutive year.  Los Angeles is second, followed by New York City, Washington and San Francisco rounding out the top five.  Rochester moved into the top 50, up five spots to 46th this year.  Buffalo dropped five spots to 38th, while Albany fell six spots to 42nd and Syracuse dropped nine spots to 48th.

Tuesday News Brief

25-year-old Jonathan Falk and 23-year-old Trace Brewer, both of Batavia, have been arrested. They’re both charged with conspiracy and Brewer faces the additional charge of petit larceny. This followed a complaint from Kohl’s that they stole a $40 pair of children’s Nike shoes and fled the store. Brewer and Falk were located by sheriffs and taken to Genesee County Jail for processing. They were released on appearance tickets and scheduled for Town of Batavia Court today to answer the charges.

 

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants tomorrow from approximately 9:00am until 3:00pm in the general area of north of West Main Street and west of Bank Street. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected because the tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area. As is always the case, do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored; if your water is discolored, run it cold for about five minutes or until it’s clear. If you have questions, or notice a hydrant in need of repair, please contact the fire department at 345-6375.

 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on her colleagues in Congress to keep the Affordable Connectivity Program running. The New York Democrat says more than 1.5 million Empire State households depend on this program so they can afford high-speed Internet service. Gillibrand believes that fast and reliable Internet is no longer a luxury and is necessary for everyday life. Funding for the program, which was established in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is set to expire in a few months.

 

File photo of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

The Syracuse-Rochester-Buffalo region may be getting millions of dollars in grants after being designated as a federal tech hub. The money would go towards semiconductor manufacturing advancement. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he’s confident the area will get the funding, and the first recipients will be named in the spring. There’s no word yet what projects the money could be used for.

 

A Lackawanna man is in some serious legal trouble after being arrested on a child pornography charge. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 32-year-old Maxwell Gawley used three separate Snapchat accounts to upload disturbing videos. It is also alleged he used the app to have sexual conversations with a minor, and he is now facing 15 years to life in prison. After making his initial court appearance, Gawley was released from custody.

 

According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gas, both nationally and locally, is showing signs of a slight decrease. As of this morning, the national average price for regular fuel is $3.55. The state average is $3.78. In Batavia, we’re also paying $3.78, which is down 7 cents from a month ago but up 6 cents from a year ago today.

 

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has an update on the state’s response to the migrant influx as she announced an extension of her own migrant emergency declaration. Hochul says Albany has earmarked $1.7 billion to support migrants and migrant care. That includes $250 million recently sent to New York City.

 

Don’t take it personally, Candy Corn. At least some people in New York State like you…

A list of the most popular Halloween candies across the country and here in New York State has been released in time for the Halloween season. According to Candystore.com, Sour Patch Kids is this year’s top candy selection in New York. Hot Tamales is second, and Candy Corn ranks third. In terms of the nationwide favorite, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups topped the list, with M&M’s ranking second.

 

 

 

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has revealed the traffic plan for this Thursday’s Buffalo Bills home game. The portion of Abbott Road in front of Highmark Stadium will close beginning at 3:15 p.m. and remain shut until after the game is over. All stadium lots will open at 4:15 p.m. and fans are asked to avoid parking vehicles on the shoulder of the road to help keep pedestrians safe. Kickoff between the Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers is set for 8:15pm.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Iggy and Exodus made their way into the record books.

Two Wisconsin brothers have set a new Guinness World Record for the largest grilled cheese sandwich. Ten-year-old Iggy and 11-year-old Exodus made the sandwich 10.9 feet long, 6-1/4 feet wide, and 2-3/4 inches thick. They used more than 300 pounds of Bread dough and 60 pounds of cheese. The boys have their own YouTube channel, The Exodus and Iggy Show, with over 154,000 subscribers.

 

The three smalltooth sawfish pups

SeaWorld Orlando is making history after helping grow a critically endangered species. The theme park says three smalltooth sawfish pups were born at its facility back in July. It’s the second aquarium in the world to have a successful birth among the species. The newborns include two females and one male with each measuring at about two-feet long. Smalltooth sawfish have a similar resemblance to sharks, but are categorized as rays. SeaWorld officials say the creatures are continuing to receive regular health check-ups.

 

Don’t listen to them moon. You don’t look a day over 4.53 billion years old…

The moon may be 40-million years older than scientists previously thought. That’s according to a study published in Geochemical Perspectives Letters that looks at the remnants of molten crystals from the moon’s surface. Scientists from Chicago’s Field Museum said those shards have the record of an ancient cataclysm that suggests the moon’s intense creation happened much earlier than was thought. The previous estimate of the moon’s age was 4.53 billion years.

 

Reuters photo of two Israeli women hostages released on Monday.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas has released two more hostages. According to multiple reports, Hamas said it released the hostages Monday “on humanitarian grounds.” The hostages were identified as two Israeli women. Their release follows the release of two American hostages on Friday. Israeli officials report Hamas is holding more than 200 people hostage as fighting between the two sides continues.

 

2019 photo of Mary Lou Retton and daughter McKenna Kelley during Today Show appearance (NBC Photo)

Gymnastics icon Mary Lou Retton is back home recovering after a severe case of pneumonia. The five-time Olympic medalist had been in intensive care fighting for her life. Her daughter, McKenna Lane Kelley, announced Monday that Retton is doing better but has a long road ahead.

 

 

Today is Tuesday, October 24th, the 297th day of the year.

October 24 in history…

 

Annie Edson Taylor was much more brave than I ever will be.

…In 1901, daredevil Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She emerged from the 175-foot fall without any injuries.

 

 

 

 

Santa’s gift idea in 1939.

…In 1939, nylon stockings went on sale in the U.S. for the first time.

 

 

 

 

…In 1940, the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Careful what you say, John. You never know who may be listening…

…In 1973 John Lennon sued the U.S. government for wiretapping his phone. The FBI denied the charge.

 

 

 

 

 

Linda and Paul McCartney with the Guinness Book of Records award

…In 1979 Paul McCartney was declared the most successful composer of all time by The Guinness Book of Records. He received a medallion cast in rhodium. From 1962 to 1978, McCartney had written or co-written 43 songs that had sold over a million copies each.

 

 

 

 

 

Today in history, Jim Bakker was sentenced to prison.

…In 1989, popular television evangelist Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500 thousand following his conviction on 24 counts of fraud. He was released after serving only five years.

 

Morning News Brief

Police are investigating a crash involving a school bus and a stolen car on the city of Rochester’s east side Monday morning.  Officers responded to the area of Culver Road and Garson Avenue around 7:20 a.m. for a report of a crash.  Investigators determined a Hyundai struck the bus before rolling over. Police said a teenage male then exited the vehicle bleeding from the face and ran from the scene.  Several students were on the bus, but no injuries were reported.  Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

The Queen City and the Flower City have won a prestigious federal Tech Hub designation to bring major semiconductor manufacturing to the region.  This designation was awarded regionally to Buffalo-Rochester and Syracuse.  U.S. Senator Charles Schumer appeared in Buffalo Monday saying this lays the groundwork to attract new companies to the region. Schumer appeared at Buffalo Manufacturing Works in the city on Northland Avenue to announce Buffalo-Rochester and Syracuse are now the first federal “Tech Hubs” putting the region on track to become a semiconductor highway.  Each of the three cities is now on its way to compete for $75 million apiece.  But even if that can’t secure the funding in this next application process having that tech hub designation is fully beneficial.

The City of Batavia Fire Department announced the winners of the 10th Annual Fire Prevention Coloring Contest.  There were over 400 entries from Batavia Schools.  In first place for k-1st grades is Thomas VanRemmen from Jackson Primary School.  For second and third grades De’Aungelo Rolle from John Kennedy came in first place.  In 4-5th grade Caleb Janis from St Paul Lutheran.  An awards luncheon will be held Saturday October 28, from 11:30-1:00 pm at the City of Batavia Fire Station located at 18 Evans St for all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  The 1st place winner of each group will receive a ride to school on a City of Batavia Fire Engine. Congratulations to all the winners.

Police have identified the man who was hit and killed while riding an electric bicycle Sunday night on Interstate 590.  Troopers responded to the northbound lanes between Elmwood and Highland avenues around 8 p.m. for a report of a crash.  Investigators determined Dylan Clark, 31, was riding in the center lane on a black Jetson e-bike, wearing dark-colored clothing, when he was struck by a northbound car.  Police said the driver of the car had no signs of impairment.  The incident remains under investigation.

The average price of a gallon of gas, both nationally and locally, continues to decline according to AAA Western and Central New York. In Batavia the average is down 4 cents from last week at 3.77.  The New York State average is $3.78, down three cents from last Monday. The national average price for a gallon of gas is $3.55, down five cents from last Monday. One year ago the national average was $3.80 and the NYS average was $3.67.  According to AAA WCNY, the national average has fallen 33 cents from its 2023 peak of $3.88 last month and flat oil prices are causing the decline.

As Halloween creeps closer each year, many people are left wondering which candy to buy for trick-or-treaters.  If you’re stuck, a list of the most popular Halloween candies across the country and here in New York state this year has been released.  According to Candystore.com, Sour Patch Kids is this year’s top candy selection in New York. Hot Tamales is second, and Candy Corn ranks third.  In terms of the nationwide favorite, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups topped the list, with M&M’s ranking second.

Monday News Brief

Nicholas Rich

Levi Zielonka

An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal crash in Lancaster earlier this month. Officials say Nicholas Rich is facing several charges, including vehicular manslaughter and also DWI. This follows the accident back on October 13th, which killed 10-year-old Levi Zielonka, a student at St. Joseph Regional School in Batavia. Two other people were also hurt but survived. Rich may end up in additional legal trouble pending the results of a toxicology report.

 

City of Batavia Police blotter:

 

Jennifer Freeman

On 10/17/2023, Jennifer K Freeman (age 39) of Batavia, was arrested for Assault 2nd. It’s alleged that Freeman struck another person in the head with a blunt object, causing injury. Freeman was arraigned in CAP court and released. She is due back in court on 10/31/2023.

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Lewandowski

On 10/14/2023, Keith M Lewandowski (age 32) of Albion, was arrested for Robbery 3rd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd, Menacing 2nd, and Harassment 2nd. The arrest stems from an investigation into a disturbance where Lewandowski allegedly struck another person, threatened them with a knife, and stole their cell phone. Lewandowski was arraigned in CAP court and is scheduled to appear in Batavia City Court, at a later date.

 

 

 

On 10/17/2023, Christopher H Monfort (age 51) of Webster, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant. Monfort was initially charged, on 2/18/2023, with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd, and Switched License Plates. He was released on appearance tickets, but failed to appear in court. Monfort was arraigned and held on nominal bail. He is due back in court on 11/14/2023.

On 10/16/2023, Amber L Turner (age 30) of Batavia, was arrested on a Bench Warrant. Turner was initially charged with Making Graffiti on 7/28/2023, after allegedly spray painting the sidewalk, on South Main St. The warrant was issued after Turner allegedly failed to appear in court. She was arraigned in Batavia City Court and released. She is due back in court, at a later date.

On 10/3/2023, Sarah E Hill (age 23) of Corning, was arrested for Harassment 2nd. Hill was arrested following an incident on West Main St, where she allegedly struck another person. She was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court on 10/31/2023.

On 10/12/2023, Malik I Ayala (age 32) of Batavia, was arrested for Petit Larceny. The arrest comes after an investigation into a larceny of merchandise from Kwik Fill, on 9/19/2023. Ayala was issued an appearance ticket and is due in court on 11/2/2023.

On October 13th, 2023, Benjamin G Evans (age 35) of Batavia, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant. Evans was initially arrested on 7/9/2023 and charged with Petit Larceny, after allegedly stealing a package from the front porch of a residence. The warrant was issued on 10/11/2023, after he failed to appear in court. He was arraigned and released. He is due back in court, at a later date.

From the Genesee County Sheriff:

 

29-year-old Ronald Murray, Jr. of Batavia has been arrested in Bethany. He’s charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. It happened late yesterday afternoon when sheriffs were called to The Rolling Hills Asylum to check on the welfare of a male passed out behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. During the investigation, Murray was found to possess a white rock-like substance, which was later identified as crack cocaine. He was taken to Genesee County Jail for processing. Murray was released on an appearance ticket and is set to return to Bethany Town Court on November 1. ALSO:  21-year-old Raven Spikes and 20-year-old Jaliyah McClinic, both of Batavia, have been arrested for petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child. It’s alleged they stole items from Target on Veteran’s Memorial Drive; two children were with them. Both were transported to Genesee County Jail for processing, issued appearance tickets and are scheduled for Batavia Town Court on December 12th. ALSO: 19-year-old Tyler Burns has been arrested and charged with criminal mischief for damaging property. Sheriff Deputies responded to Batavia Downs Casino for a male going through vehicles and spoke with Burns. He had fallen asleep in the bathroom and when woken by security, became irate and destroyed the baby changing station. Burns was transported to Genesee County Jail and released on appearance tickets. He’s due in Batavia Town Court on November 7th.

 

Coming in for a landing at Batavia airport. Undated file photo; credit: livinginthebuff.com

Airports in the area will be getting a portion of $49 million in funding from New York State. Genesee County Airport is set to receive the highest amount at $2.5 million. Other airports that will get money for various projects include Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport, Finger Lakes Regional Airport, and Penn Yan Airport. State leaders say these investments will have a long-lasting impact on communities while improving transportation infrastructure.

 

 

 

Lyons Hall, Canisius College

Canisius University has announced that a building that was damaged during last year’s deadly snowstorm will not be reopening. Lyons Hall was closed in the aftermath of the blizzard back in December that took the lives of nearly 50 people. The school president says there is enough space available on campus, so there is no need to have the building open again. The school is planning to begin talking with its insurance provider to settle the claim that was filed for damages.

 

The expression on Josh Allen’s face in this file photo from 2022 looks similar to the face he had late afternoon on Sunday.

The Buffalo Bills have come up short in their pursuit of a second straight win after a tough loss on the road. The New England Patriots scored a touchdown with just seconds left as they defeated the Bills 29 to 25 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts yesterday. Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen threw for 265 yards and a TD for his team, whose record this season is now four wins and three losses. Up next for the Bills is a home game Thursday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

 

 

Eric Comrie (file photo)

The Sabres beat the Islanders 3 to 1 on Saturday night in Buffalo. Jeff Skinner, Mattias Samuelsson and Dylan Cozens scored for the Sabres. It was a game of who had more shots on goal as Eric Comrie made 24 saves while the Islanders goalie made 40. The Sabres will be back on the ice tonight at the Keybank Arena against the Montreal Canadiens. The puck drops at 7:00.

 

ELSEWHERE…

 

Moose walks across the road in unidentified location.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Environmental Conservation are reminding people to keep a close eye out for moose and deer while they are traveling. Data from the University at Albany’s Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research shows that 41% of the crashes involving deer and vehicles happen between October and December. Animals are typically most active at dawn and dusk. Safety tips can be found at dmv.ny.gov.

 

Unidentified diners enjoying a meal.

Starting today, folks across the region who want to get a good meal at a great price will be able to do so. That’s because it is the annual restaurant week that is led by the Western New York chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association. Among the businesses participating in the event, which runs through October 29th, are Bella Ciao, Eagle House and the Coyote Cafe. For more information, head to visitbuffaloniagara.com.

 

 

Children dressed for Halloween (file photo).

SAG-AFTRA says their Halloween costume guidance does not apply to anyone’s kids. This comes after the actors’ union recommended members dress up as general characters like witches and ghosts instead of characters from movies like “Barbie” and “The Bear.” Ryan Reynolds poked fun at the guidelines in a post on “X,” saying “I look forward to screaming ‘scab’ at my 8-year-old all night.” The union clarified that their goal was to help members avoid promoting struck work, and no ones kids have to follow these guidelines. Meanwhile, negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood’s studios will resume on Tuesday. Union members are asking studios for better pay, protections against Artificial Intelligence residuals from streaming, and more.

 

Mike Pence (NBC News Photo)

Former Vice President Mike Pence says he wasn’t aware of a false electors scheme following the 2020 presidential election. Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, the GOP presidential hopeful said he did eventually learn of such efforts “in the press,” but never heard conversations in the White House about false electors. He said he was aware that “crackpot lawyers,” as Pence called them, were falsely telling then-President Trump the vice president had the authority to reject electoral votes and send them back to the states.

 

Still missing the Twitter bluebird.

Elon Musk says X will launch a two-tier premium subscription. The billionaire said the lower-cost option will have all the same features as the higher-cost option, except the lower-cost will still have ads and the higher will be ad-free. They will be “launching soon” but Musk didn’t share any other details on timing or specific prices.

 

 

Today is Monday, October 23rd, the 296th day of the year.

October 23 in history…

 

Today in history: Women marching in New York City for the right to vote.

…In 1915, 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote.

 

 

 

 

 

Dumbo (Walt Disney Productions Photo)

…In 1941, Walt Disney’s animated classic “Dumbo” was released in theaters across the U.S.

 

 

 

 

David Box

…In 1964 David Box, one of Buddy Holly’s successors as lead vocalist with The Crickets, died in a plane crash in Texas. He was 21.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980 UPI Photo of Mark David Chapman

…In 1980 Mark David Chapman quit his security job and signed out for the last time. Instead of the usual “Chappy” he wrote “John Lennon”. Chapman would murder Lennon less than two months later, on December 8th, outside his New York City home.

Morning News Brief

An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal crash Lancaster earlier this month. Officials say Nicholas Rich is facing several charges, including vehicular manslaughter and also DWI, for his role in the accident that killed 10-year-old Levi Zielonka back on October 13th. Two other people were also hurt but survived. Rich may end up in additional legal trouble pending the results of a toxicology report.

A homicide investigation is underway after a shooting on the city of Rochester’s north side Sunday evening.  Police said a man in his 20s was shot and killed inside a store on Hudson Avenue around 7:00 p.m.  The shooting happened at the Legends clothing store.  Captain Umbrino said it was a targeted shooting and the suspect walked into the store and executed the victim.  He said the shooting had nothing to do with the store.  No suspects are in custody.

Rochester Police are investigating a stabbing that happened on Monroe Avenue late Saturday night.  Around midnight, officers were called to Strong Memorial Hospital for a victim who was stabbed.  When officers arrived at the hospital, a 42-year-old man was being treated for a laceration to his upper chest.  The stabbing was determined to have occurred on the 500 block of Monroe Avenue.  The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  There are no suspects in custody.

Two people are accused of stealing from a store and endangering children in Batavia.  21 year old Raven Spike of Porter Ave and 20 year old Jaliyah McClinic of Dellinger Ave are each charged with petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly stealing items from Target.  They had 2 children with them while stealing from the store on Veterans Memorial drive on Friday.  Both were issued appearance tickets to appear in Batavia Town court on December 12.

The Bills erased a 12-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter and took their first lead with 1:58 remaining, only to give up a game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds as they lost to the Patriots 29-25 Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.  Allen finished 27 of 41 for 265 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.  The loss dropped the Bills to 4-3 on the season, while the Patriots improved to 2-5 with the victory.  New England’s win made Bill Belichick the third coach in NFL history with 300 regular-season victories. Belichick joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Don Shula (328) and George Halas (318) as the only coaches to reach the milestone.  A short week is ahead for the Bills, who will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football.

The Sabres beat the Islanders 3 to 1 on Saturday night in Buffalo.  Jeff Skinner, Mattias Samuelsson and Dylan Cozens scored for the Sabres.  It was a game of who had more shots on goal as Eric Comrie made 24 saves while the Islanders goalie made 40.  The Sabres will be back on the ice tonight at the Keybank Arena against the Montreal Canadiens.  Puck drop is at 7pm.

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Batavia brought in the New Year with fireworks last night at 9p at Batavia Downs.  The time was moved up to avoid potential hazards due to the high winds that arrived after midnight, the original time of the fireworks.  No reports of major damage today due to the high winds but be aware of tree limbs and downed power lines in your area.

A grand jury has indicted a man who was arrested over the summer at the August 10th Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake.  Robert Maharrey was indicted for disorderly conduct, multiple counts of harassment for striking a female patron in the face, 2nd degree assault a class D violent felony for allegedly striking a sheriff’s deputy, assaulting a police officer a class C violent felony when he spit and struck another deputy assisting in the arrest.

Friday evening Livingston County Sheriffs were in the middle of the state wide stop DWI effort, when deputies pulled a vehicle over on 390 for speeding.  Upon further investigation a 27 year old Geneseo man Patrick Dunn was charged with DWI.  Dunn’s BAC was .25% and was further charged with felony DWI from a previous 2015 conviction.  Dunn is now being held on 1,5k bail or 3k bond and remanded to the custody of the sheriff.

Yesterday afternoon, Genesee County Sheriffs made a traffic stop in Oakfield on Lewiston road when a Rochester man, 20 year old Damian Schoonmaker of Smith Street was found to be in possession of marijuana in his 2000 Buick LeSabre.  He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and is scheduled to appear in Oakfield town court 1/21

A motor vehicle accident yesterday in Elba led to a lane closure around 3:30p.  Two vehicle collided at Oak orchard and Lockport roads in Elba.  Elba fire police and 2 ambulance responded along with Elba Fire dept.

New Yorkers are seeing a number of new state laws in the New Year.  Among them, a law that requires diaper changing tables in all new public men’s and women’s restrooms.

Other changes include a requirement that health insurance companies give male patients free prostate cancer screenings and that residents be allowed to return unused prescription meds to pharmacies for free.

Many homeowners will enjoy an increase in property tax rebates, of an average of more than five-hundred dollars.

There’s the hike in the minimum wage. In our area, the minimum wage goes to eleven-dollars-and-ten-cents.



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