Midday News Brief

Written by on August 10, 2021

Police in Attica urge the public to be on the lookout for a very large lizard.
The 4-and-a-half-foot monitor lizard escaped from its it’s owner on July 29th.
Police tell WBTA the lizard is venomous; it can bite and he downright dangerous to children and small animals.

It was spotted in the 200 block of Exchange Street yesterday afternoon. The homeowner managed to snap a picture but the reptile was gone by the time police arrived. Police say if you see the lizard do not approach it. It will bite, although it is not fatal to humans – but who wants to be bit by a four-foot-long lizard?

A Batavia woman busted for welfare fraud. 40-year-old Brooke Tubbins of Ellicott Street is charged with Grand Larceny for allegedly collecting over $6,000 in SNAP benefits she was not entitled to.
Tubbins was arraigned in the Town of Batavia Court and then released on her own recognizance.

At least one City of Batavia resident is fed up with the traffic jams at the Dunkin Donuts on West Main St. and ambulance sirens in the vicinity of Oak and Union streets. Speaking during the public comment portion of the City Council Conference Meeting, Michael Barrett urged council members to look into a way to alleviate both situations. The owner of Barrett’s Batavia Marine Sporting Goods reported that vehicles lined up for coffee and donuts are infringing upon his property.
Council members agreed with Barrett’s observations.

The chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee says the impeachment investigation into Governor Cuomo is expected to continue for a few more weeks. Members of the committee met for hours yesterday in Albany just days after state Attorney General Letitia James released a report claiming the governor sexually harassed several women. Committee chairman Charles Lavine says the probe won’t focus completely on the AG’s findings, and that the governor’s lawyers have until Friday to submit documents to support his defense. The governor is denying all allegations made against him and says he’s not planning to resign.


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