Midday News Brief

Written by on September 15, 2021

Police identify the victim of an apparent accident at Western New York Concrete.
64-year-old Randy Ridd of Batavia died yesterday afternoon when he became stuck in a stone bin at the East Main Street facility.
City of Batavia firemen were able to extricate Ridd but it was too late. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation continues. Police say the incident appears to be accidental.

A Wyoming County man is staring at a rape allegation. Deputies based in Warsaw say they arrested 52-year-old Kevin Gordon of Wyoming, NY. He was taken into custody following a sex offense investigation involving a person under the age of 17 years old. Kevin P. Gordon was charged with Rape in the Third Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned and was committed to the Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 bail. -0-

A new poll shows there are plenty of Empire State residents who have a favorable opinion of Governor Hochul. According to the Siena College survey, 42-percent of people polled say they have positive view of the governor compared to 17-percent who don’t. However, 41-percent said they don’t know enough about Hochul yet to form an opinion of her. Hochul took office last month following the resignation of ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo in the aftermath of sexual harassment allegations made against him. Previously, Hochul had served as the Lieutenant Governor since 2015.

-A federal judge has issued a ruling involving a mandate that all health care workers in New York State get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19. The judge said that the requirement can’t be enforced on people who seek or obtain a religious exemption. Last month, health care workers were ordered to be immunized by September 27th, but several health professionals filed a lawsuit claiming the mandate was a violation of their Constitutional rights because it disallowed exemptions for religious reasons.

A new requirement is being put in place for fans who attend Buffalo Bills games at Highmark Stadium and Buffalo Sabres contests at KeyBank Center. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announces that anyone 12 and older who goes to a game at those facilities must be vaccinated against COVID-19. One dose of vaccine will be required for the Bills’ next home game September 26th against the Washington Football Team and full immunization needs to be completed by the end of October.

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