Midday News Brief

Written by on October 7, 2021

A homeless Batavia man has been arrested for rape in a case that goes back more than 20 years. Batavia Police have arrested 57-year-old Roger K. Brinkman has been arrested for the first-degree rape of a girl who was 14 years old at the time.
Batavia Police said the attack occurred on Liberty Street in Batavia in 2000.
Brinkman is being held on 100-thousand dollars bail.

Another step into the future for Batavia. There are now two new electric vehicle charging stations. One is located adjacent to City Church the other at T F Browns restaurant.
Paul Gistner is with National Grid. He says electric vehicle usage is on the rise across New York State and there are incentives to businesses large and small to install the stations

These two electric charging stations are the first in downtown Batavia.

A Mercy Flight helicopter was damaged in a hard landing at the Genesee County Airport.
The chopper was returning from Strong Hospital last night when it attempted to land in a heavy fog.
There was no patient on board. The crew was evaluated at the hospital but was not injured. The hard-landing damaged the underside of the helicopter fuselage.

The NY state highway department has announced that they will begin using speed cameras on the thruway in work zones. The pilot program will include 30 cameras across the state set up in 10 work zones. This is to combat highway worker deaths. About 123 workers are killed a year nationally. No start or end dates have been announced.

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to have been planning to boot current Governor Kathy Hochul as his running mate if he sought a fourth term. The New York Post reported earlier this year aides for the ex-governor told then-Lieutenant Governor Hochul that she would be replaced on the Democratic ticket in 2022. Hochul became governor back in August when Cuomo resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

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