Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on October 26, 2021
Attempted murder suspect Plush Dozier was moments away from going on trial when a judge ordered another mental health exam for the defendant.
Dozier is accused of allegedly setting his girlfriend on fire in a Maple Street apartment three years ago.
Jury selection started yesterday afternoon when the judge ordered the competency hearing.
At least one previous competency exam found Dozier fit for trial.
He’s charged with attempted Second-Degree Murder and arson. He could get 25-years to life if convicted.
Governor Hochul has decided to extend the state of emergency on gun violence for at least another few weeks. The emergency declaration was made back in July by former Governor Andrew Cuomo and will stay in effect through November 22nd. The extension allows the state keep giving out millions of dollars in funding to support initiatives that are aimed at curbing gun violence.
The Batavia City Council, with some reservation, appear willing to give the Ellicott Station developer a little more time to begin work on the multi-million-dollar project.
Council is growing increasingly impatient over the snail’s pace of progress with the project.
Council president Gene Jankowski said some of the delays were not the fault of the developer…
Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian said she had “no faith” in the Savarino company and voted “no” on two measures to secure yet another grant for the project. The final vote was 7 to 1.
The Buffalo Sabres have snapped their two-game losing streak with a big win over the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Sabres beat the Tampa Bay Lightning five-to -one at KeyBank Center last night. Buffalo goalie Craig Anderson was solid once again in net, stopping 35 of the 36 shots he faced. Up next for the Sabres is a road game against the Anaheim Ducks Thursday night.