Midday News Brief

Written by on April 16, 2021

Jared “Jake” Taft

Alexander Central Schools have a new superintendent.
He is Jared “Jake” Taft.
If his name sounds familiar, Taft has served as interim superintendent for Alexander since last September. Prior to that, Taft served as principal of Alexander Elementary.
He began his teaching career 20 years ago in Brooklyn, New York.


Elizabeth Jones

Batavia Police asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 14-year-old girl.
Elizabeth Jones was last seen Wednesday in Batavia.
She may now be in the Buffalo or Rochester.
Elizabeth is approximately 5’ 4”, 130 lbs, and has blonde hair.
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.


The Genesee County Local Drug Task Force reels in a Niagara Falls man. 30 year old LeRoy Thornton III is suspected of dealing crack cocaine in and around the Town of Batavia.
He is facing felony charges, but at his arraignment in Genesee County Court, he was released on his own recognizance.

Genesee County reports ten new positive cases of COVID-19. Three people from the group have been hospitalized. Orleans County reports 14 new cases with three people hospitalized. In Wyoming County, nine new cases were confirmed with 113 people in mandatory quarantine and 38 people in isolation.

More than 50 percent of New Yorkers 18 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than one in three in the same age group have been fully vaccinated.
More than 1.5 million doses have been administered over the past week. Here in the Finger Lakes Region, more than 337,000 people have been completely vaccinated.

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