Midday News Brief

Written by on May 11, 2021

Nathan Varland

It is an unlikely place for drug deals but an alert administrator at 400 Towers is responsible for stopping two deals as they happened. The story was revealed during last night’s City Council meeting.

Batavia Housing Authority Executive Director Nathan Varland spotted the suspected deals last month while out for a run. He called BPD…

The suspected dealers were taken into custody.


Get a shot and take a shot at a show. Batavia Downs announces today a new promotion to encourage people to get their COVID-19 vaccinations. The Downs, in partnering with the health department, is hosting a vaccination clinic this Friday from 3 to 7.

Batavia Downs will give all persons who get vaccinated at the clinic $20 in Free Food and Drink…and get two entries into a drawing for front row tickets to all 12 Rockin’ the Downs concerts…worth more than $1,500.


The bridge carrying Route 19 over the Black Creek overflow in Bergen is closed for repairs. It will remain closed to traffic for about two days. A detour has been posted.


SUNY students are going to need more than their class schedules and textbooks before the start of the fall semester. Governor Cuomo says all SUNY campuses are requiring in-person learning students to have their COVID-19 vaccinations by the start of the next academic year.


Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel says his future with the team is uncertain following another very difficult season. Eichel spoke with reporters yesterday about a variety of issues including the neck injury that forced him out of action in March. Eichel said he’s been disappointed with how things have been handled since he got hurt and mentioned that his contract didn’t allow him to get immediate surgery to fix the problem.

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