Monday News Brief

Written by on August 28, 2023

Jamie Dutton

FROM THE GENESEE COUNTY SHERIFF: 31-year-old Jamie Dutton of Batavia was arrested. He’s charged with tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and obstructing governmental administration. It’s alleged that Dutton fled from police on a bicycle and hid under the back deck of a residence. He then allegedly discarded narcotics in an attempt to conceal them. Dutton was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on September 5th.  ALSO: 50-year-old James Flack of Alexander has been arrested. He’s charged with harassment and criminal contempt. It’s alleged Flack struck another person in violation of a refrain from order of protection. He appeared in Genesee County CAP Court.


At least one teenager has been charged after being involved in a police pursuit involving stolen vehicles. Authorities say the vehicles were taken from a Holiday Inn and Double Tree Inn by a 16-year-old and 15-year-old in Niagara Falls on Saturday. Officers saw the vehicles and gave chase, and the vehicles later collided on the Niagara Scenic Parkway. The 16-year-old suffered internal injuries but the 15-year-old wasn’t hurt.




File photo of unidentified family exploring Lockport Cave

After being shut down for weeks, the Lockport Cave is now open for business. Back in June, a man tragically lost his life after a boat there capsized and the building department closed everything down due to exposed electrical wires. The person who died was later identified as Harshad Shah of Niagara Falls. For now, only the lantern-lit and guided walking tours are being offered.



Overly protective dog prevents firefighter from accessing the hydrant

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants tomorrow, August 29th and Wednesday, August 30th, from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the general area of South of East Main and West of Jackson Streets. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected. These tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area. Do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. If you do experience a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about 5 minutes or until clear.


There has been a slight drop in gas prices over the past week. According to Triple A this morning, the national average cost for a gallon of regular fuel is now $3.82. The state average – always a little bit higher – is $3.90. In Batavia, we’re paying $3.84; that’s down a penny from a week ago, but up 14 cents from a month ago today. One year ago, the average price we paid was $4.29.


The Buffalo Bills have started cutting players as the deadline for the team to have its 53-man roster in place looms. The defending AFC East champions parted ways with seven players including wide receiver Isaiah Coulter, safety Jared Mayden and tight end Jace Sternberger. The team also released defensive end Shane Ray from injured reserve after reaching a settlement. All roster cuts must be made by 4:00 tomorrow afternoon.




New York State Fair

The New York State Fair is underway, and the Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding folks that they can upgrade to a REAL ID or enhanced ID at the event. All they have to do is head to the Center of Progress building located on the fairgrounds property in Syracuse. Beginning in 2025, everyone flying in the United States will need a REAL ID or another form of federally accepted identification before being allowed to board a plane. For more information, head to


The Cinemark Tinseltown Theater in Gates is expected to reopen today after it was shut down. There were large crowds at the theatre located on Buffalo Road yesterday due to cheap tickets for National Cinema Day, which led to disturbances among customers. Law enforcement agencies responded and decided to close the theater as a precaution. No injuries were reported.




Please play responsibly.

Another Powerball drawing has come and gone without a winner, and that means the game’s top prize is still growing. Since no one correctly picked all six winning numbers for Saturday, the jackpot tonight will be at least $363 million. There has not been a big Powerball prizewinner in a few weeks. This evening’s drawing is going to be streamed at Please play responsibly.



Lucky dog!

The New York Lottery today announced one top-prize winning ticket was sold for the Aug 27 TAKE 5 MIDDAY drawing. The ticket was sold at: CROSBY’S #40015 located at 4531 LAKE AVE in LOCKPORT. The prize is: $17,458.50 The winning midday numbers yesterday were 3-14-19-24-25





Bob Barker at the close of one the many Price Is Right shows he hosted.

Bob Barker and Adam Sandler

Bob Barker is being remembered across the entertainment industry. The legendary “The Price Is Right” game show host died Saturday at the age of 99 at his home in Los Angeles. Actor Adam Sandler posted a photo of himself alongside Barker on Instagram, saying that he loved talking and laughing with him. Current “The Price Is Right” host Drew Carey, who succeeded Barker as host in 2007, tweeted that he will “carry his memory in my heart forever.”


A hot air balloon landed in the Interstate 91 median in White River Junction, Vt., on Wednesday night, August 23, 2023. Hartford (Vermont) firefighter Mitch White photographed its landing.

Everyone is OK after a hot air balloon made an emergency landing on a freeway median in White River Junction, Vermont. Authorities say the pilot earns high marks for safely setting the balloon down on the median of Interstate 91 after the aircraft stalled mid-flight last week. Pilot Chris Ritland and his four passengers were in good shape after he set the balloon down, as it was getting dark. The Hartford, Vermont Fire Department said the pilot had no other options.



Unidentified child in file photo using an inhaler to treat Asthma

Recent Canadian wildfire smoke is blamed for a major jump in asthma-related trips to the emergency room. The CDC says researchers found that ER visits were 17% higher than usual in areas where wildfire smoke enveloped the region triggering air quality alerts between April and August. New York and New Jersey had the highest proportion of emergency room visits.


Today is Monday, August 28th, the 240th day of the year.


August 28 in history…


An early UPS delivery truck

…In 1907, the United Parcel Service began service in Seattle, Washington.





A Truetone Radio

…In 1922, the first radio commercial was broadcast on WEAF in New York City. The commercial was for an American estate agent, Queensboro Realty.





Emmitt Till

…In 1955, in a case that injected momentum into the civil rights movement, black Chicago teenager Emmett Till was kidnapped from his uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi by two white men after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. Till was found murdered three days later.



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

…In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, D.C. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mahalia Jackson and Peter Paul and Mary were among the artists who performed before an estimated 200,000 civil rights marchers who gathered for the rally.




Some fans didn’t like seeing Bob Dylan perform using an electric guitar.

…In 1965, Bob Dylan was booed at a concert in Forest Hills, New York for playing an electric guitar.






Mark Spitz with his 7 gold medals (Sports Illustrated Photo)

…In 1972, Mark Spitz won the first of seven gold medals in the 1972 Olympic Games.


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