Monday News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on November 6, 2023
32-year-old Trevvown Parker of Medina has been arrested. He’s charged with petit larceny, after allegedly stealing fuel from the TP Deli in Alabama by pumping gas and driving away without paying for it. Parker was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled for Alabama Town Court on November 21.
Gas prices continue to make their way down this week. According to AAA this morning, the national average per gallon price of regular is $3.42. The state average is $3.70. In Batavia, we’re paying $3.71; that’s four cents lower than a week ago, 12 cents lower than a month ago and seven cents lower than it was a year ago today. Lower demand and a falling oil barrel price are driving the prices down slowly as we head into the middle of autumn and into the winter.
State Police are going to be doing their part over the next several days to prevent bridges from being hit by large vehicles. Troopers will be working with local agencies across New York State to increase patrols during the “Check Your Height, Know It’s Right” initiative that runs through Saturday. Officials say bridge strikes are preventable and can cause potential hazards to motorists and first responders.
A man is recovering after being the victim of a carjacking in Rochester over the weekend. The 39-year-old man says he was forced from his vehicle around midnight yesterday in the area of Elmwood Avenue and Scottsville Road in the city. The vehicle was later found near Kenwood Avenue and Chili Avenue. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to be OK.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make a change to its disaster aid policies. Schumer says the guidelines FEMA has in place now to help communities recover from weather disasters like major snowstorms are too strict. The New York Democrat has written a letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell asking for the snow disaster policy to be re-evaluated. Last year a blizzard crippled the region, and it took months for financial aid to arrive.
The New York State Department of Health is recommending that people roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot. Flu season begins in October and runs through May, but typically peaks between December and February. The vaccine is available to everyone six months and older at places like pharmacies and doctor’s offices. Those 65 and older and individuals who have certain medical conditions could experience serious health complications if they get the flu. To schedule an appointment, go to vaccines.gov.
Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin is setting up a scholarship program in honor of the hospital workers who saved his life. Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field back in January while playing in Cincinnati and ended up in the ICU for a week. Over the weekend, he announced he was establishing ten $1,000 scholarships, each one in the name of the ten people on the hospital team that kept him alive.
The Buffalo Bills have failed to move into first place in the AFC East after suffering a loss on the road. Quarterback Josh Allen threw for 258 yards and a touchdown, but his team still fell to the Cincinnati Bengals 24 to 18 at Paycor Stadium last night. Allen also had a rushing TD for the Bills, whose record this season is five wins and four losses. Buffalo gets a buy this week and their next game is November 13th against the Denver Broncos.
A spider species is spreading. A study from Clemson University says Joro spiders are spreading beyond South Carolina and could inhabit most of the eastern U.S. The spiders are large, brightly colored and use their webs to travel in the wind. They’re venomous, but researchers say they don’t bite humans or pets unless they are cornered.
The 2024 presidential election is exactly one year away. New polling done by the New York Times and Siena College shows former President Trump holds an edge over President Biden across five key swing states in hypothetical match-ups. Biden and Trump are both the overwhelming favorites for the nomination for each of their parties.
Today is Monday, November 6th, the 310th day of the year.
November 6 in history…
…In 1941, the Soviet Union was lent $1 million by the United States.
…In 1967, “The Phil Donahue Show” debuted on a local station in Dayton, Ohio. The program later went into syndication and stayed on the air for 29 years.
…In 1968, The Monkees’ $750,000 feature film, “Head” opened in New York City. The feature follows band members Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith on a trippy adventure through 1960s Hollywood, California where they cross paths with such people as Dennis Hopper, Frank Zappa and Jack Nicholson. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster.
…In 2007 Meat Loaf cancelled his European tour after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords, but denied media reports he might be quitting the stage for good.