Monday News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on November 20, 2023
40-year-old Michael Torres of Batavia has been arrested during a traffic stop. He’s charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. It’s alleged that Torres was arrested pursuant to an active warrant and was found to be in possession of cocaine and buprenorphine. He was held at the Genesee County Jail pending arraignment in CAP Court.
According to Triple A today, the national average cost for a gallon of regular fuel is now $3.31. The state average is now sitting at $3.61. In Batavia, we’re paying $3.64 per gallon; that’s down 2 cents from a week ago and 7 cents from a year ago today.
Governor Hochul has signed off on a brand-new law aimed at helping stop the opioid crisis in the Empire State. It’s called Matthew’s Law, and expands access to fentanyl testing supplies by allowing them to be given out by pharmacists and health care professionals. The Office of Addiction Services and Supports has already started a new system that has led to the order of 2 million fentanyl test strips. Anyone who needs help battling addiction can call 1-877-8-HOPENY.
An elderly woman has tragically lost her life after being hit and killed by a vehicle over the weekend. According to authorities, the 97-year-old victim was in the area of Hertel Avenue and Saint Florian Street in Buffalo Saturday when she was struck. The woman, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to Erie County Medical Center and pronounced dead. No charges have been filed in connection with this incident.
Rochester police continue to be on the lookout for the suspect involved in a weekend carjacking. A 72-year-old man says he was sitting in a car near Saint Paul Street and Norton Street yesterday when he was approached by someone and punched. The suspect then drove away with the victim’s vehicle, and the man needed treatment for an injury.
The Bills are now 6 and 5 after a 32 to 6 win against the Jets Sunday night. The Bills have been struggling and many fans were incredibly disappointed after last week’s 12 men on the field flub which saw a victory go up in smoke in the last few seconds of the game against the Broncos. Bills offense sacked Jets Quarterback Zack Wilson 5 times causing 2 fumbles. Allen went 20 of 32 for 279 yards and 3 touchdowns. Injuries in the Bills secondary continued to pile up, with Dane Jackson with a concussion, Taron Johnson also suffering a concussion and Taylor Rapp hurting his neck. The Bills will hit the road to face the 8-1 Eagles in Philadelphia. Kickoff is set for 4:25 on Sunday.
It’s one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, and the TSA has issued some simple tips for people flying out of Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport. It’s recommended folks get to the airport at least two hours before their scheduled flight, and know what items can be in their carry-on bag. Travelers should take advantage of time they spend in the security checkpoint line to get out their ID and boarding pass. And, people who see anything suspicious should report it immediately.
From jiggly jello molds to green bean casseroles, the TSA is dishing on which Thanksgiving foods can fly with you this holiday. While most foods can be carried through airport checkpoints, some need to be checked into baggage. TSA officials say if it’s a solid item like baked goods, meats, stuffing or casseroles, it can go through a checkpoint. If you can spill it, spread it, spray it, pump it or pour it and it’s larger than 3.4 ounces, then it should go in a checked bag. That means pack the cranberry sauce, gravy and apple cider in the checked luggage.
A man who won the $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot is suing his ex-girlfriend for telling his family members about the lottery win. The Maine resident who anonymously claimed the jackpot earlier this year filed a lawsuit claiming that his ex-girlfriend, who is also the mother of his child, breached an agreement that they had to keep the win confidential. The lawsuit says his ex signed an NDA but ended up telling his father and stepmother about the jackpot win. The man is asking her to name every person she’s told and pay a $100,000 fine for each NDA violation.
The holiday season is bringing an increase of viral illnesses, as people are getting ready for gatherings. While flu activity is still at low levels overall, an official with the CDC says there’s going to be many weeks of increasing flu activity and estimates that nearly 780,000 people have had it so far this season. The director of the CDC says these are the months when flu likes to spread, especially since everyone travels for holidays.
Today is Monday, November 20th, the 324th day of the year.
November 20 in history…
…In 1977, Barbara Walters interviewed Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Washington, D.C.
…In 1984, the 50-billionth McDonald’s hamburger was made. The milestone was celebrated at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
…In 2003, in the glare of the media spotlight, Michael Jackson surrendered to authorities in Santa Barbara, California where he was arrested on child molestation charges stemming from accusations made by a 12-year-old boy. The pop star posted $3 Million bonds and returned to Las Vegas where he was shooting a music video.
…Also in 2003, legendary producer Phil Spector was formally charged with murder in connection with the death of actress Lana Clarkson. He pled not guilty during his arraignment, and was allowed to remain free on the $1 million bail he’d posted after his initial arrest ten months earlier.
…In 2022, Joe Biden turned 80-years-old making him the first octogenarian to serve as President of the United States.