Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on March 18, 2022
A crash just after 6:30 in the evening Thursday on I90 between LeRoy and Batavia resulted in serious injury and the westbound lanes being closed. A preliminary investigation determined the crash involved a tractor-trailer and an SUV. As a result of the collision, the SUV became fully engulfed in flames. One individual was flown to the hospital by Medivac with life-threatening injuries and two others were transported by ambulance for serious injuries. Earlier in the day just a couple miles from the site of the accident a tanker truck rolled over on the thruway also in the westbound lane. Water and Diesel Fuel were being hauled and spilled. The driver sustained a shoulder injury.
Governor Hochul is reportedly working on fixing the public safety plan and also changing the controversial bail reform legislation. The plan includes making certain gun related and hate crime offenses subject to arrest and not just desk appearance tickets. Republicans have been calling for the Bail Reform to be fixed as, according to Senator Rob Ortt, it creates a “revolving door of criminals who are getting appearance tickets” and not being held. Several criminals have been released and gone on to commit violent, sometimes deadly crimes just after release. Such as a man in New York City who had been arrested over 50 times in the past year assaulting a 2 year old who was with her grandmother earlier this week. Judges across New York say that the bail reform takes power and decision making away from them and law enforcement and makes the streets more dangerous.
Thursday Governor Hochul extended NYS’s state of emergency through April 15th. According to the governor’s office, the extension gives the state the flexibility to troubleshoot hospital capacity issues and it will be reassessed in 30 days.
The Bills are releasing Wide Receiver Cole Beasley after 3 seasons, 231 caught passes and 2,438 yards. Beasley sought permission to be traded from General Manager Brandon Beane. He was entering the final year of his contract. Beane had said that Beasley would be back with the Bills in the coming season but that is apparently not going to be the case.
The Sabres failed to extend their winning streak as they were trounced Thursday night by the Oilers 6 to 1. Victor Olofsson scored 1 goal for Buffalo in the Third period. The Sabres will be continuing on to Calgary tonight to take on the Flames.