Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on March 29, 2022
US marshals are searching Western New York for a missing child that was allegedly taken from West Virginia by her mother. The U.S. Marshals Service said 35-year-old Adrienne Grace Marean was charged by police in West Virginia for allegedly violating a family court order on March 7. Marean had been ordered to transfer custody of eleven-month-old Iris Chidester in February 2022 but allegedly fled with the child. According to the U.S. Marshals, efforts to locate Marean and Chidester have been focused in the Dunkirk and Fredonia areas but she could be in other areas of Western NY. Marean is believed to be driving a gray Toyota Prius with New York license plate JJR1907. Marean is described as a white female, 5’7″ tall, around 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Chidester is described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes. The U.S. Marshals Service asks anyone with information to contact 304-623-0486 or 911 for immediate assistance.
A Buffalo man is facing several charges including money laundering after a traffic stop in Wyoming County. 35 year old James Quinn the 3rd was arrested on March 26th for outstanding warrants from the stop. On March 20, deputies attempted to stop the driver of a vehicle with an improperly-used dealer plate on State Route 20A in Sheldon. Police say there was also an 8-year-old child who was improperly restrained in the back seat. Deputies say the driver was in possession of five rubber band bundles which totaled over $12,000. The driver denied ownership of the money, which was held pending further investigation and police detected narcotic odor coming from the money. It was later found that this driver was James Quinn the 3rd and he had given the police a false identity. He was charged with driving with a revoked license, 4th degree money laundering, 2nd degree forgery, first degree offering a false instrument for filing, and second degree criminal impersonation. He is being held in Wyoming county Jail without bail.
It was a problem before, and now it’s even bigger since the beginning of COVID. Mental health services can’t keep up with the demand. Genesee County Mental Health and Community Services has several openings to fill. Director of Mental Health Lynda Battaglia says the mental health professionals working for the county each have caseloads of 90 to 110 patients and are triaging to only take high need and high risk calls. This can lead to people who are in need not getting the services that would help their problems from becoming more serious. More mental health professionals are needed. Genesee County is advertising for positions in the department on its website and also on the Indeed worldwide employment site.
The new 1.35 million square foot stadium to be built in Orchard Park for the Buffalo Bills will not be run by Erie County, says County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He said in a press briefing Monday, “Erie County will no longer be in the football business.” Under the new deal to build a $1.4 billion stadium in Orchard Park, the County transfers all land ownership rights to the newly formed Erie County Stadium Corporation, which is an arm of New York State. The state will then lease the land to the Bills. Poloncarz says this deal will save the county roughly 7 million dollars a year in operating assistance and capital assistance.
The Sabres won against the Blackhawks Monday night after a high scoring game 6 to 5. Tage Thompson scored the final goal with 10 seconds left on the clock making it the first game for the Sabres in 6 games that didn’t go to overtime or shootout. Victor Olofsson had two goals and an assist to help the Sabres win for the first time in three games. Kyle Okposo, Vinnie Hinostroza and Alex Tuch also scored for Buffalo. Thompson, the team leader with 28 goals, broke his stick on a shot from the left wing. The puck caromed off the boards behind the net and hit Chicago goaltender Kevin Lankinen’s left skate before going in. The Sabres play next against the Winnipeg Jets at Keybank Center Wednesday at 7pm.