Morning News Brief

Written by on October 1, 2021

New York State Police need your help searching for a 30-year-old woman from Batavia.  Investigators say Nicole Granger was last seen 10 days ago.  Troopers say they received a missing person’s report on Wednesday.  If you have any information, you’re asked to contact New York State Police at (585) 786-5152.

3 people have been sentenced in connection to the murder of Cheyenne Farewell in Lockport at a 2020 Halloween party.  The district attorney says Shawn Johnson, the person who shot Farewell, pleaded guilty to Murder in the Second Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, and two counts each of Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree, and was sentenced to 20 years to life in state prison.  Another person who had a gun but didn’t shoot any shots, was sentenced to a minimum of 16 months and a maximum of three years in state prison for Manslaughter in the First Degree.  Jonathan Frey, the person who drove the car that was involved in the shooting entered a guilty plea to Hindering Prosecution and was sentenced to a term of two to four years in state prison.

After 35 years of service, Communications Coordinator Russell Lang is working his last shift today at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.  Russ began his career on August 9, 1986, as a Dispatcher, and on June 17, 1989, he was appointed Communications Coordinator and has held this position ever since.  During his communications career, Lang earned several awards that include two Distinguished Service, three Meritorious Service for continuous excellence, and six Commendations.

Batavia Downs presented 4500 dollars to the Make a Wish Foundation on Wednesday.  The money was raised by selling the rental chairs for the Rockin The Downs Concert series.  Make a Wish foundation workers volunteered at the rental booth renting out chairs, selling koozys and glow jewelry.

Former Sabres owner John Rigas has passed away at 96.  Rigas owned the Sabres from 1997 to 2002 when he was convicted of wire fraud and the NHL took over the team.  He was released from prison in 2016 after being diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer.  He maintained his innocence till the end.

The Buffalo Sabres lost 6 to 2 after an early lead to the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night.  Buffalo started the game with Rasmus Asplund scoring the first goal of the game but the Sabres would only get one other goal by Arttu Ruotolainen. The Sabres will be back home tonight at 7 when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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