Morning News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on May 27, 2022
It has taken almost 50 years of talking about a new Genesee County Jail to reach the start of construction.
Ground was ceremoniously started yesterday on the new 184-bed county jail on West Main Street next to the existing County Building Two.
The existing jail was built in 1902. An addition was built onto the back of the jail in 1985.
Officials say the existing jail lacks space, is overcrowded and no longer meets state standards for health and safely.
The new jail will incorporate a pod system allowing guards to watch more inmates with less staff.
The new jail will also allow the housing of female inmates.
Sheriff William Sheron speaks at groundbreaking for new jail PHOTO: The Batavian
Western New York residents who are planning to drive to their Memorial Day weekend events are going to be paying a lot of money when it comes time to fill up their vehicles. In Batavia the average price for a gallon of regular has gone up five-cents over the past week.
With a lot of people hitting the road for the holiday, police across New York State are going to be keeping a very close eye out for drunk drivers. It’s part of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s STOP-DWI campaign that runs from today through May 31st.
From the bad boy’s report: 36-year-old year-old Brandon Dodd and 21-year-old Trace Brewer both of Batavia, facing charges for allegedly boosting air conditioners from Wal-Mart. Authorities said Dodd has has also been charged in connection with thefts from a local liquor store and an air conditioner from a home on Jackson Street.
The Batavia Development Corporation, the city’s economic development agency, has hired a new director.
She is Tammy Hathaway, most recently with the United Way.
The job pays $70,000 a year.
An investigation is reportedly underway into whether a retired federal agent may have known about the plot to carry out a mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket.
The Buffalo News reports the former agent was one of several people who regularly communicated online with the alleged shooter, Payton Gendron. Those individuals were reportedly invited by Gendron to read about his plan before he opened fire inside the Tops store on Jefferson Avenue May 14th and murdered 10 people.
Neither the FBI or U.S. Attorney’s Office have commented on this report.