Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on June 8, 2022
A fire at a pro life center in Amherst is being investigated as Arson. CompassCare in Amherst on Eggert Rd, part of a regional chain of women’s crisis centers which provide counseling, ultrasounds, STD testing, Abortion Pill reversal and access to care during and after pregnancy all for free, was firebombed Tuesday early in the morning. Workers at the clinic believe it was done by a radical Pro-Abortion group called “Janes Revenge” because of graffiti found after the fire that says “Jane was here.” CEO Jim Harden says a similar clinic was targeted in Madison, Wisconsin last month with Jane’s revenge claiming responsibility and threatening more sites. Harden held a news conference outside the clinic Tuesday afternoon saying the fire was no accident. He says fires were set inside causing extensive damage. Police said two firefighters were treated for minor injuries and the fire is being investigated as arson at this time.
According to court officials, Albany City court was closed on Tuesday for fumigation after hundreds of cockroaches were released during a court procedure. The incident occurred Tuesday morning during an arraignment of 4 people, where one of the defendants began to record court proceedings. When told to stop, we’re told that a fight escalated and cockroaches were then released from plastic containers. Clyanna Lightbourn, 34, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, criminal contempt, and tampering with physical evidence. It’s unclear who released the cockroaches and how this person managed to bring them inside the court. Lucian Chalfen, director of public information with the Unified Court System said that an investigation into the incident is underway and more people may be charged.
The Kiwanis Club of Batavia will be bringing back the Independence Day 5K run on Monday the 4th of July this year. They said they are so excited to be doing it in person again at Centennial park as last year they had to go virtual. Proceeds from the race will be distributed to the Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park, Batavia City School Foundation for the Community Schools Program, and lastly the Kiwanis activity fund which supports community events such as the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Thanksgiving Morning Skate and others.
The Muckdogs beat the Auburn Doubledays 6 to 5. Monday’s game at Dwyer Stadium was delayed by rain a few times. Then Tuesday the Dogs beat the Jamestown Tarp Skunks 12 to 6. The Muckdogs are now 4 and 1 with their next game against Capital City Reds at home tonight at 7pm.