Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on September 30, 2022
Two people are facing charges in connection with a shooting that seriously injured a three-year-old boy. Prosecutors say 34-year-old Travis Lewis the third and a 16-year-old were involved in a shootout on North Clinton Avenue Wednesday night. During that exchange of gunfire Marlo Joseph was hit by a bullet while he was sitting in his car seat. Joseph was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was last listed in critical, but stable, condition. Lewis is behind bars without bail and the teen was sent to the Monroe County Children’s Detention Center.
New York State is trying to make it easier on folks to purchase electric vehicles. Yesterday, Governor Hochul said the state is adding ten million dollars toward a Drive Clean Rebate Program. People purchasing electric vehicles could get up two thousand dollars off per vehicle through the rebate program. The governor is also directing the State Department of Environmental Conservation to take action that’ll require all new SUVs, pickup trucks and passenger cars sold in the Empire State to be zero emissions by 2035.
Well that stinks! A tractor trailer carrying liquid manure crashed on I90 between Depew and Pembroke around 4pm Thursday. The truck was heading eastbound when the accident happened. The tractor and trailer split and the manure spread across the highway. Police redirected traffic off the highway at exit 49. It took till after 10pm to get the mess cleaned up and traffic back to normal. State Police are investigating the reason for the crash.
You see them everywhere. Help wanted signs. Nearly every industry is hiring and they aren’t alone. The Batavia City Police department is trying to get more people to take the civil service exam after the last few were less than half the normal number. This is causing officers to have to work more short shift overtime and not having enough for special details. The schools are having trouble getting enough teachers and the bus driver shortages have been in the news for the last 2 years. The problem isn’t that there aren’t enough people looking for work in some situations. Empire Hemp said they got over 300 applications for a job at the store, but over 290 of them just wanted to smoke pot and dropped out when they found out they couldn’t get high on the job. There are more people in the labor force now than there were last year and the year before. Demand is still high. Now is a great time to find work.
The Ascension Parish is getting ready for Oktoberfest this Saturday. From 5 to 10 pm come out to eat, drink, dance and sing at 19 Sumner St. The headliners for the event are The German American Musicians and of course, German and American beer. The German American Musicians is a 25-member band founded in 1933. It is a not-for-profit cultural organization dedicated to the cultivation and performance of the traditional music and culture of German-speaking lands. Admission is 5 dollars per person. Kids 12 and under are free. For details and to get presale tickets, only available till 5 today, go to ascensionoktoberfest.com.
It may be colder than summer but some people just can’t wait for the snow and ice. And they can go to David M McCarthy Arena today through Sunday to get out on the ice during the open house. The McCarthy Ice Arena welcomes the community back to the arena for another great year of winter sports. Stop by the Evans Street arena and check out the recent improvements to the rink, enjoy discounted public events, cheer on area youth and adult hockey teams, and food specials at the newly opened snack shop. There is a skate and shoot this afternoon from 3 to 5 for 5 dollars and public skate with free rentals from 7 to 9pm. Saturday from 1-3 a skate to raise money for Batavia Schools and Sunday a family skate. 1 dollar hotdogs are on sale all weekend and several games will be played Saturday and Sunday.
The Buffalo Bills will be back in action this weekend as they try and rebound from their first loss of the season. The Bills are going to be on the road to take on Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Last week, Buffalo was beaten by their AFC East division rivals the Miami Dolphins by a final score of 21 to 19 and the team has a record of two wins and one loss. Kickoff for Sunday’s game is set for one p-m.