Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on November 4, 2022
A 25 year old man is charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly stabbing a person on Jackson Street in Batavia. Tyshon Taylor was arrested after the stabbing was reported on October 18th around 9:30pm. The victim was stabbed in the abdomen while walking on Jackson st and rushed to ECMC for treatment. Taylor is being held without bail.
A Buffalo man has been convicted for his role in the murders of three people from Florida during a drug-related robbery over three years ago. Thursday, a jury found Deandre Wilson guilty in connection with the deaths of Nicole Marie Merced-Plaud, Miguel Anthony Valentin-Colon, and Dhamyl Roman-Audiffred. The bodies of Merced-Plaud and Valentin-Colon were spotted in a burned out van on Tonawanda Street in September 2019. Roman-Audiffred’s remains were found in a fire pit in the back of a home on Box Avenue.
ALDI has announced that because of inflation and high prices of thanksgiving related items it will be matching its prices from 3 years ago on thanksgiving appetizers, sides, desserts and beverages. They are calling it the Thanksgiving Rewind. You can look for a red sticker that says thanksgiving price rewind on it for the discounts.
The Powerball jackpot just keeps getting bigger and that means there’s going to be a huge prize up for grabs this weekend. The jackpot for tomorrow night’s drawing is going to be at least one-point-five billion dollars. That is just short of the record one-point-five-eight-six billion dollar Powerball jackpot that was claimed in 2016. As always, the cost of a ticket to play the game is just two dollars. The drawing will be streamed live online at powerball.com.
Gerald Maley, otherwise known as “Mr Baseball,” a veteran, major league and minor league baseball player and avid supporter of baseball in Batavia, passed away on Wednesday at 92 years old. Maley played ball for the Cleveland Indians in 1949 and went 2 seasons in the PONY league. He went on to coach Little League and Babe Ruth League in Batavia and was a director with Genesee County Baseball Club, the community organization that owned the Batavia Clippers/Batavia Muckdogs. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. When he returned to civilian life, he worked as a lineman and switchman for Niagara Mohawk for 37 years. He was active in the American Legion, Batavia Lion’s Club, Niagara Mohawk Pensioners Club, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and was a long-time usher at St. Mary’s Church.
A Batavia Fire truck rushed to the scene with sirens blaring and lights flashing but there was no fire. Instead it was delivering one of the winners of the Fire Prevention Coloring Contest to St Paul Lutheran School Wednesday morning. Abigail Varland was dropped off amid cheers and whistles of her classmates and teachers. Then the students all got a chance to take pictures in front of fire engine 11 with the firefighters.
The Genesee County Master Gardeners announced they will be collecting NEW, unwrapped BOOKS for the annual Toys for Tots campaign. The books that are collected will go to children and youth aged preschool through high school. A gift of a new book delivers a message of hope and instills self-confidence to children in need. You can drop off books at the Genesee County Cooperative Extension office, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will have a collection bin set up near the reception area. Donations of new books can be made at the CCE office through Dec. 5.
Officials with Pegula Sports and Entertainment have chosen the contractors who will be building a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. New York City-based Turner Construction, the Buffalo-based 34 Group and the Gilbane Building Company in Rhode Island are going to be responsible for constructing the over one-billion dollar stadium. The facility is going to be built near Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park which is where the Bills currently play their home games. The new stadium is expected to open in 2026.
Organizers announced the Buffalo/Niagara Holiday Light Show is set to return to the Niagara County Fairgrounds. Scheduled to open on November 18 organizers say the drive-thru show features “a mile of towering displays, with hundreds of thousands of lights, synchronized to holiday music broadcast right to each car’s radio!” Those who attend can expect to spend about 20 to 25 minutes driving through the show. It will run at the Niagara County Fairgrounds on select dates through December 31. Advance tickets are $25 per carload with a reservation or $62.50 for unlimited visits which do not require a reservation. Organizers say tickets can be purchased at the gate, but availability is not guaranteed.