Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on November 8, 2022
It’s Election Day and the polls will be open from 6am to 9pm for everyone who didn’t go to early voting. Polling places in Batavia are the Batavia Town Hall on West Main Rd, The Richard Call Arena at GCC, County Building 2 On West Main St Rd, Salvation Army on East Main Street, Richmond Memorial Library, Senior Center On Bank Street, ARC Community center on Woodrow Rd, Ascension Parish on Sumner St and the 400 Towers on East Main. If you aren’t sure which one is your voting place you can go to voterlookup.elections.ny.gov to find out.
The Villages of Orleans nursing home is facing a class action lawsuit by the families of people who died of COVID in 2020 and 2021 at the facility. Families are alleging that mistakes made during the Covid-19 pandemic led to their loved one’s deaths. This care home has a history of violations with the New York State Health Department. In February 2021 it was handed one of the largest Covid-19 related fines in New York, totaling more than $86,000. 38 people had died of COVID at the facility by July of 2021. The lawsuit alleges that the VIllages didn’t provide personal protective equipment, didn’t do droplet control, left residents alone without assistance eating and cleaning themselves for long periods of time and did not control for infections.
Rochester police say an arrest has been made following the weekend shooting of a four-year-old girl but it isn’t the shooter. Officers found an illegal gun in the trunk of the vehicle the child was in when she was struck by gunfire on Selye Terrace Sunday. A relative of the girl is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and was issued an appearance ticket. So far, the person who shot the child isn’t in custody.
Sixth Grade students at Pembroke Intermediate School participated in the Korman Challenge Reading Contest during the month of October. Students were challenged to read a book written by author Gordon Korman during the month to be invited to the Korman Party, which was held on Nov. 4. By the end of the month, 24 students completed the challenge! Students were invited to a special party where they watched a special video message from Gordon Korman himself! Students then received a special certificate recognizing their achievement. To wrap up the special day, students enjoyed pizza generously donated by Homeslice Pizzeria 33!
November is Lung Cancer awareness month. Lung Cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, and pancreatic cancers combine. It is most often caused by smoking but can occur in people who never smoked. Other risk factors include being exposed to secondhand smoke, having a family history of lung cancer, exposure to asbestos, and exposure to radon gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 21,000 Americans die from radon-related lung cancer every year.
Two men from Rochester have been arrested for drugs. 27 year old Tyshon McCullough and 31 year old Stevonne Jones were arrested after a 6 month investigation by the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force into the possession, sale and transportation of Crack Cocaine in Batavia. Both are being charged with possession and sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree. Jones was already in custody in Monroe County when he was charged, McCullough was in court on another matter when he was arrested.
Tops Friendly Markets are giving military personnel, active duty and veteran, and their immediate families an 11 percent discount off of their grocery bill this Veterans Day. Customers should present proof of service that they or an immediate family member are a U.S. Veteran, active duty, reserve or retired military personnel to automatically receive an 11 percent discount off of their total purchase that day. Tops has been holding this discount day for the past 10 years.
Veterans Day is coming up on Friday, and Governor Hochul has announced a free fishing day statewide to honor those who have served our country. That means anglers won’t need a license to fish in the state’s fresh waters. However, all other fishing rules and regulations will remain in effect. Friday is going to be the final free fishing day of the year and to find a place to fish near you, visit dec.ny.gov
The Buffalo Bills announced that they are monitoring Josh Allen after an elbow injury that he sustained in the game on Sunday against the Jets. A report from the NFL Network indicated Allen would be limited in practice this week but would likely play on Sunday. McDermott said the team hasn’t made any decision yet and the team will take it “one day at a time,” awaiting an evaluation from doctors. The injury happened when Allen had his right arm hit and was stripped of the ball as he was trying to throw a pass. Allen appeared to be wincing in pain, but then threw the ball 50 yards downfield two plays later. The Bills return home to host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. If Allen can’t play, backup Case Keenum, who led the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game in 2017, would step in.
The Buffalo Sabres unveiled their new red and black jersey design on Monday. It’s a throwback to their uniforms that were worn from 1996 through 2006 and will be their third jersey design and will be worn for 12 games from November 23rd through April 13th. The Sabres play tonight at 7pm against the Arizona Coyotes at Keybank center.