Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on November 16, 2022
If you own farm animals within the Batavia City limits you have 6 months to find them a new home according to a revised law passed by the City Council on Monday night. Cows, pigs, horses, llamas, geese, and other animals typically found in a barnyard with the exception of up to 6 chickens if they are penned and don’t make a mess are not allowed in the city limits. The measure will be enforced by complaint as there aren’t enough staff to go house to house to make sure animals have been removed. Anyone with a certified service animal who is protected by federal Americans with Disabilities Act stipulations will not be affected by the local law, City Attorney George Van Nest said during the meeting.
Police say a triple shooting Monday night in rochester was a murder-suicide and the woman responsible was a law enforcement officer. The 29-year-old woman accused of shooting the other two before turning the gun on herself is identified as Tiffani Gatson, a member of the Greece Police Department. At around 7:20pm on Costar Street just north of High Falls, officers responded to reports of someone being shot. Upon arrival police found three women shot, one dead at the scene. The New York State Attorney General’s Office is investigating.
The Cheektowaga Police Department is joining other law enforcement agencies in the area in handing out wheel locks to Kia drivers. The owners of those vehicles are at risk of getting them stolen after a video went viral showing how easy it is to take vehicles that were made during certain model years. Anyone who wants to get a wheel lock can go to the front desk of police department headquarters and request the device. However, they’re only available on a first come, first served basis.
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee are offering tips to drivers to help them travel safely if they have to deal with wintry weather conditions. The agencies recommend that before hitting the road, drivers check the tread on their tires, make sure their gas tank is full, and to remove all snow and ice from their vehicle. Drivers should also follow the posted speed limit and turn on their headlights whenever their windshield wipers are on, which is mandatory under state law. The National Highway Safety Administration also suggests that people keep items such as a shovel, flashlight, jumper cables, and blanket in their vehicles in case of an emergency.
Rent a chair, make a wish! This past summer, concert attendees at Batavia Downs could rent a chair for their show — with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish. Batavia Downs presented Make-A-Wish with a $7,500 check Monday. The money will be used to grant wishes for children dealing with critical illnesses.
The Buffalo Sabres suffered their 6th straight loss against the Canucks 5 to 4 at the Keybank Center. Jeff Skinner scored twice and Alex Tuch and Casey Mittelstadt scored once. Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots on goal. The Sabres turn right around and head to Ottawa tonight to face the Senators who they beat in October. Puck drop is at 7pm.
Plenty of smiles on Tuesday at the annual Thanksgiving Blitz. The Buffalo Bills teamed up with Feedmore WNY to distribute 600 holiday meals to families. Meal totes included not only turkey but all of the fixings giving families some peace of mind in the face of rising prices and stress during the holiday season. The meal giveaway was completely funded by the Buffalo Bills.