Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on December 3, 2021
The Batavia City Schools are closed today after social media posts began circulating that threatened violence against specific schools in the city. The Batavia Police are investigating the threats. All after school activities are also canceled. A teenage shooter in Michigan killed several people at their school after posting threats to social media earlier this week. It is unknown whether these threats are related in any way. If any student or family has any information regarding the threats, we ask that you please contact the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350 or the confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370.
A DEC stop turned into a chase and subsequent drug bust. On Monday night at around 10pm a DEC officer attempted to stop a car near Sanders Rd in the Town of Stafford for a suspected conservation violation. The car sped off and Genesee County Sheriffs joined the pursuit and also deployed a spike strip on rt 33 and 237. The chase came to an end in the town of Clarendon as the driver failed to make a turn and crashed into a utility pole and and street sign on Glidden Rd. After a brief foot chase and deployment of K-9 units Alexander Sheg, Zachary Hursh and Jason Schmeer were taken into custody. The Honda Civic they were in was found to be reported stolen, cocaine was found along with drug paraphernalia. All three are being held in Genesee County Jail.
Governor Hochul announced that there are so far 5 cases of the COVID Omicron variant in New York state. All were either no symptoms or mild symptoms. All 5 were downstate. Hochul used the announcement to say people should get vaccinated and take the booster shots. Thus far there has not been a case of Omicron reported that required hospitalization. The most common symptoms were muscle soreness and or fatigue that lasted for 1 to 2 days. Several researchers working with the variant say it may be as transmissible or more than the Delta variant.
The Panthers mauled the Sabres for a loss of 7 to 4 last night. The Sabres had an early lead being ahead 3 to 0 at the end of the first period. Then former Sabre Sam Reinhart started off the rally that led to 6 unanswered points for the Florida team. The Sabres’ southern road trip continues on Saturday when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes.