Morning News Brief

Written by on December 28, 2021

There are a few laws going into effect in the New Year that impact every New Yorker.  The big one is of course the legality of recreational marijuana.  Many municipalities have voted to allow the sale of marijuana and the whole state is open to use.  If you want to get married and rent a limo you need to find one that has seat belts for every passenger.  A new law goes into effect that stops insurers from charging more for homeowner insurance based on the breed of dog you have.  Renters are not affected.  And lastly, mobile sports betting becomes legal this year.  9 platforms have been approved so far. 

The CDC has issued new guidance on how quarantines after a person has tested positive for COVID should be handled.  Their new advice is that persons who test positive should only be in isolation for 5 days instead of 10 or the initial recommendation of 14.  To minimize risk the people who are released after 5 days should be asymptomatic and agree to wear a mask for the next 5 days.  Governor Hochul says she agrees and that New York State will keep following the data and science-based public health policies to protect New Yorkers.

A multi vehicle accident on East Main Street called for a sobriety test and ended with a man in custody.  At about 7pm an Audi sedan struck a parked car in front of KeyBank in Batavia, pushing the car into the one in front of it and driving the initial car up onto the curb.  City fire and EMS were dispatched.  The name of the driver has not been released.

Batavia Police are looking for any information about 2 separate burglaries of Batavia gas stations over the weekend.  In both incidents, two suspects smashed a front window with construction debris found near the gas stations. The suspects then made entry into the businesses and stole property.  The Batavia Police Department is looking for assistance identifying the suspects or if any citizens observed any suspicious events near the Valero Gas Station on Sunday, December 26, at or about 5:00 a.m.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jason Ivison at (585) 345-6312.  You may also use the CONFIDENTIAL TIP LINE at (585) 345-6370.  Pictures of the suspects are on our new partner the Batavian’s website.

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