Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on December 28, 2017
Two women jailed following an Alexander home break-in.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two women after an alleged forced entry and robbery in the Town of Alexander.
Deputies say 42 year old Jennifer Martino of Pearl Street in Batavia and 35 year old Amber Holland of Buffalo forced their way into the home of an acquaintance then threatened and physically engaged with the resident.
They also were accused of damaging and stealing property.
According to authorities the women knew their victim and although there were no serious injuries, the incident played out in front of a 12 year old child.
Both were arrested and charged with Robbery, Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
After being stopped in Batavia during the investigation Holland was hit with charges of DWI, Failure to Submit to a Breath Test and Pot Possession.
Both were committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Holland’s bail was bumped up by $2,500 for charges obtained in the Batavia traffic stop.
Batavia Police attempt to identify the vehicle and driver in pedestrian hit and run.
The unknown driver struck a pedestrian on Richmond Ave. near the State School for the Blind on Friday around 10 after 5 in the morning.
Rosemary Demske suffered a broken leg, massive bruising and two black eyes after being struck by an unidentified vehicle.
A passing motorist did stop to assist Demske, and called for help.
They reported that the possible culprit was still on scene before fleeing at the sound of sirens.
Police are asking anyone with information about recently damaged cars or individuals that have talked about this incident to come forward and contact the Batavia Police Dept. at 585- 345-6350.
Police also remind residents to keep sidewalks shoveled for Pedestrians.
And for Pedestrians to use sidewalks or walk facing traffic with reflective outerwear.
Some tense moments in the Town of Alabama.
Deputies said a car drove into a pond yesterday morning along Feeder Road near the Tonawanda Wildlife Management area.
There were two occupants in the car, one was said to be disabled.
The two were unable to exit the car while water was entering the vehicle.
Police later said no one was injured and the car was never in danger of sinking.
Much of Western New York is under a wind-chill advisory.
Forecasters say this morning in Monroe, Wayne and Ontario counties, it could feel as cold as negative-15 degrees.
In weather like this, it might only take half an hour to catch frostbite.
The advisory should be lifted at noon.
The Batavia City Council is believed to have begun the process of selecting a new city manager.
The key word there is: “believed” because the process, so far, is behind closed doors.
Council met last night in a special session with one item on the agenda: a motion to enter into Executive Session.
The motion was approved and whatever discussion there was, was kept from the public.
Council president Eugene Jankowski has been quoted as saying: hopefully we can discuss the situation publically at the January 8th meeting.
Molino’s last day in Batavia is Jan 12th.
He is taking a job in Ithaca as administrator of Tompkins County.