Morning News Briefing

Written by on June 7, 2018

Thruway stop with a stolen handgun lands man in prison.
Alberto Santos a former resident of Puerto Rico, Kentucky, and Indiana, appeared for sentencing in Genesee County Court after he was found with a stolen loaded handgun during a traffic stop on the Thruway in Genesee County.
State Police made the arrest in February after clocking Santos at 91 miles per hour.
The officer found a stolen Sig Sauer handgun that was loaded in the vehicle and it was later revealed that Santos had a pending serious felony charge out of Indiana.
In May Santos pled guilty to charges of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.
Santos’s attorney suggested a probationary sentence however Judge Charges Zambito was hesitant to grant the request, noting that on every prior criminal case for Santos in Kentucky and Indiana, a warrant had to be issued for failing to appear.
Zambito sentenced him to two years in state prison to be followed by three years’ probation.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Accident at a vehicle auction leaves four injured.
Troopers out of Batavia were called to the ADESA Auto Auction in Newstead just before noon on Tuesday for a reported accident.
According to authorities 75 year old Robert Henning of Akron was pulling a handicapped accessible van into the demonstration area when his leg bumped the modified accelerator under the steering wheel accidentally.
The Ford Econoline van accelerated into four customers that were inspecting another vehicle.
They sustained a range of injuries including broken bones and lacerations and three were taken to ECMC.
The injured customers were listed in stable condition and no charges have been filed as of yet.

Report of a domestic incident involving a gun leads to capture and serious felony charges against an Attica man.
According to Attica Police, 55 year old Robert Balon Jr. of Cascade Road attempted to abduct his estranged wife, before she managed to escape and barricade herself in her son’s bedroom.
She managed to call for help as Balon fled the scene reportedly armed with a handgun.
After a three hour search Balon was located and the handgun was found to be a CO2 pellet pistol.
Balon is being held on $100,000 bail on a litany of charges.

Eight Rochester Diocese priests are being accused of sexually abusing children.
Yesterday, an attorney for the victims said the abuse happened over a period of nearly 30 years.
He also claims the priests, many of whom are dead, were moved between parishes to hide the crimes.
The diocese said in a statement some of the allegations are unfounded and no other reports of abuse have been made.
There are no records of any of the priests being charged with a crime.

Those “I Love New York Signs” often spotted on highways to promote tourism will be staying up longer than planned.
The governor’s office wanted them taken down and replaced before summer, but there’s debate over their look.
The signs need to go since they don’t follow state or federal rules.
New York has until late September to fix the problem or it can’t recoup a 14-million dollar fine.


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