Morning News Briefing

Written by on July 12, 2018

Downtown Projects approved to share $10 million handed out by the State.
The $10 million of Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds awarded to Batavia through New York State has now been split up between numerous improvement projects in the city.
The collaborative effort between the YMCA and UMMC to build a new Health Living Campus received the most funding from the DRI designated funds with $4-million being awarded to the project.
Matt Worth, Batavia’s Interim City Manager is excited about the announcement…

Projects to improve the City Center Mall, the former Carr’s Department Store Building, and the Save a lot building on Ellicott Street are set to receive $1-million each and the State also announced that $500K will flow into the planned Ellicott Station craft brewery project, $700K is set aside for the Batavia Players Theatre in the Mall and $750K will go towards improvements of Jackson Square.
Check our news article for a complete list of projects and funds.

An Elba man facing list of felonies for raping a child repeatedly.
44 year old Jason Cole of Quaker Hill Road is accused of forcibly raping a child under 15 years old on numerous occasions.
He is facing one count of Rape in the first, three counts of Rape and Criminal Sexual Act in the second and a single count of Strangulation.
All the charges are considered felony level.
Cole was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
His next appearance is scheduled for July 25th in Elba Town Court.

Congratulations in order for a retiring Correction’s Officer.
25-year veteran of Genesee County and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Norman Itjen, retired at the end of his shift yesterday.
Itjen started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in September of 1993 in the County Jail.
During his tenure, Norm earned several awards which include a Meritorious Award and three Commendations.
He also served as the Sheriff’s Employee Association President for numerous years.
Sheriff William Sheron thanked Norm for his dedication and service.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is now being represented by a powerful defense attorney in Atlanta.
Don Samuel has worked for NFL players in the past, including Ray Lewis and Ben Roethlisberger.
McCoy is accused of being involved in the beating and robbery of his ex-girlfriend Delicia Cordon.
She posted photos of her injuries online earlier this week and suggested McCoy had a role in what happened.
McCoy has denied the allegations.

The Muckdogs lose first of three against the Tigers with a final score of 3 to 1.
The Batavia Ball-team continues their away game series against Connecticut tonight which can be heard via the Muckdogs website starting at 7:05 pm.
Batavia returns home Saturday for a three game stretch against the Lowell Spinners.


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