Morning News Briefing

Written by on July 17, 2018

Alleged Arby’s Robber indicted.
A Batavia man with a lengthy criminal record has been indicted for a robbery at Arby’s in the city.
A Genesee County Grand Jury indictment filed against 37 year old Michael Piasta Jr. includes counts of second-degree robbery, a Class C violent felony along with Class D felonies of third-degree grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.
Piasta allegedly entered the Arby’s restaurant on West Main Street on March 25 and while displaying what appeared to be a pistol forcibly stealing over 6-thousand dollars in property.
The pistol was later found to be just an imitation, however it added to his charges due to his intent to use it unlawfully against another person.
Piasta has already served three state prison terms returning twice after violating parole.
He was just released in October after serving seven years on convictions of burglary and forgery.
Piasta now faces up to 15 years on the charges.

Wyoming County woman arrested under Leandra’s Law.
State Troopers stopped 39 year old Beth Fleischman of Arcade for speeding on State Route 16 in Cattaraugus County on Saturday.
Officers detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Fleischman and observed a 13-year-old passenger accompanying her
After submitting to a field sobriety test she was taken into custody for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger Less Than 16.
Fleischman was issued appearance tickets and released.

Bank Street man busted for cocaine in LeRoy.
29 year old Roy Watson Jr. of Batavia was arrested by deputies on Main Street in LeRoy early Sunday morning.
Watson was allegedly found with a quantity of cocaine and was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
He was released with an appearance ticket returnable to LeRoy Town Court on August 6th.

Walnut Street resident busted for stealing from grocery store in Batavia.
26 year old Jacob Klotzbach was taken into custody by deputies following investigation into a shoplifting complaint at Tops in Batavia last night.
He allegedly stole merchandise and concealed it in his backpack before walking past all points of purchase.
Klotzbach was charged with Petit Larceny and released with an Appearance Ticket for August 7th in Batavia City Court.

The State Department of Transportation is working to replace flag poles pulled from areas along Interstate 490.
They were taken down last week after D-O-T officials said they were experiencing trouble, and couldn’t appropriately display the American flag.
But, some people were angry the state didn’t contact veterans groups to let them know what was happening.
Two of the three removed poles were being replaced yesterday, with plans in the works to find a permanent spot for all of them.

The Muckdogs fell to the Spinners in the final game of three.
Last night’s matchup between Batavia and the Lowell Spinners ended with defeat for the Muckdogs 4 to 3.
The series was a clean sweep for the Spinners.
Today Batavia heads to Williamsport for a three game stretch before landing back in Dwyer Stadium this Friday to face off against Mahoning Valley.

Trumbull Parkway to close as paving operations pick-up today.
The city has scheduled the closure of Trumbull Parkway in Batavia for all through traffic today from 7 AM and 5 PM for paving.
During the closure all motorists that regularly use this road will need to seek alternative routes.
Area residents and businesses and should anticipate delays.
As per usual this work is weather.

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