Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on July 20, 2018
Investigators seeking help to explain exotic animal abandoned in the city.
Batavia Police are attempting to explain how a four foot alligator ended up in a vacant building on Lehigh Ave.
Police responded to the area of 11 Lehigh Avenue on Monday after tracing a 9-1-1 hang up call to the location.
No signs of distress were found but as officers swept the interior of the building they came across a large make-shift aquarium containing a 4-foot-long alligator.
Police contacted the Department of Environmental Conservation in to handle the scaly surprise.
The reptile was then brought to Rochester’s Seneca Park Zoo.
It turned out the 9-1-1 hang up was unrelated and investigators have turned to the public for information.
Anyone with information, or knowledge of someone else harboring illegal animals is encouraged to contact the DEC office at 226-2466.
It is illegal to possess or sell alligators in New York without a permit.
Woman arrested in Geneseo traffic stop identified by Livingston County Lawmen.
According to the Livingston County Sheriff, Sandra Brown of Southport North Carolina was the female passenger arrested in the Geneseo traffic stop in which an officer was threatened with a weapon on Wednesday.
She is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail on charges including a felony count for menacing a police officer.
Lawmen in Livingston County are still searching for David Morgan of Wilmington, North Carolina who they say is armed and dangerous.
Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty posted an update yesterday saying officers have cleared acres of fields and wooded areas with zero sightings of him.
They encourage anyone to call 911 if you see anyone fitting his description.
Some parts of Western New York are experiencing a drought.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says northern sections of the area are in a moderate drought.
Niagara Falls through Orleans County and beyond Rochester has received only 40 percent of the rainfall that they would see in a normal summer.
According to the Drought Monitor most of the Glow region is Abnormally Dry.
Minimal rain chances are expected in the next few days, so the drought area may increase.
Teacher in an Attica prison arrested for smuggling item to inmate.
State Police out of Warsaw have arrested 30 year old Elaina Freeman, of Buffalo who was employed as a teacher at Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica.
Freeman is accused of smuggling a cellphone into the facility for use by an inmate while teaching at the prison last year.
She was taken into custody yesterday on charges of promoting prison contraband in the 1st degree and official misconduct.
Freeman was released with appearance tickets returnable to Wyoming County Court in August.
The Muckdogs swept the Williamsport Crosscutters 3 nights in a row.
Batavia beat Williamsport 13 to 5 last night.
The Muckdogs set season highs in runs scored, hits, home runs in a game and biggest win margin.
Batavia begins a three game series against Mahoning Valley tonight at 7:05 at Dwyer stadium and can be heard live on WBTA.