Morning News Briefing

Written by on November 23, 2018

Blue Devils prep for the State Championship.
The Batavia Blue Devils are getting ready for their historic run at the New York State Class B Football Championship.
The 12 and 0 Blue Devils are going for their first state title in school history and will take on the Glens Falls Indians this Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Our news partner The Batavian caught couch Brennan Briggs as the team practiced on Thanksgiving Day…

Briggs wished his players a Happy Thanksgiving as they left practice and told them to be thankful for what they got and the unique position they find themselves in.
Practice picks up today for the team and WBTA will cover all the action, live from Syracuse, with Bob Brown and John Vazquez.
Our pre-game show starts tomorrow at 11:45 with kick-off set for 12 Noon.
You can hear the game on WBTA AM and FM and now, with special permission from the state high school athletic association, we will also stream our coverage at

Carjacking suspect pleads not guilty.
35 year old Constantine Murrell, a parolee from Rochester, pleaded not-guilty at his arraignment this week on counts of robbery and assault.
Murrell is accused of forcibly taking a car from a woman at a gas station in Batavia in September then taking police on a speedy car chase through the city before crashing in front of the VA campus.
Murrell who was on parole at the time was released from prison in April after serving an eight-year sentence for a 2010 kidnapping conviction in Rochester.
He reportedly told police after his arrest that he was on drugs and somehow ended up in Batavia. He apparently said he just wanted to get home and thought it would be easy to scare an old lady to take her vehicle.
He is being held without the possibility of bail and is expected to reappear in County Court on Jan. 23rd.

McMurray claims possible irregularities with absentee ballots as he continues to trail Collins.
Democrat Nate McMurray has narrowed the lead held by Republican Chris Collins from around 3-thousand to within 13-hundred votes.
With most of the outstanding ballots in the 27th district counted, it appears there are not enough ballots left to be counted for McMurray to overtake the federally indicted congressman.
McMurray has not officially conceded the race and said in a statement Wednesday that he would continue the fight, claiming potential irregularities, especially pertaining to absentee ballots.
McMurray said he and his attorneys are discussing the situation.

Attorney General Barbara Underwood is urging customers to protect themselves from scams on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
She’s reminding shoppers that not all deals may be as good as they seem. People should also be aware of misleading bargains or added fees.
Also, make sure you check the return policy on the items you buy.
And finally, if you’re doing any online shopping, it’s a good idea to make sure your internet connection is secure.

The Buffalo Bills are back in action this weekend.
They’ll be hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars at New Era Field.
The Bills expect rookie quarterback Josh Allen to return after he missed the last few weeks with an elbow injury.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

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