Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on November 27, 2018
A working structure fire was reported at Kaiser Wilcox Corp on South Lake Street Road in Bergen.
The call came in shortly before 11 o’clock last night reporting a structure fire at the heavy construction, power and farm equipment retailer and repair shop.
Within around 20 minutes the fire went to a second, then a third alarm.
Fire crews from Bergen, Le Roy and City of Batavia’s Fast Team were all dispatched to the scene with mutual aid requested from Churchville, Mumford, and Brockport.
National grid was called in to cut power to the facility after firefighters were ordered out of the interior due to safety concerns.
The fire appeared to be snuffed out by around one o’clock this morning and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Central Ave shooting suspect takes plea deal in fatal stabbing case.
17 year old Samuel Blackshear of Batavia pleaded guilty to a reduced weapons possession charge avoiding possible assault convictions he may have sustained at trial.
Blackshear appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday the same day jury selection was scheduled to begin in the case against him.
He was accused of shooting Nathaniel Wilson in May after Wilson stabbed 41 year old Terry Toote to death on Central Ave.
Wilson was sentenced to 20 years to life after pleading guilty to the murder.
Blackshear was allegedly provided the handgun by Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon who is also facing charges in the case.
Attorneys for both Blackshear and Urvizu-Hanlon say their actions last May were justified considering the deadly situation.
The case against Urvizu-Hanlon is still pending.
It is possible Blackshear could be given youthful offender status, if not he is looking at up to 3 and a half years in state prison on the weapons charge.
Nate McMurray has finally conceded in the 27th Congressional District race.
The Democrat made the announcement yesterday at his campaign headquarters in Hamburg weeks after the polls closed.
McMurray told supporters that he’ll run again for the seat currently held by Republican Congressman Chris Collins when the time is right.
He’s also planning to launch a new organization to get people more engaged in politics.
Winter Storm Warning to the South.
Several Counties to the south west of Genesee including Wyoming and Northern Erie Counties are currently under a Winter Weather Warning according to the National Weather Service.
The Warning is expected to remain in effect until 6 p.m. tomorrow evening and Forecasters are calling for between 10 to 20 inches of total snow accumulation with winds gusting as high as 35 miles per hour.
When the state Senate returns in January, there will be a new majority leader.
Democrats have approved Andrea Stewart-Cousins to lead the chamber.
She’ll be the first woman to serve in that position.
Also for the first time, both legislative chambers will be led by African-Americans since Carl Heastie will remain as Assembly Speaker.
The Buffalo Sabres will look to make it ten straight wins tonight.
They’ll be hosting the San Jose Sharks at KeyBank Center.
Their current nine game streak is the longest in the NHL since the Columbus Blue Jackets won ten in a row this past March.
Face off tonight is set for seven o’clock.