Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on January 3, 2019
Short circuit blamed for fire at Perry Bowling Center.
A New Year’s Eve fire at the Perry Bowling Center has been traced to an electrical short circuit in a second floor apartment.
Fire investigators say the short sparked the blaze Monday afternoon with most of the fire damage confined to the upper apartments.
The bowling alley sustained heavy water damage which is now estimated at $200,000 but it is said to be repairable.
Five fire companies battled the blaze with no injuries were reported, however two upstairs residents were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.
The bowling center remains closed.
Disturbance in Oakfield lands a Village resident behind bars.
23 year old Justin Tillinghast of Oakfield has been arrested by State Police based out of Batavia on both a felony and a class A misdemeanor count of Criminal Mischief along with Harassment with Physical Contact.
Tillinghast was taken into custody following report of a disturbance at a Maple Ave address in the Village on New Year’s Day.
He was remanded to the County Jail in lieu of bail as the investigation continues.
County Lawmen express appreciation for a list supporters for their new K9.
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement of gratitude thanking everyone for the support they received from community K-9 donations.
At this time, a new K-9 has been acquired and his name is “Frankie,” named in memory of deceased Officer Frank Bordonaro.
Frankie is assigned to K-9 handler Deputy Chris Erion.
Governor Cuomo has given an update on the future of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.
In a radio interview yesterday, the governor said he’ll address the issue in the state budget, which is due in the spring.
A study requested by the governor last year showed experts believe the benefits of legalizing marijuana outweighed the negatives.
The governor is expected to reveal his executive budget at the end of the month.
Battle lines are being drawn on Capitol Hill over the partial government shutdown and border security.
Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy says the Democrats made it clear that they’ll push a funding bill that President Trump will never sign.
Presumptive incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Democrats will advance a funding bill that has already received the support of Republicans in Congress.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer remarked that Democrats want strong border security, but the White House is essentially holding the government hostage to get its way.
Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel will be heading to California later this month.
He’s been chosen to take part in the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose.
Eichel is Buffalo’s only representative in the annual event.
The game will take place January 26th.