Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on February 4, 2019
Fatal Accident in Elba claims two lives.
State Police have identified the mother and her adult son from Albion that were killed in a two-vehicle collision Saturday afternoon in Elba.
According to police 53 year old Teresa Norton and her 22 year old son Thomas Norton died after spinning out in their vehicle and being struck by a pick-up truck on a snow-covered Route 98 in Elba.
Investigators believe Norton lost control of her Suzuki before sliding sideways into the path of a southbound 2011 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 59 year old Jeffrey Toussaint of Albion.
The truck hit the Suzuki on the passenger side.
Toussaint was transported by Mercy EMS to Erie County Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries while Norton and her son were pronounced deceased at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation.
Flood Watch in effect.
The National Weather Service has posted a Flood Watch for the region and is alerting residents of potential ice jam flooding threat through Wednesday night.
Record to near record breaking warmth is expected today with temperatures across Western New York expected to reach the upper 50s to lower 60s.
The quick thaw along with rain in the forecast for tonight will present the risk for flooding due to ice jams.
People living in areas that are prone to ice jam flooding should prepare for the potential for flooding through Wednesday night.
DWI arrest following a hit and run accident in Batavia.
City Police have arrested 49 year old Paul Parise of Kingsbury Ave following a motor vehicle accident where he allegedly struck an unoccupied vehicle parked along Kingsbury Ave.
Parise was allegedly intoxicated at the time and was charged with Aggravated DWI and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
He was released with appearance tickets returnable to Batavia City Court on February 13th.
South Main Street man arrested following scuffle.
31 year old Kevin Waleski of Batavia was arrested and charged with Harassment in the second degree after City Police were called to a South Main Street address for a reported disturbance.
Waleski was accused of punching another person in the face during the incident and was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for City Court tomorrow.
Town of Batavia Fire names Firefighter of the year and installs new officers at their annual banquet.
Clayton Gorski was named 2018 Firefighter of the Year at the department’s annual awards and installation banquet at Terry Hills Saturday night.
Tyler Stewart was named the top responder for the year after showing up for 264 calls.
James Bouton was not far behind with 241 responses and Clayton Gorski with 202.
Paul Barrett received the President’s Award.
According to Chief Dan Coffey the volunteers of the Town of Batavia Fire Department answered 377 calls for service last year.
Western New York native Rob Gronkowski is once again a Super Bowl champion.
The superstar tight end caught six passes for 87 yards as his New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53.
Gronkowski’s biggest reception came in the fourth quarter and help set up New England’s only touchdown.
He’s now been on three Super Bowl winning teams.
The state Legislature will be back in session in Albany today with Democrats looking to continue their momentum.
Their party is in control of both the Senate and Assembly for the first time in years, and they’ve wasted no time passing key reforms.
Laws involving abortion rights, gun control and expanded voting opportunities have already passed.
Those bills were often held up when Republicans ruled the Senate.