Morning News Briefing

Written by on February 8, 2019

2019’s Rocking the Downs summer concert series lineup has been announced!
The weekly concert series kicks off on June 21 with Grammy Award winners Survivor followed by rockers Queensryche and hosts a variety of musical acts from the worlds of country, blues and modern hard rock.
Batavia Downs President Henry Wojtaszek briefly explained the selection process…

Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell, Country music royalty Tanya Tucker, and blues guitar prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd are just some of the acts to round out the summer series.
Click here for the complete concert line up.

Orleans County man sent to prison for raping an underage girl.
After pleading guilty to rape in the second degree 35 year old Christopher Pressley of Albion has been sentenced to serve a four year term in state prison.
He admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 12 year old girl last December before appeared for sentencing yesterday in Orleans County Court.
Pressley had a prior assault conviction and was initially facing a possible 7 year sentence as a second felony offender.
According to his plea agreement his sentence was capped at 4 years behind bars along with 10 years post release supervision.
Pressley will be required to register as a Sex Offender in New York as well.

A High Wind Warning remains in effect for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties until late this afternoon.
Southwest winds from 25 to 35 miles per hour are being predicted with gusts reaching up to 60.

Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties are also under a Flood Watch.
The Weather Service warns of ice jam flooding as rivers and streams begin to break up in higher temperatures.
Currently the Tonawanda Creek is lower than predicted sitting at 5 and a half feet well under the action level.

The national grid are gearing up with extra staff in anticipation for today’s high winds.
They have also decided to postpone the planned outage scheduled for later tonight in Batavia based on the forecast.
National grid will have line crews report for duty early today to be prepared for the 60 mile per hour winds in the forecast.

A proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes is being opposed by some law enforcement officials.
Members of the New York State Sheriff’s Association spoke out against the idea yesterday.
They’re concerned about the impact marijuana legalization could have on public health and safety.
Governor Cuomo says he’d like to have a bill on this issue passed during the current legislative session.

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