Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on April 22, 2019
Traffic issues over the Easter weekend including crashes and DWI arrests.
A Motor vehicle accident involving as many as four cars was reported on the westbound lane of the Thruway in Batavia.
The call came in shortly before 11 o’clock last night for the multivehicle crash near mile marker 391.
Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS were dispatched to the scene and the westbound lane was closed with all traffic rerouted off of Exit 48.
First responders called saying a liquid clean-up was required with both lanes blocked.
At last report there was one patient who was being transported for their injuries and the westbound lane was reopened by 11:20 p.m..
There’s currently no word on whether charges are pending in the matter.
A LeRoy resident busted for drunk driving in Batavia.
38 year old Ar-Rahmaan Jones of East Ave LeRoy was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol and having an Open Container of Alcohol in his vehicle after Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were called for to check the welfare of a motorist parked roadside on East Main Street Road in Batavia.
Jones was allegedly under the influence and behind the wheel while the motor was running when he was taken into custody.
He was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on May 20th.
Thomas Ave man arrested over twice the legal limit.
Batavia resident, 50 year old Gary Rynkowski was subject to a traffic stop on West Main Street in Batavia for reportedly having an inadequate plate lamp.
After a roadside investigation Sheriff’s Deputies too Rynkowski into custody on charges of DWI and Open Container and he recorded a Blood Alcohol Content over .18% which is over twice the legal limit.
Rynkowski is expected to reappear in Batavia City Court on May 15th to answer to the charges.
The state legislature is on break this week, but when lawmakers come back, there will be new security measures in place at the Capitol.
State Police say they’re going to triple the number of security checkpoint lanes.
There will also be extra staff on hand for days when there may be a larger number of visitors.
The changes will take effect April 29th.
It looks like the worst of the flu season may finally be over.
The latest data from the state health department shows there were only 33,000 new cases of the virus reported during the week ending April 13th.
That’s a nearly 26 percent drop from the week before.
Overall, 103,000 New Yorkers have battled the flu this season.