Morning News Briefing

Written by on February 7, 2018

Proposal for new Batavia Town Fire Substation on Stringham Drive has little objection.
Plans for the construction of a new $3.2 million 10,000 square foot substation were outlined by Town of Batavia Fire Department officials.
The planned substation on Stringham Drive is complete with a dormitory wing for “resident” firefighters.
Gary Diegelman Chair of the department’s building committee, said the dorm would be available for honorable members ready to respond…

Around 30 people attended the public informational meeting at the Batavia Town Hall last night with many of the attendees residing near the proposed location of the new fire hall on Stringham Drive.  No one objected to the plans, however some residents were concerned about excess runoff leading to more standing water and the loss of green-space with fire hall backing up to their homes.  For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Genesee County is now under a Winter Weather Advisory.
The National Weather Service issued the advisory which is in effect until early tomorrow morning with total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches expected.
They released a special weather statement saying a large area of snow will move north into the area this morning, for the morning commute.
Snowfall rates will approach an inch per hour after 8 am, so expect scattered slick spots and reduced visibilities.
Allow extra time to reach your destination this morning.

An Akron man jailed for assault with a baseball bat in Batavia.
31 year old Ismael Laffosse of Fisk Road in Akron was arrested and charged with Attempted Assault, Menacing, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Mischief following an alleged incident at an Apollo Drive address in Batavia.
Laffosse was accused of striking another individual with a baseball bat and then damaging their property during an incident last month.
He was remanded without bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Medina man jailed without bail for alleged illegal gun sale.
50 year old Dino Callara of Slade Road in Medina was arrested following an investigation alleging that he possessed and sold a gun in November of last year.
Callara is barred from possessing firearms due to being a two time convicted felon and was charged with Criminal Sale of a Firearm.
He was additionally charged with Grand Larceny for a separate incident in October where Callara allegedly sold a vehicle as scrap that he was hired to install a transmission on without the owner’s consent.
He was jailed without bail and is expected back in Shelby Town Court on Thursday.

Ticket prices are going up for Buffalo Bills season ticket holders.
The Bills this week said they’re increasing season ticket prices by an average of three-percent.
The Bills’ president apologized, saying he doesn’t take this lightly but their season tickets are still some of the best-priced in the NFL.

A research team at the University of Rochester Medical Center is working to create the perfect flu shot.
Researchers are trying to collect information on variations of the virus to focus on what doesn’t mutate as much instead of trying to predict future mutations.
The goal is to make a universal flu shot that protects against all strains for five years.
This spring, URMC is paying around one to four-thousand-dollars to participants in an intensive bird flu vaccine study.

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