Morning News Briefing

Written by on February 15, 2018

Batavia’s City Fire Chief Steve Napolitano reports the department has an 11.4 percent spending reduction over last year.
He says now that the department is fully staffed with six new recruits, they are not having to pay overtime or training costs.
Napolitano is looking down the road to replace fire engine 12 that is 15 years old, however his next priority is replacing old turnout gear…

The Chief said the replacement program helps ease what could be a large expense for the city.
The total budget for the City Fire Department is around $3.6 Million.

Rochester resident arrested for taking a car in Batavia with four active warrants elsewhere.
Following report of a stolen vehicle from a Willow Street address in Batavia Police arrested 33 year old Thomas Wolcott a Rochester resident with no permanent address listed.
He was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for allegedly taking a vehicle from the residence without the owner’s permission and driving on a revoked license with eleven suspensions.
Further investigation found that Wolcott was wanted on active warrants out the State Police Troop A, Rochester, Ogden and Gates Police Police Departments.
He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Domestic dispute leads to lock up for a Batavia woman.
Following investigation into a domestic incident on Saturday 23 year old Stephanie Pelkey of Masse Place was arrested and charged with Unlawful Imprisonment, Reckless Endangerment of Property, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Resisting Arrest.
She was accused of restricting the movement of a subject inside the residence, throwing property outside and resisting arrest all in the presence of a child.
Pelkey was remanded in lieu of $1,500 bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Flood Watch going into effect this afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for a portion of Western New York including the Genesee and Wyoming Counties.
The combination of snow melt from warm temperatures today and possible rainfall tonight may result in flooding on some area creeks and rivers.
It is issued for 3 o’clock this afternoon through Friday afternoon.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is cosponsoring a bill to end federal prohibition of marijuana.
Yesterday, she and New Jersey Senator Corey Booker announced their support for the Marijuana Justice Act.
This would remove marijuana from the schedule of controlled substances and expunge related convictions.
Gillibrand says the country knows how unfair and damaging the current laws are.

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