Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on October 4, 2019
The Genesee County Jury hearing the case against former Batavia football star Antwan Odom will continue its deliberations today.
The jury consisting of nine women and three men recessed yesterday after spending four hours in the jury room.
The 19 year old Odom is accused of stabbing his neighbor and former teammate Ray Leach on Ross Street last year.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman says the stabbing happened following a dispute over money while Defense Attorney Frank Housh maintains Leach was actually the aggressor in the altercation.
Odom is facing a first degree assault charge which if found guilty of would end with a prison sentence of no less than five years behind bars.
Odom could still avoid jail time if he is granted Youthful Offender Status by Judge Charles Zambito.
The 12 jurors are expected to resume deliberations at 9 a.m. this morning.
City residents are being reminded to secure their vehicles following a number of larcenies from vehicles reported to Batavia Police.
Over the past few weeks the Department has received multiple reports of larcenies from vehicles all throughout the City with culprits allegedly stealing cash, GPS units and other electronic items.
According to investigators the string of larcenies are believed to have been committed by a group of bicycle riders walking and riding through local neighborhoods in the night.
Police encourage locking unattended vehicles and say residents should not leave items of value in vehicles overnight.
Residents are also encouraged to report any suspicious activity to Police.
The son of former Representative Chris Collins pleads guilty to conspiracy.
Cameron Collins is looking at the possibility of a near four year prison sentence after he and his future father-in-law pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud in a federal court yesterday.
His father Chris Collins pleaded guilty in connection with an insider trading scheme on Tuesday and could face up to 57 months behind bars.
Collins resigned from his seat as the representative in the 27th Congressional District on Monday, leaving it vacant.
All three men will be sentenced in January.
New York’s statewide ban on flavored e-cigarettes is being put on hold.
The New York Appellate Court granted a temporary restraining order yesterday against the enforcement of the ban, which was slated to go into effect today.
The Vapor Technology Association filed suit to stop the policy, and the temporary hold will give the court more time to consider the lawsuit.
The ban is expected to be at a halt until the parties are due back in court on October 18th.
The Buffalo Sabres have kicked off their 50th Anniversary season in style.
They beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road last night by a final score of three-to-one.
Former Penguin Conor Sheary led the way for Buffalo, scoring a pair of goals.
Up next for the Sabres is their home opener tomorrow against the New Jersey Devils.
Face-off for that contest is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Buffalo Bills will look to get back to their winning ways this weekend.
They’ll be traveling to take on the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
The Bills were unbeaten until falling to the New England Patriots last Sunday.
Quarterback Josh Allen was also hurt in that game and his status for this contest is in question.
If he can’t start, backup QB Matt Barkley will be under center. Kickoff for Sunday’s game is 1:00 p.m.