Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on January 1, 2020
Det. Sgt. Kevin Czora capped off his career yesterday surrounded by colleagues and friends at a retirement party at police headquarters.
Czora had been with the department for 20 years after moving from a job with the Federal Reserve as a protections officer.
Police Chief Shawn Heubusch said as soon as he met Czora in 2012, he realized that he would be someone he could count on.
Cheif Heubusch announced that Sgt. Matt Lutey will move into the detective sergeant position, replacing Czora, effective Jan. 7, 2020.
In addition the chief said that Sgt. Chris Camp, a 12-year employee, will move into the Assistant Chief post, replacing Todd Crossett, who has accepted a police officer position with the VA Medical Center in Batavia.
A Batavia man is arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart and is busted with promoting prison contraband.
36 year old Thomas Leonard of East Main Street was arrested and charged with Falsifying Business Records, Petit Larceny and Conspiracy following a larceny complaint on Monday afternoon at the Wal-Mart in Batavia.
Around an hour later Leonard was hit with a count of Promoting Prison Contraband for allegedly introducing contraband to the detention facility.
He was ultimately released with appearance tickets for both Town and City Court in Batavia.
It’s a new year, and that means new bail reform legislation is in effect statewide.
The law gets rid of pretrial detention and cash bail in most non-violent felony or misdemeanor cases.
Cash bail is still required for offenses like drug trafficking and sex crimes involving children.
Governor Cuomo believes the new rules will keep thousands of people accused of crimes out of jail until their legal case is resolved.
The county highway department announced that North Road in LeRoy will be closed between Route 19 and Conlon Road this Thursday and Friday.
Construction crews will be installing a water main across the roadway.
North Road between Route 19 and Conlon Road will be closed to all traffic, including emergency vehicles, this Thursday and Friday.
Governor Cuomo has directed the state Labor Department to eliminate subminimum wage for over 70-thousand tipped workers.
That means people with jobs such as tow-truck drivers, hairdressers and nail salon workers will soon see bigger paychecks.
The governor’s order will be phased in over the next several months.
Cuomo says studies show the current tipping system mostly affects the bottom lines of women and minorities who have jobs that help keep the state’s economy moving forward.