Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on January 7, 2020
A Batavia man was apprehended by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies after taking lawmen on pursuit of a stolen vehicle out of Orleans County.
Early yesterday morning Deputies stopped 57 year old Edward Ruckdeschel of Liberty Street on Clinton Street Road in Bergen in a vehicle that was allegedly stolen out of Orleans County.
Ruckdeschel then sped off, leading officers in a car chase through Genesee County eventually arriving in the Monroe County Town of Wheatland where Ruckdeschel tried to continue evading officers on foot before being apprehended.
He is charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and other vehicle and traffic infractions.
Ruckdeschel was subsequently released with an appearance ticket for January 15th in Bergen Town Court.
A young woman reported missing by Batavia Police.
25 year old Desiree Hutchinson of Batavia has been missing since last month according to the police department.
Her family hasn’t heard from her since December 29th and she was reportedly last seen in the Rochester area.
She is described as a white woman, 4ft 9in tall, approximately 150 pounds.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is encouraged to call Batavia Police at 345-6350.
Supermarket chain Wegmans has announced a change to its plastic bag policy.
Starting January 27th, the single-use bags will no longer be used and they’ll be replaced by paper bags.
The move is being made ahead of a statewide ban on plastic bags that goes into effect in March.
Wegmans says it’ll encourage customers to bring reusable bags to take their groceries home.
As the holiday decorations come down, the City of Batavia begins its Christmas tree pick up operation.
The city only pick-ups real trees that have been stripped of all decorations.
Residents are asked to place their trees in the parkway clear of the curb and sidewalk.
City Officials also request residents keep their trees clear from snow and ice so they are visible and not frozen to the ground while crews are attempting to collect them.
The last day for tree pick-up is slated for Jan 31st weather permitting.
Governor Cuomo says he’s open to changing the state’s controversial new bail reform legislation.
It went into effect January 1st and eliminates pretrial detention and cash bail for a large number of non-violent felony and misdemeanor cases.
Critics say that prevents judges from taking the necessary steps to keep dangerous criminals off the streets.
Yesterday, the governor called the law a work in progress and said he’ll collaborate with the Legislature to come up with a solution.
Lawmakers return to Albany tomorrow.