Morning News Briefing

Written by on January 27, 2020

The Batavia Police Department along with the Genesee City Sheriff’s Office are collaborating in an investigation into a highly destructive vehicle pursuit that damaged numerous properties over the weekend.
At around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night Batavia Police received report of a stolen white Ford F-150 Spectrum Cable work truck that taken from the Town of Batavia.
The truck was spotted on Washington Ave and after following the vehicle the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop at the intersection of Olyn Ave. at Holland Ave.
The suspect fled northbound eventually making an abrupt right turn on to Charles St. where the suspect drove through all the backyards of the houses located on the north side of Charles St. Damaging fences, vehicles and the yards.
The suspect vehicle then emerged through an Oak Street driveway damaging vehicles and a house and subsequently three more vehicles on Oak Street before the suspect fled on foot.
The suspect who has yet to be apprehended was described by witnesses to be a white male, with long hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black backpack.
Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident and investigation remains on going.

State Senator Chris Jacobs has received the Republican nomination for the special election to Congress from Western New York’s now-vacant 27th Congressional District seat.
Jacobs said he was honored by the opportunity, adding that. “Western New York needs a strong advocate in Congress who will stand with President Trump and get results for the American people.”
Fellow Republican candidate Beth Parlato criticized the GOP endorsement saying that Jacobs has voted to raise taxes and fees, funded planned parenthood, has been weak on the Second Amendment and voted to provide free college tuition.
Parlato called Jacobs a Republican in name only, and vowed to continue her campaign to win the Republican Primary.

An Oakfield man turns himself in for reporting fake bomb scare in Batavia.
31 year old Robert Devos of Pearl Street Oakfield turned himself into Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday on a pending count of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the second degree.
Devos was accused of telling store patrons and staff at a Park Road Business in Batavia that there was an impending explosion about to occur at the store earlier this month.
Devos was subsequently released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on February 6th.

Starting today, shoppers will have to bring their own bags when they go to their Wegmans grocery store.
After trials at its stores in Corning and Ithaca, the company is ending its use of plastic bags beginning today.
Beginning March first, a statewide ban on plastic bags takes effect to encourage New Yorkers to use reusable bags.
Shoppers can bring their own reusable bags or can buy paper bags from Wegmans for a nickel apiece.
Wegmans will donate profits from the sales of paper bags toward local food pantries.
Plastic bags contain petroleum and don’t decompose.

Genesee County STOP-DWI Coordinator Matt Landers has announced that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of LeRoy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the Super Bowl weekend.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on January 31st and will end on February 3rd.
State, County and municipal law enforcement agencies will be out in force across the state.


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