Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on March 9, 2020
Five individuals were reportedly arrested for impaired or intoxicated driving and various other offenses by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies and City Police over the weekend.
41 year old Steven Rigoni of Roanoke Road Pavilion was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies following report of an erratic driver on Clinton Street Road Batavia back in January of this year.
Rigoni allegedly failed to stop for deputies after activating their emergency lights and sirens and nearly ran into oncoming traffic attempting to evade lawmen.
Rigoni drove off the roadway into a snow bank and was ultimately charged with DWAI by drugs, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and moving from a lane unsafely.
He is expected to appear in Batavia Town Court on March 19th.
Following an accident on route 33 Friday night in Stafford Sheriff’s Deputies’ arrested 26 year old Baltazar Sifuentes of Parkland Creek Lane in Chili.
Sifuentes reportedly lost control of his vehicle while allegedly driving with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or higher.
He was charged with DWI and moving from a lane unsafely and is expected in Stafford Town Court next Tuesday.
26 year old Michael Simcick of Keeney road Leroy was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Deputies after a traffic stop on Perry Road in Pavilion early yesterday morning. Simcick was charged with DWI, Refusing to Take a Breath Test, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Stop at Stop Sign, and Moving from a Lane Unsafely.
35 year old Jessica Revier of Hall Road Holley was hit with counts of Aggravated DWI, Speeding and Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign after being stopped by deputies on North Bergen Road Byron Saturday.
City Police arrested 50 year old Shane Reisman of Montclair Ave for DWI, Drinking alcohol in a Motor Vehicle on the Highway, Refusal to Take a Breath Test and Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign after he was pulled over on Trumbull Parkway earlier this month. All three are expected back in their respective courts next week.
Officials say there are now 105 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York State.
Most of the cases are downstate, but over the weekend, cases were confirmed in Saratoga County and Ulster County.
Governor Cuomo is urging the federal government to allow all state-approved private labs to handle coronavirus testing.
He also wants New Yorkers to remain calm and says a lot of effort is going into keeping the disease from spreading.
While coronavirus cases continue to grow, there’s a bit of good news on the spread of the flu statewide.
The Department of Health says there were 84-hundred confirmed flu cases during the week ending February 29th.
That’s a 20 percent drop from the week before.
The number of people hospitalized due to the flu was also down 17 percent.
Doctors are still urging folks to practice good hygiene since flu season typically doesn’t end until May.
The 48th annual Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Awards were given out last night at Quality Inn & Suites in Batavia.
This is the County’s premier event honoring businesses and individuals for their achievements in business, community service and volunteerism.
Honorees for 2019 include the Business of the Year Tompkins Bank of Castile, Agricultural Organization of the Year Call Lands/My-T-Acres, Special Service Recognition of the Year Purple Pony Therapeutic Horsemanship and Jeff Allen who was awarded as Geneseean of the Year.
The Buffalo Sabres will be back home tonight in hopes of snapping a six-game losing streak.
They’ll be hosting the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center.
Recent losses have put the Sabres at risk of missing out on the playoffs for a ninth-straight season.
Faceoff for tonight’s contest is set for 7:00 p.m.