Morning News Briefing

Written by on March 16, 2020

The entire GLOW region remains under an official State of Emergency due to Coronavirus concerns
Early Saturday evening County officials made the declaration and also announced the closing of all schools in Genesee County until further notice.
The rest of the GLOW county schools have also been closed until further notice due to the State of Emergency.
Paul Petit the County Health Director said that there have been no confirmed cases of the COVID 19 virus in Genesee County but also said that it’s “inevitable we will see cases here…”
The State of Emergency, is a technicality which allows the affected municipalities and school districts to procure goods and services from higher level government agencies.
Officials have stressed that the State of Emergency does not in any way impact travel.
There is a growing list of community event postponements and cancellations which can be seen here.

Batavia Police are also practicing precautions over coronavirus concerns.
Police Headquarters will remain locked at all times until further notice with officers practicing “social distancing” techniques as advised by the County’s Health Department.
A per usual call 911 immediately if you have an emergency and officers will be dispatched to you.

The area’s largest electric utility National Grid, has announced it is suspending collections related activities with no service disconnections through the end of April.

Batavia man arrested for attempted assault and choking at a Washington Ave apartment.
City Police took 27 year old Kyle Scheuerlein of Overlook Drive into custody on counts of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Attempted Assault following a domestic incident at a Washington Ave apartment last Sunday.
He is due back in Batavia City Court on March 26th

A Highland Park man busted for Batavia Burglary.
18 year old Devon Wright was apprehended by City Police last Thursday following investigation into an incident at a West Main Street business in Batavia on March 2nd.
Wright allegedly refused to leave, attempted to cause injury to the employee and then damaged property outside the business.
He was charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Assault and was released on his own recognizance.

WBTA is devoting the entire hour of our Main and Center this morning to the local response and readiness to COVID 19.
Among our guests will be representatives from the Genesee-Orleans Health Department and Daniel Ireland, the President of United Memorial Medical Center.
We will be taking your phoned in questions at (585) 344-1490.
The program begins after the news at 9 this morning on all WBTA platforms.


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