Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on April 3, 2020
Chris Collins will get to remain a free man a bit longer.
A judge has granted the former congressman’s request to delay the start of his prison sentence until June 23rd.
Collins, who represented Genesee County in Washington, pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges. He was supposed to start his two-year sentence April 23rd. His lawyers cited concerns over the coronavirus saying the 69-year-old Collins is at risk of getting severely ill should he be exposed to the disease.
The latest update on coronavirus locally: One new positive case in Genesee County, an individual under 65. This brings the county’s total to 17. Next door in Orleans County, no new cases reported.
From the police blotter this morning:
Quentin Bloom of North Spruce Street in Batavia arrested for criminal contempt and harassment. BPD says Bloom was arrested following a domestic incident on Edward Street where he smacked a person he had been court ordered to stay away from.
30 year old Michael Lanze of Rochester arrested for criminal contempt and burglary. Police say Lanze was found in a Hutchins Street apartment he was ordered to stay away from.
A LeRoy company doing its part to meet the critical shortage of hospital ventilators.
Aluminum Injection Mold was contacted a week ago to mold plastic over a ventilator part being made in Ohio.
Normally, this would take five to seven weeks to construct such a mold.
But by yesterday morning, the Aluminum Injection Mold part was ready for final assembly by a Long Island company manufacturing the lifesaving devises for hospitals treated COVID-19 patients.
Organizers of Genesee County’s popular “Day of Caring” have had to postpone this year’s event due to COVID-19.
The event was originally scheduled for May 13th.
The United Way sponsored the event which involved hundreds of volunteers.
The United Way says they hope to re-schedule the event.