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Written by on May 1, 2020

A Batavia man, well known to police lately, is now charged with the suspected sexual abuse of a child.
18 year old Devon Wright of Highland Park has been arrested in connection with an incident last November involving a child under the age of 15.
Wright was recently arrested for his suspected role in a hit and run on Highland Park. In March, Wright was busted for the alleged burglary of a West Main Street business.

PHOTO: Devon Wright


Police warning of some bogus bills circulating at local businesses. They say the funny- money is in small denominations. Police say check your cash. If you suspect possible counterfeit bills, call police.

Two popular Batavia summertime events called off this year due to COVID-19.
The Batavia Business Improvement District – of BID – has announced that “Beertavia” and the Jackson Square concert series have been cancelled.
Organizers say the uncertainty over maintaining social distancing due to coronavirus led them to the decision.
BID says they hope to have both back next summer.

The latest COVID-19 update from the health department shows no new positive cases of the virus in Genesee County, the total remains at 149.
There were four new cases in Orleans County, two of them from the Villages of Orleans nursing facility in Albion.
Today’s COVID-19 briefing will be delivered later today by Public Health Director Paul Pettit. We will broadcast Pettit’s remarks live, at 4 this afternoon, over WBTA FM and AM, and online at

COVID-19 patients at Strong Hospital in Rochester are showing promising results after being treated with a new drug. The drug is an antiviral treatment called Remdesivi. Strong Hospital is part of a federal study into the drug’s effectiveness.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll announce today whether schools across the state will reopen this academic year. Schools have been closed since March 18th. The last extension was to run until May 15th.

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