Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on March 14, 2018
Top aide to Governor found guilty of corruption.
Following more than a week of deliberations, the jury delivered a partial verdict in the trial against Joe Percoco.
The Westchester Democrat was convicted yesterday of taking $300,000 in bribes from businesses hoping to get contracts in New York.
The jury found him guilty on three counts of public corruption but not of conspiracy.
Percoco is currently considering his options for an appeal as he could receive up to 50 years in prison at his sentencing in June.
Governor Cuomo has distanced himself from his former campaign manager, who he once referred to as his brother, saying more safeguards must be put in place to secure the public trust.
Batavia Students plan on walking out this morning.
Batavia High School students are joining other Students across the state and nation in a planned walk out today to protest that something be done about gun violence.
Syndney Atchinson a Senior at Batavia has taken the leadership role locally, organizing the students and contacting media to cover the protest.
Students plan to walk out of class at ten o’clock today for 17 minutes symbolizing the 17 victims at the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The same group that organized the women’s march is responsible for rallying students across the country.
School Administrators at Batavia are allowing the students to participate in the walkout and have requested a police presence to ensure the safety of the student protestors.
Police Chief Shawn Heubusch…
The Chief said he has been in talks with the school district for a long time in the hopes of establishing a permanent School Resource Officer in Batavia.
He said currently financial restraints on the school and Department have hindered the creation of such a position.
Jackson Street man jailed for alleged drug sales in the City.
35 year old Jonathan Hoges of Jackson Street in Batavia has been arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Sale and two Counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance which were all Class B Felonies.
Hoges was accused of selling crack cocaine to a task for agent on two occasions.
He was remanded without bail to the Genesee County Jail.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for areas to the south, including Wyoming County.
The warning is in effect until tomorrow morning.
Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches are expected with winds gusting as high as 45 mph.