Morning News Briefing

Written by on June 11, 2020

Luis Ramos-Mercado

Witnesses said it was a frightening scene last weekend on Ellicott Avenue when an apparent domestic incident spilled out onto the street with a child in the middle.
Batavia Police have just announced the arrest of 35 year old Luis Ramos-Mercado. He’s been charged with assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child. He’s now in county jail.
Police say the incident happened late last Saturday night. Mercado and his girlfriend were in the midst of a fracas with a small child caught between the combatants. A neighbor stepped in to shield the child.
Ramos-Mercado has a long, local rap sheet including charges of attempted burglary and weapons possession dating back to January. He was released on supervision from that incident.

The man accused of stabbing a woman inside Walmart in Geneseo has pleaded not guilty.
Police say 24-year-old Gregory Cunningham attacked his victim Tuesday in the dairy section of the store. She suffered multiple stab wounds
Family members say the woman was released from the hospital yesterday.
Police do not have a motive. They do not believe Cunningham and his victim knew each other.
Cunningham was jailed in lieu of 50-thousand dollar bail
He’s been ordered to undergo a mental health exam.

State legislators have approved another two pieces of a law enforcement reform package. One bill creates an Office of Special Investigation which will look into cases where someone died either in police custody or at the hands of an officer.
The other creates an office of law enforcement misconduct which will be responsible for making recommendations on the policies of local police departments.
Both bills now head to the governor who is expected to sign them.

The latest COVID-19 update: two new positive cases of the virus reported in Genesee County, both residents of Batavia, and two new cases in Orleans County.
Of the current cases in Genesee County, none of the individuals are hospitalized.

Drivers are going to want to keep an extra eye on their vehicle’s speedometer over the next few days. That’s because State Police will ticketing speeding and aggressive drivers during “Speed Week.” Troopers are also going to make sure people aren’t traveling too fast through highway construction zones.

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