Morning News Briefing

Written by on June 16, 2020

By tonight we should know the status of school district budget votes across Genesee County.
Budget in all eight county school districts were put before voters last Tuesday by absentee ballots. Those ballots need to be received by today’s mail.
In Batavia: a $52.4-million budget was voted on. The budget would carry no tax increase. Three seats on the board of education will be decided – all are incumbents.


The Genesee County Local Drug Task Force slaps metal bracelets on a Maple Street woman for drug possession.
31 year old Amanda Webb is facing two misdemeanor charges accusing her of having a quantity of amphetamine, dextro-amphetamine and Lorazepam.
Amanda was given a court appearance ticket.

Three more police accountability measures recently, passed by the Legislature, have been signed into law.
One makes it mandatory for police officers to file a report every time they fire their weapon.
A second bill called the Police Transparency and Statistics Act will require courts to gather and publish racial and demographic information about low-level crimes and post it online.
The third measure requires police officers to provide medical and mental health care to anyone in custody.

If you live on East Avenue in the city, this one’s for you.
The City of Batavia Water Department has postponed repairs to a water main on East Ave until Wednesday.
The work was to have been done yesterday.
Expect the water on East Ave. between Holmes and Eugene Street will be turned off at 8am tomorrow morning.
There is no estimate on how long repairs will take.

In Bethany a chicken coop catches fire.
It happened just before six last night on Transit Road.
A half dozen fire departments responded. No one was hurt.
Neighbors did report a foul odor in the area.

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