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Written by on October 6, 2020

The engine of an airplane that went down in a swampy and wooded area off Boyce Road in Corfu has been recovered after being dug out from under more than 10 feet of mud. Sheriff William Sheron says the search for pieces of the airplane, which disintegrated on impact is complete and the parts are being shipped to Nashville for further investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The search for human remains continues today. Attorneys Steve Barnes and Elizabeth Barnes died in the crash at about noon Friday. The cause of the crash remains undetermined.

The Genesee County Health Department has received three additional positive COVID-19 tests from students at Elba High School. The individuals have been placed under mandatory isolation where they will remain until they are fully recovered. The Genesee County Department of Health said contact tracing is in process. Students and/or staff will be notified and placed under quarantine if they were identified as a close contact. Ned Dale is the school superintendent – he says the district continues to work with the Health Department in identifying close contacts and testing symptomatic students. Overall, the county reported nine new coronavirus cases, impacting Alabama, Elba, LeRoy and Oakfield.

A Pembroke woman faces multiple felony counts. Sheriff’s deputies arrested 32-year-old Allissa Winder of Pembroke. She was charged with first-degree identity theft and grand larceny. Winder allegedly opened several credit card accounts in another person’s name and charged over $3,000. She was arraigned and released pending further court action.

Court action is pending for a Batavia man charged with second-degree strangulation. 27-year-old Montell Cunningham was arrested by Batavia police after an investigation into a domestic incident on Tracy Avenue in Batavia. After arraignment in Batavia City Court, he was initially put in jail on cash bail. A stay away order of protection was issued for the victim. Cunningham is due back in city court on Oct. 29.

Congressman Chris Jacobs is announcing he is now accepting nominations for his Congressional Veteran of the Month program. To nominate a veteran who is a current resident of the 27th Congressional District to be recognized, constituents can visit Jacobs congressional website. He says he is eager to launch this program.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges related to campaign finance misconduct. Charges include scheme to defraud and violating election law. Warrens attorney entered a not guilty plea. There is no estimated timeline for the trial.

In his daily briefing Monday Gov. Cuomo noted that this Friday is the last day New Yorkers can register to vote in the 2020 Election. You can register in person at the county board of elections or at any New York State agency-based voter registration center. For more information call 1-800-FOR-VOTE.

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.19, the same as one week ago. One year ago, the price was $2.66. The New York State average is $2.26 – no change since last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.72. AAA Western and Central New York says Batavia prices remain unchanged at $2.21 a gallon.

New York has again extended the expiration date of annual vehicle inspections, registrations and driver’s licenses that otherwise would have lapsed during the coronavirus pandemic, validating them for at least another month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order early Monday making the change, allowing the documents to remain valid until Nov. 3. The order, which had been set to expire Monday, applies only to those that lapsed since March. But the order made clear expired registrations and non-driver identification cards — which can be renewed entirely online — will not be extended again beyond Nov. 3.

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