Morning News Brief

Written by on February 15, 2021

A winter storm will blanket the region from today through Tuesday afternoon. Portions of the area could receive 6-12 inches of snow. The heaviest snow is expected tonight into Tuesday morning.

Felony and other charges have been filed against a man who crashed his vehicle on Alleghany Road in Darien. Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested 33-year-old Myles Daniel MacLeod of Corfu. He now faces felony counts of aggravated DWI and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was additionally charged with refusal to take a breath test and circumventing an ignition interlock device as well as other counts. He’s due in Town of Darien court on April 6th.

Court action is pending for a man who allegedly ran down a woman with his vehicle during a heated domestic dispute. 49-year-old Jason Jones of Brooktondale in Tompkins County was taken into custody on an arrest warrant stemming from the December 16th incident on Dewey Avenue in Batavia. Police charged him with felony second-degree assault, felony first-degree reckless endangerment and other lesser counts. Jones was arraigned and initially remanded to jail in lieu of bail. He is due in court Match 11th.

The LeRoy fire department is asking for a helping hand. With snow on the ground and more on the way, the Department is asking residents to clear the snow around fire hydrants. Officials recommending the snow be cleared at least three feet around the hydrant so firefighters can work. Also, you’re asked to clear a path from the hydrant to the street.

The Finger Lakes Region has, to date, received more than 196,000 total COVID vaccines. Through Friday, state officials say 87% of the total doses have been administered. New York’s health care distribution sites have received 2.1 million first doses and already administered 90 percent of first dose vaccinations and 83 percent of first and second doses.

A state court has rejected multiple appeals filed on behalf of a name-protected Genesee County teenager, who was granted youthful offender status. The teenager was placed on probation after being convicted of possession of child pornography and sexual misconduct. Then, while on probation, he was convicted of felony burglary. He was then sentenced to a maximum state prison term. The teen argued the sentence was too severe. The Appellate Court ruled that his plea was in full satisfaction of numerous other residential burglaries, and several of those burglaries involved the theft of firearms from the homes.

Batavia police say they arrested 32-year-old Alexander Baldwin of East Main in Batavia. He was charged with felony grand larceny. Police said he was paid for a construction job that he never began. He’ll appear in court April 15th.

A Batavia man has been charged with forcible touching. 69-year-old Benjamin Lucas of Bank Street allegedly touched an employee inappropriately. He was issued an appearance ticket for court.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the 7-day average positivity rate dropped below four percent for the first time since November 30. The 7-day average positivity rate stands at 3.90 percent, according to state data. Hospitalizations are down by 916 this week, a 26 percent decline from the post-holiday peak. The Finger Lakes region has a 7-day percentage of positive tests of 2.39 percent.

The New York Lottery has announced one top-prize winning ticket was sold for the February 13 TAKE-5 drawing. The ticket, worth a little more than $64,000, was purchased at DELTA SONIC CARWASH on E Main Street in Rochester.


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