Morning News Briefing
Written by Michael Baldwin on April 12, 2021
State Police today are continuing to investigate a deadly ATV crash in Oakfield. Troopers said 43-year-old Thomas S. Butler of Oakfield was traveling northbound on Bliss Road and crossed Lockport Road. The ATV exited the intersection and struck a rock embankment, causing the ATV to overturn several times. Butler was ejected and died at the scene. A 55-year-old passenger was also ejected and taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo with non-life-threatening injuries. Troopers said neither were wearing helmets. An autopsy is scheduled. This is still an active investigation.
When the Batavia City School Board meets this evening, members will be asked to accept the retirements of two staffers. The positions include a 4th grade elementary teacher and a food service helper. According to the meeting agenda, action will also be taken on a number of appointments. The Board will take action on a memorandum of agreement between the Batavia Administrators’ Association and school district. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm. and will be held at Robert Morris, 80 Union Street. The meeting will also be live-streamed.
COVID vaccination clinics are planned for today, Wednesday and Thursday. The clinics are available for any New Yorker age 18 and above. The vaccine is the first-dose Moderna. Today’s clinic will be at the Ridgeway Fire Hall, Route 104 in Medina. On Wednesday it will be at the athletic center at Genesee Community College Batavia Campus Center. Thursday’s clinic returns to the Ridgeway Fire Hall. Online appointments are required.
Genesee County deputies arrested 21-year-old Abdi A. Abdi of Rochester following a traffic stop in Byron. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Deputies also allege that Abdi possessed crack cocaine. He’ll appear in court May 3rd.
COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped in New York State to 4,083, the lowest since December 2. 197 people in the Finger Lakes region are currently hospitalized. New positive cases have been rising in the region. Positive cases have increased 2.85% to 3.09% as of Saturday. Western New York cases have also been slowly climbing. Genesee County has reported a total of 4,987 positive cases, 22 are new as of the weekend.
A New York Army National Guard soldier has been promoted in recognition of his capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Rick Hubbard from Bergen, assigned to the 222nd Military Police Company received a promotion to the rank of specialist. Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.