Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on April 16, 2018
Weekend Weather leads to a Flood Watch for the region.
Much of Western New York, including counties along Lake Ontario are under a flood watch.
Forecasters say heavy rain along with melting snow could cause creeks and rivers to flood.
Around 1 to 1.5 inches of rain is expected through today which may result in minor river and creek flooding in a few locations.
The Tonawanda creek in Batavia is well below flood stage level at last check and is expected to crest at under six feet by tomorrow morning.
The flood watch will be in effect through tomorrow evening.
Suspected armed Arby’s robber is apprehended.
37 year old Michael Piasta Jr. of East Main Street in Batavia has been taken into custody by Police for the armed robbery of the Batavia restaurant on March 25th.
He is accused of stealing over $6,000 after holding up Arby’s employees with what appeared to be a hand gun.
Piasta was committed without bail to the Genesee County Jail.
State Police in Warsaw are asking for the public’s help in locating 39 year old Adam Barber, of Bliss.
Family members are concerned for his well-being after Barber went missing from his residence on State Route 362 in the Town of Eagle at the beginning of April.
Barber is known to camp outdoors and visits Letchworth State Park on occasion.
Julie Pacatte the Economic Development Director for Batavia, has resigned.
After working with the city for nearly six years Pacatte has accepted a new position with a private firm near Albany.
The EDC has credited Pacatte for playing a major role in Batavia’s 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization grant and with being the driving force behind the Ellicott Station Project.
Chili man picked up for illegally picking up scrap metal in Stafford.
36 year old James Page was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Use of a Motor Vehicle without an interlock device after an incident on Clinton Street Road in Stafford, Saturday night.
Deputies allegedly found Page loading scrap metal from a local business into his truck.
He was issued an appearance ticket for May 15th in Stafford Town Court.
An Attica police officer attacked after trying to help An Olean man out of a ditch.
Police say they were trying to help 46 year old David Woods, whose car had run into a ditch in Attica.
Woods allegedly punched the officer in the face before being tased, then later kicked him in the knee.
He was arrested and charged with Assault, Resisting Arrest and DWI along with various other charges.
Woods was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly is out and about.
Kelly had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his jaw less than three weeks ago in New York City.
This weekend was discharged from the hospital but is staying there to recover.
Yesterday his wife Jill posted a video on Instagram of Kelly in a Bills fleece walking along the streets of New York.