Morning News Brief
Written by Michael Baldwin on June 14, 2021
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding 15 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places and one of those sites is in Genesee County. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Cemetery was constructed in 1869 and designed by prominent Rochester architect Andrew Jackson Warner. The Gothic Revival church in the village of LeRoy was built from locally quarried limestone and retains nearly all its original features. The property includes a cemetery that dates to 1826.
New York State’s COVID stats remain encouraging. The statewide positivity rate has declined to 0.35%. It remains the lowest in the nation. Hospitalizations have dropped below 700 and statewide vaccination rate has climbed to 69.9%. More than 20 million COVID vaccine doses have been administered in New York.
Today is world blood donor day. The Day is recognized annually to thank blood donors around the world for their voluntary, unpaid contributions which ultimately save lives and contribute to better health. It also serves as a call to action for more people all over the world to donate blood on a regular basis. Safe blood, blood products, and their transfusions are an essential aspect of care and public health – saving millions of lives and improving the health and quality of life for many every day. Blood is in continuous need because it can only be stored for a limited amount of time before use.
Some serious trouble for a Darien man following a domestic dispute. Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested 56-year-old Dean Conboy Sr. of Harper Road. He’ll head to court to respond to significant charges, including two counts of attempted aggravated assault on a police office, two counts of menacing a cop, unlawful imprisonment, attempted felony assaults, and a bunch more. Conboy is accused of threatening a person with a butcher knife, forcing the person to barricade themselves. When deputies arrived, they too were threatened with the butcher knife. There was a struggle as deputies attempted to disarm him and place him in custody. He was initially hauled to jail on cash bail.
Rochester police confirm a boy in his early teens was shot and killed Saturday afternoon. A 14-year-old boy was also shot on Genesee Street. One victim died at the hospital, while the other remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
A New York State Appellate Court upheld a decision to strip the Rochester Police Accountability Board of its disciplinary powers. A judge called the original law “invalid, void and unenforceable.”
Batavia police say they arrested 54-year-old Kevin McCoy after he allegedly threatened three other people with a knife during an argument in a parking lot on E. Main Street. He was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
The Just Kings Social Club of Batavia will host its Second Annual Juneteenth on Saturday, June 19 from noon to 7 p.m. at Williams Park. The event will include vendors, food, a talent show for ages 8 to 16 (with cash prizes), a bounce house, dunk tank, other fun and games, and live music. There will also be a guest speaker. Everybody is invited. The Park is located at 101 Pearl St. in the City of Batavia. Juneteenth is the traditional day to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States.