Morning News Brief
Written by Michael Baldwin on August 2, 2021
A one-car crash on County Line Road in Darien in March has now resulted in numerous charges for the driver. Sheriff’s deputies arrested 24-year-old Hannah Varshay of Alden. The charges include driving while impaired by drugs, evidence tampering, criminal possession of a weapon, speeding and eight counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Varshay was processed, then released to appear in Town of Darien court August 24th.
New York’s statewide COVID-19 positivity rate has now risen to 2.68%. On Sunday, 39 new hospitalizations were reported. Five new deaths were also attributed to virus-related complications. Rates in the Finger Lakes region are at 2.57%.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation designating baseball as the official sport of the state of New York. This bill was proposed by a Cooperstown Elementary School 4th grade class. Cooperstown, NY is the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame and is believed to be the birthplace of the sport. As the state sport, baseball joins a list of New York State symbols which includes milk as the state beverage, apple as the state fruit, the snapping turtle as the state reptile and yogurt as the state snack.
New York State Police and local law enforcement have increased patrols to target speeding thru Sunday. According to preliminary data, unsafe speed was a contributing factor in 314 fatal crashes in 2020, compared to 230 fatal crashes in 2019 – a 36 percent increase. The 314 fatal crashes last year resulted in 365 deaths including drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Data shows fatal crashes in New York caused by unsafe speed increase during the summer months with the highest totals in June through October.
According to the CDC COVID Data Tracker, Monroe and Erie Counties are now ‘substantial’ COVID transmission areas. The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks in public, indoor settings, in areas of substantial or high transmission. Those unvaccinated are recommended to wear a mask in all areas. Genesee County is considered low, while Orleans and Wyoming counties are considered at a moderate transmission rate.
At around 5 a.m. Sunday morning, Batavia police responded to a report of someone shot. The victim was identified as a 40-year-old male. He was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, he has since been released. Police say the victim was the target of the crime and it was not a random act. Police continue to investigate.
Batavia police arrested 29-year-old Nathan Royse. He was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. It is alleged that in June, while on Willow St. in the City of Batavia, Royse menaced another person with a real or imitation pistol. Batavia PD was assisted by NYS Parole in this investigation.