Saturday News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on January 13, 2018
Accused drug dealer charged with arson and making terrorist threats for fiery domestic incident in Batavia.
46 year old Eddie Miles Jr. was most recently arrested for a domestic incident at 207 Washington Ave in Batavia that escalated quickly into a standoff with police and a house fire.
Miles was arrested last Sunday after he allegedly barricaded himself and girlfriend in their apartment while threatening to shoot police and setting the apartment on fire.
He was arraigned in City Court yesterday on charges of Arson, Aggravated Criminal Contempt, and two counts Making a terroristic threat.
Miles was initially arrested for active warrants stemming from drug sale charges, and has a lengthy criminal history with several recent arrests.
He is currently being housed in the Genesee County Jail without bail and is due back in court on Thursday the 18th.
Out-going city manager proposes a tax decrease as a parting gift.
Batavia City Manager Jason Molino is leaving with a gift to taxpayers in the form of a tax decrease.
Yesterday afternoon in Molino’s last few hours as city manager he proposed a budget for the city’s fiscal year 2018-19 that calls for a property tax decrease of 3-percent.
The proposed tax rate is 8-dollars-99 cents per thousand of assessed valuation.
City Council must take final action on the budget by March 31st.
Police searching for hit and run driver who struck a pedestrian in Batavia.
The accident occurred on West Main Street near Settlers Restaurant yesterday afternoon when a black Honda sedan struck an unidentified pedestrian while they were crossing the street.
The driver who then fled the scene was described as a white female with curly hair.
The pedestrian is currently being treated at UMMC.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Batavia Police.
Tonawanda Creek reaches moderate flood stage.
There is a Flood warning in effect for the Tonawanda Creek in Batavia.
The water level crested at just over 10 feet early this morning reaching into moderate flood level stages but appears to be on the decline.
Low lying areas behind homes on Walnut Street, Law Street and Kibbe Park are expected to Flood.
Residents of the affected area are asked to keep vigilant and take precautions to minimize property loss in these areas.
A Winter Storm Warning also remains in effect until this afternoon.
The foul weather prompted some schools to cancel activities for today.
All of the closings and cancellations are on the Closing and Cancellation page of our website, WBTAi.com.