Sunday News Briefing

Written by on May 20, 2018

Memorial to victim of Central Ave. stabbing    PHOTO: The Batavian

Three people are facing charges, one is accused of murder, following Thursday night’s reign of terror on Central Avenue in Batavia.
41 year old Terry Toote of West Main Street was stabbed in the chest and later died at UMMC.
30 year old Nathaniel Wilson of Chestnut Street was charged with murder in the death of Toote.
Wilson was shot in the leg after allegedly stabbing Toote.
The shooter, 17 year old Samuel Blackshear, has been charged with attempted murder.
Police say Blackshear was given the gun by 48 year old Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon, operator of La Mexicana in the Valu Plaza. She is facing for her part in the case.
Police say there’s been bad blood in the neighborhood for weeks. Thursday’s violence was triggered by a large fight, several were kicking and throwing punches. Police still asking for information from the public.

New York lawmakers are trying to make sports betting legal in the state. Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prohibiting sports betting is unconstitutional.
This overturned the 1992 sports betting ban.
The state Senate is working to put together a sports betting package in the next few weeks.
Western Region Off Track Betting, owner of Batavia Downs, has said they are ready to move quickly to establish a legal sports book.

Governor Cuomo is calling out President Trump and members of Congress, saying they’re not doing their part to prevent mass shootings like the one in Santa Fe, Texas, Friday. In a short, but terse statement, Cuomo listed high-profile shootings and demanded that it’s time to do something about the problem. He says as elected officials, their first responsibility is to the people of this country, and not to the N-R-A.


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