Thursday News Brief

Written by on March 28, 2024

File photo of the Easter Bunny with golden eggs

A reminder that the annual Batavia Kiwanis Easter egg hunt is this Saturday starting at 9:00am at Centennial Park. There will be 1000’s of eggs and as a bonus; each child that finds a golden egg may redeem it for a chocolate bunny from Oliver’s Candies. The Easter Bunny has been busy assisting the Batavia Kiwanis, and they’re ready to host some family fun this Saturday.





Governor Hochul says she and state lawmakers will not be able to reach a budget agreement ahead of the April 1st deadline. She put out a statement last night and announced she’ll be sending a bill to the Legislature that’ll push the deadline back to April 4th. The governor and lawmakers have been talking for weeks about how to fund the state and both sides are optimistic a deal is close. Much of the debate has involved investments in housing, schools, and health care.


Shawn Jordan

A former Rochester police officer has pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and forcible touching in Ontario County. Prosecutors said Shawn Jordan, now 40, had sex with a 13-year-old girl at his South Bristol home in the summer of 2022. As part of his plea agreement, Jordan admitted to having sex with the girl and touching her “intimate parts” on another occasion. Jordan’s arrest in September came six months after he was accused of exposing himself to a 16-year-old girl in a separate incident in Monroe County. He was charged was disseminating indecent material to minors and endangering the welfare of a child. The case was waived to a grand jury. The Rochester Police Department placed Jordan on paid suspension last March, following his initial arrest, and said he resigned weeks later. Jordan was released after his guilty plea yesterday. Sentencing is scheduled for June 25.


A man has now been indicted in connection with the murder of a teenager in Buffalo. Prosecutors say 21-year-old Avantae Ayala is the person who shot and killed 13-year-old Miracle Hunt near Broadway and Mortimer Street last July. Ayala opened fire towards a large group of people who were standing outside of the Forge Apartments and a bullet hit Hunt in the head. Ayala remains in custody without bail.


Angel Cooper Vause

Angel Cooper Vause, the longtime girlfriend of Raymond Moody, the man who raped and killed Brittanee Drexel of Chili in 2009 while the teenager was on a spring break trip in Myrtle Beach, has herself been arrested on federal charges related to the kidnapping and murder. A federal grand jury has returned indictments against the 56-year-old Vause, on three counts of lying to the FBI. In May 2022, Moody was arrested and told police that he and his girlfriend picked up Brittannee and went someplace to smoke marijuana. While Moody said Vause left the scene prior to his killing Brittannee; Vause’s lies involved her whereabouts and the location of Brittannee’s phone during the commission of the crimes. If convicted Vause faces a long prison term.


ORLEANS COUNTY COURT ACTIONS: 32-year-old Alexander Gelo had been wanted on a warrant following a traffic stop on February 28, 2023 on Ridge Road in the Town of Gaines. The warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred two weeks prior when Gelo allegedly made threats to physically harm a witness in a criminal proceeding against him. And now Gelo has pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, a charge that carries 3 ½ to 15 years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to criminal possession of stolen property and aggravated harassment. Gelo is being held in the Orleans County Jail without bail until sentencing. ALSO: 31-year-old Garrett Strickland of Medina has been sentenced to six months in the county jail for violating his probation. He admitted he didn’t notify probation of a change in his address to Holley, and also that he missed several probation appointments and consumed alcohol. He was on probation for bail jumping in Genesee County.


Aftermath of crash that injured a Lewiston Police officer

A member of the Lewiston Police Department continues to recover after being hurt while on the job. According to authorities, the officer was involved in a crash yesterday on Military Road in the area of Interstate 190 North. The patrol vehicle struck the back of a tractor-trailer and the impact caused the car to catch fire. The officer went to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of a broken ankle and head injury. The cause of the accident is under investigation.


The Buffalo Sabres have fallen short of picking up a second straight win after suffering a blowout loss at home. Buffalo fell behind five to nothing in the first period and ended up being beaten by the Ottawa Senators six-to-two at KeyBank Center last night. Connor Clifton and JJ Peterka had a goal apiece for the Sabres who are sliding out of contention for a playoff spot. Buffalo’s next game is tomorrow against the New Jersey Devils.

The Buffalo Bisons are preparing for the 139th season of professional baseball in Buffalo with Opening Day set for Friday, March 29 as the Herd hosts the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Sahlen Field. The players will take the field at 2:05.



The Rochester Amerks won their game last night against the Syracuse Crunch; the final score was 2-0. They’ll play the first of two against the Cleveland Monsters in a matinee game on Saturday starting at 3:15; after that, the Amerks will host Cleveland on Wednesday, April 3rd (face-off is at 7:05).


The Rochester Institute of Technology men’s hockey team will be back in action tonight as they try and keep their season alive. The Tigers are set to battle Boston University in an NCAA Tournament game in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This will be the first time ever these programs have gone head to head. Face-off is scheduled for five p-m and the winner advances to play Minnesota or Nebraska-Omaha Saturday.


Mr. Brown

The Jerome Foundation is sponsoring the William F. Brown Jr. Scholarship. The award is given in memory of the late William F. Brown Jr., noted author, broadcaster, and journalist who contributed greatly to the quality of life in Genesee County through his writing, and as a member of numerous community and civic organizations. An annual $1000 scholarship for four years for a total of $4000 given to a deserving Senior graduating from a Genesee County School whose intention is to pursue a career in the field of journalism, marketing, communication or public relations (in print, radio, television or digital media). Applications for the scholarship have been sent to area High School Counselors or can be found at Applications are due May 10, 2024 and can be mailed to The Jerome Foundation, PO Box 249, Batavia, New York 14021. If further information is needed, contact Chris Fix at



Genesis in Buffalo, March 1976

March 28, 1976…Genesis began their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel left the band the previous year. The road trip started in Buffalo. Drummer Phil Collins took over as lead singer.




Most Americans now believe marijuana should be legal. A survey from Pew Research Center found 88% of Americans think cannabis should be legal for recreational or medicinal use. While nearly six out of ten believe it should be legal for both uses, around three out of ten think it should only be legal for medical purposes. About 10% believe it should be outlawed. The survey also revealed that more Americans disagree over the effects of legalizing the drug, with only half believing legalization has a positive economic impact.


Shaun Randall with his date: A cardboard cutout of Taylor Swift. I wonder if he got a kiss goodnight?

A high school freshman in North Dakota had a good time showing off his prom date this past weekend. Shaun Randall was pictured at the prom with his arm around the waist of none other than Taylor Swift. Randall’s mom says his sister bought the life-sized cardboard cutout of the pop icon for her brother as a joke. But Shaun found Swift’s likeness to be a big hit at the dance that added to the fun.



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