Tuesday News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on November 14, 2023
New York State police are investigating a deadly crash that occurred in Orleans County. Troopers say 32-year-old Joshua Watkins was traveling on East Barre Road in Barre early on Sunday morning when his vehicle went off the road and flipped several times before it ended up in a field. Watkins was ejected because he was not wearing a seatbelt and passed away at the scene. No one else was hurt and the cause of the accident is under investigation.
30-year-old Joanna Larnder of Batavia has been arrested following an investigation into the possession, transportation and sale of crack cocaine in and around Genesee County. Genesee County Sheriffs took her into custody on a sealed indictment warrant. It’s alleged Larnder sold a quantity of crack cocaine to an agent of the Genesee County Task Force in the City of Batavia. She was ineligible for release on her own recognizance because of previous bail-jumping charges. Larnder is now committed to the Genesee County Jail.
34-year-old Michael Lanham of Lockport has pleaded guilty to production of child pornography with a prior offense, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years in prison. Back in 2010, he was convicted of rape of a victim less than 17 years of age and is a registered sex offender. In September 2020, he took a sexually explicit photo of a minor on his cell phone. Lanham then distributed the image in a private online message to an undercover law enforcement officer on the Kik application. Sentencing is scheduled for March 2024.
As reported by Tom Tharp this morning: Major changes have been proposed to New York’s current guidelines for students to graduate from high school. A panel laid out its recommendations yesterday, and they included replacing three diploma types with just one diploma type, ensuring access to career and technical education, and also creating more tailored requirements for certain groups of students. Right now, students need to pass multiple Regents exams to get their diploma. It’s unlikely any changes will go into effect for at least a year.
The struggles of the Buffalo Bills continue as the team drops its second game in a row. The Bills gave up a 36-yard field goal as time expired and lost to the Denver Broncos 24 to 22 at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park last night. Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen tossed a touchdown pass and had a rushing score but also threw two interceptions and his team’s record this season is now five wins and five losses. Their next game is Sunday against the New York Jets.
One of the biggest names in the music industry is going on tour, and he’ll be making a stop in Western New York. Drake is scheduled to perform at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center on February 27th, 2024 at 8 p.m. The five-time Grammy Award winner will be joined at the concert by J.Cole. Tickets for this show will go on sale to the public this Friday at 11 a.m. through Ticketmaster.
McDonald’s is releasing custom-designed Crocs. The clogs will cost between $70 and $75 and become available on Tuesday. The companies are teaming up to offer Crocs based on the mascots Grimace, Hamburglar and Birdie, as well as a classic red and yellow colorway. There are also matching socks for each pair for $20. They’ll be available at Crocs retail locations and wholesale partners.
More than 55 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving this year. That’s according to a Triple-A projection. It’s an increase of a little more than 2% from last year and the third-highest forecast for the holiday since Triple-A began tracking it in 2000. Most will drive to their destinations, nearly 2% more compared to 2022. And 4.7 million travelers will fly, an increase of more than 6.5% compared to last Thanksgiving.
Marijuana users say cannabis helps them get a good night’s sleep more than medications. Washington State University helped lead a study that compared marijuana to sleep aids like melatonin or benzodiazepines. More than 80% of pot users say smoking joints helped them get better sleep.
Today is Tuesday, November 14th, the 318th day of the year.
November 14 in history…
…In 1965, the U.S. government sent 90,000 soldiers to Vietnam.
…In 1968, Yale introduced it’s plan to educate both men and women.
…In 1969 “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies went number-one on the UK singles chart.
…In 1988, “Murphy Brown” with Candice Bergen debuted on CBS.
…In 1993, Don Shula became the coach with the most wins in NFL history with career win number 325.
…In 1996 Michael Jackson married Debbie Rowe in Sydney, Australia. The couple divorced nearly three-years later on October 8th, 1999.
…In 2015 A pair of white boots worn by Elvis Presley during his famous Comeback TV Special performance in 1968 were auctioned off for nearly $45,000.