WBTA Evening Briefing

Written by on January 9, 2018

Polk County Florida sheriff’s investigators are following several leads this afternoon into the killing of a former Attica Prison corrections officer.
68 year old William Reiss was shot to death in his Polk City Florida home last Wednesday.
Investigators say Reiss was shot to death during an apparent home invasion. His killer made off with at least 30 guns from the home.
Reiss was from Alexander and has several relatives in the area.
A spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office tells WBTA that investigators are following up on several leads in the case.

As expected Batavia DPW Director Matt Worth has taken on the additional job of interim city manager. City Council confirmed Worth’s appointment last night and a stipend of $1,000 a month for the extra work.
Worth did say a planned water line replacement project on Union Street will just have to wait another year:

Three other city hall administrators will receive a 750-dollar a month stipend for taking on additional responsibilities until a permanent city manager is hired.
Finding a new manager to replace Jason Molino could take up to six months.

An Erie County Supreme Court judge is expected to hear the case of the lone hold-out in the City Centre Mall dispute.
Dr. Marlin Salmon is the only member of the Mall Merchants Association not to sign off on the deal worked out between the city and the executive committee of the merchants association.
That deal calls for the city to retain ownership of the mall concourse and pay for its capital improvements and maintenance.

An Albion man gets 11 years for child porn.
46 year old Christopher Ridder has bene sentenced in federal court for possession of over 600 images of child pornography.
Ridder was collared after exchanging messages with an undercover agent.

Rumors of Oprah Winfrey running for president in 2020 are taking hold after her speech at the Golden Globes. If the rumors are true, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Governor Cuomo could be her political opponents in the next Democratic Presidential Primary. Yesterday in Buffalo Senator Gillibrand didn’t seem bothered by the idea. The senator from New York complimented Winfrey and said she supported whatever decision she made.

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