WBTA Sunday News

Written by on February 18, 2018

Tops Friendly Markets finding the grocery market is not to friendly these days.
According to Bloomberg, one of the nation’s leading financial news organizations, Tops markets is ready to file bankruptcy.
The announcement could come as early as this month.
Tops operates the largest stand-alone grocery store in Batavia.
With low margins and increasing competition the grocery business has always been challenging.
With additional competition from non-traditional grocers like Walmart, and on-line groceries like Amazon, traditional chains like Tops are threatened.
Tops is headquartered in Williamsville. The company has had no comment.


Pastor Allen Werk

Active shooter training draws a big response in Batavia.
St. Paul Lutheran Church on Washington Avenue hosted the training yesterday with deputies from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
Over 100 people attended.
St. Paul’s Pastor Allen Werk

Audio Courtesy: 13WHAM

A similar class is planned at Grace Baptist Church on Vine Street in Batavia on February 25th.

The case of convicted child molester Marlek Holmes seems like a never ending saga.
In his last court appearance on Friday, Holmes tried to back out of a sentencing deal again.
That deal would dismiss remaining charges against him in return for a sentencing cap of 25 years.
After a half-hour of talk with his lawyer, Holmes decided to stick with the original offer.
D-A Lawrence Friedman said it’s possible Holmes could back out again but his deal will not get better.

A Batavia man suffered burns to his arms in a fire on Porter Avenue.
The fire was reported in a garage at 17 Porter last night.
Batavia firemen said damage was minor and the fire was nearly out when they arrived on scene.
The unidentified burn victim was treated at UMMC.

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