WBTA Sunday News

Written by on April 15, 2018

  • An Ice Storm Warning remains in effect until 2 this afternoon.
    Then, a Flood Watch takes effect from early tomorrow morning until Tuesday evening.
    Primary roads are wet and slush covered but quite passable.
    Secondary roads that have been treated are also wet and slushy.
    Sidewalks and parking lots that have not been treated are extremely slippery.
    The conditions have prompted these churches to cancel services for today:
    • St. James Episcopal, Batavia
    • Emanuel Baptist Church on Oak Street – services and religious education
    • First Baptist Church on East Main Street – today’s service and bible study cancelled
    • Oakfield First United Methodist Church
    • Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church
  • Pentecostals of Genesee, Oak St.

UPDATE: Genesee Community College Batavia Campus, closed for today

The predicted power failures have not materialized, at least not yet.
National Grid reports no power failures in Genesee or Wyoming counties.
The New York State Thruway is reporting generally clear conditions in Western New York.
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron has issued a Travel Advisory for all of Genesee County until later this afternoon.
Buffalo Niagara International and Rochester’s Monroe County Airport are showing several cancellations of departing flights this morning.
As always, it is best to check with your individual airlines for your flight status.

In other news this morning:
The suspected Batavia Arby’s Roast Beef bandit has been collared.
Batavia Police have arrested 37 year old Michael J. Piasta Jr of East Main Street in Batavia for the armed robbery which occurred at Arby’s back on March 25th.
He allegedly entered Arby’s with what appeared to be a hand gun and stole over $6000.00.
Piasta is now in the county jail without bail.

New York State Police in Warsaw are seeking public assistance in locating 39 year old Adam K. Barber, of Bliss, NY.
Barber was known to be at his residence on ST-362 in the Town of Eagle around April 3, 2018 and family members are concerned for his well-being. Barber is known to camp in the outdoors and sometimes visits Letchworth State Park.

The City of Batavia’s Economic Development Director, Julie Pacatte, has resigned.
Pacatte is taking a job with a private firm near Albany.
She has been with the city for almost six years.
Pacatte is credited with being the driving force behind the Ellicott Station Project and for playing a major role in Batavia’s 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization grant.

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