Weekend News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on December 3, 2021
The Batavia Police department and FBI have been investigating the social media threats of violence towards the city schools that closed all public schools in Batavia on Friday. The police say that they have found no credible threat to the district. Batavia was not alone in shutting down due to threats, Olean and Allegany Limestone school districts shut down for the same reason, Medina had a threat but remained open. They are still trying to find where the post originated. BCSD has been cleared to resume all activities beginning Saturday, December 4, and schools will open for all students on Monday, December 6. As a precautionary measure, there will be an increased police presence in and around Batavia city school district buildings for all activities this weekend and next week. The Batavia Police Department continues to work in collaboration with the FBI and Secret Service to monitor all social media threats to ensure the continued safety of the district’s students and staff. Police are asking anyone with information to please call the police department or the tip line.
There is another vaccine raffle in New York and this time it’s for Ski Lift Tickets. The “Ski for Free” sweepstakes is for children aged 5-11, and anyone who gets a booster shot. Over a six week period, eligible New Yorkers will be able to enter the random drawing for free tickets to participating mountains. In Western NY, Holiday Valley, Bristol Mountain, Woods Valley, and Greek Peak will be participating. For more information including how to enter, follow the link at wbtai.com.
There is a high wind watch for Genesee and Orleans counties form 8am to 8pm on Monday. Temperatures will continue to rise overnight from Sunday into Monday morning briefly reaching the 50s with rain showers. Strong winds will be the main concern as gusts could hit 60mph from Sunday night into Monday evening with temperatures quickly falling into the 30s. Remember to secure anything that might be blown around and be careful if you are driving a high profile vehicle.
Press Release from the sheriff’s office: Due to the increase in Covid cases within the county, Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. is requiring all business (including animal adoptions and turn ins) at the Genesee County Animal Shelter be conducted by appointment only. This goes into effect beginning Monday, December 6. This is a precautionary measure to prevent the risk of exposure to coronavirus to community members, Animal Shelter employees, and volunteers.