Weekend News Briefing

Written by on December 8, 2018

Batavia man behind bars for alleged burglary.
Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested 30 year old Benjamin Evans of Evans Street in the city following investigation into a burglary at the Kohl’s department store in Batavia.
Evans is accused of illegally entering the store and taking items late Sunday night.
He was charged with Burglary and Petit Larceny and was committed to the Genesee County Jail in Lieu of $10,000 bail.
He is expected to appear in Batavia Town Court on December 17th.

Clean up in Covington after a manure truck has an accident.
A tractor-trailer overturned yesterday morning near Silver Lake and Old State Roads in Covington dumping 4,000 gallons of manure onto the highway.
The vehicle was owned by Edmund Trucking of LeRoy and fortunately the truck driver escaped without injury.
The Pavilion Fire Department and the state Department of Environmental Conservation were called to the scene and oversaw the cleanup effort.

State Police announce results of this year’s special Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement period.
New York State Police handed out a total of 15,115 tickets statewide and arrested 215 people for impaired driving over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Troopers investigated 1,244 accidents, including one fatality.
The enforcement period began on Wednesday, November 21 and continued through Sunday, November 25, 2018.
The numbers show a slight decline over last year’s 15,360 tickets and 242 DWI arrests.

State lawmakers are going to see a boost in their pay.
A commission, appointed by the governor, has voted to increase the pay of state assemblymen and state senators from $79,500 a year to $130,000 a year beginning in 2021.
In exchange, they’ll have to limit what they can earn outside of their legislative positions.
They will also have to give up so-called “lulus” – the extra stipend paid to legislative leaders, ranging from $9,000 to $20,000 per year.

Republican State Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia, is opposed to the pay raise and the limitation on outside income.

Hawley, often mentioned as one of the wealthiest members of the state assembly, tells WBTA he thinks the pay raise measure will be challenged in court.

The Buffalo Bills will be back in front of their home crowd this weekend.
They’re hosting longtime AFC East rival New York Jets at New Era Field.
When the teams met last month in New Jersey, the Bills won 41 to 10.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock on Sunday afternoon.

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