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Jul 31, 2020 |

A Batavia teen was arrested on two outstanding warrants. Batavia Police say 18yo Devon Wright was observed by officers traveling in the city last week. He was taken into custody without incident for failure to pay a fine on original charges of harassment, grand larceny, endangering the welfare of a child, attempted grand larceny, as well as failure to appear on an original charge of criminal contempt. Wright was arraigned and remanded to jail without bail. He will appear in Batavia City Court at a later date. Wright was previously arrested in April for an alleged incident in which he intentionally struck a pedestrian with his car. He was also arrested in April following an investigation into sex abuse involving children under the age of 15, which is alleged to have occurred last November.

An investigation into a harassment complaint leads to a Batavia man’s arrest. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office says 64yo James Carson was at an address on West Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia when he was arrested on allegations of threatening harm to another person because of a belief regarding their race, color, and nationality. He was charged with aggravated harassment. An order of protection was issued for the victim. Carson is scheduled to appear in Batavia Town Court at a later date.

A Batavia man was locked up on allegations of contacting a protected person. Batavia Police say 34yo Jose Rivera was found Monday at a residence of a person with whom he had a stay away order of protection. He is charged with criminal contempt and burglary. Rivera was arraigned in Batavia City Court and jailed on $2,000 bail. He is to return to court later in August.

A Batavia woman is facing charges following a car accident. According to Batavia Police, 34yo Amy Potrzebowski was involved in the incident two weeks ago on Richmond Ave. She is charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, DWI – with two previous convictions, and moving from a lane unsafely. Potrzebowski is scheduled to appear in Batavia City Court in November.

A Batavia man was arrested on a warrant out of Batavia City Court. According to Batavia Police, 25yo Jacob Hernandez is accused of following a person last month and striking another. He is charged with harassment with physical contact and harassment for following a person. Hernandez was to appear in Batavia City Court earlier this week.

By the end of the day, school districts across New York State have to submit their reopening plans to Albany. Governor Cuomo is expected to make a decision next week.  Cuomo said earlier this month he would make a decision on whether school districts could reopen during the first week of August. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul spoke about reopening saying districts will have to meet strict guidelines, but she is encouraged by the COVID-19 numbers in Western New York.

Governor Cuomo has announced more than $30 million in funding to enhance COVID-19 contact tracing and flu prevention ahead of the fall flu season. The majority of funds will be available to counties in the form of grants. The money will be used to increase local health department staffing capacity for enhanced detection, surveillance and prevention of COVID-19. Genesee County will get over $258,000, Livingston County will receive $255,000, and Wyoming County over $253,000. The governor also announced $2 million in additional immunization funds to expand flu vaccination rates statewide.

Governor Cuomo is holding off on the vote on the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act. The $3 billion measure will be postponed until next year. Cuomo told reporters during a conference call that he is postponing the vote because the financial situation is unstable due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bond act would have been the largest in state history.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has joined the call for the federal government to include aid for states in the negotiations for the new stimulus package underway in Washington DC. DiNapoli says federal help is necessary so states won’t have to pass their fiscal gaps onto local governments. When pressed if shutting down the economy was the right thing to do, DiNapoli said no one was prepared for the fallout and shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. DiNapoli also notes though last month’s sales tax revenue fell 27 percent from a year prior, collections for the month of June did improve in some counties.

New York State says that students must have all vaccines up-to-date so they can return to school. Even those who are distance-learning must keep up with their shots. Last year, Governor Cuomo signed controversial legislation eliminating the non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements. Officials advise parents to consult with their physicians before beginning the school year.

Marking National Heat Stroke Prevention Day, a reminder for motorists to keep children and pets safe by not leaving them in cars. Parents and caregivers also are cautioned about leaving cars unlocked during hot weather, as children sometimes go into them to play and can become overwhelmed by the heat. The temperatures outside do not need to reach the 90-degree mark to be dangerous. In the span of 10 minutes, a car can heat up by 20 degrees, enough to kill a child left alone in a vehicle.

Watkins Glen International has again been named America’s “Best NASCAR Track” in the country. This is the fourth time in five years WGI has received the honor from USA Today’s 10 Best online Readers’ Choice competition. Bristol Motor Speedway came in at #2, followed by New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Richmond Raceway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the top 5. NASCAR will not be coming to WGI this year due to the state’s COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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