posted on July 17, 2012 07:21
The drought continues in Western New York.
The National Weather Service says the area is more than 5-inches below the average rainfall to date.
Only about a tenth of an inch of rain fell on Sunday and the weather service says we will need several inches of rainfall to make a difference.
The Batavia Summer Recreation Program will be closed today due to the extreme hot weather.
The Batavia Youth Bureau says the conditions make it unsafe for people of all ages to be outdoors.
A burn ban is now in effect across Western New York.
The ban was issued by Department of Environmental Conservation as the area is still very dry.
Tim Yeager, Emergency Management Coordinator for Genesee County, says camp fires and cooking fires are still allowed, but those caught burning brush will be ticketed by local law enforcement.
Jaquetta Simmons, the Batavia woman accused of punching an elderly Wal-mart employee on Christmas Eve, has rejected in a plea deal.
The case against the 26-year-old Simmons will now go to trial.
Simmons turned down pleading guilty to felony assault under the state’s elder law and let Judge Robert Noonan determine her sentence. The sentence would not be greater than 3 and a half years.
Simmons is also challenging the constitutionality of the state’s elder assault law.
Governor Cuomo has signed legislation raising the age at which teenagers can use indoor tanning facilities from 14 to 17.
And teens between 17 and 18 must now have parental consent before going to a tanning center.
The law, which takes effect in 30 days, is designed to protect teens from the heightened risk of skin cancer that can come from using indoor tanning devices.