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It should be a very wet today.  Showers and Thunderstorms are likely this morning and this afternoon, some thunderstorms this afternoon may be severe with damaging winds, large hail and heavy rain. 

A band of thundershowers moved through the area between 4 an 5 this morning.  

Governor Cuomo issued a warning to all New Yorkers yesterday.

Cuomo urged New Yorkers to be prepared as severe thunderstorms storms pass through the state today. The storms are forecasted to bring heavy rain, high winds, and possible tornadoes, and may cause widespread power outages.

The National Weather Service on Wednesday briefed state officials on the approaching storms and declared a Moderate Risk of Severe Weather for New York State. The prediction includes the possibility of high winds and possible tornadoes. At the Governor's direction, the State Emergency Operations Center will be activated today at 1:00 PM. As weather conditions can change rapidly, the Governor urged New Yorkers to pay close attention to local radio and television reports to stay up to date with the storms' progress. 

At the present time there are no watches or warnings posted for Western New York.

Here in Batavia three persons were arrested in the raid at the 420 Emporium on Ellicott Street. The three were identified as 37 year old Joshua Denise of Batavia, 30 year old Michelle Condidorio of LeRoy, and 22 year old Austin Szczur of Rochester. They have been charged with suspicion of possessing with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance analogue. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a million dollar fine, or both.
Condidorio and Denise allegedly sold synthetic drugs to undercover offices in Batavia. Those drugs have the street name as Bath Salts.

Raids were also conducted at the 420 Emporium shops on East Henrietta Road in Rochester and Market Street in Brockport and shops in Fulton and Syracuse.

US Attorney William Hochul was in Batavia last night to formally announce the arrests.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 24 persons at the Nickleback Concert last night at Darien Lake. No one from Genesee County was among those arrested.

29 year old Reuben Bumpus of Newark, NY was charged with 14 counts of criminal mischief after allegedly throwing stones and damaging 14 vehicles in the employee’s parking lot. He’s in jail with bail set at 10 thousand dollars.

37 year old Robert Tilton of Lexington, North Caroline was charged with assault after allegedly punching another concert patron in the face and causing a severe laceration. He’s in jail with bail set at one thousand dollars.

5 persons were given appearance tickets for various offenses and 17 were charged with underage drinking.

Genesee County ranked number one for all Western New York County for June when it came to unemployment. Genesee County’s unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, while Orleans was the highest at 10.6 percent. Wyoming County checked in at 8.5 percent. Erie County was 8.8 percent. However for all of Western New York, the rate was 8.8 percent, the highest level for any June in at least 22 years.

There will be no Youth Football in Batavia this fall. Lack of players forced the cancellation of the season for the first time in 45 years. Refunds will be sent out right away with apologies from the organizers.

DWI and DWAI statistics are out for the year 2011 and Genesee County ranks 11th when compared with other counties. There were 203 DWI arrests and 109 DWAI arrests for a total of 312. Ontario had the best rate of DWI arrests to DWAI arrests. Schoharie County near the Capital District had the lowest rate.

This note to motorists in Batavia. State Street between Washington and North, and Bank Street between North and Hart will be closed today and tomorrow from 7AM to 5PM, weather permitting for re-surfacing. Residents are asked not to park on the affected streets and to park on the adjacent side streets.



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