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 An air quality alert has been issued for all of Western New York form 11am this morning until 11PM tonight.  The concern is for the pollutant ozone.  The New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects.


There has been a large water main break located near 64 Walnut Street in Batavia.  Water service is affected on Walnut Street from 64 Walnut Street south to the City limits including Law Street.  Crews are on site to make repairs but there is no timetable for the fixing of the problem.  As a result the ARC workshop at 64 Walnut Street has been cancelled, buses are being delayed, but all employees are to report to work as usual. Walnut Street is open to traffic, but there could be some delays.


27 year old Jacquetta Simmons took the stand in Genesee County Court yesterday.  She’s accused of punching 70 year old Wal-mart cashier Grace Suozzi last Christmas Eve.  On the stand Simmons referred to hitting Suozzi saying quote: “I don’t remember hitting her, I don’t remember wanting to hit her.” 

Also on the stand was the investigating State Trooper who repeated Simmons testimony from that day at Wal-Mart, which backed up Simmons claim that she didn’t remember hitting Suozzi. 

Then a Wal-Mart Assistant Manager testified that he said he heard Simmons say Quote: She didn’t care about these Expletive Deleted white people.” 

Testimony is expected to resume today. 

Video from three different cameras is available to be viewed on our website in the story below..  One camera is overhead of the cash out lane, a second in the store’s exit area, and the third in the parking lot.  

A Genesee County Grand Jury has indicted Daniel Plath on two charges stemming from a traffic stop last May on the Old Creek Road.  Plath has been indicted on Felony DWI charges and with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.  At the time of the stop Plath was found to be allegedly intoxicated. 

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested 51 year old Kennth Kowalik of the Barrville Road in Elba.  He’s been charged with Petit Larceny.  Kowalik is accused to shoplifting from Target. 

A Bench Warrant issued by Genesee County on a charge of 2nd degree assault has resulted in the extradition of 19 year old James Kosiorek.  He was arrested in Greenville South Carolina and waived extradition.  Kosiorek is from Greenville, South Carolina.  He’s now in the Genesee County Jail with no bail set.

 Two parents have been arrested for endangering the welfare of a child.  Wyoming County Sheriff’s Officials say 31 year old Christian Frazier of Pike and 31 year old Sarah Varnes of Pike allegedly used a bamboo stick to punish a 7 year old child while 3 other children under the age of 17 were present.  Frazier was also charged with 2nd degree assault, a felony.  Frazier is in jail while Varnes was given an appearance ticket.

High wire daredevil Nik Wallenda, who crossed Niagara Falls last June, is back in the area scouring sites for a family entertainment center. The "semi-permanent" facility could be open by next summer. Wallenda said he would prefer to have the center on the New York side, but that is not a sure thing. Wallenda is meeting with developers and looking at sketches of what the facility might look like.

Just one year after much of New York State was devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, Governor Andrew Cuomo said more than 574-million dollars in state aid has been given to the affected communities. Cuomo said last summer's storms caused massive destruction to homes and communities. A year later, he said we remember the thousands of emergency service, law enforcement and National Guard members who put their lives on the line to protect New Yorkers. And Cuomo announced additional aid destined to rebuild dams and assist business and homeowners in hard-hit towns such as Prattsville.

Health officials confirm that an Erie County man has become infected with the West Nile Virus. reports the Centers for Disease Control say the current outbreak across the nation of the mosquito-borne disease may be the worst ever with cases reported in 47 states and more than one-thousand people infected. Forty-one people have died including a recent death in Onondaga County, New York.

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