posted on September 21, 2012 07:19
A former Batavia man is facing the largest indictment ever handed up by an Ontario County Grand Jury.
41-year-old Michael Lewis, who at one time lived on Prestige Circle in Batavia, is charged with 340 counts of child sexual abuse.
Authorities say the incidents all occurred in Ontario County between April of 2010 and November of 2011.
Lewis is accused of repeated acts of sexual assault against two girls, aged 12 and 14.
If convicted, Lewis could get 25 years to life in state prison.
He’s in the Ontario County Jail being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, is taking the lead to investigate the big stink in Attica.
Congresswoman Kathy Hochul made the announcement:
"The EPA will now be taking the lead position,” Hochul announced today. “And their immediate priority will be puting out the fires and then they will handle proper remediation of the site. Then they’re also as a third step to cost recovery after everything has settled down.”
Residents of Attica have complained for months about a pile of glass and plastic intended to be recycled by Hillcrest Industries in Attica.
That pile is giving off an odor believed to be caused by melting plastic inside the pile. Authorities say temperatures in the puile have reached over 700 degrees.
The Warsaw Central School Board has had nothing to say about School Superintendent Valerie Burke’s drunken driving arrest.
The board recently learned that Burke, who has been the Warsaw school super for the past two years, was arrested for drunk driving this past May.
She was arrested on the 490 in Rochester with BAC of point-16, twice the legal limit.
The Warsaw board did go into executive session last night presumably to discuss the superintendent’s future with the district.
Even if you strap your child or grandchild in a safety seat when driving, that doesn’t mean they are as safe as they can be.
State Trooper Jeff Bebak is with Troop A headquarters in Batavia. He said surveys have found that 85-percent of child safety seats are installed improperly.
State Police will be holding a child safety seat inspection tomorrow (Saturday) at Ken Barrett Chevroleton Main St. in Batavia. The hours are 11am until 2pm.
Be sure to bring the child, the safety seat, it’s installation instructions and the owner’s manual for the vehicle.
It was called "Operation Summer Brake" and was designed to prevent reckless driving on the Thruway. State Troopers gave out more than 19-hundred speeding tickets during the week-long safe-driving campaign. Thruway Authority Director Thomas Madison says the campaign heightened motorists awareness of safe driving in work zones and getting many intoxicated drivers off the roads. Aggressive and distracted drivers were also targeted during the safe-driving campaign.