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A judge is requiring the Buffalo Federal Detention Center to come up with a plan to vaccinate detainees from coronavirus.

Noelle E. C. Evans | WXXI News

Thirty detainees have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, the center’s second COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic began.

Lawsuit defends religious freedom for those in custody

Jan 25, 2021
Poster by Shepard Fairey / ObeyGiant.com via Amplifier Foundation and PBS

Religious freedom is so important, it is protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, a recent lawsuit demonstrates how law enforcement can legally breach that freedom.

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Earlier this year, a man from Tanzania tried to seek asylum in Canada by crossing the border at Roxham Road, north of Champlain, NY. However, unlike thousands of others who had crossed in previous years, he was turned back to the U.S. under new pandemic-related border restrictions.

New York State Department of Health

A rising number of COVID-19 cases has expanded the Yellow Precautionary Zone in Niagara County and landed the City of Batavia in Genesee County in a new Yellow Zone, effective Wednesday.

The Batavia City School District is moving to 100% remote learning.

Dan Clark / WMHT

Schools in New York are busy finalizing plans to partially reopen, and many colleges and universities have already begun classes. But those who work at the schools, including teachers and professors, say guidelines for when to wear masks need to be more comprehensive to help prevent spread of the coronavirus. 

Noelle E.C. Evans / WXXI News

The New York Civil Liberties Union has reached a settlement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement over coronavirus protections for detainees being held in Batavia.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday evening that four detainees at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia have tested positive for COVID-19.

Those identified include a 62-year-old detainee from Pakistan, a 29-year-old from Somalia, a 37-year-old from Honduras and a 31-year-old fromHonduras. No information regarding gender was provided.

ICE officials said that “those who have come in contact with these individuals have been cohorted (grouped together) and are being monitored for symptoms.”

 

Siana McClean is an immigration attorney and the regional American Immigration Lawyers Association representative. She works with detainees at the Federal Detention Center in Batavia. Her drive to the court involves crossing the U.S. Canadian Border. 

But since March 16th, she hasn’t been making the trip. She's worried about the coronavirus. 

Buffalo Federal Detention Facility

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against Attorney General William Barr and other federal officials to halt what they contend are unconstitutional practices at bond hearings in the Buffalo and Batavia immigration courts.

Howard Owens / The Batavian

A 19-hour standoff between an armed man and police in Batavia has ended peacefully.


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The popular Buffalo-based taco company Lloyd is apologizing for serving lunch to workers at the federal detention facility in Batavia.

Antonino Hernandez-Bautista left for work Tuesday morning. He would not be coming back.

About 8 a.m. Tuesday, a calm summer day with clear skies in Albion, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers pulled over and arrested Hernandez-Bautista and took him to a federal detention facility in Batavia, about 20 minutes away.

Three relatives were killed and six others were injured in a crash while heading to Niagara Falls on a holiday weekend trip, when a suspected drunken driver's pickup truck hit their SUV, authorities said.

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Farmers across New York are concerned certain parts of newly proposed farm labor legislation could negatively impact the state’s agriculture economy. The Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act would give workers overtime beyond an 8-hour day and collective bargaining rights.

Alpina Foods

A Genesee County yogurt business has closed. According to the Genesee County Economic Development Center, Alpina Foods closed due to the loss of a co-packaging contract.

Election Day in New York's 27th Congressional District should have been a day of celebration for Republican Party officials. With the largest Republican Party enrollment of any district in the state, incumbent Chris Collins was expected to cruise to reelection. That course changed dramatically when legal troubles emerged for Collins. With polls indicating a close race, WBFO went to the district's heart, Batavia, to talk with voters.

Sunset Motel

Updated 11 a.m.: Genesee County authorities are investigating a homicide at a Batavia motel and asking for the public's help in identifying next of kin.

Andrew Young

After seeing his grandmother burn herself on a toaster, Andrew Young had an idea. It led to an invention: the "Toaster Shooter." It's now a $250,000 winner.

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A federal judge has ruled that the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia must reform how it decides parole for asylum.

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Three Rochester residents have been arrested after a heist at a Batavia store and an attempt to flee from authorities.

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What can $10 million do to revitalize a city's downtown? The residents of Batavia are going to find out.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

With their own multi-million dollar investment and some help from New York State, nationally-known dairy producer HP Hood is taking over a former yogurt production plant in Batavia and will reopen it for their own milk production needs. At least 200 jobs are expected to be created.


GCDEC

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Batavia on Tuesday to announce what he says will be details of a new partnership that will create hundreds of new jobs at an idle dairy facility.

Savarino Companies

A section of downtown Batavia will receive a $17.6 million facelift as a developer begins construction of a multi-use complex on long-vacant property.

A Batavia woman whose twin toddler sons died in a fire while she went to buy marijuana has been sentenced to a year in jail.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley

New York State regulators have scheduled public meetings to gather comments from utility customers impacted by the windstorm that knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Western New York earlier this month.

Brock Yates, a longtime auto racing journalist who helped launch the popular and off-beat Cannonball Run races in the early 1970s and wrote the hit movie of the same name, has died.

Assemblymember Steve Hawley

More than 1,000 veterans have participated in Assemblymember Steve Hawley's annual Patriot Trips. On Thursday morning, two busloads rolled down the Thruway on their way to Washington, D.C.

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