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Superintendent Chris Dailey says the budget cuts could result in losses of $75,927.40 to $121,283.84 for the district which would lead to staff reductions.

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County legislatures do not have the authority to overturn a state law, but legislators say it’s about taking a stand.

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The suspect was reportedly caught in the act of robbing a CVS in Owego when he was apprehended. Although the Sheriff’s office is not identifying the individual officially, other news reports say he is 62-year-old John Malowsky of Attica.

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  • Three Genesee County residents allegedly involved in domestic incidents yesterday are facing charges.
  • A LeRoy woman who Sheriff’s deputies and City police officers were attempting to arrest for bench warrants on five charges was additionally charged with resisting arrest.

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Following an exciting semifinal win, the Blue Devils play Waterloo tonight live on WBTA.

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  • City trash pick-up ends May 31,
  • ARC will provide private service...
  • Genesee County legislature opposes SAFE Act

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By limiting Elba to 11 points at halftime and holding them off in the 4th quarter, Notre Dame finally overcame the reigning state champions after going 0-2 against them in the regular season this year.

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As the city sorts out what happens next in regards to privately contracted trash collection services, the ARC says it wants to continue providing the service under the new system.

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The veteran Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy who is accused of getting into a scuffle with a concert goer at Darien Lake this past summer pleaded not guilty to a second-degree assault charge yesterday in County Court.

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Mayor says system has been working "fine" for several years 

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  • Messy weather, sloppy driving conditions...
  • City Council holds special Wednesday night meeting,
  • the topic: private trash collection 

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WBTA will broadcast the Notre Dame girls versus Elba tonight in a semi-final matchup and the class B1 sectional championship game featuring the Batavia girls Thursday night.

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  • The 19-year-old Batavia man allegedly caught in the act of a burglary Jan. 1 on Washington Ave. is now facing seven additional felony burglary charges.
  • A 22-year-old Batavia man is jailed without bail after being charged with felony DWI.

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  • City of Batavia gets out of the trash business,
  • residents will contract with private vendor of their choosing...
  • Tonawanda Company sues Western Region OTB...

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  • Council directs city to get out of the trash collection business...
  • Residents will likely have to contract privately for service

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25
  • Final from Cal-Mum:
  • Class C-1 Boys Semi Final: Avon 60 Notre Dame 58

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25
  • An Oakfield man facing four felony charges related to driving while intoxicated was sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison.
  • The sentencing for 24-year-old Randy Johnson – the Batavia man who pleaded guilty in November to a single felony count of reckless assault of a child -- was adjourned to March 14 at 10:15.

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  • Two out-of-town men were arrested this weekend for allegedly stealing two X-Box game consoles from a dormitory at College Village.
  • A Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy is facing serious charges after being accused of bringing contraband into the county jail and giving it to inmates.
  • A 23-year-old Medina man who allegedly drove 84 miles per hour in a posted 30-zone is facing a felony DWI charge.

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  • Batavia City Council to vote on trash plan,
  • defeat would eliminate tax rate decrease,
  • but would also defeat garbage user fee 

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23
  • Batavia Middle School Student Found with BB Gun given Five-Day Suspension 
  • New York looks to stop price-gouging at the Gas Pumps
  • Erie County Denounces SAFE Act

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22

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office recently filled three vacant Correction Officer positions with the hiring of Batavia residents Justin M. Gugel, Jason R. Queal and Lewis A. Henning.

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Superintendent Chris Dailey said there were no threats and no indication the student intended to hurt anyone. A superintendent's hearing on the matter is the next step to determine if there should be more disciplinary action.

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22

The Notre Dame boys are the second game of the double header as they look to continue their undefeated season against ninth-seeded Williamson while the 16-2 Notre Dame girls play at 6 against Prattsburg.

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  • Batavia Middle School student caught with BB gun...
  • More burglary charges filed  against Byron man...
  • Empire Games canceled in Rochester

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21

Jeffrey Leaton of Caswell Road is accused of entering five homes without permission and stealing jewelry and cash. Leaton was jailed earlier this month for allegedly being caught in the act of a residential burglary in LeRoy. The five new charges are burglaries that occurred in Bergen and Stafford.

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The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children. 

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With current working dog Pharaoh retiring at the end of the year, K-9 officer Deputy Brian Thompson discusses why a K-9 program is so vital.

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With $5.4 million in grant funding from the state division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the sheriff’s office will go from an analog to an interoperable digital system to improve communication amongst other agencies.

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21
  • A Wyoming County man is accused of stealing $2,400 worth of pallets from a City of Batavia business.
  • A Bergen woman is charged with criminal possession of stolen property for allegedly operating a car with switched plates that were stolen and a suspended license.
  • An 18-year-old Pavilion man is accused of violating a court order of protection by contacting the victim over 100 times by phone.

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21
  • The State of Genesee County
  • Sheriff's K-9 retires...
  • County legislature opposes SAFE Act

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Legislature chairperson Mary Pat Hancock who delivered the address lauded Genesee County's advancements and adaptiveness, but was less-than-thrilled about the position state mandates and spending put the county in.

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The Public Service Committee of the Genesee County legislature has approved a resolution to be sent to the full legislature opposing the NY Safe Act. The vote is scheduled next week for repeal of the law which officials around the state say was too hastily enacted and infringes on constitutional rights.

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20

Former New York 27th District representative Kathy Hochul has been named the Vice President of Government Relations at M&T Bank.

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20

The team announced today it is parting ways with the league's longest-tenured coach.

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Susan Blanchard's retirement is effective March 15 after 25 years as CEO.

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  • An Attica man is accused of violating a stay away order of protection.

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The Sheriff's Office is initiating a public fundraiser looking for support to maintain a sustainable K-9 program.

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For those looking to participate or need more information, Assemblyman Steve Hawley is hosting office hours at GCC this Friday. Call 813-9319 to make an appointment. 

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Instead of the Ford Taurus, which replaced the Crown Victoria, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office says it prefers what it calls a bigger and safer utility vehicle.

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Timothy Beszczynski, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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  • Fatal accident in Darien...
  • Weather closes Wyoming Central and Warsaw Central Schools...
  • Niagara Falls cop indicted in Genesee County

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  • Fatal accident on Attica Rd. at Route 20
  • Bad weather closes Wyoming Central and Warsaw Central 

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19

Francis Smith of 20 South Main Street, the report states, entered the home without permission and damaged a window and a screen in the process. He was indicted on a felony charge of second-degree burglary and criminal mischief.

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Livingston County Sheriff John York, 68, has served a 44-year career with the Sheriff's Office with the last 24 as Sheriff.

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19

Officer Kelly Alcorn, the veteran Niagara Falls police woman accused of roughing up a concert goer at Darien Lake this past August, has been indicted on a second-degree felony assault charge by a Genesee County grand jury today.

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19

Jazzy, owned by Joanne Mistler, was one of two finalists among 25 English setters invited to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City this year. 

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19

At UMMC in Batavia, the average emergency room wait time is under the state average at 4 hours and 48 minutes.

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  • Two Batavia teens are accused of stealing from Empire Tractor.
  • Two Batavia teens are charged with petit larceny for allegedly shoplifting from KMART in Batavia.
  • A GCC student was arrested for allegedly having another student’s ID and using it to make purchases at the school.

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Attendees of the annual Batavia Muckdogs' offseason event donated "several hundred pounds" of dry dog and cat food for the Genesee County animal shelter.

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19
  • Wind Advisory posted for Genesee County...
  • Schumer: Canada must play fair on milk imports...
  • Prisoner dies in Jamestown Police custody

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Genesee County will be under a wind advisotry from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday. Strong winds (25 to 35 miles per hour) can be expected, along with gusts up to 50 mph.

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18

The YWCA would have to make changes that would affect domestic violence victims in Genesee County if the U.S. House of Representatives does not approve to reenact the Violence Against Women Act.

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  • A Pavilion man is facing a criminal mischief charge following a domestic incident last Wednesday.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Batavia today to lend his political clout to efforts that would keep Canada from imposing tighter restrictions on milk imports.

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Effective March 1, 12 Trigon Park back to Route 5 will become two-way traffic.

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State Senator Patrick Gallivan has reportedly proposed bills to raise the 30 percent film production tax credit for movies made upstate to help put the costs on par with shooting inNew York City.

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Developers of the high school equivalency diploma will make major changes to the test so getting all scores completed before Dec. 31 will avoid problems inj transitioning to the new test.

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Schumer to call on relaxing Canadian trade rules that he says threatens O-AT-KA Milk expansion 

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18
  • Teenager remains hospitalized from weekend Elba accident...
  • President's Day Holiday, banks, schools, closed...
  • Opt-out forms available for gun permit holders 

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  • The Genesee Country gets 3 in. of snow over night...
  • One injured in an accident in Alexander...
  • The "Squirrel Slam" is held in Holley

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  • Genesee County Clerk Don Read says opt-out forms are available for pistol permits owners to keep their information private
  • 2013 Batavia Muckdogs coaching staff announced
  • A mother, father and son in the Orleans County town of Clarendon were arrested yesterday for allegedly running what law enforcement called a “sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation.”

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15

Genesee County Veterans Services Office has moved to a new location 3837 West Main StreetCounty Building #2 in Batavia.

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Gun permit holders now have 60 days to submit the forms to keep their information private. 

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15
  • A Spencerport woman is accused of stealing $3,000 from her employer while she worked as an office worker.
  • A Batavia man is facing a felony count of grand larceny.

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This year’s squad will be lead by manager Angel Espada, pitching coach Brendan Sagara and hitting coach Rich Arena.

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15
  • Former Wyoming Co. SPCA  Prez, sentenced...
  • McDonald's wants to build in Eastown Plaza...
  • Southern Tier: Lake Effect Snow Watch

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The figure to be celebrated at the event March 2 has no known connection to LeRoy, but almost everyone in the Village has a connection to him...

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At The Enchanted Florist on East Main Street, Batavia, 200 deliveries were executed before noon with several hours still left to go in the holiday.

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The state comptroller’s officer says it’s because of flaws with its eMedNY computer system. Auditors claim they have recouped about $7.5 million dollars in overpayments.

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Television ratings for the games broadcast on MSG beat the previous mark for January by 28 percent.

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The Buffalo Sabres saw the biggest jump in price with an increase to more than $46. The organization has launched a new last-minute ticket program to obtain tickets to soldout games.

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Crews have been on site working on repair since about 8:30 this morning.

UPDATE (10:42): The break has been repaired. Water service was not interrupted during the repair.

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  • Suspected Byron burglar eyed for additional break-ins...
  • 56 animals perish in Riga barn blaze...
  • Sabres reveal new last minute ticket program

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The Griswold Road bridge in the Town of Stafford requires replacement. Following a public hearing earlier this week, County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens provides an update on what comes next.

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Jeffrey Leaton, 22, of Caswell Road, is accused of breaking into a home on Griswold Road in LeRoy. Genesee County sheriff’s deputies say Leaton was after jewelry.

UPDATE: Leaton is a possible suspect in six Genesee County burglaries. He is not facing any additional charges at this time.

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The development is the most expensive for any privately funded building in City of Buffalo history. The plan calls for two ice rinks and 200 hotel rooms, plus restaurant and retail areas. 

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  • Joe Gerace resigns as Batavia GOP Cahir...
  • Byron man busted for burglary...
  • Paladino "fingers" columnist 

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"I must think of my own health," Gerace said. 

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Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said Tuesday the Wednesday deadline for the long-awaited report on regulations for hydraulic fraturing will be missed meaning the Feb. 27 release date will be delayed.

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Catholic and other Christian churches in Genesee County do not appear to be offering "Ashes to Go" services like some in Buffalo, but several parishes and churches are offering more accomodating service times.

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  • Two inmates are facing promoting prison contraband charges from when they were housed at local prisons.
  • A Virginia woman is facing charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars and a car from an elderly Warsaw man and escaping to Virginia.

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The Buffalo businessman is joining a number of Republican lawmakers to speak out against the recently-enacted gun control legislation in the state. Simultaneously, a group called One Million Moms for Gun Control is also rallying at the Capitol today.

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State Police officials say opt-out forms will be available beginning Feb. 15. Gun permit holders can now elect to keep their information private as part of the new SAFE Act legislation adopted last month.

UPDATE: Genesee County Clerk Don Read updates the county's situation regarding opt-out forms.

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  • Citizens pack city council to voice opposition to trash plan,
  • city to plan public question/answer session...
  • Gasoline prices rise again in WNY 

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Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo expressed his gratitude for the pope’s “faithful ministry,” and praised the pope for “his humility and pastoral concern in putting the good of the Church first in his discernment.”

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  • A Batavia woman is facing two counts of criminal possession of stolen property.
  • City of Batavia Police charged 18 people this weekend involved with an underage drinking party at 2 Olyn Avenue.

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  • Bandit sought in Saturday armed robbery,
  • pictures released of possible getaway car...
  • City Council to hold budget hearing, rally planning for ARC

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09
  • Surveilance photos released
  • Clerk is bound with duct tape by man with knife 

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09
  • Batavia City Council Meeting to be held
  • Wyoming County Man Charged with Aggravated Family Offense
  • Police Beat 

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08

The new law to protect victims of domestic violence went into effect Jan. 23. The charge Aggravated Family Offense applies to defendants who commit a family offense and already have a conviction against a household member within the previous five years. 

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  • A Batavia man is facing charges for allegedly damaging someone’s property with a car.
  • A Batavia teen is accused of physically interfering with the arrest of another individual.
  • An Oakfield woman accused of breaking into and burglarizing an Alabama home over Father’s Day weekend last year is charged with a felony.
  • A Batavia woman is facing three felony counts of forgery.

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Originally starting out as sleet and rain, precipitation in Genesee County will transition to snow, the National Weather Service says, and continue to accumulate through the evening making for a messy ride home from work.

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08
  • In Batavia: No snow, yet,
  • one school district, Attica Central, closes ahead of storm...
  • Seneca nation wants downtown Rochester casino 

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New York’s top court Thursday decided that health clubs in the state are required to possess defibrillators, but they don’t have to use them if a customer goes down.

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07
  • A Batavia woman is facing 41 felony charges for using checks with forged signatures.
  • A 25-year-old Rochester woman is accused of stealing almost $330 worth of merchandise from K-Mart in Batavia.
  • A Buffalo man was arrested for allegedly snorting inhalants.

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A Winter Storm warning has been posted for all of Western New York beginning at 1 a.m. Friday and continuing through 5 a.m. Saturday.

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Michael Leach, 59, had told authorities he shot his 37-year-old son Matthew last July at a motel in Old Forge in the Adirondacks.

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The volunteer program can save lower-income individuals between $75 and $220 that they would normally spend on filing taxes with a professional service.

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This year’s address will focus on major trends impacting local county governments and how Genesee County is dealing with these trends. Residents are encouraged to attend.

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07
  • Perry police officer  charged with killing son...
  • Winter Storm Warning posted for WNY...
  • Owed money from New York State?

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06

The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to purchase the parcel of land directly north of First Niagara Center from the city for more than $2 million intended for a hockey-themed development project.

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  • An Attica woman is charged with issuing a bad check.
  • A man visiting an Attica Correctional Facility inmate is facing charges for allegedly possessing marijuana.
  • An OrleansCounty woman is facing several drug charges following an eight-month investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies.

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A family of nine is staying with relatives after losing their home in a fire Tuesday in Pavilion, but the Red Cross is still offering assistance the family for food and clothing.

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06
  • Pavilion family homeless after fire...
  • Attica woman charged with felony count of DWI...
  • Flu claims a young life in Erie County 

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05

As part of a new program, which begins Feb. 6, Thursday pick-up will be discontinued. Make sure to have your trash out tomorrow.

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05

Batavia Inclusive Park, the proposed playground at Kiwanis Park on Route 5 West, has created a Facebook page that you can find at this link: https://www.facebook.com/BataviaInclusivePark

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  • A West Main Street Road resident is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
  • A Batavia man is charged with possessing a sexual performance by a child.
  • A Rochester woman, after being released from City of Rochester jail on an unrelated matter, was arrested on a warrant from the Town of Batavia.
  • An Ohio man is behind bars at the Genesee County Jail with bail set at $100,000 on an arrest warrant from Town of Oakfield Court.

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To comply with New York State’s school safety plan requirements, all students from pre-K to grade 12 will be released between 12:45 this afternoon and 1:30.

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The fire is reported at 8029 Telephone Road (Route 20). There is one injury, but the occupants are safe and accounted for.

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05
  • Council amends Batavia budget,
  • reduces tax rate, approves pay raise...
  • Batavia teenager charged with Grand Larceny 

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  • Tax rate decreases by 16.4-percent
  • City Council votes 5 to 4 to give themselves a pay raise

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Nathan Crawford of Hutchins Street was arrested by City of Batavia Police following an investigation into the burglary of jewelry and electronics from a home on Jackson Street over a period from September to December of 2012. The items taken from the home exceeded $300,000 in value.

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With 159 total registrations of Labs and Lab-mixes according to City Clerk Heidi Parker, Batavia follows the national trend. You may be surprised at the No. 3 registered dog in the city, though.

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The program, FreeFile, allows individuals who earned less than $57,000 last year to file their tax returns free of charge. More information is available through the Department of Taxation and Finance.

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A 55-year-old prisoner at the Genesee County Jail has been indicted on 16 counts for the sexual assault of a fellow inmate in November. 

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  • A Batavia man is facing two drug charges.
  • A South Lyon Street resident is facing a petit larceny charge.
  • Three Batavia residents are facing second-degree criminal contempt charges for allegedly having contact with people they were ordered to stay away from.

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Genesee County does not have the forms available yet, unlike Erie County.

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Brandon Sponaugle, 21, was driving his 2001 Oldsmobile Alero in the Town of Alabama when he crossed the center line, left the road and hit a mailbox, a concrete post, a tree stump and a bridge structure. No one else was in the vehicle.

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  • Fatal accident involving garbage tote...
  • Driver crashes car just hours after DWI arrest...
  • Serious assault in Albion

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03
  • An arrest in report of shots fired in LeRoy...
  • Cold with some snow flurries likely...
  • A traffic stop leads to arrest of a Batavia man.

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  • Congressman Higgins Says Buffalo VA Mistakes Avoidable
  • Super Bowl STOP DWI Begins
  • Two People Arrested in Albion Assault

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Despite warnings and regulations, the Buffalo VA Hospital continued to reuse insulin pens, leaving more than 700 patients possibly exposed to HIV and hepatitis infections.

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The deficit is due to one-time payout of $464 million related to Kodak giving its U.S. retirees a $635 million unsecured claim as compensation for eliminating their health benefits and life insurance policies.

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The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police, and the LeRoy Police Department will coordinate to blanket the area with extra patrols through Feb. 4.

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  • A LeRoy man has been arrested on two gun charges.
  • Two Batavia teens are facing endangering the welfare of a child charges.
  • A Cheektowaga teen is accused of stealing from a business on Chick Road in Darien on two occasions in December.

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A water main break on Hart St may require water service to be interrupted on Hart St between Tracy Ave and Bank St, and on Tracy Ave between North St and Hart St.

UPDATE (2:28): Superintendent of Water/Wastewater Matt Worth says water is back on in the area.

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  • Lake Effect Watch posted for Genesee County...
  • Cessna sentenced to 15 years for Burglaries...
  • Batavia man sentenced to jail for welfare fraud 

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