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UPDATE: Shortly after 9a.m. this sign was removed by Genesee County Facilities Management workers. County Manager Jay Gsell said the monument and anything placed around it, is under the control of local veterans. Gsell termed the sign, "inappropriate" for a veterans monument.

(Original Story) It didn’t take long for Batavia to recognize the demise of Osama Bin Laden.
A makeshift sign was posted over night at the Upton monument in at Main and Ellicott. It reads simply:
“Osama got Obama'd”

An Orleans County pilot escaped injury when forced to make an emergency landing.
The incident happened around 6:45 Friday night.
64-year-old Edward Steuber of Albion was crop dusting when the engine of his aircraft failed. He made an emergency landing in an open field off of West Lee Road in the Town of Barre. The soft ground caused the plane to overturn on landing but Steuber was not hurt.

Five teenagers have been arrested for allegedly trying to steal scrap metal from the Town of Alexander transfer station.
Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies collared 18-year-old Timothy Meyers of Darien, along with three 16-year-olds and a 14-year-old.
When deputies moved in early yesterday morning, the group allegedly fled…but they were arrested a short time later with the help of state troopers and K-9 deputy, Pharoah.

Two names on the Bad Girls list this morning:
57-year-old Lynda Siplin and 53-year-old Gwendolyn Watson, both of Rochester, have been locked up on $1,000 bail. Both are charged with Petit larceny for allegedly boosting $400 worth of merchandise from two Batavia businesses.

WBTA’s Eye on Government:
The Batavia City School district is holding a hearing into it’s 2011-2012 school budget.
The hearing will be held tomorrow night at 7pm in Jackson School.
The $39.6-million budget would increase taxes by 5.75 percent, costing the average school district homeowner about $90 more per year.

A public hearing will be held tomorrow afternoon into the tax incentive package offered to Alpina Foods, the company that plans to build a yogurt factory kin the Town of Batavia.
The Bogata, Columbia based company has proposed to build a $15-million plant in the Genesee County Agri-Business Park, between Routes 5 and 63.
The total incentive package offered by the Genesee County Economic Development Center amounts to $767,000.
Tomorrow’s hearing is scheduled for 4pm in the Batavia Town Hall.

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