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It is official: a democrat will occupy the Batavia City Council seat from Ward 4.
Absentee ballots have been counted and Pierluigi Cipollone has defeated Republican incumbent Bob Bialkowski by 16 votes.
Bialkpowski was leading by just two votes before the absentee ballots were counted.
Cippolone will take his post on council the first of the year.

A Town of Stafford couple has been arrested for allegedly selling illegal pills to an undercover police officer. 
35-year-old Pamela Predmore Mckenzie of Covell Road, Stafford, is facing a variety of charges for allegedly selling the pills last January to an agent of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force. 
Shortly after Pamela was taken into custody, 33-year-old Jason McKenzie of the same Covell Road address turned himself in.
He’s also facing charges for allegedly selling pills to an undercover officer.
Pamela was jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail. Bail for Jason was set at $2,500.

A rash of burglaries has prompted the Town and Village of Oakfield to look for ways to deter crime in their communities. 
One idea is a dedicated patrol officer assigned to work only in Oakfield.
The town and village could contract with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office for the service. 
Officials met this week with Chief Gordon Dibble of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. Dibble said there were a number of advantages to having a dedicated patrol officer. Among them, he said, was the opportunity for the officer to develop sources of local information helpful in preventing or solving crimes.
Town and Village officials have made no decision on the matter. 

The damaging winds that blew through the Southern tier earlier this week were a pair of tornados.
The National Weather Service confirmed two twisters with winds of 133 to 153 miles an hour.
The tornados hit the Chautauqua County communities of Westfield and Fredonia.
Three barns were destroyed and at least two other buildings were heavily damaged.
A falling tree hit a moving pick-up truck causing a minor injury to a passenger.

Batavia Police say they’ve arrested a local man, after he apparently took it upon himself to test the response time of Mercy EMS.
Here’s how they say it happened: 
51-year-old Keven Viehdeffer of West Main Street called 9-11 and told dispatchers he needed medical help - that it was an emergency. The ambulance arrived within minutes. 
But when paramedics got there they found Viehdeffer was just fine. 
Police were called to talk with him. 
They say it was quickly determined that Viehdeffer didn’t need any help at all. He just wanted to see for himself how fast the ambulance would respond, police said.
Kevin Viehdeffer is due in court next week: for Falsely Reporting an Incident.

 

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