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Sixteen employees of UMMC are being laid off as the hospital closes two departments. 
The hospital announced late yesterday that it will close its Cardiac Rehab Department and Byron Family Heath Care Center in 90 days.
Hospital spokeswoman Colleen Flynn said UMMC tried various ways to keep the two services, but in the end, the decision came down to finances. The Cardiac Care and Byron Family Care were no longer viable.
Flynn said the situation at UMMC is symptomatic of the financial ills facing small hospitals across New York State. 
The Cardiac Rehab Department is no longer accepting new patients.
Patients of Byron Family Care are being referred to the hospitals Family Care Centers in Batavia and LeRoy.

A 9-year-old girl died from injuries she suffered when a car driven by her father failed to stop at a stop sign in the Town of Sheldon.
There was heavy fog when the accident occurred early yesterday morning. 9-year-old Riley Helmer of West Seneca was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Riley’s father, 33-year-old Jeramie Helmer was east bound on Perry Road in the Town of Sheldon. Three of his children were in the car.
As he approached Route 77, Helmer may not have seen the stop sign and proceeded through the intersection where his car was struck by a northbound vehicle.
Helmer and his two other children were treated for minor injuries and released.
The driver of the second car also suffered minor injuries.

The LeRoy Central School District will have no more to say about those students who suddenly began to show symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome. 
District superintendent Kimberly Cox posted a statement on the district website declining any further comment on the matter. 
Just 3 weeks ago, the district aroused concern by announcing that several students had begun to display “Tourette’s like symptoms,” which are commonly uncontrollable exclamations or physical twitches.
State Department of Health confirms that there is no communicable threat to any other students or to staff.

On the police blotter:

23-year-old James Murray of Cone Street is locked up facing charges of Unlawful Imprisonment, Strangulation and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Batavia Police only said that the charges stemmed from a domestic incident on Sunday. Murray had allegedly fled the scene before police arrived. He turned himself in yesterday.

51-year-old Lawrence Williams of Hutchins Street finds himself behind bars this morning.
Police say Williams called 9-1-1 last night reporting a…quote, gun fight.
Police say he knew the information was false.
He’s in jail now in lieu of $1,500 bail.
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