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The Batavia woman charged with punching a 70-year-old Wal-Mart employee on Christmas Eve goes to court today.
Jacquetta Simmons is the first person in Genesee County to be prosecuted under New York State’s elder abuse law.
The Wal-Mart employee, cashier Grace Suozzi, suffered broken bones in her face. She continues to recover.
Police said Simmons refused to show Grace a receipt and then began shouting obscenities before hauling off and punching her.

It won't feel like the end of January in Western New York today.  Temperatures are expected to approach the 50-degree mark.  But it's not all good news.  There could be strong gusty winds of up to 45-miles-per-hour couple with thunderstorms.  A Wind Advisory has been posted for Batavia and Genesee County until 4am tomorrow morning.

A well-known Elba a man lost his fight for life after being seriously injured in an auto accident.
87-year-old Ralph Gillard died Friday at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Gillard was the Elba town assessor for more than 40 years.
He was critically injured on January 11th when his pick-up collided with a milk delivery truck on Route 98 and Chapel Street in the village.

53-year-old Carol Ann Rhim of Medina was found murdered last week near Charleston, West Virginia.
Police say she was the victim of domestic violence.
Her head and hands were found in the trunk of her live-in boyfriend’s car.
He shot and killed himself.
Rhim was born in Medina and lived there up until five years ago.

Last week WBTA reported on the body of a young woman who had been found at the bottom of a steep gorge near Warsaw.
Over the weekend, police confirmed the woman’s identity but declined to reveal it. Police said it was clear the young woman, believed to have been from North Tonawanda, had taken her own life.

The new Batavia City Council meets tonight for a business and conference session. 
This is the first council meeting since the release of City Manager Jason Molino’s proposed budget.
That spending plan would raise city taxes by over 4-percent, as well as increase water rates and fees by about 13-dollars a year for the average customer. 
It also uses a good amount of the city’s reserve to off-set state-mandated costs.
Council convenes at 7:00pm at City Hall.

And the Batavia School Board gets together at 7:00pm as well, inside the Washington Avenue administration building. There’s also a school board audit committee meeting set for 5 o’clock.
The public is welcome to attend all of these meetings.
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