posted on April 18, 2012 07:17
Three men accused of illegally accepting bets were back in court yesterday to answer to additional charges. 39 year old Gregory Phillips, 43 year old Brian Bordinaro and 41 year old Lance Engel entered not guilty pleas to charges of first degree promoting gambling and a higher charge of felony Criminal Enterprise Corruption. Phillips and Bordinaro are Batavia Firefighters. New York State’s Enterprise Corruption law is similar to the federal RICO law. (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)
Investigators claim the three men were conducting an illegal book making operation that grossed more than one million dollars in bets and generated more than 70 thousand dollars in profits. Text messages and some phone records have already been seized. Genesee Count Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Mullen says they are still waiting for additional cell phone records, but it’s possible that Phillips and Bordinaro could have accepted bets while on duty. A Grand Jury has until October 23rd to indict the men or take another course of action.
A spill of anesthesia in the pharmacy department of the Medina Memorial Hospital in Medina led to the evacuation of several areas of the facility. Medina fire rescuers were called to the scene to help evacuate the area. The areas affected were the pharmacy, x-ray, and lobby portions of the hospital. The rest of the hospital was not affected.
A LeRoy woman is in jail with bail set at 10 thousand dollars after a verbal argument were her mother in a car. 31 year old Samantha Williams has been charged with 3 counts of robbery, 4 counts of grand larceny, and a single count of criminal mischief and petit larceny. Williams is accused of stealing her mother’s credit card and then her cell phone after her mother tried to make a 9-1-1 call. Williams fled the scene but was apprehended later. She’ll appear in Batavia Town Court on May 22nd.
Officials of the Town of Batavia are being praised for their shared service activities involving highway work. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says an audit by his office for 2010 and 2011 found that there 75 instances of the Town of Batavia sharing services with 12 different local governments. DiNapoli says those practices led to the Town saving some 100 thousand dollars. The Town of Batavia was one of nine communities to be audited.
The man convicted of killing a four-year-old child in Steuben County nearly 20 years ago has had his parole hearing delayed. Eric Smith's latest parole hearing was postponed Tuesday so material that is being gathered for the hearing can be completed, and the hearing will now take place next month. Smith was 13-years-old when he was convicted of luring four-year-old Derrick Robie into a wooded area in Savona and killing him. The now 32-year-old Smith has been denied parole five previous times.
New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter continues to shoot down rumors she's in poor health and is not fit to run for re-election. The Democratic congresswoman told reporters Tuesday that despite a broken leg suffered earlier this month, she's in fine shape and is ready to fight to keep her seat come November. Slaughter expressed disbelief about the rumors she was unwell, saying "I wouldn't be running for office if I was about to die." The 82-year-old Slaughter is being challenged by Republican Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.
Rochester fans of Mighty Taco can rejoice. The popular eatery says it's expanding outside of Western New York. Mighty Taco just opened its newest location in the Rochester suburb of Henrietta. It's the 19th Mighty Taco location - and first outside Buffalo - since the taco maker opened its first restaurant in 1973. The Rochester location is on Jefferson Road near Market Place Mall.