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A Medina Police officer has been charged with official misconduct after he allegedly alerted his girlfriend to a pending drug raid on her brother.
31-year-old Officer Scott Merritt was arraigned on the misdemeanor charge and then placed on paid leave.
Merritt has been a Medina police officer for three years.
When the Orleans County Drug Task Force carried out the raid earlier this month, they found a cell phone at the scene containing a text message, allegedly from Merritt, informing the suspect of the pending police action.

A natural gas leak sends three Batavia residents to the hospital.  
City of Batavia firemen and Mercy medics raced to a home on Ellicott Street yesterday afternoon. 
When they arrived a 25-year-old man and 18-year old woman both complained of feeling sick. Both were given oxygen. 
A one-year old child was also in the house but appeared fine.
All three went to UMMC to be checked out.

A Batavia woman is accused of receiving $17,000 in benefits from social services that she was not entitled to. 
31-year-old Debroah Schramm of Hutchins Place is charged with Grand Larceny. 
Investigators say Schramm collected more than $17,000 in Medical Benefits and Food Stamps over a six-month period while her husband was working on a farm in Niagara County.

The mental health issues facing many war veterans the subject of a forum held in Batavia.
The forum entitled, "Understanding the Invisible Wounds of War" was held last night at City Church.
The program was presented by The Genesee Veterans Support Network.

More charges face the lottery winner from Albion accused of welfare fraud.  
Anthony Palermo appeared in court yesterday to hear that he's been charged additionally with another count of filing a false instrument when he applied for public benefits back in January.  
Palermo already faces charges of welfare fraud and grand larceny.  In 1998, Palermo was a winner of the New York Lottery's "Win 4 Life" game.  

Already he's been paid $750,000 in winnings. 

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