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 An incident early this morning on Ellicott Street in Batavia has left one person hospitalized and another in jail. 55 year old James Smith Junior of Porter Avenue has been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Batavia Police say Smith allegedly stabbed an acquaintance with a folding pocket knife. The victim was taken by Mercy Medics to Strong Hospital in Rochester. Smith was arraigned and jailed without bail. Police say the injuries were not life threatening.

A Rochester man has been arrested at Darien Lake Theme park on counterfeit charges. 18 year old Shawn Johnson of Rochester allegedly passed eight counterfeit twenty dollars bills. A total of 32 counterfeit bills were recovered at Darien Lake by staff and the police. Johnson has been charged with first degree forgery, a felony and is in jail with bail set at 15 thousand dollars. Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say more charges are pending.

An incident involving the choking of an eight month old child has led to charges against 19 year old Cody Phillips of Caledonia. Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say that Phillips alleged obstructed the breathing of the child and then threw the child down in a chair causing distress to the baby. The indecent happened at a home on route 20 in Alexander. Bail in the case was set at 15 hundred dollars.

LeRoy police are asking for help in find the person responsible for a daytime burglary of a home on Wolcott Street in LeRoy on Friday.
The burglary occurred between 7:30AM and 5:00PM on Friday. Anyone having information relating to the burglary is asked to contact the LeRoy Police Department at 345-6350.

After a very nice Saturday, the weather will be a little iffy today.
This morning should be mostly cloudy with a 20 perecent chance of rain. However later on it is expected to turn sunny with a high in the upper 80’s. Yesterday, the our area enjoyed sunny skies with a high temperature of 84 and a low 57 making it an average day temperature wise of July 21st. A year ago today it was hot in Western New York. Buffalo had a record high for the day of 95, Rochester checked in at 94 and Batavia was at 93.

An online fundraising effort for a New York bus monitor featured in a YouTube video is exceeding every expectation. The video showing 68-year-old Karen Klein of Greece, New York being bullied by middle-school students went viral in June. Someone started an online fundraising drive in hopes she'd see enough donations for a nice vacation away from the mean kids. That effort closed Friday and Klein will be getting a lot more than a vacation. The fund grew to an amazing 703-thousand, 873 dollars. It's a record for the fundraising website

The ten-minute YouTube video topped eight-million views online. The clip showed students harassing Klein on the school bus until she cried. Indigogo will charge seven-percent for its service and credit card processing fees, Klein will see a check for over 654-thousand dollars. In addition to contributions from people across America, Southwest Airlines has given the grandmother a three-night trip to Disneyland that includes her eight grandkids. The four boys who bullied Klein have been suspended from school for a year.

Several paving projects are set to begin tomorrow in Genesee County.
In the town of Batavia work will be done on Route 33.
In the towns of Darien and Alexander paving will begin on Route 238.
Paving work will begin in Bergen on Route 33 from the intersection of Route 33A to the Monroe County line.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.
All of the paving projects should be completed by August 1st.

Batavia Downs raceway kicks off their 66th season tomorrow.
Harness racers from around the world will be in the area to race on America’s oldest lighted-harness track.
The event is the first of 72 race dates this season.  A new post time this year: 6:25pm.


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