posted on November 06, 2012 07:18
A 67-year-olld Catholic nun has pleaded not guilty to embezzling $128,000 from two Orleans County churchs where she worked.
Sister Mary Anne Rapp, originally from Lewiston, entered her plea last night to a felony charge of grand larceny.
Prosecutors say Sister Rapp used the money she stole to support a casino gambling habit.
The Diocese of Buffalo had audited the books of St. Mark’s Church in Kendall and St. Mary’s in Holley back in 2010. This started the criminal investigation.
Authorities said Sister Rapp took the money over a five year period.
The diocese said Sister Rapp has been in an addiction treatment program for the past nine months.
She has been released on her own recognizance.
An Alden soldier has died in Afghanistan.
Army Specialist Brett Gornewicz of Alden was one of three Upstate, NY soldiers killed over the weekend when their armored vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
The two other soldiers killed in the same explosion were identified as: Specialist Ryan Jayne of Canisteo and Staff Sergeant Dain Venne of Port Henry.
Today is Election Day. Polls opened in Genesee county at 6AM today and remain open until 9PM.
The most visible race locally has been the campaign for the newly created 27th Congressional District.
Incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul is trying to keep her seat in Congress. She is being challenged by former Erie County Executive Chris Collins.
The polls have them in a statistical tie going into today’s vote.
In the City of Batavia, there are three candidates seeking two Batavia City Council seats.
Incumbent Republicans Jim Russell and Brooks Hawley will try and retain the seats they were appointed too.
Democrat Laura Ricci is trying to beat one of them to win a seat on council. The top two vote getters will be elected.
Republican State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer is being challenged in his re-election bid by Democrat Justin Rooney.
Batavia Republican State Assemblyman Steve Hawley is facing token opposition in his re-election bid by Libertarian Mark Glogowski.
Rounding out the local ballot is Sheriff Gary Maha and Country Treasurer Scott German. Both are seeking re-election to four-terms and are running unopposed.
There are two candidates running for two county coroner positions.
WBTA and ABC Radio News will have extensive coverage of the Presidential election and the local races beginning at 9PM.