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A Stafford woman is facing several felony charges welfare fraud.
Officials say 25-year-old Stacy Patterson failed to report her husband’s wages as she continued to receive about $6,100 worth of benefits.  
Anyone wishing to report cases of welfare fraud in Genesee County can contact the Department of Social Services Fraud Investigation Unit.  All calls are confidential.

A LeRoy man will spend the next 14 years in prison for burglary.  
20-year-old John O’Shea was sentenced yesterday to consecutive three-and-a-half to seven-year sentences.  
He was also ordered to pay restitution to his victims.
O’Shea had pled guilty to a robbery in Pavilion where some $51,000 in cash was taken. His victim pleaded with him in court yesterday to reveal where the money is. O’Shea claimed he spent $6,000 of it on cocaine and can’t remember what happened to the rest. 

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple burglaries which it says involves two white men in a silver or tan van breaking into houses in northern Genesee County.
Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster, says the thieves are kicking in locked doors looking for cash and jewelry.
Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity in their neighborhood call police immediately.

Senator Chuck Schumer wants the Buffalo VA Hospital to offer health testing to the families of veterans who may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis.  Schumer says the testing should be extended to the family members and their caregivers after the hospital used shared insulin pens on the veterans. 

Lawmakers in Albany are discussing ways to increase New York's minimum wage at the request of Governor Cuomo.  Cuomo has proposed hiking the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 an hour, though he has not tied such an increase to the rate of inflation as a previous minimum wage proposal out of the Assembly did.  It's believed by analysts that Republican leaders in the state Senate would go along with the hike if tax breaks for businesses are also included in any such legislation. 

Political intrigue in Elba.
The Village of Elba GOP met last night and endorsed acting mayor Scott Schuler to run for a full term in the March election.
Schuler replaced former Mayor Steve Goff who resigned last fall saying he didn’t have the time to serve.
Goff is the proprietor of Elba’s Stumblin’ Inn.
Well Goff apparently had a change of heart and appeared before the Village GOP last night wanting to get his old job back.
He lost the endorsement vote to Schuler 27 to 5.
 

 

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