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Batavia Man Arrested for Drunken Driving with a Handgun

The Batavia Police say a Richmond Avenue man was drunk driving with a loaded handgun in the car.

49-year-old Kevin Conners of Richmond Avenue is facing multiple chargers after he was arrested following a property damage accident.

Police say Conners rear-ended another car at Richmond and Oak, left the scene before pulling into a driveway of a Washington Avenue home and striking the porch next door. It was then, police say, they saw Conners remove a handgun from his waistband. It was later found, loaded, under the seat of his car.

He was sent to jail but later released under supervision. The police report says Conners retrieved his car, and on Wednesday afternoon, struck a telephone pole on West Main Street.

Conners is in the hospital and the investigation is ongoing.

Batavia Man Accused of Forced Sexual Contact

A Batavia man is charged with first-degree sex abuse, a Class D felony.

Police say 24-year-old Kiernan Kinney of Woodstock Gardens allegedly forced a 21-year-old woman into sexual contact.

The incident allegedly occurred on South Lake Road in Pavilion on April 10.

Kinney was arraigned and released on his own recognizance and an order of protection was issued. He’s due in court again Oct. 1.

Felony Assault Charge Upheld in Harvester Avenue Case

Shane Bell, 47, who is accused of punching a man in the head on Harvester Avenue Sunday, will officially be facing a felony second-degree assault charge.

In a felony hearing in City Court this morning, Bell’s defense attorney argued it could have been self-defense. The attorney said, based on Det. Sgt. Pat Corona’s testimony, that the victim, Scott Baker, chest-bumped Bell at least once and then tapped him on the neck just before throwing the punch to Baker’s head. The attorney says that with the listed charge, it’s necessary to prove intentional injury and “in this case, the intent element is not so clear," according to our news partner, The Batavian, who was there.

Judge Robert Balbick, however, sided with District Attorney Lawrence Friedman and upheld the felony assault charge.

The 52-year-old Baker remains in the trauma unit at ECMC where he is unconscious with a serious head injury. Judge Balbick says Bell reportedly has a prior felony conviction and 18 prior arrests.

He is being held without bail.

Collins to Introduce CIDER Act

Congressman Chris Collins has introduced the Cider Industry Deserves Equal Regulation Act or CIDER Act. The bipartisan bill would change the definition of hard cider in federal tax law, allowing the industry to expand. The congressman feels that this will boost the demand for apples, including those grown in New York. He also believes that the current definition of hard cider is outdated.

Collins will outline the legislation at LynOaken Farms and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery in Medina on Tuesday at 4 PM. The business both grows apples and produces hard cider. He will also be joined by members of Orleans County’s agricultural community.
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