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Quite a transformation. That’s the reaction of people who walk into the refurbished Batavia Downs on Park Road.
Batavia Downs officials and local politicians were in attendance for a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday officially revealing the first phase of a 27-million-dollar renovation project. The renovating at Batavia Downs is far from over. Kane says they’re going out to bid for the next portion of the project next week. That phase will officially begin, Kane says, after Thanksgiving.

A Byron woman faces charges after she allegedly struck a mobile home. 19 year old Caille Neiss of Bryon allegedly tried to avoid police by cutting through the Arrow Mart parking lot before turning onto Gas Lite Lane and striking the home. She was charged with Reckless Driving and several other violations. A passenger in the car, 23 year Nickolas Sutherland of Byron was charged with the unlawful possession of marijuana. No one was injured. Both will appear in court at a later date.

The New York State Court of Appeals has upheld the Scott Doll conviction and an emergency exemption to his Miranda rights. The 51-year-old Corfu man was convicted three years ago of killing his former business partner, Joseph Benequist. The case resurfaced in September when questions about whether Doll was properly given his Miranda Rights came to light. At the time of the initial questioning, Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies found Doll with fresh blood on his clothes and a lug wrench in his hand. Deputies said that under an emergency exception, they did not have to read Doll his Miranda rights because they believed someone needed medical attention. Doll had claimed he had just butchered a deer. He is currently serving a sentence of 15 years to life.
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