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Some bogus bills are making their way through Batavia.
City Police say several counterfeit 20-dollar bills have been passed at local businesses.
The phony 20’s have not been detected until they reached a bank.
If you have any information about where these bills are coming from you are asked to contact Batavia Police. You can use the confidential tip line at 345-63-70.

The victims of a deadly weekend fire in Lockport are being identified as 62-year-old Deborah Lenz and 58-year-old David Flagler.  The pair shared the home on Crosby Avenue that caught fire early Saturday morning.  The cause of the fire has not been determined.  Fire officials say there were no signs of any smoke detectors inside the home that could have saved their lives.

Tomorrow is the deadline for New York state residents to register assault rifles that were legally purchased and are now banned under the NY SAFE Act.  The deadline is part of the law that classified many semi-automatic assault rifles as assault weapons.  Many gun rights activists are planning to ignore the law, while others plan to avoid registration by having their guns altered to bring them into compliance with the new law.

The National Weather Service has posted a Wind Advisory for all of Western New York.
The advisory went into effect at 6 this morning and remains in effect until 7 tonight.
Southerly winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour are forecast with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour.

The Batavia City Council holds a business meeting tonight.
Tonight’s meeting begins at 7 in the Council Board Room on the second floor of city hall.
The public has an opportunity to speak to the council by first signing in with the city clerk.

Three sisters were hospitalized following a one-car rollover crash in Orleans County.
The accident happened shortly after 7:30 Saturday morning on Knowlesville Road in the Town of Ridgeway.
A car operated by 18-year-old Kayla Strickland of Albion ran off the east side of the highway, overturned, coming to rest on its side.
Kayla’s twin sisters, 16-year-olds Laura and Lilly Strickland, also of Albion, were passengers in the car.
All three girls had to be extricated from the wreckage by Ridgeway firemen.
Kayla told deputies that she fell asleep at the wheel.

You didn’t want to be on thruway near Batavia Saturday afternoon.
A crane being towed by a truck tipped over blocking one lane of the highway and reducing traffic to a crawl.
There were no injuries.

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