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The treasurer of the Oakfield Fire Department has been arrested for Grand Larceny.
31-year-old Samantha Hilchey is accused of stealing more than 6-thosuand dollars from the volunteer department.
State Police arrested Hilchey yesterday. She was arraigned in Batavia Town Court and is due back in court on July 7th.
An audit conducted by the office of state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that  Hilchey allegedly used the fire department’s funds to pay personal utility bills and to make cash withdrawls.
DiNapoli said the audit of the fire department is expected to be finalized in the coming months.
Samantha Hilchey is the wife of Oakfield Fire Chief Brad Hilchey.

The Canadian man accused of punching a Darien Lake concert goer and leaving him in a coma, has pleaded guilty just as his trial was to begin.
Craig Lawson of Ontario pled to a single count of assault.
He was charged with punching Jason McNeil last summer. McNeil, a native of Alden, was left in a coma for weeks and still suffers effects from the injury.
Under the plea agreement, Lawson’s sentence will be capped at one year in county jail.

Funeral services will be held Saturday for a Batavia woman shot by her boyfriend before he took his own life last week in Chautauqua County.
Police say 29-year-old Nicole Sheehan, a graduate of Batavia High School and Genesee Community College, was shot by her boyfriend Sam Reynolds, as the two visited the Lake Erie Shore near Westfield.
Calling hours for Nicole will be Friday from 3 until 7 at the Tomaszewski Funeral Home on West Main in Batavia where a “Celebration of Nicole’s Life” will be held Saturday morning at 11. 

The unemployment rate in Genesee County drops more than a full percentage point over the past year.
The May jobless rate in Genesee County stood at an even 5-percent, down from 6.2 percent a year ago.
In Orleans County the May 2014 unemployment rate was 6.8-percent, down from 8.4-percent in May 2013.
In Wyoming County, the May 2014 jobless rate was 6.0-percent compared to 7.0-percent one year earlier

The Genesee County Economic Development Center approves the sale of 30 acres in Apple Tree Acres Corporate Park in Bergen for a junk yard.
Insurance Auto Auctions has more than 160 locations across the country.
IAA operates an auto salvage business and also sells cars for parts that insurance companies have totaled.
It’s moving its Rochester location to Bergen.
The company plans a $3-million capital investment in the corporate park. It’s expected to bring 15 jobs.

Donald Trump says he is the only person bidding on the Buffalo Bills that would keep the team in Western New York. Trump made the comment yesterday in a post on his Twitter account.  Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Buffalo yesterday, and says there are a number of bidders committed to keeping the team in the area.  Cuomo also says he doesn't believe a new stadium is necessary in order to keep the team.

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