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On Monday, Scott Doll returns to Genesee County.

The man convicted of brutally beating Joseph Benaquist to death will have another day in court. This time, it’s a jury trial, over Doll’s allegedly bringing drugs into the County Jail after his murder conviction earlier this year. Jail officers allegedly found a green balloon taped to Doll’s buttocks that day. It was filled with a white powdery substance. That later turned out to be nothing more than crushed aspirin.

Nonetheless, Doll pled not guilty to the charge of Promoting Prison Contraband, and will now return to our area for his trial.

Doll is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for his conviction on murder charges.


Also on Monday, Ronald Wendt will receive his sentence in County Court for DWI and aggravated vehicular homicide.

Wendt was convicted in relation to a car crash back in August, 2009, when he pulled in front of a vehicle outside My Saloon in Darien Center. Three passengers in that car were seriously injured; a fourth, Katie Stanley of Dansville, was killed.

A jury found that Wendt had been driving drunk after drinking beer in a farm field all day.

Wendt faces up to 25 years in prison.

Batavia Police are seeking the public's help in locating a 15-year-old girl who has been reportedly missing from her home since November 2nd. The girl is believed to be a runaway. Her name is Justice Osborne, and she is described as a black female, 5' 2" with brown hair and eyes, and weighing about 150 pounds. She was last seen wearing a T-shirt, jeans and a hoodie. Justice has scars on both legs. It is believed she may be in the Rochester area.


Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Batavia Police Detective Rich Schauf at 345-6312 or the police department at 345-6350.

An Attica teenager has been arrested for allegedly possesing and using a stolen bicycle.  17-year-old Steven Geyer of Attica Road in Attica has been charged with Criminal possession of Stolen Property.  The bicycle had been reported stolen last July in the Village of Attica.


16-year-old Tyler Vanlieu of Route 20 in Alexander has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property.  The arrest stems from an incident in early August, which involved thefts from parked cars through out the Village of Alexander.  Vanilieu was found to be in possession of items stolen from the cars.


20-year-old Wesley Marean of Bronson Avenue in Avon has been charged with Petit Larceny.  He allegedly stole items from the Batavia K-Mart.


18-year-old Alexzandra Zorich of Batavia Stafford Town Line Road in Batavia has been charged with Petit Larceny.  She allegedly stole items from the Batavia K-Mart.


With Thanksgiving and Christmas nearly upon us, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department is sending out their annual holiday greeting: buckle up, and drive safe.

It is against the law in New York to drive a vehicle without wearing your seatbelt. There are also laws against passengers riding unprotected, too. All front seat passengers must wear seatbelts. Backseat passengers under the age of 16 are required to buckle up. And children under 8 years old must be in a safely designed car-seat.

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