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In the wake of the tragic death of School Board Vice President Lori Nelson, the Byron-Bergen School District has found a high-powered replacement. Dan Ireland will take over as a School Board Trustee. Ireland is well known as the Vice President of Operations for United Memorial Medical Center, and has lived in the Byron-Bergen School District for five years. Ireland will serve out the remainder of Lori Nelson’s term and will run for re-election in May. He currently has three children in the district.

A Town of LeRoy employee has been implicated in a fraud scheme at the town dump. 52-year-old DawnMancuso of York Road is charged with Petit Larceny and Official Misconduct. Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies led an undercover investigation to root out her crime. Apparently, Mancuso had been taking cash from residents who did not have enough punches on their dump card for the amount of waste they were trying to get rid of. Mancuso would ask for the difference in cash. It wasn’t much – a $10 fee, or similar amount. But Mancuso was pocketing the money for herself. One county sheriff’s deputy reports that he went undercover in plain clothes several times, and was also asked to pay. The arrest was made on Friday morning.

On Monday, Cain Catino will be escorted into Genesee County Court to hear his sentence for a high profile robbery.  The Batavia resident has pleaded guilty to a hold-up of the Oakfield Family Pharmacy back in September.  Apparently Catino entered the back door of the pharmacy and demanded that employees behind the counter give him oxycodone.  The employees were able to wrestle Catino to the ground.  He was found armed with a knife.  Catino has been in jail ever since.  At one point his mother visited him in jail and tried to slip him the drug.  She was caught, arrested, jailed, as well.  Under a plea deal Cain Catino is now expected to receive a sentence of one and a half to three years in prison.

Batavia City Council will meet Monday night for a conference session.  Among the items up for discussion, the ice rink is back on the docket.  Council will further discuss the prospect of selling the rink versus keeping it.  Council is also scheduled to talk about selling off city properties; which ones and for how much.  This includes one building in Jackson Square, and others on Washington Avenue, South Lyon Street, and other places. City council meets at 7PM in the Council Board Room of the Batavia City Centre.  The public is welcome to attend and speak at the meeting by first signing in with the clerk.  

Ground Zero workers sign off on a 625-million dollar settlement deal with New York City.  Only about 500 people turned down the offer.  The compensation for individuals were be determined by the severity of their injuries.  The settlement was made because of the city's failure to provide protective gear to first responders.  Those people who accepted the settlement can no longer sue the city, but can receive additional funds under the bill now being debated in Congress.

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