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Genesee County is now under a Lake Effect Snow Warning, that’s up from the "Advisory" posted yesterday.
The Lake Effect Snow Waning has been posted until 6a.m.tomorrow.
The National Weather Service is predicting heavy snow at times and gusting northwesterly winds creating bitter, below zero wind chills.

A pair of burning oven mitts is to blame for a fire that heavily damaged a home in East Pembroke.
No one was injured in the blaze yesterday afternoon on East Angling Road. Sarah Norway was working in her kitchen when she accidentally ignited a pair of oven mitts on her stove. Sarah threw the mitts out the back door. About an hour later, she noticed smoke and flames coming from the back porch area.
Two housecats were killed in the fire, and a third one was injured.
Six departments assisted in battling the blaze.

A prominent Rochester attorney has been arrested for causing a disturbance during a basketball game played at GCC.
State Police report 72-year-old John Parrinello of Rochester was using vulgar language and being disruptive during a tournament game. When college officials asked him to leave, Parrinello allegedly refused. Then troopers arrived, and placed Parrinello in handcuffs. He was charged with Criminal Trespass.

The Batavia City Council took final action on two bills last night.
One gave administrative control over the City’s Youth Bureau to Genesee County. The other increased dog license fees.
The city clerk clarified the new fee structure to include the state surcharge.
Effective January 1st  the actual out of pocket license fees will be: for spayed or neutered dogs, $11.50, unsprayed or un-neutered dogs, $18, and purebreds will cost $38.

Local government leaders are crying foul over a pledge by incoming Governor Andrew Cuomo to cap any increase in local property taxes at 4 percent.
Local governments note that state mandates – those expenses forced on local governments by the state – often exceed a four percent annual increase in cost.
The Batavia City Council debated a measure last night to go on record opposed to the property tax cap without some form of mandate relief.
Councilpersons Rose Mary Christian, William Cox and Sam Barone like the tax cap idea. They say deep cuts would have to be made in the city budget in order to keep the tax rate below the 4-percent cap.

On the morning police blotter:
18-year-old Brennan Larnder of Monclair Avenue, Batavia:
he has been charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Police say Larnder pushed a family member who was under 17, during a domestic flap. Larnder was jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail..
26-year-old Patrick McFadden lived a few doors away on Montclair and he has been charged with Harrassment. Police say McFadden pushed around another person during an argument. McFadden was also jailed, in lieu of $500 bail. Police did not say if the two incidents were related.

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