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A Batavia man is behind bars this morning charged with scamming an elderly city woman out of more than $58,000.
41-year-old Myron Hartford of 154 Vine St., has been charged with Grand Larceny. Batavia Police Detective Charles Dudek said Hartford had befriended his victim two years before the alleged scam.
Then, Hartford told the woman that his wealthy grandparents had died and he needed money to travel all over the country to settle their estate. Dudek said:

"He (Hartford) had spun a story which sounded as if she could safely lend him this money because he was going to inherit a large sum and be able to repay her. As it turned out, the whole story was false."

Dudek said the woman’s bank had become suspicious when Hartford began to overdraw the account. The bank reported their suspicions to police.
Hartford is due back in court on Tuesday.

A Basom resident has died in a terrible car accident in the Erie County town of Newstead.
44-year-old Bryan Oczkowski of Ledge Lane was westbound on Carney Road yesterday morning when he apparently lost control of his pick-up truck. The vehicle ran off the road, began to roll, and slammed into a utility pole. The truck came to rest up upside-down with live power lines resting on it.
Oczkowski was pronounced dead at the scene.

A LeRoy man accused of making his own child pornography allegedly made those videos with a 17-year-old girl who purports to be Smith’s girlfriend.
WBTA News has learned that Smith had been in a long-term relationship with the girl. 
Smith was arrested on Tuesday and charged with 3 felony counts.
LeRoy Police allege that Smith was sharing videos of child pornography on the internet, although the suspected video with the local girl was not among them.
Smith has been released from custody and is currently under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

Genesee County Treasurer Scott German reports that sales tax revenues for the county are up.
German says initial numbers from 2010 indicate an increase of $723,777 over 2009.
But, the county still ends up with less sales tax revenue that it budgeted for. The County budgeted for $12.2 million in sales tax. The 2010 total left it nearly $300,000 short.

Graduation Day for some special students at GCC.
The Genesee ARC has graduated its first PREP for Life Class during a ceremony last night at the college. Ten students received a certificate.
Donna Saskowski is the Executive Director of the ARC:

"We have come to the culmination of a program (PREP) that we have been working on for more than five years. We are very excited for our new graduates. Its another step in the right direction for the ARC."

The students learn socialization skills, time management, job readiness and employment training.
PREP is an acronym for People Realizing Education and Employment Potential.

Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley continues his opposition to anti-burning laws in the capitol.
Now Hawley is introducing a bill to repeal a DEC law against open burning of refuse.
That law was introduced last year.
Hawley says his people in his district have burned refuse on their open land for generations. He says the law shows the DEC’s lack of understanding of the rural way of life.

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