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A proposed new hotel near the Batavia exit to the state thruway has cleared a legal hurdle.
The Town of Batavia planning board has ruled that the proposed Holiday Inn Express on Federal Drive would pose no negative impact on the environment.
The Holiday Inn Express has been proposed to be built next to the existing Hampton Inn.
A number of hotel owners in the neighborhood object, they say the market is already saturated with hotels.

An Orleans County doctor has admitted in court that he bilked insurance companies out of $80,000 for children’s vaccines that he got from the government for free.
48 year old Dr. Ghulam Mustafa of Albion pleaded guilty to a federal charge of making false statements.
Authorities said that between 2005 and 2007, Mustafa submitted claims to insurance companies seeking reimbursement for the vaccines. Prosecutors said Mustafa received the vaccines for free under a government run program. Sentencing set for August.

Former New York State Senator Pedro Espada Junior and his son have pled not guilty to a new round of fraud charges. 
The Espadas appeared in court to plead not guilty to a new indictment that accuses the father-son duo of wire fraud and filing false tax returns. 
Earlier, the Espadas pled not guilty to charges of embezzlement and conspiracy for allegedly stealing over a half-million dollars from a taxpayer funded health clinic in the Bronx.
They each face more than 55 years in prison. 

A Phelps woman who stole over one-thousand dollars from a local Cub Scout pack will be sentenced in June on grand larceny charges.  Officials say Beth Lahr was an unpaid volunteer treasurer for Cub Scout Pack 46 out of Phelps from 2007 to 2010 and used that position to steal the money.  Officials say the stolen money was raised for the organization mainly through the sale of food by Cub Scout pack members

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