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Less crime, fewer tickets, less crashes, fewer calls; 2010 was a down year for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
And that means it was a better year for the public.
Sheriff Gary Maha has released the department’s annual report of crime statistics and emergency response.
According to the numbers, calls for service were down by over 4,000 compared to 2009. And that meant 70 less arrests, 30 less car accidents, 34 less criminal reports, and 38 less DWI’s.
Read the full report HERE

A Batavia man will face prison time for biting a police officer.
A Genesee County Court Jury has found 25-year-old Donald F. Stillwagon of Pearl Street guilty of 2nd-degree Felony Assault.
The verdict came in yesterday afternoon following a four day trial.
Stillwagon was arrested back in September when police tried to break up a fight at his home.
Stillwagon resisted by biting Sergeant John Peck on the arm.
Sergeant Peck was not seriously hurt.
Donald Stillwagon now faces 2 to 7 years in state prison.

A Wyoming County man is facing a long prison term after pleading guilty to charges of raping and kidnapping his former girlfriend.  Vernon Botsford coukld get 25 years behind bars when he is sentenced May 2nd.  Prosecutors had said Botsford took his ex-girlfriend from her home in October, drove to Pennsylvania, raped and assaulted her and then dropped her off at a hospital.

An inmate at Batavia’s Illegal Immigrant Detention Center has been charged with Assault.
21-year-old Ricardo Brown, originally of Jamaica, allegedly got into a brawl with another inmate at the center. Witnesses say Brown knocked the other man down and kicked him in the head several times.
The alleged fight occurred back in March. Brown was arraigned Wednesday and returned to the Detention Center.

The City of Batavia is looking for a few good men and women to sit on various boards and committees.
Volunteers are needed for the Batavia Housing Authority.
Also the Planning Board needs an Alternate member.
And the City Neighborhood Improvement Committee needs two more members, one each from City wards 4 and 6.
Applications for the positions can be picked up at the City Manager’s office in City Hall, or downloaded online at the city website

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