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The LeRoy man who was badly burned in a house fire this week, will be charged with starting that fire.
42-year-old Paul Atkinson lived in the house on Orchard Drive that was owned by his father.
The younger Atkinson told police he started the fire Monday night after an argument with his father the day before.
Atkinson had written a message on his Facebook page hours before the fire, threatening to harm himself.

The driver of the tanker killed in an explosion in the Town of Barre has been identified.
52-year-old John Timblin of North Tonawanda was killed when his rig failed to negotiate a curve on East Lee Road.
The truck, loaded with 8,000 gallons of ethanol, ran off the highway into a cluster of trees and exploded.
Timblin was pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident remains under investigation.

A Batavia man is facing several charges following a domestic incident. Police said 22-year-old Danny Williams got into an argument Monday with his girlfriend, refused to leave her place and smashed her cell phone when she tried to call police. Officers collared Williams at his home yesterday.

City of Batavia Democrats have announced two candidates for this fall’s City Council election.
In the Third Ward, Kathryn Balbick-Bellamy will be the challenger. She is the daughter of city court judge Robert Balbick and has a trained paralegal job helping local residents obtain healthcare as a facilitated enroller.*
The seat is currently held by Sam Barone, who is not seeking re-election.
In Ward 4, Democrats endorsed Pier Cippolone, who recently sold his own computer consulting business. 
The 4th Ward seat is occupied by Bob Bialkowski.
City Democrats also endorsed incumbent Ward 5 Councilwoman Kathy Briggs.
*via correction from City of Batavia Democrats

The State Education Department has released statistics on public high school dropouts statewide.
In Genesee County, Oakfield-Alabama High School is leading the pack in dropout rate. 12-percent of students from the 2006 freshman class did not complete their high school education. Alexander is second in dropout rate at 10-percent.
Read our entire story with a list of drop-out rates for all local high schools, HERE:

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