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One more step has been taken toward the establishment of a major new food manufacturing plant in Batavia.

The Batavia Town Planning Board has approved the site plan for Alpina Foods.  
The Columbian based yogurt maker plans to build a 28,000 sg. ft. facility in the Genesee County Agribusiness Park on Route 5.
The two top executives of Alpina attended the meeting last night. WBTA's Geoff Redick interviewed both men about the company's plans for Batavia.

The planning board also last night approved a site plan for Marktec products.
The company, owned by Batavia City Councilman Bill Cox, plans a 5-thousand square good facility in the argi-business park. 

From the overnight police blotter:
44-year-old Brian Dyer of Dewey Avenue, Batavia, was stopped near his home last night and charged with a felony count of Drunk Driving.
Dyer faces the felony due to a previous drunk driving conviction within the past 10 years. He’s been jailed without bail.

Hundreds of gay weddings are expected this Sunday and Monday across New York State.
But in the City of Batavia, not one same-sex marriage license has been applied for.  
City Clerk Heidi Parker received 50 new marriage license forms from the state last week. 
They now say “bride-groom-and-spouse” on both sides of the form. The old form had  just bride on one side, groom on the other.

A Niagara County deputy is hospitalized after losing his legs during crash.  Deputy Allen Gerhardt was responding to another officer's distress call when he lost control of his patrol car and crashed into a guardrail near Lake Road Monday.  The rail sliced through Gerhardt car and severed both his legs.  Two other deputies were able to construct tourniquets and save Gerhardt's life.
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