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You will now need a permit to drink a beer in a Batavia city park pavilion. 
The Batavia City Council last night voted 5 to 3 in favor of banning all drinking in public parks. 
The exception is if someone reserves the pavilion through City Hall, and acquires a permit to have alcohol.
Several citizens and council-people commented last night, saying the new law infringes upon personal rights.
But Councilman-at-Large Frank Ferrando said all it would take is one person killed by a drunk driver, to regret not having passed this law.

Batavia City Schools may shed one of its buildings.  
The School Board last night reviewed an expanded plan on building consolidation. 
The plan would unload the outdated District Administration building on Washington Avenue at a potential savings of a million dollars. 

28-year-old John Wittkopp of Columbia Avenue, Batavia has been arrested in connection with a domestic incident on Sunday.
Batavia Police say Wittkopp hit his girlfriend in the head and pinned her to the ground with a curtain rod, choking her. 
He’s been released on his own recognizance.

A Cheektowaga man is facing 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty to trafficking steroids at the Federal Detention Facility in Batavia.
39-year-old Richard Lazzaro worked at the detention center.

The Seneca Gaming Corp. announced it will add a 200-room hotel tower to its Casino and Hotel in Salamanca.  The $53-million expansion will nearly double the number of rooms at the hotel. 

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