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An apparent accidental drowning has claimed the life of 3-year-old Andrea Mangefrida of LeRoy. She was found unresponsive on Saturday night in the swimming pool of her grandparents' home in Alexander. She did Sunday at Buffalo’s Children’s Hospital.
Genesee County Sheriff Gary Maha says the family was celebrating Labor Day together at the time of the accident, and there is no suspicious activity. Sheriff Maha says the investigation is continuing.

A convicted sexual abuser will be spending the next seven years in jail. 21-year-old Patrick Donahue of Batavia received his sentence after a plea bargain reduced the charges from First Degree Rape to Felony Sexual Abuse. The case involved an attack on a 30-year-old woman last January on Walnut Street. Judge Robert Noonan called Donahue’s crimes, "a slight grade below murder."
After serving the 7 years, Donahue will be on probation for 10 years. He is also serving a concurrent sentence for violation of probation.

Also in County Court yesterday, 27-year-old Raymond Allard was given two consecutive 6-year prison terms by Judge Noonan – meaning he will spend 12 years in jail. He was originally charged with 51 counts of Second Degree Rape and 14 counts of Criminal Sexual Act. He received his sentence based on two of the rape charges.
In court, Allard told Judge Noon that he knows this is the biggest mistake of his life, and that this is really not the kind of person he is. Noonan replied, "this is exactly the kind of person you are."

A Bergen man will be on probation for 5 years and will have to make restitution of $311,020.55 after being convicted in Federal Court. 55-year-old Denis Converse of Bergen received the sentence yesterday in Buffalo. Converse was an employee of Lynx Machine and Tool, a company that supplied parts for military contracts, including parts for helicopters and Howitzer weapons.
Converse falsified and altered report and certifications that were required as part of the government contracts. The case dates back to 2005.

Batavia Police are asking for your help in solving a string of 10 burglaries that have occurred in Batavia this summer. The total includes two at Batavia’s Original Pizzeria, formally Pontillo’s, in under a month. The chief suspects are two white males, described by a witness as between 5'8" and 5'9" and in their late teens to early twenties. One is described as stocky with short blonde hair, and the other thinner with short dark hair. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Batavia Police Confidential tip line at 345-6370.

LeRoy police have arrested 18-year-old Kirsten Brightenfield of Main Road in Stafford. She has been charged with Petit Larceny after a complaint was received from Tops Market in Leroy. It’s alleged that Brightenfield stole a box of hair dye from the grocery store.

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