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Genesee County has approved a budget for the coming year and it calls for an increase in the county property tax rate of 7-cents per $1000. of assessed valuation.
Lawmakers approved the budget by an 8 to 1 vote. Only Legislator Annie Lawrence voted no.
The county dipped into its reserve funds to offset a loss of state aid and hold down the property tax increase.

Genesee County may face legal action over the death of a county jail inmate.
The wife of the late Nikko Gambino has filed a “notice of intent to sue.”
At the time of Gambino’s death, Sheriff Gary Maha said the inmate had been suffering from severe drug withdrawal.
On the night Gambino died, jail guards said they noticed nothing out of the ordinary with Gambino during their routine rounds. 
But when the guard came through later in the evening, Gambino was unresponsive, and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Gambino’s wife, Holly, alleges that the county was negligent in its care for her husband. The notice of intent does not include damages that Mrs. Gambino may seek from the county. 


A Genesee County jail inmate is facing new charges.
18-year-old Kurt Hawkins, formerly of State St. in Batavia, has been charged with assault for allegedly punching out another inmate.
That other inmate, who was not identified, spent the night at ECMC.
He is OK now.

A Town of Alexander woman is facing a charge of Petit Larceny.
51-year-old Sandra Chilano of Dodgeson Road allegedly took a hundred bucks from the Alexander Deli.
Sandra worked there as a Customer Service Clerk.

No one will be held accountable for the shooting death of an Albion man last August.
The Orleans County Grand Jury has handed up a “No Bill”, after reviewing the death of David Grove.
Police said the 32-year-old Grove was burglarizing a fire damaged home on West State Street in Albion.  
Grove was in the basement when someone shot him in the arm.
Grove suffered traumatic bleeding and died the next day at Strong Memorial Hospital.  
The case was presented to the Orleans County Grand Jury which found no cause for action. 
The person who shot Grove has never been publically identified.
Authorities said the case is now closed.


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