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Today is a National Holiday, the legal celebration of Christmas, that’s because the actual holiday occurred on a Sunday.  All government offices along with the post office are closed today.  The same goes for banks and of course schools.  However everything else will be open today including stores and restaurants.

A Batavia woman apparently became upset when she was asked by the Batavia Wal-Mart greeter for a receipt when leaving the store and punched the 70 year old greeter in the face.  26 year old Jaquetta Simmons of Batavia was charged by State Police with assault and with assaulting an elderly victim.  The greeter suffered from facial fractures and swelling.  Simmons reportedly has been released on 40 thousand dollars bail.  Customers reported chased Simmons as she ran from the store..

A fire in the historic former Holley Hotel on Saturday afternoon has left 50 persons homeless.  A space heater is being blamed for the blaze.  Five persons had to be rescued by fire fighters and one person suffered serious smoke inhalation.  The hotel had been converted into a boarding house with 37 apartments.

8 persons have been arrested in connection with a break-in at the Oakfield-Alabama High School last July 18th.  Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say the 8 damaged two vending machines and cleaned out both of them.  Seven are identified as 17 year old Jamie Bachorski of Webber Avenue in Oakfield, 17 year old Mark McNutt of Webber Avenue in Oakfield, 18 year old Corey Mooney of the Lockport Road in Oakfield, 20 year old Roosevelt Little, Junior of Fisher Road in Oakfield, 22 year old Darryl Stamp, Junior of  Hellert Road in Shelby, 20 year old Duty Caswell of South Pearls Street in Oakfield and 23 year old Kevin Waleski of Church Street in Alabama.  The 8th person is an under aged female.  In addition Waleski was charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing a pick-up truck last August from a home on the Lewiston Road.  All except for Waleski were arraigned and released on their own recognizance.  Waleski is in jail with bail set at 5 thousand dollars.

A Maple Street, Batavia man is in jail after being arrested by the Genesee County Drug Task Force on a slew of charges.  40 year old Edward Freida who is also known as Rob and Turtle was charged with 15 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, 9 counts of Criminal Contempt, one count of each of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful possession of Marijuana, and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.  When the Task Force executed the arrest warrant at his Maple Street home they found a quantity of heroin, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.  Also found were 5 switchblade knives and 4 long guns.  Freida is in jail with no bail set.

A person walking alone in the 100 block of Liberty Street Friday night was robbed and stabbed.  The victim was taken to UMMC for treatment of a serious stab wound to the lower back.  The assailant is identified as a black man, about 5 feet ten inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.  Anyone with any information is asked to call Batavia Police. 

A 31 year old man with no permanent address is lucky to only have suffered an arm injury after being struck by a CSX freight train early Saturday morning while walking along the tracks near  the Wortendyke Road in the Town of Batavia.  Richard Kubus was apparently struck by the engine’s snow plow.  The investigation is continuing.

If you are allegedly carrying marijuana in your car you might not want to call police if you lock yourself out of the car.  That was the lesson a Geneseo man allegedly learned over the weekend.  Police say 25-year-old Joseph Connolly apparently couldn't get his car unlocked on Saturday.  That's when he decided to call the Livingston County Sheriff's office for help.  Investigators say they smelled pot in the car and Connolly was busted.  

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