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A former Oakfield resident and a “person of interest” in two area homicides, has been found guilty of killing a Pennsylvania couple.
46-year-old Steven Rebert faces the death penalty for the 2010 murder of Wayne and Vicky Shugar of Brockway, Pennsylvania.
Rebert lived in Oakfield back in 2005 when William Fickel was shot to death outside of his home on Burns Road in Oakfield. 
Two years later, Kevin Smith of Shelby was shot and killed while inside his Town of Shelby home.
Rebert has been considered a person of interest to police in both cases, although he has not been charged in either case.
The jury in the Pennsylvania case took only 50 minutes to decide Rebert’s guilt. The same jury must now decide the punishment phase. Rebert could be sentenced to death.

An on-line “help wanted” sign is out for a soon to open farm equipment dealer in Batavia.
It was recently announced that Java Farm Supply would open a Batavia location at Ellicott and Center Streets by the end of next month.
John Bookmiller, co-owner of the business that has been around for 60 years in Wyoming County, tells WBTA the company is looking forward to hiring locally.
Applications are being accepted for up to 15 new jobs ranging from mechanic to manager.

Unemployment in Genesee County improving.
Figures just released by the state Department of Labor shows the December jobless rate in Genesee County at 7.2 percent, down more than a half-point from a year ago.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is coming to Buffalo today.  
Cuomo will redeliver parts of his 2012 budget address at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center later this morning.

The governor is expected to talk about the one-billion-dollar pledge he made to Western New York for local economic development in his recent State of the State speech. 

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