posted on February 03, 2012 07:39
A Batavia couple has been sentenced in a welfare fraud case.
34-year-old Joshua Carney and his 29-year old wife Holly pleaded guilty last November to one count of filing a false instrument.
Joshua will serve 4-months of intermittent jail time, then 3 years of probation.
Holly will serve 3 years probation, no jail time.
The Genesee County Social Services Department said the two collected $14,017 in benefits they were not entitled to. They have also been ordered to pay the money back.
Batavia Police are looking for a runaway teenager.
15-year-old Shannon Reichert has been missing since Monday.
Police believe she is with her boyfriend and note that she has done this before.
Shannon is white, 5ft. 2-inches tall, brown eyes and brown hair.
If you have any information about her, you are asked to call Batavia Police at 345-6444.
The Town of Batavia Fire Department has taken a look into their future.
The volunteer department has announced ambitious plans for the next 20 years including the replacement of two fire stations and more than doubling the number of volunteer fire fighters.
Construction of the new fire stations could start in two years.
We have renderings of the buildings on our website.
Officials say the plan should not have any impact on the fire tax rate.
We’re hearing the first public opposition to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s plan to increase the state minimum wage.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says Silver's proposal could be a "job killer." Silver wants to raise the minimum wage a dollar-25, up to eight dollars and 50 cents.
Other Republicans in Albany are concerned a minimum wage increase, with the economy in a slump, could cause more harm than good.