posted on May 19, 2012 07:44
A Batavia woman accused of bilking two elderly people out of more than 300-thousand dollars has pleaded guilty to four felony counts of grand larceny. 40-year-old Heidi Schollard of Bank Street entered her guilty plea in Genesee County Court this morning. Authorities said Schollard was a care-giver to her two elderly victims. Schollard faces up to seven years in prison and will be required to repay the money.
Genesee Community College is asking for an increase of 50-thousand dollars in its annual subsidy from county taxpayers. Legislature Chairwoman Mary Pat Hancock says she isn't sure that the money will be available.
“Our funding is so very tight. We presently have mandates that are escalating in cost and we have a tax cap,” said Hancock. “Then we have needs from our local services that we cannot address because we don’t have the funding.”
The budget would increase tuition for full-time students by 75-dollars per semester. GCC’s New President Dr. James Sunser says the 50-thousand-dollar increase in the county's share represents about 5 percent of the county budget. That contribution from county taxpayers is low, compared to other counties that sponsor community colleges.
Genesee Community College holds its annual commencement ceremony this Sunday. It is the largest graduating class in the school’s history. The class of 2012 tops 900 students. More than half are receiving degrees in disciplines from Accounting to Theatre. The commencement speaker is Dr. James Sunser, GCC’s brand new president.
New York State’s annual “click it or ticket” program begins this Monday. Law enforcement will be checking for seat belt compliance and proper installation of child car seats. Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble with the Genesee County Sherriff’s office says there is no doubt in his mind, seat belts save lives.
“There have been too many fatal accidents that I’ve seen where people would have survived the accident had they been kept in their car,” said Dibble. The car is designed to keep them safe, instead they get thrown out through a window or a door and die as a result of that. We’ve seen this over and over again. So, there’s no denying the effectiveness of seatbelts and especially in accommodation with airbags”
Dibble says it’s a zero tolerance program. Drivers can be fined up to 100-dollars if a child under the age of 16 is found not wearing a seat belt.