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Former Batavia Man Sentenced for Welfare Fraud

A former Batavia man who pled guilty to filing a false claim with social services was sentenced in Genesee County court Friday. 36-year old Michael Schramm will spend 1 1/2 to three years in State prison for offering a false instrument for filing.

He and his wife Deborah plead guilty back in July to wrongfully receiving temporary assistance and food stamps. The Schramm’s failed to report that Michael was working full-time on a farm in Niagara County.

As part of his sentence, Schramm must repay the county over $17,026.39 he wrongfully received. Deborah Schramm is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

Batavia Woman's Death Ruled Undetermined

It’s still unknown what caused the death of a Batavia woman. 24-year old Alyce Huntoon was found dead in her car parked at the Manor House Apartments on East Main Street back in February.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the mother of two’s death as undetermined. Batavia Police Detective Patrick Corona said they ruled out a slue of causes including death by physical injury.

“The investigation indicates nothing to suggest the death of Miss Huntoon was the result of an intention or accidental overdose and nothing in the investigation indicates the death was the result of suicide,” said Corona.

Corona said the investigation continues into what caused Huntoon’s death. Anyone with information is asked to contact Batavia Police by calling either their dispatch center (585) 345-6350, their direct number (585) 345-6444 or their confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370.

Missing Person Identified in Niagara River

A little over a week after a female torso was recovered in the Niagara River, the Erie County Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory has confirmed that it is the body of 30-year old Loretta Jo Gates.

A resident of Niagara Falls, New York, Gates, had last been seen on the evening of August 25th and was reported missing by her family on September 4th.

The investigation into her death has been classified as a homicide and is being conducted by the Niagara Falls Police and the New York State Police. The Niagara Regional Police and the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office are also assisting in the case.

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