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 Letchworth Arts Festival Today

It seems like people like to get their Christmas shopping done earlier and earlier. Sure, more retailers are advertising their layaway programs, but if you’re looking for an American-made, one-of-a-kind gift for the holidays or any occasion, the Wyoming County Arts Festival is the place to get it.

The Arts Council for the county will present its 37th annual Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show this Saturday through Monday.

Sunny Simmons is the show coordinator for the event. She says that the festival – which is ranked in the top 100 in the U.S. – is also an opportunity to take advantage of beautiful surroundings, right in our backyard.

“Letchworth State Park is absolutely gorgeous, and this time of year – the Fall – it’s colorful. And a lot of that people come, come to make a day of it," she said.

There are more than 300 artisans involved – including about a third from Western New York -- with some of the best pottery, paintings, quilts, handcrafted jewelry, photography, furniture and much, much more.

Simmons says the earlier the better when it comes to arrival time.

The three-day festival starts at 10am each day and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The show ends at 4 p.m. Monday.

Admission to the festival is free, but there is an $8 per car entry fee into the park. Handicapped parking is available along with curbside pickup of heavy purchases.

A shuttle will run from Perry to the park every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The cost of the shuttle is $3 per person and may accessed from the American Classic Outfitters parking lot on Route 39 in Perry.

Weather is always a factor this time of year in Western New York, but Simmons says the festival usually draws between 65,000 and 95,000 people.

-story by Sloane Martin

Case Against Batavia Man for Child Abuse Likely to go to Grand Jury

The case against a Batavia man accused of assaulting an 8-month-old child will likely go to the grand jury…since a police investigation into the allegations has ended.

24-year-old Randy Johnson of Walnut Street was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly causing brain injuries to the child that resulted to seizures.

The investigation began after the child was taken to Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

Johnson was charged with three counts of reckless assault of a child…a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Johnson pleaded not guilty to the allegations during his first court appearance September 26th.

The case will likely go to a Genesee County grand jury.

WBTA Police Beat

A 17-year-old LeRoy man was charged with Petit Larceny early this morning. Ryan C. Riggi allegedly stole items from Tops Market in LeRoy, including candy, ointment and milk.

Riggi is scheduled to appear in LeRoy Town Court on November 7th.

Four people are facing charges stemming from an incident of domestic violence in LeRoy.

Police responded to call early yesterday morning at 37 Lake Street in the village.

Upon arrival, officers said they saw 49-year-old Brian Pike had a 17-year-old in a headlock on the floor.
The teenager was holding his three week old infant daughter.

Police said two women – one a 16 year-old - were also involved before police arrived.

47-year-old Roxanne Redden along with Pike and the two teenagers were all charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Pike is facing an additional charge of Unlawful Imprisonment.

Two people accused of stealing 2-thousand dollars in pennies from a Batavia Church were arraigned in Batavia Town Court today.

41-year-okld Dennis Hopkins and 32-year-old Carrie Brown allegedly stole the money that the church designated for a playground in a third-world country.

Hopkins is being held with no bail and Brown’s bail is set at 500-hundred dollars. Both are facing a grand larceny charge. They are set to return to court on October 16th.

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