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 A plea of not guilty was entered in court on Tuesday by 24 year old Johnathan Mills. He’s accused of the April 6th robbery of the Five Star Bank Branch in Pavilion. Mills allegedly handed the teller a note and left with over 24 hundred dollars in cash. He’s charged with robbery and grand larceny. He is also under indictment for numerous bank robberies downstate.

Law enforcement officials are currently at the scene of a one vehicle accident on the Galloway Road in the Town of Batavia. It’s reported that the pick-up truck is on its side in the middle of the road. Ambulance crews are also at the scene.

Batavia Police late last night arrested two persons following the report of the theft of a 12 pack of Beer from Tops Market on West Main Street. The man fled the store and was discovered in a traffic stop a short time later on School Street in downtown Batavia. 27 year old James Cox the second of Holland Avenue in Lancaster was charged with petit larceny, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and with permitting unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. The driver of the car, 16 year old Jamie Showler, a female, of Manhattan Avenue was charged with DWI and with unlicensed operation.

Genesee County is expected to save between 30 to 40 thousand dollars as a result of the combining of the Genesee County Health Department and the Orleans County Health Department. The legislature last night named Paul Petit to the position of director of the combined department. Petit has been the director in Orleans County. The legislature also appointed David Whitcroft as Deputy Director at a salary of 65 thousand dollars a year.

The cost of a gallon of fuel oil could rise to 5 dollars this winter. New environmental regulations now require heating oil users in New York State to use diesel fuel, the same as that used by trucks. The problem is that many East Coast refinery closures have led to a sharp decline in the supple of such fuel. The average New York home owner could see a 400 dollar hike in fuel costs if there is a long string of cold weather this winter.

Next Tuesday, the candidates for the newly formed 27th Congressional district will square off in the first debate of the campaign. Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Hochul will debate her opponent Republican Chris Collins next Tuesday night in the studios of WNED TV in Buffalo.

Eastman Kodak officials say the company plans to eliminate all health care benefits for its retirees by the end of 2012. The financially-troubled Rochester-based company says the decision to end retiree benefits comes as part of its massive Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. As part of a deal with the committee representing retirees' interests in the proceedings, Kodak will give that committee over seven-million dollars in cash and 650-million dollars in claims for use to subsidize some benefits for retirees. If approved by the bankruptcy court, the proposal would allow Kodak to wipe one-point-two-billion dollars in obligations off its books.

Elections officials around the state are spreading the word that this is the last week to register to vote in the November general election.  Anyone mailing a registration form must have it postmarked by Friday.  Many communities are holding registration events Friday in an effort to get more people signed up to vote in the November 6th election.

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