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The Batavia city council accepts the advice of its lawyer, and opts not to pass a local law restricting where registered sex offenders can live.
Ward Six Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian had lobbied for a law that would have kept sex offenders one-thousand feet away from schools, playgrounds and day care centers.
Read the full story here.

In another matter last night: a suggestion by Ward 3 Councilman Sam Barone to consider reducing the size of council from 9 members to 7 fell flat. Council noted that the recent charter review panel considered reducing the size of council but concluded there was nothing wrong with the current size of the council.

A government-backed loan has secured financing for that $20-million expansion of United Memorial Medical Center.
The Bank of Castile made the $11.5 million loan with a 90-percent guarantee from the USDA. The hospital is building five new surgical suites, a pre and post op area and new recovery rooms. The project could be completed by the end of this year.

HCR of Rochester, the company providing Genesee County’s home care services for the past year, has now received approval from New York State to buy the program.
The purchase of the program has been anticipated since March of last year when the Genesee County Legislature voted to end county owned home-care.
HCR has been serving about 100 patients in Genesee County.

An Elmira woman accused of killing her Batavia stepson by giving him anti-freeze, has now been indicted for murder.
24-year-old Melissa Engelhardt is being held on $100,000 bail in the death last November of 21-month old Andrew Cianfrini.
Prosecutors say Engelhardt put anti-freeze in the child’s juice cup during a weekend visit in Elmira with the child’s father, George Englehardt.
Little Andrew lived with his mother Kristen in Batavia.

A felony count of drunk driving has been lodged against a Batavia man.
28-year-old Steven Zarajczyk was stopped on Route 33 in the Town of Bergen Sunday night.
Felony DWI is usually charged when a suspect has a previous  drunk driving conviction.

More trouble for young Jacob Meinhold. The 19-year-old from Alexander is facing charges of petit larceny, criminal trespass and criminal mischief for allegedly trespassing on US Gypsum property and stealing fuel.
Just last week, Meinhold was charged with breaking into the Oil Doctor in Batavia last December and allegedly taking New York State inspection stickers.

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