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Genesee County Sheriff's Office Announces Changes to Staff

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office today announced changes to its staff.

Sheriff Gary Maha says that effective next Saturday, Sergeant Gregory Walker will be assigned as Criminal Investigation Sergeant and will oversee the Local Drug Task Force. Also Deputy Ronald Meides will be promoted to Sergeant.

Sergeant Walker is a 25-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and gained experience in drug enforcement from his time as an investigator. In 1997, he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned as a road patrol supervisor. Sergeant Walker is a 2006 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy.  

Deputy Meides will be assigned as a road patrol supervisor. He started his career with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in March 1991 as a Correction Officer. Deputy Meides was the Sheriff’s Office “Officer of the Year” in 2009 and was recognized by the Kiwanis Club of Batavia in 2011 for his law enforcement service.


Batavia Police Department Announces New Hire

The City of Batavia Police Department has hired a new Parking Enforcement/Dog Control Officer.

James Sheflin joined the department on Oct. 22. It's a part-time position and Sheflin also works as a dispatcher with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

"(It's) a good foot in the door to prove to (Batavia Police Department) Chief (Shawn) Heubusch that I can be a good employee," Sheflin said. "My main goal is to be a police officer, especially here in Batavia. I figure if I come here and do a good job, it looks good on the resume at least."

Parking Enforcement Officers are uniformed civilian Police Department employees and – as the name suggests -- are responsible for patrolling the entire city limits to enforce parking regulations.

As the Dog Control Officer Sheflin is responsible for the control and licensing of dogs, as well as protecting animals from inhumane treatment.

Sheflin takes pride in his new tasks.

"Obviously the health of the animals -- that's a big one for me," Sheflin said. "With the parking enforcement -- on that side of it -- my biggest pet peeve is handicapped parking. I think it's complete laziness when someone who's not handicapped parks in one."

The department says Sheflin will be working flexible hours to address residents’ concerns as they arise. If any assistance is needed, please call 345-6350.

Genesee County Sheriff's Investigating Fatal One-Car Accident

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident in the town of Elba. Vincentia Smith reportedly swerved off of North Byron Road, near Log City Road in Elba, and struck a tree. The Elba native was transported to United Memorial Hospital in Batavia where she was pronounced dead. Smith was 69 years old.


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