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Batavia Man Arrested After Police Standoff

A Batavia man is facing three criminal charges after a brief standoff with police on Friday afternoon.

51-year old Dennis Wolfe of 218 State Street is being held without bail on charges of criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and menacing a police officer.

The Batavia City Police responded to rooming house after receiving to 9-1-1 calls from neighboring tenants who claimed to have heard a single gun shot from inside the building. Batavia City Police Chief Bryan Heubusch says Wolfe was located in room #10 and the responding officer radioed for back up.

"Officers were called at this rooming house for a report of shots fired inside the building," said Heubusch. "When they arrived they found one male subject in possession of a weapon. They were able to talk him into giving that weapon to them and they took him into custody without further incident."

According to police, Wolfe allegedly pointed the gun at himself and a police officer. After about 15 minutes of negotiations, the subject was convinced to drop the weapon.

Wolfe was apparently involved in an ongoing dispute with a neighbor and was being evicted from the house as a result.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

Paul Ceglia Ordered to Repay Facebook

The Wellsville man facing criminal federal charges for attempting to defraud facebook must pay the social media giant 96-thousand dollars. A federal judge ordered Paul Ceglia to pay the company for legal and travel fees.

Ceglia was indicted earlier this week on federal criminal wire and mail fraud charges and faces up to 40 years in prison. Prosecutors say the 39-year-old Ceglia originally had a contract with Mark Zuckerberg in 2003 where the current Facebook CEO would do coding work for Ceglia's website. 

Prosecutors also say Ceglia doctored that contract to say Zuckerberg agreed to give him at least a 50 percent share in Facebook.

Sorting through one’s options as a veteran isn’t always an easy task.

Instead of having to travel to Buffalo or Rochester, the VA of Western New York is holding an event right here in Batavia tomorrow.

VA Offering Information Session for Local Vets

Veterans can learn what services they’re eligible for and entitled to.

Whether it’s transitional care or preventative care, the VA offers a wide array of options for those who’ve served in our military. Evangeline Conley, the VA Western New York’s Public Service Officer, says when veterans know their options, they can acquire comprehensive care.

“Whatever the need might be for that veteran – if they’re eligible for VA health care – they’re going to get it," Conley said. "They’re going to get the help they need.”

The VA offers services for all kinds of veterans whether elderly, or just returning from combat. There’s even a new center being built in Batavia for female veterans’ needs.

Veterans can enroll anytime for VA health benefits. The meeting takes place today from 10 to 2 p.m. at the VA site at 2222 Richmond Avenue.
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