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 A plea in county court yesterday to greatly reduced charges will change the outcome of two Batavia firefighters and another man accused of gambling.  City firefighters Gregory Phillips and Brian Bordonaro along with Lance Engel entered the guilty pleas to Class A misdemeanor charges of promoting gambling, much reduced from the original felony enterprise corruption charges.  The three were arrested last February for running an illegal gambling operation.  All three defendants will be sentenced on March 5th.  All three agreed to resign their government jobs as part of the plea deal.

 A series of criminal incidents in Leroy last summer has led to the arrest of 21 year old Tyler Longhini of Gilbert Street in LeRoy.  He is charged with burglary, attempted burglary, grand larceny, and criminal mischief.  Longhini allegedly entered unlocked vehicles, damaged the interior of a vehicle, attempted to burglarize a shed, and completed a burglary in a residential apartment while the resident was sleeping.  He has been released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

St. Anthony’s parish in Batavia will be holding their final mass on Sunday, December 30th as the church is official closing its doors after more than 100 years in the community.  St. Anthony’s and Sacred Heart merged back in 2008 as part of a plan to save money and allow the parish to put its funds toward ministry, not costly maintenance.  Kevin Keenan is a spokesperson for the Diocese of Buffalo says the decision came about two weeks ago. Keenan says Bishop Richard Malone will come to Batavia to celebrate a closing mass on January 13th

A few anxious moments in the town of Alabama this morning.  A school bus driver allegedly reported smoke in a home on the Gorton Road in the Town of Alabama.  Fire crews from Alabama, Batavia, Indian Falls, and Oakfield responded to the blaze.  There were concerns that three children lived in the house, but it was determined they had already been picked up by the school bus.  The fire turned out to be food burning on the stove, much to everybody’s relief.

 A Genesee County man has been elected to a third term as president of the New York Farm Bureau.  Dean Norton runs DMCK Cattle, and his family ran Oak Orchard Dairy in Elba for five generations.  Current Farm Bureau projects include promoting upstate New York's fast-growing Greek yogurt, brewery and wine industries.

Rival technology companies Apple and Google might be joining forces to buy 500-million worth of digital imaging patents from the bankrupt Eastman Kodak Company.  According to Bloomberg News, the two had been competing to buy the patents but weren't coming up with enough money.  Kodak needs 500-million for the intellectual property in order to get the loan it needs to emerge from bankruptcy. 

 The Department of Environmental Conservation is bracing for an onslaught as it opens public comment on the state's proposed hydrofracking rules.  Beginning today, comments will be accepted through the 11th of January.  Previous comment periods on the controversial technology attracted more than 80-thousand responses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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