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Three men who admitting running an illegal sports betting operation – two of them former city firemen – will serve weekend community service and three years of probation.
Gregory Phillips and Brian Bordonaro, forced to resign their jobs with the Batavia Fire Department, and Lance Engel, an employee of the New York State Veteran’s home, learned their sentence yesterday.
Judge Robert Balbick said it was a difficult case to handle.
All three men, he said, were decent, family men who made a horrible mistake.
Their sentence includes 120 days of community service in a weekend work detail at the county jail, three-years of probation and a fine of $1,000.
Formal sentencing for all three will take place on March 26th.
The three originally faced a felony charge that was reduced to a misdemeanor in a plea bargain.
The prosecutions case was crippled when allegations surfaced that a Sheriff’s deputy working the case was a former customer of the book making ring.

Batavia’s only movie theatre gets a new lease on life.
Dipson Theatres had threatened to close the two-screen movie house unless a buyer was found.
The buyer is Batavia businessman Ken Mistler.
He said he plans renovations and technical improvements to the place.
No timetable given.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies have identified the man struck and killed by a train last weekend.
26-year-old Austin Codding of Churchville died when he was hit by a CSX freight near North Sanford Road.
Deputies continue to investigate how and why Codding was on the tracks.

The state Assembly has approved a bill to raise the minimum wage to nine-dollars an hour.  
The minimum wage is currently in line with the federal minimum wage of seven-25-an hour.  The bill will go before the state Senate next.

Kevin Costner won't be making a movie about the Buffalo Bills after all.  Buffalo had been rallying to have the film "Draft Day" filmed in the city.  The movie would have depicted Costner as a fictitious Buffalo Bills general manger trying to make the team a winner once again.  Despite efforts from local leaders and the Cuomo administration, the movie will now be shot in Cleveland.  

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