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 Arrests have been made in connection with the theft of copper wire from the Dolomite Company on Gulf Road in Leroy.  28 year old Michael Nicomento of North Street in Leroy and 22 year old Jonathan Smoak of State Street Road in Batavia have both been charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief, and Grand Larceny.  Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say the value of the copper wire and the damage to the electrical system at Dolomite is estimated at 32 thousand dollars. Nicomento is behind bars with bail set at 10 thousand dollars while Smoak was released under the supervision of Genesee Justice. Batavia Police have arrested 26 year old Jerome Dennis of LaSalle Avenue in Buffalo and charged him with Criminal Contempt, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and with Aggravated Harassment. Police say Dennis allegedly violated a Stay Away Order of Protection by repeatedly texting and then appeared at the residence of the protected party. The charge of Endangering
the Welfare of a Child is for allegedly forcible pulling a child by the arm and placing a barefoot one year old child onto the sidewalk when the temperature was 27 degrees. Dennis was released on his own recognizance.

Two persons have been arrested after their report of a robbery was found not to be true.  31 year old Tiffany Sprague and 31 year old Kevin Fickle both of South Jackson Street have been charged with falsely reporting an incident.  On March 16th they told authorities that there hade been a robbery and that a knife had been used.  An investigation revealed the claim to be false.  Both were released on their own recognizance for an appearance in Batavia City Court on March 26th. 

A quantity of crack cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia was confiscated with the arrest of two persons by the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force.  30 year old Jonathan “Jay” Hoges of Bank Street and 25 year old Ellen Martinez of Maple Street were both arrested when a search warrant was executed at a home at 16 Maple Street Wednesday night.  Hoges was charged with two felonies out of four charges and was sent to jail without bail.  Martinez was charged with three misdemeanor drug charges and was issued an appearance ticket.

An incident last October has resulted in the indictment of 44 year old Martin Toporczyk of Darien.  A Genesee County Grand Jury handed down the indictment yesterday.  Toporczyk was stopped for DWI and then fled the scene.  He has been charged with two felony counts of DWI and with resisting arrest. 

 A portion of the new gun control legislation could be pushed back.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says a plan to ban high-capacity magazines that can carry more than seven rounds currently set to begin April 15th could be suspended.  Such a move would come as lawmakers work to potentially eliminate the ban or ease it a bit to include ten rounds.

 Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren is seeking higher office.  Warren has announced she will seek the Democratic nomination for mayor and attempt to oust current Democratic Mayor Tom Richards.  Warren was elected Council President in 2010.

 An East Irondequoit teacher's aide now faces charges for having a sexual relationship with a student.  Jennifer Kennard is accused of having sex with the student multiple times in her home between 2010 and last month.  She's charged with rape and criminal sexual act.  Kennard has been a teacher's aide at East Irondequoit Middle School since 2009.

 A housekeeper at the West Point Cadet Mess Hall could face prison time after she was allegedly caught with a bag of frozen meatballs.  Estelle Casimir has pleaded not guilty to charges of larceny and possession of stolen property.  Casimir was arrested by military police after she was found with the bag which she said she had planned to throw away.  She faces a one-thousand-dollar fine and one-year in prison for each count.  Casimir remains suspended from the job she has held for 28 years pending the outcome of the case.

The Batavia City School District is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 universal pre-K program.
The program provides an opportunity for 4-year-old children to be involved in developmentally appropriate education classes. Children in the city school district who are age 4 on or before December 1, 2013 and are not enrolled in a BOCES special education program are eligible to apply.
The application deadline is April 5 and letters will be going out to families. For more information, contact the district office as selections will be made as soon as possible.


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