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The head coach of GCC’s women’s softball team has been arrested on felony charges accusing her of double dipping her state employers.

Renee Smith, 28, of Livonia is a recreational therapist for the State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
The criminal case alleges that Smith filed false time cards claiming to be working for the state while actually putting in hours with the softball team.
The inspector general said at one time Smith said she was on the clock for her full-time job with the state when she was in fact traveling to Myrtle Beach with the GCC softball team.
The state claims Smith bilked the state out of $1,100 in false payments.
GCC Spokesman Richard Ensman said the school had just learned of Smith's arrest yesterday and was investigating the matter.

A Town of Alabama man who skipped out on his sentencing for burglary and grand larceny charges is back in the custody of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
24-year-old Benjamin Muntz of Knowlesville Road ended up serving time in Arkansas for unrelated charges. He was released on parole yesterday and immediately slapped with a warrant bringing him back to Genesee County. When he’s done here, local authorities say Muntz is wanted in Georgia too.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public to solve a string of burglaries in East Pembroke last weekend. Authorities say more than a dozen homes were burglarized. 
Thieves made off laptops, GPS devices, cash, and an ATV taken from a home on Read Road. 
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office.

The new City of Batavia school budget will result in a two percent tax rate increase.
The board adopted a 2013-14 budget of almost $42-million an increase of 5-percent over the current year.
The District managed to keep all of its programs in tact…and still hold down the tax rate. 
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 14 at 7 at the high school library. 
Residents will then get to vote on the budget May 21.

Ross Street at East Main in the City of Batavia will be closed today from 9 this morning until 2 this afternoon.
The City Bureau of Maintenance will be working on a pipeline repair. It says no traffic will be allowed to enter or exit Ross Street while the work is in progress. 
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