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It is Father’s Day today, the day to honor all fathers. However the weather in our area will not be fatherly. There will be clouds breaking up and then it will be breezy with a shower or thunderstorm. The high will be 74. Rain is also in the forecast for tonight and Monday. 

Flames destroyed a garage on property owned by Jason Howland of Ellicott Street Road in Pavilion yesterday morning. Firefighters from Pavilion, Batavia, LeRoy, and Stafford were called to the scene of the fire. Damage to the detached garage was estimated at 20 thousand dollars. No cause of the blaze has been determined.

Batavia City Firemen were called to the area of 63 Walnut Street yesterday morning for the report of a person in the Tonawanda Creek. Fire fighters found a semiconscious make in the water being held by a bystander. The victim was removed from the water and transferred to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. The victim has not been identified.

An argument has led to the arrest of a Bethany woman on Harassment charges. 20 year old Shelin Herold of Clipnock Road in Bethany was arrested by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies after an argument. Herold allegedly punched and slapped another person. She was arraigned in Bethany Town Court and will re-appear on July 16th.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies made two shoplifting arrests on Friday.
17 year old Jason Koenig of Summit Street in Batavia was arrested Friday morning on charges of Petit Larceny for allegedly stealing 156 dollars worth of perchance from K-Mart.

On Friday night, 23 year old Brandi-Lyn Heidenreich of Garibaldi Avenue in Oakfield was also charged with Petit Larceny for allegedly stealing about 97 dollars worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart.

Both Koenig and Heidenreich were given appearance tickets and will be in Batavia Town Court at a later date.

The next time you go to a Buffalo Bills game you are going to have to be careful what you bring. The NFL is putting tighter restrictions on what fans can bring into stadiums. Large purses, coolers, backpacks, fanny packs, computer and camera bags are now all on the banned list. Small clear plastic bags will still be allowed, as will binoculars, cameras, smartphones and necessary medical supplies. The restrictions are meant to enhance security and speed up entry time for fans at stadium gates.

New York auditors say the state mistakenly authorized nearly $3 million in unemployment payments for people who were dead, employed, out of the country, not authorized to work in the U.S. or had exceeded their benefits.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says $1.9 million was prevented from actually being paid, while the state Labor Department should pursue recovery of $1.1 million.

Labor officials say they have increased fraud-fighting measures by funding five positions in the comptroller's office to ensure overpayments are quickly identified and recouped, the very staff who identified the overpayments in this report.

That $3 million is less than 1 percent of $7.1 billion paid out to 1.13 million people in 2012.

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