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Man Indicted in Harvester Assault Case

A grand jury has indicted Shane Bell, the man accused of punching 52-year-old Scott Baker after the two men left a party at The Harvester early on the morning of August 25th. 

Bell has been indicted for second-degree assault, a Class D felony.

Shannon Bartz was also indicted for third-degree grand larceny, a Class D felony. She was accused of stealing property in excess of $3,000 between October 2012 and March 2013 from the Batavia Pizza Hut. Bartz was also accused of falsifying business records in the first degree, a Class E felony. She allegedly made false entries in the business records at Pizza Hut or she omitted true entries. 

Police Investigating Le Roy Tops Robbery

Police are investigating an armed robbery in LeRoy today as they search for the suspect.

It occurred at Tops just before 11 a.m.

"A gentleman walked in and demanded money and he did display a handgun," LeRoy Police Chief Chris Hayward said. "(The suspect is) a black male, approximately six feet tall, thin build in his 30s, short hair wearing brown pants, a black hoodie and black sunglasses."

A state police helicopter was in use looking for the suspect who fled on foot. Chief Hayward said an "indeterminate amount of money" was involved.

Byron-Bergen schools were put into lockout; at 2 p.m. they were advised they could open the building.

Veterans Can Now List Status on Licenses

Qualified Veterans in New York State can now have the option of listing their status as a veteran on their licenses.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. armed forces who apply can have the designation listed on the official document.

Cuomo says it will make it easier for veterans to receive benefits to which they’re entitled as well a showing pride in having honorably served our country.

To sign up, go to the DMV Office – it cannot be done online – and fill out the appropriate information on application form MV-44 or MV-2. Veterans should have their original Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.

There are no additional fees to have the designation on the top left hand corner of the license, but the usual fees still apply.

UPDATE: The Governor’s Office specifically said there are no "additional" fees to have the designation, but in reality, veterans will be charged $12.50 for license replacement. County Clerk Don Read says five Genesee County veterans have signed up.
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