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Batavia’s St. Joseph’s Elementary School will remain open.
St. Joe’s survived the latest round of school closings ordered by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
St. Joe’s is the only Catholic elementary school left in Genesee county. Holy Family in LeRoy closed two years ago.
The eight-county Buffalo Diocese now has 41 Catholic elementary schools.
Ten years ago there was twice that many.
 
A former payroll coordinator at Medina Memorial Hospital admits she took nearly $500,000 from the hospital over the past decade.
58 year old Linda Rakonczay pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday as part of a plea deal.
Prosecutors say the thefts began in 2001 and continued through 2012.
Rakonczay submitted reports to the hospital’s bank that allowed for the transfer of money into her personal bank account.
She’ll be sentenced at a later date.
 
An Orleans County man is dead following a one car accident.
It happened yesterday morning on East Yates Center Road in Lyndonville.
A car operated by 24 year old Paul Lauricella went out of control after hitting a patch of black ice, ran off the road and struck a tree.
Lauricella was alone in the car. He was taken to Strong memorial by Mercy flight and pronounced dead on arrival.
 
This week marks the one year anniversary of the passage of New York’s SAFE Act, but it remains a hot-button issue.  A group called State Legislators Against Illegal Guns NY is pushing for even more gun control laws, like one that would limit gun buyers to one handgun per month and another that would regulate how gun owners with children store their weapons.  Opponents of the SAFE Act, including some New York state assemblymen, maintain the law is unconstitutional and continue to work towards its repeal…among them Batavia Republican Steve Hawley.
 
There is the possibility of a water service interruption today for some City of Batavia residents.
A contractor will be making repairs to a private waterline on Bank St. near Ross St.
This work may require the City water main to be shut down to complete the repairs.  
If a service interruption is required it will impact water service on Bank St. (between Chandler Ave. and Vine St.) and Ross St. (between Bank St and North St).  
Water would be shut down after 9am until the repairs are completed. That could take several hours.  
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