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Police are beginning to believe that the January fire that closed Batavia’s Bed, Bath and Beyond may have been deliberately set. Genesee County Sheriff’s Investigator Kris Kautz has released four poor quality surveillance photos of persons he wants to talk to in connection with the case.
None of the four are suspects, he said, but they were in the store just prior to the fire.
Kautz admits the photos are of very poor quality but they are all investigators have to work with.
View the photos HERE

Batavia Police are asking for help in identifying the driver of car that stuck a home on Liberty Street Thursday night. 
The vehicle struck a home at 219 Liberty and then drove away.
The car is described as a silver or light blue four door sedan. 
It was last seen headed southbound on Liberty Street towards South Jackson Street.  The car should have heavy front end damage especially on the driver side corner. 
If you have information about the incident, call the  Batavia Police at 345-6350. 


The Batavia City Council meets tonight in a conference session.
No binding votes are taken.
Council meets at 7 p.m. in city hall.
The public may address the council by first signing in the the city clerk.

The city of Buffalo is being given high marks for its hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.  Four games were played on Thursday and two more on Saturday.  It was Saturday where one of the tournament's early upsets took place, as Syracuse fell to Dayton.  Officials say the tournament generated an estimated $5-million-dollars in economic activity in Buffalo over the last few days.


A Batavia High School Senior is the new Mr. Batavia.  Spencer Hubbard won the title Friday night during the second annual Mr. Batavia contest at Batavia High School.  Hubbard, who is openly gay,  said that in middle school he was bullied and "now look how far I have come. I was just myself, I didn't really care what people thought. I did not try hard to impress people."
More than $2,200 was raised for the winner’s charity which for Spencer is Habitat for Humanity. He is planning to attend the University of Tampa majoring in journalism. 

Photo Courtesy: The Batavian

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