posted on April 18, 2014 07:25
Tempers have cooled on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation following a day of tension and a massive police presence.
State Police and Sheriff’s Deputies converged on the Arrowhawk Smoke Shop along Bloomingdale Road late yesterday after threats of violence were allegedly made over a court order.
The daughter of the smokes shop’s late owner was trying to gain access to the business that she said was left to her in her father’s will.
The original owner’s brother, Tom Peters, has been running the business and says a state court order does not apply on sovereign Indian land.
Late in the day a tentative settlement was reached and police left.
The dispute has been going on for years.
The Batavia City Schools Board of Education has approved a $43-million school budget for next year.
The budget calls for a 2-percent increase in school taxes.
The budget will go to voters on May 20th.
Three capital projects will also be put before voters:
Renovations to the school’s softball field, a new roof for the Richmond Library and electrical work at the high school gym.
Three seats on the board of education will also be decided.
LeRoy Central School residents will decide the fate of a $22.6-million budget that will increase taxes there by 2.6 percent.
Voting on the LeRoy budget is also set for May 20th as are the budgets in all Genesee county school districts.
Vandals knocked over two dozen headstones at Elmwood Cemetery on Harvester Avenue this month, causing several hundred dollars in damage.
Batavia Police Officer Eric Hill reports reports of cemetery valdalism occur about once a year.
Hill said the latest vandalism occurred sometime over the weekend of April 4th to the 7th.
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Batavia Police at 345-6350.