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Fire Breaks Out in Spruce Street Apartment Complex

A fire broke out in an apartment complex in the City of Batavia late last night.

In a story first reported by our news partner, The Batavian, the fire first broke out in building ‘B’ at 20 North Spruce Street in Batavia.

At least 13 people, living in six apartments, were forced to vacate their apartments.

The fire reportedly broke out in a second floor apartment occupied by a man and his three grandchildren. All four escaped unharmed, while the apartment was gutted.

A third floor apartment was also heavily damaged and there is smoke and water damage throughout the Group B section of the complex.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Police Beat

A Le Roy man was arrested for allegedly trespassing at Byron-Bergen Central School.

52-year-old Scott Castle had allegedly been told by school officials to stay off school grounds.

He was arraigned in Bergen Town Court.

A Pavilion man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.

38-year-old Beniluis Ruiz, of Pavilion, was arrested by Genesee County Sherriff’s for sexual assault of a person who was under 17 years of age and providing alcohol to a minor.

He faces two misdemeanor charges of unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Ruiz also faces a felony charge of a criminal sexual act in the third degree and rape in the third degree.

He was arraigned in Pavilion Town Court and released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

Deal Reached to Legalize Marijuana in NYS

New Yorkers will now have access to medical marijuana under an agreement between legislative leaders and Governor Andrew Cuomo. However, people who are allowed access to medical marijuana will not be able to smoke it. They will be able to ingest marijuana through vaporization, oils or a pill, but not through smoking.

Bill supporters say that clause was the only way Cuomo would agree to the measure.

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