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A Batavia woman is in critical condition this morning after reportedly swallowing an entire bottle of aspirin while an inmate at the Erie County Holding Center.
29-year-old Marcia Mitchel is under indictment for the May 2008 attempt to suffocate her infant daughter in a Buffalo hospital room.
She has been unable to post bail and has been held in the Erie County Jail since her arrest.
The holding center staff alerted The Buffalo News to Micthel’s suicide attempt.
The jail has been under the close scrutiny of the federal Justice Department for various deficiencies, including suicide prevention.
Jail staff was apparently aware that Mitchel was despondent and placed her on suicide watch. Somehow Mitchel managed to get a bottle of pills last Friday and take them without anyone noticing, until she became seriously ill.

The Batavia City Council begins it’s review of next year’s city budget tonight.
Council holding a budget work session at city hall beginning at 7 tonight. The public is invited.
The budget, prepared by City Manager Jason Molino, calls for a property tax increase of 3-percent. That figure is expected to be pared by council before the final budget is adopted by March 31st.

A new poll gives Governor Paterson some encouraging news as he mounts a run for his first full term in office.
The latest Siena College poll shows an increase in Governor Paterson's favor-ability rating for a third consecutive month.
But the survey continues to show Paterson's job approval mark significantly trails state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
The poll finds Cuomo has a 64-percent approval rating and would easily defeat Paterson and any potential Republican challenger this year.
 

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