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The suspect in the theft of an antique long gun from the Holland Land Office Museum didn’t get far, before the long arm of the law caught up with him.
55-year-old Frank Bieniek of Alden is behind bars, without bail this morning.
Batavia Police say Bieniek stole the gun yesterday afternoon. A citizen said Bieniek left the museum with the gun hidden under his coat. The alert citizen followed the suspect, called police with a license number, and that left to Bieniek’s arrest less than a block away.
The antique gun was recovered. It is valued at over $3,000.

A LeRoy man is indicted and charged with the Predatory Sexual Assault of a Child.
31-year-old Gregory Jones of Main Street in LeRoy has been jailed without bail.  The indictment alleges that Jones raped and sodomized a girl under 13-years-old for over the past year.
Among the charges filed against Jones: First Degree rape, a charge that can bring up to 25-years in state prison.

The deadline has been extended for citizens wanting to apply for a seat on Batavia’s Consolidated Charter Task Force.
The Task Force will be responsible for writing a new charter document for a consolidated City and Town of Batavia. The new deadline to apply is January 7th.
Officials said the Holiday season might have prevented some people from signing up.

The Batavia City Council meets this Monday night in both a business and conference session.
During the conference meeting city lawmakers are scheduled to discuss the possible sale of the city owned Ice Arena, although no formal vote is expected.

In the business session, council is expected to act on an agreement with Genesee County that will result in the county taking over the administration of the city youth bureau.
Council is also expected to approve a local law increasing dog license fees:
The license for spayed and neutered dogs will go from $7 to $10,
Unsprayed or un-neutered dog licenses will go from $7 to $15.
And licenses for purebreds will increase from $10 to $35.

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