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Immigrant wins release after 5 years in Batavia detention center

After more than five years in federal detention, Jamaican immigrant Joseph Hechavarria won his release this week. Hechavarria's newfound freedom came with conditions, but it nevertheless represents a victory in his long legal fight against imprisonment at the Federal Detention Center in Batavia and


Update: Winter storm watch remains in effect for all of WNY, with snows beginning Saturday

BATAVIA — A winter storm watch has been issued from Saturday afternoon to Monday afternoon all of Western New York. Heavy snow is possible, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Light snow will begin as early as Saturday morning.


Batavia Town Board holding Feb. 20 hearing on proposed local law with code changes

BATAVIA — The Town Board will have a public hearing in a few weeks on a proposed local law to make administrative changes to the building and fire prevention code, including a mandate to establish a review board for violation hearings.


WNY Rebels annual AAU Basketball Tryouts at Notre Dame next two Sundays

WNY Rebels annual AAU Basketball Tryouts for boys and girls will be held on two consecutive Sundays, Jan. 20 and 27, at Norte Dame High School gymnasium. Cost is $10 per player.


Stop the presses: Another investment in Batavia with The Coffee Press

BATAVIA — Derek Geib has a unique and popular restaurant in Batavia with Bourbon & Burger Co. on Jackson Street. However, while talking to his wife, Jen, he realized the city was lacking one thing — a true coffee shop.


UPDATED: Water main break reported on North Street

At approximately 3 a.m. there was a large water main break on North Street between Trumbull and North Spruce in Batavia. The main has been shut down, and crews are beginning repairs. Residents in the area may experience low water pressure or discoloration.


Hawley sounds the alarm on minimum-wage-related layoffs

New York State’s minimum wage increased again this year to $11.10 per hour and Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) vocalized concern that sharp increases year-to-year are unsustainable for upstate’s struggling small businesses.


Albion police: man working on gas appliance when explosion occurred

ALBION, N.Y. (WIVB) - The resident of a home that caught fire in the Village of Albion Wednesday night was working on a gas heating appliance when an explosion occurred, authorities say.


GO ART! seeks pieces for juried show

BATAVIA – The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, 201 East Main St., is seeking entries for its third annual juried show. The show, called “The Art of the Rural,” is open to artists in any media, though not larger than 3 feet by 4 feet. All works must be original and created by the artist. Previo


Law and Order: 17-year-old male at BHS accused of 'unwanted physical contact against staff member'

A 17-year-old male who lives on Cherry Street in Batavia is charged with second-degree harassment. At 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, Batavia police investigated an incident at Batavia High School involving a student who allegedly had unwanted physical contact against a staff member. The youth was issued an


Batavia Service Center among FSA offices to reopen temporarily for limited services during government shutdown

BATAVIA — Certain Farm Service Agency offices, including the Genesee County Service Center at 29 Liberty St., Suite 4, Batavia, will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers.


Loss estimated at $1 million in pole barn fire

GAINESVILLE — Losses were estimated at $1 million in a fire that ravaged a pole barn used by a trucking company early Wednesday morning. Eleven fire companies were called to 5032 Route 78 about 2:30 a.m. for a report of barn fire.


GIRLS HOOPS: Elba, Batavia both cruise to W’s.

ELBA — Even when the Elba girls basketball team isn’t playing their best ball, the Lancers can sometimes make it look easy. And even with a slow start on Tuesday night against visiting Alexander, Elba showed its might.


Water service restored on North Street in Batavia

BATAVIA — Water service has been restored on North Street, city officials said. Service was restored about 1 p.m. The break occurred about 3 a.m. and water was shut off on North Street from Trumbull Parkway to North Spruce Street.


Missing purse from Albion Wal-mart with $700 inside leads to arrest of corrections officer from Olean

MEDINA — An Olean man who works as a corrections office in Pennsylvania was caught on camera allegedly stealing a purse at the Albion Walmart with $700 inside. The incident took place on Nov. 21, 2018 at the Albion Walmart. The victim called the Albion-based State Police and said her purse containin


2 injured in Albion house fire

ALBION, N.Y. (WHEC) -Two people are hurt after a house fire broke out in Orleans County Wednesday evening. It happened on Elmwood Avenue in Albion, NY. According to Orleans County Emergency Management, one person was transported to an area hospital by Mercy Flight and the other by an ambulance.


Two local students named to fall 2018 dean's list at SUNY Canton

More than 550 SUNY Canton students earned dean's list honors during the fall 2018 semester. "On behalf of the college's deans, I'd like to recognize these students for outstanding achievement," said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. "Your drive for success has been recognized, and we encourage you


Livingston Co. man facing rape charges for sex with teen

LEICESTER, NY (WROC) - An 18-year-old Livingston County man is facing charges for a relationship with a young girl in Leicester. The arrest comes after deputies were called to a home for a neighbor trouble related to the relationship, the sheriff says.


The Coffee Press on Jackson Street, now open, aims to be hometown hangout

When there were no immediate takers for an empty storefront Derek Geib owned on Jackson Street, he started to think about what he could do with the space and what Downtown Batavia needed.


Monroe County woman charged with stealing over $35,000 from former Wyoming County employer

(WIVB) - A Monroe County woman has been accused of stealing over $35,000 from a former employer while employed there. Cheryl A. Watson, 46, of Scottsville, was charged with two counts of third degree grand larceny by the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office.