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Written by on April 25, 2019

Arby’s robber found guilty by a Grand Jury in Batavia.
Batavia resident Michael Piasta has been found guilty by a Genesee County Court Grand Jury of robbing the Arby’s on Main Street a year ago.
Piasta was accused of stealing nearly $10,000 from the restaurant in a robbery last March and was convicted of robbery, grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said that surveillance video of the scene was pivotal in the case, linking the clothing worn by the suspect to Piasta.
The jury came to their decision in only 2-hours.
Piasta has already served three terms in state prison and is eligible for sentencing as a persistent felon.
He could be spending the next 5 to 15 years behind bars at sentencing.

Batavia man behind bars for incidents of harassment and trespassing.
City Police took 31 year old Kevin Waleski Jr. into custody last Sunday on a count of Harassment following investigation into an incident at an upper apartment of a South Main Street address.
Waleski was accused of threatening someone with physical violence.
He was then arrested and charged with a count of Criminal Trespassing in a separate incident for allegedly refusing to leave someone’s property.
Waleski was committed to the Genesee County Jail with bail and is scheduled to reappear today in Batavia City Court.

So called “Safe Storage” bill has Hawley calling for constituents to take aim against the legislation.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia says that the so called “Safe Storage” bill places unnecessary and ambiguous restrictions on the storage and incapacitation of firearms for those who do not own them and could put an end to youth marksmanship in New York.
Hawley voted against the bill and is urging his constituents to call or write their local representative and Gov. Cuomo requesting a veto of the legislation.
Check the article on our website for a link and contact information for the Governor’s Office.

A new report from New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is criticizing how lawmakers handled the state budget process.
DiNapoli says the negotiations to reach a 175 billion dollar budget lacked transparency at times. He also says bills didn’t have much time to be reviewed by legislators or the public before being voted on.
DiNapoli also claimed that both the governor and lawmakers passed a spending plan with little information about its overall financial impact.

The Buffalo Bills will look to boost their roster tonight.
The NFL Draft is being held in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Bills hold the ninth overall pick in the first round.
The draft continues until Saturday.


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