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Written by on December 5, 2019

Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger is taking on some new responsibilities.
He’s been named the apostolic administration for the Buffalo diocese following the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone who had faced criticism in recent months for how he handled the clergy sex abuse scandal in his diocese.
Scharfenberger will oversee the Buffalo diocese until Malone’s replacement is named which could take several months.
Scharfenberger took time to address the victims of alleged sex abuse yesterday…

The Albany diocese says Scharfenberger will spend most of his time in the Capital Region but will visit Buffalo once a week.

Batavia man looking at a possible 20 year sentence after pleading guiltry abducting a minor for sex.
23 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo of Batavia pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to enticing a minor to travel to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Torres-Acevedo was arrested on a count of rape for having sexual relations with a 14 year old girl in Genesee County and admitted to picking up the girl from school and driving her to Pennsylvania for sex.
He is now facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in February.

State Street man jailed without bail for Burglary in Batavia.
41 year old Robert Griffin was apprehended on an arrest warrant stemming from a previous domestic incident that allegedly occurred early last month at a Manhattan Ave address in Batavia.
Griffin is charged with two counts of Criminal Contempt along with a count of Burglary and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail without bail and is expected to reappear in City Court this afternoon.

Alleged imprisonment lands a South Swan Street resident in lock up.City Police report the arrest of 48 year old Shane Zimblis after police were called to respond to a possible physical domestic incident at an upper South Swan Street apartment.
Zimblis was accused of violating an order of protection during the altercation and was charged with Criminal Contempt, Criminal Mischief and Unlawful Imprisonment.
He was remanded to the County Clink without bail and is scheduled to return to Batavia City Court This afternoon.

The Batavia Muckdogs broke their silence over a proposal by Major League Baseball that would eliminate the local team.
Muckdogs General Manager Brendan Kelly issued a brief statement praising a group of congressman who have organized a task force to save minor league baseball.
Baseball has proposed eliminating 42 teams – including the Muckdogs – in an effort to reduce the expense of player development in the minor league system


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