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Written by on February 22, 2018

30 year old J W Hardy of Batavia has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for his part in a violent gang assault last year.
Hardy appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday for sentencing on his felony gang assault conviction stemming from last July’s beating and stabbing of a man on East Main Street.
If it wasn’t for the quick action of first responders Hardy’s victim would have likely died in the attack according to Prosecutors.
26 year old Anthony Spencer of Batavia was also arrested for the assault and his case is still pending.
Spencer is expected to take his case to trial.

Rochester man adds to prison time for Batavia Bank robbery.
25 year old Steven Vega of Rochester is currently serving a 2-4 year sentence on a charge in Monroe County.
Yesterday he added to his term after being sentenced to 3-6 years in prison for robbing the Bank of America branch in Batavia last July.
Judge Charles Zambito agreed with the prosecution that he was already provided a substantial break in his plea deal gave Vega the maximum sentence allowed under the plea agreement.

Tops says vendors have no reason to worry.
“The Buffalo News” confirmed yesterday that the supermarket chain filing for bankruptcy is telling its vendors that this will have no impact on their dealings.
The company says this is just an internal restructuring and it will be business as usual.
Tops says that food providers or other vendors will be paid in full moving forward but any debts owed before the filing have to be addressed by the court.

Committee approves funding for Jail elevator.
It will take nearly $72,000 to fix the elevator at The Genesee County Jail.
It’s a matter of safety according to Former Sheriff Gary Maha.
Maha who is now a county legislator, told the County’s public safety committee that it is safer to use the elevator to move inmates between floors. It’s also used to deliver meals to inmates.
The Public Safety Committee unanimously approved the expenditure.
The County legislature will be presented a full analysis on the Jail conditions by the SMRT Architects Firm This Saturday Morning at 8.

Families displaced after apartment fire in Lima.
A passer-by driving past an East Main Street residence in Lima reported flames coming out of the front of the house to Emergency Communications at around 9:00 pm Tuesday night.
The caller went to the house and alerted the other residents of the fire while dispatchers requested assistance.
The building contained six apartments that were occupied and all the residents were able to get out of the house safely.
All the residents were displaced from the building and The Red Cross was on scene assisting and continues to help the residents with a place to stay.
No injuries were reported however several family pets were lost in the fire.
The cause of the fire has not been determined but authorities ruled out any criminal act as the cause.

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