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Written by on May 22, 2018

New first class facility officially opens for first responders.
Mercy EMS ambulances have moved to a brand new headquarters just outside the city off of Route 98.
The move will mean fewer Mercy EMS ambulances racing through busy downtown Batavia responding to calls.
A ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the 2.1-million dollar facility was held yesterday afternoon.
Even with all the accolades heaped on the company yesterday, Mercy EMS cofounder Doug Baker says they can still do better…

Baker who had the vision of creating Mercy Flight back in 1981 was honored with a plaque that will be placed on the new building.
Mercy EMS had previously staged their ambulances at the former St. Jerome’s Hospital on Bank Street.

Batavia teen gets state prison time for assaulting a 13 year old.
16 year old Lionel Anderson appeared in Genesee county court yesterday for sentencing stemming from an incident of assault with a younger teen in Batavia.
Anderson was sentenced for beating a 13 year old who had his face slammed into the ground twice and had to be hospitalized.
Anderson was sentenced to one to three years in state prison and his record will be sealed as a youthful offender.
With time served the Oklahoma native could be released in 6 months.

New York State Democrats and Republicans are gathering at their respective conventions tomorrow ahead of primary races.
Both parties are looking for their best candidates to win the attorney general’s office vacated by Eric Schneiderman.
New York City Public Advocate Letita James is the favorite to win the Democratic nomination while John Cahill, who ran in 2014, is expected to be the GOP’s pick.

Local lawmen to join in DWI crack down over the Memorial Day weekend.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office along with the Batavia and LeRoy Police Departments will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start Friday May 25th and will end on Tuesday May 29th.
Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year and marks the official start of summer.

The Peebles Dept store has announced it will be closing after 10 years in the city Bataiva. No specific closure date has been given yet.

The Bills have released Ritchie Incognito from the reserve and retired list.
This will make Incognito a free agent able to sign with any team.
Last month he said he planned to retire for health reasons.
However, ESPN reports that he told the Bills he wants to keep playing.

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