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Written by on April 19, 2019

Genesee County Board of Elections consider increase in cyber security.
Concerns that local elections could be influenced or tampered with by cyber sophisticate foreign agents has prompted the State government to push for added measures to prevent interference.
According to County IT Director Steve Zimmer New York State has presented a computer security system that could cost local taxpayers at least $20,000…

Zimmer expects that the state is likely to at least order counties to completely separate elections computers from the main county computer network.

Stabbing in Batavia lands a Rochester resident behind bars.
40 year old Kelly Rhim was apprehended by Batavia Police following investigation into a stabbing in the parking lot outside of TF Browns early Saturday morning.
The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital, treated and released and Police have said they will not be releasing any further information on the case at this time.
Rhim was jailed on counts of Attempted Assault in the first degree and Assault in the second with his bail set at $25,000.
He is scheduled to appear on May 2nd in Batavia City Court.

Possible life in prison for a Lockport man after pleading guilty to Sex Trafficking.
51 year old Oliver Kimmons appeared in a federal court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to five counts of sex trafficking.
Kimmons is said to have coerced young drug-addicted women, into prostitution in exchange for drugs.
He reportedly drove the victims to Western New York farms, dairies, and Indian reservations where they engaged in sex acts with paying customers in return for heroin.
Kimmons is scheduled sentencing for August 26th where he faces a minimum of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.

CountryMax is now open in Batavia.
The 23,000 square-foot store on Veterans Memorial Drive showcases multiple custom-built, wood-themed interior elements reflecting local history, a “Scrub House” self-serve dog wash, as well as climate-controlled small pet rooms, a wild bird center, and healthy feed for pets of all shapes and sizes.
The new Batavia location is the 17th store operated by the local, Western New York family-owned business which is celebrating 35 years of business this year. A Grand Opening Celebration is being planned for the weekend of May 18th and 19th.

Congressman Chris Collins has released his latest fundraising report.
It shows he raised $5,000 between January and March. All of the money was donated by Republican campaign committees.
Collins hasn’t said yet if he’ll run for another term in office next year.
He’s currently awaiting trial after being arrested on insider trading charges.

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