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Saturday, March 19, 2022

.Saturday 19 March 2022:
News Briefs

Hochul proposes changes to bail reform but the Governor's proposal draws ire from both political parties in spite of the public's current mindset that the Bail Reform passed by the NY Legislature was flawed and allows repeat offenders to go free after their initial court hearing. The governor’s 10-point plan is set to begin as part of the NYS budget proposals due April 1st and includes expanding the number of bail eligible crimes to cover more gun charges. Most importantly, it would allow judges to consider a suspect’s criminal history and set bail for repeat offenders, as opposed to just setting them free until trial, as the current Bail Reform seems to be doing. Good idea or not, either way, Gov. Hochul will get hit with the blame. Legislators claim they were looking at the "scientific evidence" as opposed to the political. Opinion: Perhaps they should listen more to their constituents instead of "science in a vacuum."

Investigators legally identify Alexander Dairy Farm murder victims saying that the two died of knife wounds at the Alexander farm. Morales was also known by three other names, including Ivan Cruz. The two men were both born in Mexico, and were living and working in the U.S. The murders were reported about 10 p.m. March 11 after a reported disturbance at 10216 Alexander Rd. Charged were: Prince N.K. Wilson, 23, of Albion and Raul S. Cruz, 18, of Warsaw (formerly of Albion). Each were charged with second-degree murder. They remain in Genesee County Jail without bail. Wilson was caught in Batavia shortly after the murders. Cruz was taken into custody the following afternoon after a manhunt in Warsaw.

Voters approve bus purchases at Le Roy Central School; to be paid off in five years--Story By MALLORY DIEFENBACH, mdiefenbach@batavianews.com--Residents of the Le Roy Central District have overwhelmingly approved 113-6 a proposition to borrow money for the purchase of new school buses and lawn maintenance equipment. The measure was approved 113-6 in district voting. Cost is not to exceed $423,000. This dollar amount will purchase one full size 65 passenger school bus, one 30-passenger wheelchair equipped mini bus, two 35-passenger mini buses, one six-passenger utility vehicle and one Ventrac tractor, along with implements for the latter. All vehicles listed will include a two-way radio and video surveillance equipment. The taxpayers will pay $80,800, which when divided over a five year payback period is approximately $16,160 per year from the General Fund budget. When that amount is then divided into the assessment value total for the entire district, each taxpayer will pay approximately one and a half cents per thousand dollars assessed value each year. In other words, if property owners with a house assessed at $100,000 would pay less than $1.50 annually. Brian Foeller, business administrator for Le Roy Central Schools, said the school will now purchase the buses, which will take several months to build and deliver.

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