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15-year police veteran to head city's department

BATAVIA -- Batavia has a new police chief, and he will take over the department Monday.

Shawn Heubusch, assistant chief of the Warsaw Police Department since 2004 and a 15-year veteran of law enforcement, will succeed Randy D. Baker.

Baker, who held the post for the past four years, is retiring after a 34-year career in police work. Heubusch's salary will be $70,271. He was chosen from among more than 20 candidates by City Manager Jason R. Molino. The City Council was informed Monday.

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Flooding causes water to cover several roadways

WELLSVILLE -- Several roads west of this Allegany County municipality were covered with water early Tuesday evening because of area flooding.

The roads flooded after a flood watch was issued for the area and were quickly cleared, authorities said.

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Bethlehem building's future is topic of meeting today

The history, current status and future of the Bethlehem Steel Administration Building will be the focus of a meeting at 7 p.m. today in John B. Weber Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2909 South Park Ave., Lackawanna.

The meeting, organized by the newly formed Lackawanna Industrial Heritage Group, will include a panel discussion moderated by local preservationist Chris Hawley. The ornate, three-story structure, built in 1901 and located at the Lackawanna-Buffalo border, has been in disrepair for years. A demolition was set to begin May 18, but it has been delayed following last-ditch efforts by area preservationists to save the building.

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DOT begins bridge repairs on spans along Route 400

New York bridge repair season has started in earnest.

The state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it is moving quickly to repair five state-owned bridges in Erie County.

New concrete bridge decks are being constructed on the both the northbound and southbound bridges that carry Route 400 over Lein Road in West Seneca. Work also will begin this month to replace three more bridge decks on the 400. These include the northbound and southbound structures carrying Route 400 over Jamison Road in Elma. Construction is slated to be complete in the fall.

In addition, bridge deck replacement is slated for the Route 400 northbound ramp bridge to Union Road in West Seneca. The ramp will be closed this summer to accommodate construction.

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Children's bookstore wins award from women's group

The Monkey See, Monkey Do Children's Bookstore at 9060 Main St. in Clarence won the Women's National Book Association Pannell Award, given annually since 1983 to two bookstores that "excel in contributing to their communities to bring books and young people together."