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Batavia Sculpture Damage Case Continues in Court

One of three men named in the case is requesting permission to travel, according to court records.

The latest court dates for the case involving damage to a Batavia sculpture are today, May 31 and June 16.

Batavia resident Thomas E. Bittner is the subject of the May 31 motion hearing. Bittner, one of three men named in the case, has a motion filed to see if Judge James Hallock will permit him to travel, according to online court records.

The records do not specify the destination or purpose of the travel. A phone message seeking more information from Cathy Cavins, Bittner's attorney, was not returned last week.

The other two men named in the case are Theodore R. Bittner of Batavia, and Steve L. Piron, of Sandwich. The three men are all charged with Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property, a Class 3 Felony.

Batavia Police identified the men after an extensive investigation following the April 24 vandalizing of the "Self-Made Man" statue. The 750-lb. statue was found toppled off its base at the corner of River and State streets, according to police.

Each of the men are scheduled for a June 16 status hearing. Cavins also represents Theodore Bittner and Piron in this case, according to court records.

For more about plans to repair the sculpture, click .

To read about the sculptor behind the Self-Made Man, click .

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