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From the National Weather Service this morning:
A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect through Noon today. A strong system of storms is poised to move through a seven-county area in Western New York, including Genesee County.
As of this writing, most strong thunderstorms were tracking to the south of Genesee County.

Local Drug Task Force officers have nabbed two more on suspected possession of controlled substances.
59-year-old Julius Murphy of Ellicott Street, also known as “Fat Boy,” is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Lawmen say they found him in his home with crack cocaine, and a collection of dangerous weapons. He’s jailed in lieu of $,000 bail.
And 42-year-old Ryan Shrauger of Hull Park is also charged with Criminal Possession and Criminal Use of crack cocaine. He’s been jailed on $2,500 bail.

A young man from Batavia has been arrested, again, for vandalism. 17-year-old Christopher Smith of Porter Avenue is accused of nearly destroying several vehicles at the Batavia BOCES campus between late May and early July.
According to County Sheriff's Department investigators, Smith spray-painted vehicles, set off fire extinguishers inside them, and smashed windows.
Smith was already facing Criminal Mischief charges for crashing and spray-painting trucks at Godwin Pumps and Ashley Furniture.

New Western New York congresswoman Kathy Hochul has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee in Washington.
This is Hochul’s second committee appointment, since being elected to her 26th District seat in May. She’s already on the Homeland Security Committee.
The Armed Services Committee is responsible for funding and oversight of the Federal Department of Defense, and has a big hand in the Department of Energy as well.

One year ago, Deborah Maniace of Batavia was found dead at bottom of the Route 33 railroad overpass in Stafford.
Maniace had been walking home from her boyfriend’s house, holding her shoes in her hand, at about 2:00am in early August. A year later, there’s no explanation as to why Maniace plunged nearly 40 feet to her death that night.
Yesterday, Deborah’s family gathered on the overpass to remember her on her birthday. The mother of 4 would have been 48-years-old. Her sister, her son, her daughters, and her granddaughter released balloons into the cloudy sky as a memorial.
Read our full story HERE.

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