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Joyce Powell sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison for the murder of John Rutledge. He was found dead along the side of a road in Orleans County nine years ago.  
Powell, a former Rochester anti-violence activist, killed Rutledge in a dispute over drug money.  
Powell had been an outspoken anti-violence advocate in the past after her release from prison in the mid 90s on a drug conviction and the death of her son in a drug dispute.

On this morning’s police blotter:
37-year-old Jason Zymowski of Lancaster: he has been jailed in Wyoming County. Zymowski was riding an ATV in the Town of Wethersfield. State Police tried to stop him and a chase began. It ended quickly when Zymowski’s ATV got stuck. Troopers said Zymowski  had a blood alcohol count of point-21 percent, almost 2 and a half times the legal limit. This was all at 9:30 yesterday morning.

23 year-old Ryan Carr of North Tonawanda: he’s been arrested on a charge of Aggravated Harassment. Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say Carr made over 140 telephone calls to people he knew in the Town of Alexander, calls police say, were harassing in nature. Carr posted a thousand dollars bail.

Would you be willing to drug test your high school student? 
A Long Island lawmaker Joseph Saladino has introduced a bill that would require parents of high school students to give their children annual drug tests. 
The proposal would mandate that parents administer the test and sign a statement swearing it was performed. The results would remain private. 
Saladino says his proposed law is intended to be a tool to help parents find out if there is a problem and whether treatment should be sought.

Over the 10 past years, 1.6 million New Yorkers have moved out of the state…that’s the greatest loss of residents to other states than anywhere else in the nation.
All eight Western New York counties lost residents from 2000 to 2010. Genesee County lost 1,400.

Home sales are down once again in the Buffalo-Niagara region.  New figures from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors found that home sales tumbled 38-percent in June compared to June of last year.  Officials say home sales were artificially high in 2010 due to the federal tax credit program for first-time homebuyers.
 

 

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# Amy L Platten
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 7:05 PM
Would this bill that lawmaker Joseph Saladino has introduced be for all parents of teenagers or just those parents with teenagers that are suspected of using drugs? It could be a little difficult to get all parents to do this, especially those who do suspect their teenager of using drugs.
# Amy L Platten
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 7:06 PM
Kind of funny that an anti-violence activist is sentenced to 25 years to life for killing someone. Doesn't that go against what she was fighting against, violence.

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