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An 18-year-old man from Lockport died after accidentally shooting himself in the face on the first day of deer season.

Nicholas Renna was killed Saturday afternoon on the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in the Town of Shelby, just over the Genesee County line.
Renna and his hunting companion were dragging a deer when they stopped to rest. Renna set his 12-guage shotgun against a tree stump. Somehow, the gun fell and discharged, striking Renna in the face. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The young man’s death marked the second hunting fatality in the Refuge in the past two weeks. A 42-year-old Newfane man fell from a portable tree stand and died while bow hunting.

A 70-year-old Livingston County man was severely injured over the weekend in another hunting accident.
Robert Miller of Portville fell15-feet from a tree stand in the Town of Leicester.
State Police said Miller did not secure a safety strap and fell after he shot a deer.

A two car collision over the weekend in the Town of Alabama results in serious injuries to a Batavia man.
53-year-old Gordon Montgomery was traveling west on Ledge Road yesterday when his car crossed into the opposite lane and struck a SUV head-on.
Montgomery is in serious condition this morning in the trauma intensive care unit of ECMC.
The driver of the SUV, 58-year-old John Anderson of Basom, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Senator Chuck Schumer says he will fight a bill advancing in the House of Representatives that would allow telemarketers access to cell phone users. 
The bill would  allow private companies to automatically dial, at will, Americans’ cell phones. 
Schumer says that these unwanted calls could drive up consumers’ cell phone bills by using up consumers’ cell phone minutes.  

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has ordered a delay in any merger of St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Batavia and Holy Family School in LeRoy.
Just days after a letter was sent to parents of both schools indicating a merger was a near certainty, Bishop Edward Kmiec has put a halt on merger talk at least until March.
The bishop says he wants to see if Holy Family can increase enrollment and raise enough money to keep the school open.
Last week, church officials said that Holy Family would be reduced to only a Pre-K and afterschool program by the start of the next school year.
 
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