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An Albion man, who has taken in almost three-quarters of a million dollars in lottery winnings, has been arrested for welfare fraud.
Authorities say 51-year-old Anthony Palermo won a thousand dollars a week for life on a lottery scratch-off ticket 14 years ago. 
But just last September he applied and received about 4-thousand dollars in welfare benefits.
Records show that a month earlier, Palermo may have sold his future winnings for a lump sum payout.
Palermo was arraigned on the charges in Albion Town Court yesterday and then released on his own recognizance.

The Batavia woman who allegedly punched out an older Wal-Mart cashier on Christmas Eve has pled not guilty.
26-year-old Jaquetta Simmons appeared briefly in Genesee County Court yesterday.
She is accused of slugging 70-year-old Grace Suozzi sending her to the hospital.
Simmons is charged with two counts assault. One is under New York’s so-called “Granny Law” for allegedly assaulting a person over the age of 65.

The Alabama Volunteer Fire Department has come into some federal cash for answering calls on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.
Congresswoman Kathy Hochul said the fire department has been trying for years to receive reimbursement for services they provide on the reservation.
Under an agreement reached this week, the Alabama Fire Dept. will receive $69,000 per year for the next five years from the Bureau of Indian Affairs for providing service to the reservation.
The Alabama Fire Department answers about 115 calls per year on the reservation.

Approximately 700 National Grid customers in Byron and Bergen will experience a brief electrical service interruption this Saturday. The interruption will take place from 4am to 6am. 
It will allow technicians to safely replace a transformer in the region. Customers experiencing the interruption will receive an automated phone call prior to the outage. 
Police and Fire companies have been notified about the interruption.  

Recent freezing temperatures have area apple growers concerned over damaged crops.  Some apple tree blossoms have frozen.  That's not good news and if the crops aren't as fertile as usual, the state's prized apple crops will be in short supply.  The price of apples could even double.
 

 

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