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 It will be 20 years to life in prison for 45 year old Stephen Stone of Bergen.  He was given that prison term yesterday by Judge Robert Noonan in Genesee County Court.  Stone had pleaded guilty to predatory sexual assault charges.  H had been accused of raping several young girls over the course of 10 years.  Those girls ranged in age from 6 to 14.  Judge Noonan told the court that the details of the case were the most disturbing things he had ever heard.  Stone had blamed his own abuse when he was younger for his actions.


Baseball is back at Dwyer Stadium tonight and for the first time ever it’s Triple A baseball as the Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankees will be taking on the Norfolk Tides in a 7:05PM game.  Tickets are still available for the game. Scranton Wilkes Barre is the highest level farm club for the New York Yankees and the roster is populated by several players who have seen time with the big club including catcher Francisco Cervelli and infielder Ramiro Pena.  There is also relief pitcher Pat Venditte who can pitch with either arm, right or left.  He played for Staten Island in 2008 and faced the Batavia Muckdogs in a game in Staten Island.  Last night the Yankees defeated Rochester 5 to 3 while Norfolk, a farm club of the Baltimore Orioles lost to Gwinnitt County, near Atlanta, 9 to 2.  It is the first of 4 games this week-end at Dwyer.  Saturday and Sunday games are at 1:05PM, and Monday’s at 12:05PM.  Again tickets are available for all the games.



The Batavia Animal Hospital on West Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia is expanding.  The new owners will be tearing town the current building and replacing it with a facility twice its size.  The new structure will be located behind the current building.  Last October the Perry Veterinary Clinic bought the Batavia Animal Hospital from Dr. Raymond Pray.  Practice Manager for Perry, Robert Bausch says the new hospital will be able to include a clinic to dispense livestock medications and much more. Also he says they would like to hire a new veterinarian.  The hospital will remain open while the next facility is constructed.

In another animal related story, a person convicted of stealing a family pet in New York State could be sent to prison.  State Lawmakers are considering a law that would call for up to 4 years in prison for anyone stealing a pet including dogs or stray cats found in a home.  The charge would be felony grand larceny.  The sponsors of the bill say that pets are like family members to many people.  The measure was passed by the State Senate on Wednesday and now is heading to the State Assembly for passage.  The crime is currently a misdemeanor and must be toughened according to proponents of the bill.


The discovery of human remains in Great Valley are said to be that of the elderly pastor who disappeared more than a year ago.  Police say the human remains are that of 92-year-old Thomas Hamilton.  He vanished last year while hiking with his daughter.  The remains were found Tuesday by a hiker.  


A tentative date has been picked for a daredevil's wire-walk across Niagara Falls.  Officials on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border have landed on June 15th as the likely date for Nik Wallenda's wire-walking stunt.  Wallenda has said he'd like to perform the wire-walk across the Falls at night, hopefully during a prime-time TV special celebrating the event.


Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is coming to Buffalo.  Romney is slated to appear at a fundraiser at the Burchfield Penney Art Center on June 15th in what could likely be his only Western New York appearance.  Organizers say the event will be a major fundraiser both for the Republican presidential candidate and the RNC.


A new poll finds a large majority of New Yorkers support an increase in the state minimum wage.  The New York One-YNN Marist poll found that 72 percent of respondents believe raising the minimum wage in the Empire State is a good idea.  Lawmakers in Albany have been tossing the idea around for weeks now, with Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leading the fight.  Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has said repeatedly he doesn't think a minimum wage increase is a good idea.


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the Sprint-Nextel Corporation for dodging state sales taxes.  Schneiderman says the suit charges the corporation with deliberately under-collecting and underpaying over 100-million-dollars in state and local sales taxes that are required to be paid on the full amount of monthly access charges for wireless calling plans.  Schneiderman notes Sprint repeatedly and knowingly submitted false records and statements to New York State tax authorities.









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