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One person was killed in a one car accident last evening on the Lockport Road in the Town of Oakfield. 21 year old Stephen Ferry of the Knowlesville Road in South Alabama was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the driver of a car that left the roadway and struck a large tree. A passenger, 19 year old Jonahtan Coombs of Orchard Street in Oakfield was ejected during the crash and was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC with what was said to be life threatening injuries. The investigation into the accident is continuing.

A man plowing in an apple orchard became entangled in the mower and was injured yesterday. In happened off Platten Road in the Orleans County Town of Yates. 43 year old David Klopp of Albion had his clothing and arm get caught in the mower. He was able to extricate himself from the machinery and walked to the nearest residence. He was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for treatment.

A hit and run accident at East Main Street and Elm Street last night is being investigated by Batavia Police. They’re looking for the driver of a gold S-10 pick up truck which should have extensive hood and front passenger side damage. The driver is described as a white male, with blonde hair, and about 30 to 40 years old. Anyone with information is asked to all the Batavia Police Department confidential tip line at 345-6370.


Election officials around the state are spreading the word that this is the last week to register to vote or change your party affiliation in the November general election. 

The Genesee County Board of Elections is holding registration opportunities at the Town Hall in each town in the County and the City of Batavia this Saturday…as is required by law.The Board of Elections is estimating a near-80-percent voter turnout rate in Genesee County for the Presidential Election. Richard Seibert is the Republican Election Commissioner. He says that this is a good opportunity for procrastinators.Anyone mailing a registration form must have it postmarked by Friday. For more information on the registration events in Genesee County, visit our website at


To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Albion police will be wearing Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbons on all uniformed personnel. Patrol vehicles will also display the ribbon. Police officials say Breast Cancer has in some way affected everyone in the community and they hope that by aiding in awareness they can help in a small way to find a cure.

The NFL may be planning to invest league money in a new film that revolves around the Buffalo Bills. According to "New York Magazine," NFL officials are considering endorsing and investing in "Draft Day," a new film that stars Kevin Costner as a fictional general manager of the Bills. The movie reportedly shows Costner's character using the first pick in the NFL draft to overhaul the Bills and lead them to glory. The NFL hasn't given its blessing, and the use of its logos, team names and other licenses, to a film since 2006's "Invincible" starring Mark Wahlberg as former Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale. NFL officials famously denied Oliver Stone the use of NFL logos and names in his 1999 flick "Any Given Sunday."

Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan is offering a way to help the state collect some of the 35-million-dollars in unpaid Thruway tolls. Ryan is calling for legislation that would make evading Thruway tolls a class A misdemeanor under the state theft of service law. Currently, the Thruway Authority sends a letter requesting payment to toll evaders, but many of them are ignored, with no other collection recourse. Ryan says the change is a much better way to close the Thruway budget deficit than a 45-percent toll increase for trucks.


State parks around New York are getting facelifts thanks to an infusion of capital improvement funds.  Construction in a variety of parks is now underway following a 143-million dollar investment to pay for repairs and maintenance.  Park advocates say the new financing will improve many pressing health and safety problems in New York's 213 parks and historic sites.


Governor Andrew Cuomo is working to save the Maid of the Mist after the boat tour company lost their Canadian tours.  A Cuomo administration source tells the Buffalo News that the governor feels this is an important issue, and he is exploring all possibilities to make sure the boats keep running.  The company lost their location to store boats on the Canadian side, and now have no place to store their vessels in the winter.  The site of the former Schoellkopf Power Plant is being considered as a location for the boat storage.


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