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 It is expected that we will learn today the fate of Jacquetta Simmons.  She was convicted of punching Wal-Mart cashier Grace Suozzi last Christmas eve.  Simmons could receive a sentence ranging from probation to eight years in prison.  She has no previous criminal record. 

It will be 15 years in prison for 31 year old Michael Makolinski.  He previously pled guilty to robbing five banks in western New York.  Those robberies occurred in Batavia, Irondequoit, Lewiston, Buffalo, and Erie Pennsylvania between October and December of 2007.  He was facing a maximum sentence of 25 years behind bars. 

25 year old Nicholas Antonucci of Alexander is in trouble with the law again.  He has been charged with criminal contempt after he allegedly had contract with an estranged girlfriend.  A court order of protection prohibited from having contact with her.  He was released on 15 hundred dollars bail.  Antonucci also was out on 50 thousand dollars bail for multiple burglary and grand larceny charges in Wyoming County from early October. 

With a massive toll hike for trucks on the horizon, Thruway Authority Executive Director Tom Madison wants more time to consider the proposal.  The Thruway Authority recently canceled a pair of meetings where the 45 percent toll hike was expected to be discussed.  Madison has said in a statement that the toll hike proposal is a "complex issue" that requires evaluation.  The toll increase for commercial trucks were first proposed in May. A member of the Thruway Authority board, Donna luh of Depew says she has had enough.  Luh says she will no longer vote in favor of the 45 percent increase for commercial trucks.


The Genesee County Sheriff’s Department is reminding car owners to keep their cars locked at all times when parked.  That after more than 20 with apparently unlocked doors where broken into Monday night –Tuesday morning in LeRoy.  I-Pods, GPS units, clothing, cash, and other items were taken.  Livingston  County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating similar events in Caledonia.  

Xerox employees in the Rochester area could be facing pink slips.  The Xerox Corporation has announced it will layoff 25-hundred workers around the nation by the end of the year, though its unknown just how many of those layoffs will come from the Rochester region.  Xerox officials say the pink slips will come mostly from the services side of the business.


17 year old Kathryn Long of Mechanic Street in Byron has been charged by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies with harassment.  Long allegedly grabbed a youth worker after the youth worker took away Long’s cell phone.  Long also allegedly grabbed the Youth Worker’s purse and attempted to take it way.  Long is in jail with bail set at 500 dollars.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has created the "Moreland Commission" to investigate the preparedness and response of the state's utilities to Hurricane Sandy. The Moreland Commission will also make recommendations to reform and modernize the regulation and management of New York's power delivery system. Former Attorney General Robert Abrams and Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services Benjamin Lasky will co-chair the 10-person commission.



Millions of Americans plan to hit the road during the coming Thanksgiving holiday.  The Triple-A predicts more than 39-million people will be driving 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend, up more than half-a-percent from last year.  The travel group says about three-million people will fly to their destinations bringing the total to well over 43-million travelers.  Gas prices are expected to be at roughly the same level they were last year, between three-25 and three-40 a gallon nationwide.





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