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A shooting outside a Killeen Texas convenience store has taken the life of a serviceman from Bliss in Wyoming County. 25 year old Austin Sampson was one of three men shot last Wednesday. The store is located just off base at Fort Hood. Reports indicate that Sampson was one of three men sitting in a car. They were confronted by a lone gunman who started shooting. The other two soldiers survived the attack. Sampson was a 2006 graduate from Letchworth Central School and served the county in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He was the recipient of several awards and decorations. Police are continuing the investigation into the shooting. So far no arrests have been made.

The family of Sgt. James Hackemer of Gowanda has been given a reported seven figure settlement. Hackemer was the man who was killed when ejected from the Man of Steel Roller Coaster ride at Darien Lake back in 2011. His family had argued that park employees violated polices when they let the double amputee ride the roller coaster. Hackemer’s young daughters will be the beneficiaries of the settlement.

School tax payers in the LeRoy School District received a warning yesterday. Superintendent of Schools Kim Cox says they could expect a 2 to 5.5 percent property tax hike next year. Cox says some issues with tax cap legislation, among other rising costs have left many districts like LeRoy with no choice but to dig deeper. Cox says the district was promised mandate relief at the time that tax caps came into existence. Cox is urging taxpayers to contact their legislators and to urge them to pass mandate relief.

It was a winning year at Batavia Down Casino, at least for the Casino. The New York Lottery is reporting that the Casino’s winning share totaled 45.1 million dollars and that’s up 13.38 percent from 2011. The news comes at the same time that a planned Casino expansion is set to get underway. That should start this month and that the possibility of enhanced gambling is on the horizon. Batavia Downs Casino has enjoyed at least a 4 percent growth every year since opening in 2005.

49 year old Charles Sheets Junior has been arrested by Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies on a Violent Felony Warrant for Assault on a Police Officer. Sheets had been wanted by officials from Orleans County for the incident that happened there. Sheets was found to be at a local motel on routes 5 & 20 in Avon and taken into custody without incident. He was later turned over to the Oreleans County Sherriff’s Office.

A Lima man has been arrested for allegedly stealing two steers. 41 year old Jeffrey Button has been charged with fourth degee grand larceny, a felony. Button allegedly stole the steers from a local farm in Lima and then sold them for two thousand dollars at an auction.

Four police officers are being hailed for their actions in the Christmas Eve deadly shooting in Webster. Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering says Webster officers Mark Reed, Kevin Hall and Shaun Welch along with Irondequoit police officer Doug Pollock likely saved lives during their actions at the ambush at William Spengler Jr.'s home. Pickering says the officers returned fire at Spengler as he shot at authorities, and worked to set up a perimeter to keep other officers out of harm's way.

 

Congressman Chris Collins has been given an unusual honor for a freshman in Congress, as he has been named as a chairman of a subcommittee.  The Republican from Clarence has been appointed to head the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology.  Collins was a small business owner before entering politics, and is a loud critic of the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law enacted in 2010.  The subcommittee will have oversight over the law.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to make a public push for gun control legislation in the coming days. The "New York Daily News" reports Cuomo will launch a major public-relations assault on Senate Republicans with help from national and state anti-gun groups if GOP lawmakers in the Senate balk at gun control legislation. Cuomo is already panning a plan unveiled over the weekend by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos that tightens restrictions on illegal guns, but doesn't move toward a ban on assault weapons.

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