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New York Stiffen's Drunk Driving Penalties

Leandra’s Law, which makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child in the car, is getting tougher in New York State.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law today to close a loophole that prevents those convicted under the law from signing over their car to a spouse or friend to avoid installing a breathalyzer-style ignition-interlock device for six months.

Under the new law, a person will be put under oath if they claim they no longer own a car which could lead to perjury charges.

The original law was named after Leandra Rosado, an 11-year-old Queens girl who was killed in a car driven by an intoxicated driver.
Also today, tougher penalties for distracted driving go into effect. It now carries a maximum fine of $150 for a first-offense.

WBTA Police Beat

Matthew Charles Olcott, of Batavia, was arrested on warrants from the Town of Pembroke and the Town of Batavia for criminal possession of a controlled substance, violation of probation, attempted unauthorized use of a vehicle and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. The 34-year old was arraigned in Town of Batavia Court on all charges and jailed on $500 bail on the Town of Pembroke charges.


21-year-old Kyle Jackson, of Batavia, was charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny for allegedly driving an electric shopping cart across the Wal-Mart property and onto Route 63 before leaving the cart in the Rite Aid parking lot on June 12. Jackson was arraigned in the Town of Batavia Court.

New York Yogurt Company Chosen for USDA Program

A New York yogurt company has been chosen for the USDA Greek yogurt pilot program, but it is not one located in Genesee County.

Chobani, headquartered near Oneonta, will be served in school lunches to students in New York, Idaho, Arizona and Tennessee.

Politicians had been pushing for a New York-based yogurt company to participate in the federal school lunch program because of its high-protein content. They argue that it will strengthen the state’s dairy industry.

The Greek yogurt program begins this school year.

Time Warner Internet Rates to Increase

Time Warner Cable customers will be getting bigger bills next month. 

The provider said its internet rates will increase by $3 a month beginning Aug. 9. 

Anyone who signed on with a promotional rate will not be affected, but those who bundle their Internet service with cable or phone service will feel the hike. 

The increase is due to an apparent growing demand for more bandwidth.



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