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National Grid now reports as many as 100 customers in Stafford are without power.

A pick-up truck went out of control on Route 5 around 6 last night and took out a fire hydrant and two utility poles.
The pick-up was driven by 35 year-old Jason Penn of Mix Place, Batavia.
He and a 7 year old passenger were taken to UMMC for treatment of minor injuries.
National Grid is hoping to have all power restored by 10 this morning.

A dramatic rescue of hunters and those who came to their aid in the frozen Alabama Swaps of Genesee County.
Town of Alabama firemen received a call yesterday afternoon that a hunter had become stranded in the swamp and had fallen through the ice.
Alabama fire chief William Schutt said the scene began as a straight forward rescue but the water and icy conditions changed the situation quickly:
"We eventually had some equipment problems and were not able to reach them. We ended up having to bring in the Erie County Sheriff's Helicopter to pick three of the individuals up - the original hunter and two of our firemen - and then we used a water rescue team to walk out the last two of our fire fighters who were also stranded."  
The original hunter and two firemen were rescued by helicopter and two more firemen needed help in getting out of the swap. All suffered some degree of hypothermia. All are expected to recover.

Batavia Police this morning continue to hunt for the armed bandit who held up the Days Inn early Sunday morning.
This is the third armed robbery in the area in less than a week.
Early yesterday, a man walked into the Days Inn brandishing a shotgun and demanding money.
No one hurt.
The suspect is described as 5ft. 7-inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds and wearing a bandana over his face and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt.
Police are still looking for a suspect in the hold up of the Best Western early Thursday and the 7-Eleven Store in Oakfield early Friday.
Anyone with information about any of the robberies is asked to call Batavia Police. 

The Batavia City Council is meeting tonight.
Lawmakers are holding both a conference meeting and a brief business meeting.
The city wants to apply for a grant to provide additional funding for a Community Development Grant for home rehabilitation.
Another grant will be used to prepare a Tree Management program. 
The council meeting begins at 7 tonight.

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is reportedly interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills.  Bon Jovi has reportedly spent time in Buffalo recently, getting to know area political and business leaders.  While the Buffalo News reports that Bon Jovi is interested in being the principal owner of the Bills, league sources say that media giant Rogers Communications is the more likely owner if the team were to be sold.
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