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Fire destroys a home and a trailer in Wyoming County.

Flames erupted in a trailer next to the home of John Jakubaszek on Upper Reservation Road in Castile Wednesday morning.
Almost a dozen Wyoming County fire crews were on the scene for five hours fighting the blaze. 
Officials say the fire started in the trailer due to combustibles that were placed too close to a wood stove and spread to the house.
Both structures are a total loss.
No injuries were reported.

A Raymond Avenue man is behind bars today following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.
24-year-old Robert Barnes of is charged with Criminal Mischief after police say he punched out his girlfriend’s refrigerator during an argument.
Barnes was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.
 
The cause of a fire in Olean last weekend that killed a woman and her 16-year-old daughter may never be known.  
Investigators say there is so much damage to the home on South Second Street that they may not be able to determine the exact cause.  
Kristy Bell and her daughter Monica Green both died in the fire, three others were able to escape.

A new report indicates that New York teachers are the highest paid in the country.  
The average salary of a New York teacher is over $75,000 a year.  
That's $2,000 higher than the runner up – the state of Massachusetts.  
New York's high average salary is largely attributed to the higher amounts paid to teachers in New York City.  
The state with the lowest average teacher salary is South Dakota at $39,000.

Tensions are again on the rise between New York and Canadian officials over the Peace Bridge.  Canadian officials are concerned that the state Assembly is planning to send a bill to dissolve the Peace Bridge Authority to Governor Cuomo on the day after Christmas.  Whether or not the bill is signed by the Governor largely depends on how tomorrow's meeting of the authority goes.  Assemblyman Sean Ryan indicated that if the authority proves it can function tomorrow that it will likely survive.
 
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# Stephen Lay
Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:06 PM
What kind of man would punch a poor/defenseless refrigerator??? He should get a minimum of 30 days in the "cooler" for that. He might just chill out if they put him on ice for awhile.
# Dan Fischer
Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:25 PM
Stephen:
That could be considered "cool and unusual punishment."

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