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A Stafford man was killed and a LeRoy woman hospitalized after their car overturned in flooded swampland of the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge.

43-year-old David Russo of Stafford died at Medina Memorial Hospital shortly after the accident around 11:30 yesterday morning. 
His passenger, 40-year-old Lisa Stanley of LeRoy has been admitted to Highland Hospital in Rochester.
Authorities said Russo’s car went out of control on Route 63 in Shelby and ran off the east side of the highway, overturned, and came to rest in the swamp.
Both Russo and Stanley were trapped in the wreckage and were extricated by Shelby volunteer firemen.
Deputies said the weather and slippery road conditions were factors in the accident.

Fewer Americans are filing new claims for unemployment benefits.  
The Labor Department is reporting today that first-time jobless claims fell by 42-thousand last week.
The drop was larger than many economists expected.
Locally, Genesee County’s unemployment rate was unchanged from October to November at 6-point-1 percent and a significant improvement from a year ago when the county jobless rate was 7.5 percent.

A Java family may have lost their source of heat in a Christmas Day fire, but their house was spared. Flames broke on the Java Lake Road property of Bill and Renee Handley early Christmas morning. 
8-thousand dollars in damage was done to a 10-by-15 foot shed that contained a wood boiler used to heat the home. A malfunction of the boiler caused of fire. Firefighters prevented any damage to the nearby house.

The man who died after his pickup truck was involved in a crash with a train in the town of Evans is being identified as 44-year-old Vincent Marrano of Angola.  Police say Marrano was driving on Eden-Evans Center Road Tuesday when his pickup truck collided with a Norfolk Southern train.

The Buffalo family of a missing transgender woman is continuing to hold out hope that she will be found alive.  Aimee Goldberg goes by the name of Frank, and vanished over a week ago after arriving from Oregon for a holiday visit.  Goldberg left her brother's home in Buffalo's West Side in the evening of December 16th, and has not been seen or heard from since.
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