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Batavia Man Smuggles Drugs in his Ear

A Batavia man allegedly to smuggle drugs into jail…in his ear.

Brian L. Smith was found with pills in his ear when he was admitted into Genesee County Jail.

These latest charges bring the 52-year-old up to 75 within the past year.

Smith was being jailed for a series of repeated violations on a court order of protection against a woman. His latest offense came after he was promised no more than six months of jail time if he upheld the terms of his release.

The plea was given after he was facing 68 charges from the month of February and 2 more in March for violating the order while on bail.

After immediately violating his plea deal, he was remanded to jail until a hearing on June 25th that could net him up to 8 years behind bars, and that’s when deputies allegedly found the drugs in his ear.

Smith was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, introducing contraband into prison and possession of a controlled substance not in its original container.

He remains in jail until his hearing.

Triple Crown Race a Big Event at Batavia Downs

California Chrome will race at Belmont Saturday looking to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

That means it’s a much different race day at Batavia Downs this weekend with the possibility of a racing achievement fans haven’t seen in 36 years.

“We’ll have a huge crowd just like the Kentucky Derby,” Todd Haight, Director of Live Racing, said.

Haight says the fact that the three-minute race becomes a full-day event benefits Batavia Downs.

“We have people showing up actually at 11:30, they’ll have lunch at one of our locations and then they’ll be on the gaming floor a little bit and they’ll keep their eye on the races that are going on,” he said.

Sure there will be fun activities and games – fans can even mimic California Chrome with nasal strips – but it’s OK to admit it’s about the money, too.

“It’s going to be very difficult to make money betting him to win,” Haight said, “but certainly I can show you how to hook him up in an exacta or trifecta where now you’re giving yourself an opportunity, even if he if he wins at a very short price, to make some money.”

Haight said he watched Affirmed race in Saratoga and says Saturday is a special one for racing fans.

“The Triple crown has some find memories for me,” he said, “and it’s been an awful long time. If it’s going to happen, this is the year. California Chrome has been a dominate winner in his first two races and if he can get that mile-and-a-half distance, he’s probably going to win.”

Post time for the race for those watching at home is 6:52 p.m.

Genesee County Located between Poverty

Genesee County is situated between the third and fourth poorest cities in the nation.

That’s according to U.S. census data compiled by the publication Buffalo Business First.

In both cities almost 30-percent of people live in poverty. Rochester barely edged Buffalo for the number 3 poorest city.

The report found Detroit to be the poorest city, followed by Cleveland.

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