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The suspected owners of a former Batavia head shop  are now under federal indictment accusing them of distributing synthetic drugs known on the street as bath salts.
39 year old Charles Fitzgerald and 23 year old Amber Lynn Snover, both of Rochester, are charged with operating four drug related businesses in Western New York including the former 420 Emporium Store on Ellicott St
The store was in operation for almost a year until it was raided by federal officials in July 2012.
Fitzgerald and Sover face a maximum 20 years in jail if convicted on all charges.

A Genesee County grand jury indicts a Perry man for allegedly stealing $5,200 worth of scrap metal from a Town of Pavilion business.
53-year-old John Dueppengiesser faces a felony count of grand larceny for allegedly stealing from George & Swede Sales and Service.

A 9-year-old boy playing with a lighter starts a fire that leaves three families homeless in Livingston County.
Fire companies were called to Dalton, near Nunda, late yesterday morning.
Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control, but the house did sustain severe smoke, fire and water damage.
There were no injuries reported.
Investigators say the child was playing with a lighter when the carpet caught fire and spread across the floor to a bed and throughout the bedroom.

The City of Batavia has announced the second in a series of six city hall meetings.
This Saturday is a meeting for residents of Ward 2.
The meeting begins at 10.in the city council board room on the second floor of city hall.
City Council President Brooks Hawley and Ward 2 councilwoman Patty Pacino will be there to talk about city issues.
The first such meeting drew only two people.

Advocates say Governor Andrew Cuomo is blocking a bill that would create a medical marijuana system in New York. He has reportedly issued a series of conditions in order to gain his support, including a ban on the actual smoking of marijuana.  Cuomo also questions the amount of marijuana a person will be allowed to possess. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are in agreement on a series of bills to help the growing heroin and opioid epidemic.  The legislation will include new programs and insurance reforms designed to improve treatment options for people addicted to narcotics.  Also included is strengthening of penalties for distributing illegal drugs, a public awareness campaign to prevent abuse and provisions to ensure the safe use of naloxone, which reverses the effects of heroin overdoses.

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