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The polls will open at noon this afternoon for primary elections.  They will remain open until 9 tonight.  The big race is the republican primary for governor with Buffalo resident Carl Palatino opposing Rick Lazio.  Republicans will also be voting in two US senate primaries.  One is for the six-year term held by Charles Schumer and the other to run against Kristen Gillibrand who has been holding the seat of Hillary Clinton since Clinton became Secretary of State.  Democrats will be selecting one of five candidates for Attorney General and the other in the Gillibrand Senatorial race.  Gail Goode is opposing Gillibrand for the fall election. 

 

More charges have been filed against the 5 Holley teens accused of disrupting a religious service at a Mosque in Carleton in Orleans County.  The five were all charged with disrupting religious service, which is a misdemeanor.  They now have been additionally charged with misdemeanor harassment.  Also one of the teens, 18-year-old Dylan Phillips has now been charged with assault and other misdemeanors for allegedly sideswiping a worshipper with his vehicle.  At the time, 17-year-old Tim Vendetti was charged with possession of a weapon.  So far authorities are holding off classifying the acts as hate crimes.

 

A little excitement on Union Street yesterday afternoon when a semi trailer truck drove down the street striking the trees.  When the truck was stopped by Batavia Police on West Main Street, the driver was found to be intoxicated.  45-year-old Darren Jones of Parkside Avenue in Syracuse has been charged with Aggravated DWI in a commercial vehicle and with disobeying a traffic control device for failing to obey the weight limit on Union Street.  Police had received a report of an erratic semi exiting the Thruway and were looking for the truck. The trailer sustained significant damage because of the trailer’s height and the trees.


Two mothers charged with driving drunk with their kids in the car received vastly different sentences from the same judge in separate cases.  Twenty-four-year-old Michelle Crawford of Batavia was sentenced to two months in jail after being found guilty of misdemeanor charges of driving while impaired and child endangerment for the December 27th incident.  She only has about another month behind bars after being jailed for several weeks earlier this year.  The judge cited Crawford's failure to complete court ordered treatment.  Thirty-four-year-old Kristen Allen of Angola was spared jail time even though she previously pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving drunk with her three-year-old son in the car in Lackawanna on January 12th.  The judge said her participation in an alcohol treatment program is the reason she is not headed to jail. 

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