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The identity of that man killed in a fiery one-vehicle crash in the Orleans County Town of Murray is still not known. However WBTA has learned through the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office that the victim is an employee of Alex’s Restaurant in Batavia.   His Ford Expedition failed to negotiate a curve in the hamlet of Fancher last night around 11PM.  The Expedition struck a stop sign and then hit a tow truck.  The crash caused both vehicles to burst into flames.  In addition the flames damaged three other vehicles in the parking lot. The accident happened at A&M Automotive and Transmissions.  The identity of the victim is being withheld pending a positive identification by the Monroe County Medical Examiners Office. 

 

As a result of the fatal accident Alex’s Restaurant will be closed today.

 

Two pleas in Genesee County Court today.  39-year-old Cain Catino of Seven Springs road entered a guilty plea to the attempted robbery last month of the Oakfield Family Pharmacy.  Catino will spend one and a half to three years in prison. That will come at his sentencing on November 22nd. Catino was attempting to steal oxycodone from the Pharmacy but was wrestled to the floor by the pharmacy owner and his son. Without the plea agreement he could have gotten from two to four years in jail.  In a further matter Catino’s mother is accused of trying to smuggle drugs to him in the Genesee County jail earlier this month.  Charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband are still pending.  

 

Also in county court this morning, 40-year-old Roland Reed entered a guilty to Driving While Intoxicated charges.  Reed was charged under Leandra’s Law when he was arrested 12 days ago when stopped on East Main Street in Batavia.  Two children ages 8 months and two years old were in the car at the time of the stop.  Reed will face one to four years in state prison.  He had been jailed on 25 thousand dollars, but has been released under the supervision of Genesee County Justice.

 

Two persons have been arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop late yesterday afternoon on the North Byron Road in the Town of Elba.  20-year-old Shane Bartlett of the Drake Road in Brockport was pulled over for no front bumper and no front plate.  The stop revealed that Bartlett was operating the vehicle while impaired by drugs.  He was also charged with unlawful possession orf marijuana.  A passenger in the car, 21-year-old Cory Zeiner of Lake Road South in Brockport was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana. Both men were issued appearance tickets.

 

Another traffic stop, this one in the Wyoming County Town of Java resulted in both a DWI and possession of marijuana arrest.  43-year-old Joseph Minkel of Holland Road in Java was committed to jail with bail set at 10 thousand dollars cash or 25 thousand dollars bond.  In addition to the bigger charges, Minkel was hit with 3 over traffic law violations. 

 

Unemployment figures are out for the month of September from the New York State Department of Labor.  The Unemployment rate increased two tenths of a percent in Genesee County.  This September the rate was 6.4 percent, compared with 6.2 percent in August but still much better than the 7.1 percent rate in September of 2009.

 

Unemployment rates for our neighboring counties both decreased.  Orleans County saw their rate dip one full percentage point to 8.4 percent.  Wyoming and Livingston counties both dropped by a tenth of a point, Wyoming to 7.4 percent and Livingston to 6.7 percent.

 

The rate for Monroe and Erie Counties was 7.5 percent in September.  A tenth of a point better in Monroe and about the same in Erie.

 

The state Inspector General is calling on state and federal prosecutors to investigate the botched bid to operate a casino at a racetrack in New York City.  The report by the Inspector General rails against Democrats in Albany and Governor David Paterson for allegedly putting politics before the interests of the state.  The allegations claim that the Governor along with leaders of the Assembly and Senate knew the bid by Aqueduct Entertainment Group was flawed for financial reasons but Democrats continued to receive campaign donations amidst alleged back room deals to secure the bid for the politically connected AEG.  Eventually, AEG pulled out and the deal to operate the casino went to a Malaysian based group.  It is alleged AEG was chock full of Democrats' friends and stood to make billions of dollars by running the casino over a 30-year period.  The Inspector General has turned over his findings to federal prosecutors in Manhattan as well as the Manhattan DA.  Coming less than two weeks before the elections, Republicans are using the report to blast Democrats as the GOP seeks to take back control of the state Legislature.     

 

New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Joe DioGuardi went at it in a debate televised on "New York One" last evening.  The hot topics were wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, federal spending, and education.  Both candidates also had different views on the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.  Gillibrand warned her opponent brings similar failed views as former President George W. Bush. 

On education, the senator says she would focus on affordability, access, and quality.  DioGuardi wants to see more money go toward the classrooms and merging districts by cutting school district bureaucracy.

 

Democratic Candidate for Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has said he will not debate Republian contender Carl Palidino a second time.  Paladino had called on Cuomo for a second debate following Monday’s gathering at Hofstra University which included all 7 candidates. 

 

 

 

 

 

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