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Ronald Wendt will spend the next 2 ½ to 7 ½ years in state prison for the death teenager last summer in Darien.

18-year-old Katie Stanley of Dansville was a passenger in a car along with three other young people returning from a concert at Darien Lake in August 2009.

25-year-old Ronald Wendt was drinking throughout the day and was headed to a local bar, when drove his pick-up truck into the path of the sedan in which the four young people were riding. Katie was killed in the crash.

Wendt was convicted on an 11-count indictment. He received separate sentences on each conviction, but all prison sentences will be served concurrently.

 

 

Convicted Killer Scott Doll is back in a Genesee county courtroom today.

A six-member jury in Batavia City Court will weigh evidence in a case that charges Doll with promoting prison contraband.

Doll is accused of trying to smuggle crushed aspirin into the county jail just minutes after he was convicted of killing Joseph Benaquist.

Doll is currently serving a sentence of 15 years to life for that murder, in a state prison just north of New York City.

Testimony in his trial is expected to begin this morning. 

 

Verizon's proposed data center in Somerset, north of Lockport in Niagara County, has been slapped with a lawsuit even before the company has given final approval for the site. Opponents say the deal was rushed through the approval process at the local, county and state levels without the proper environmental impact studies. In an effort to lure Verizon to the site, Niagara County has approved more than $500-million in tax breaks, while the state has allocated 25 megawatts of low cost electricity. The proposed data center would sit on what is now a 159-acre soybean field and contain about 1,000,000 square feet of building space. A court date has been set for January. Verizon had said previously it wanted to break ground by the end of the year but now says it hopes to have shovels in the ground within one year. However, if the court orders a full environmental impact study, that could take up to two years to complete. Verizon is also looking at other sites in other states.

 

Rochester's three new red light cameras are starting to create lots of green for the city - in the form of cash. Police say in the first full week of enforcement, 518 drivers were nabbed for running red lights. Tickets for $50.00 each have been sent in the mail. The cameras first went online on October 25th but police issued only warnings until November 9th. The cameras are located at the intersections of North Street and Clifford Avenues, State and Jay Streets and Broadway and Alexander Streets. Cops say the State and Jay Street site had the most red light runners with 343.      

 

Newly-elected Congressman Tom Reed from New York's 29th District was supposed to be sworn into office today, but instead is in a Washington DC hospital. Reed's campaign says he was diagnosed with blood clots in the lungs after feeling short of breath Sunday night.  Reed will turn 39-years-old tomorrow and was staying at a Washington hotel with his wife for Congressional orientation week. His campaign says he will be released in the next day or so. Reed replaces former Congressman Eric Massa who stepped down after allegations of inappropriate behavior with staffers. Reed is a Republican and the former mayor of Corning.

A Greece man accused of making threats against former President George W. Bush will remain behind bars at least for the next few weeks. A bail hearing has been postponed for Ian Rotunno until mid-December. The proceeding was supposed to happen yesterday but defense lawyers asked for more time to review medical records. The 23-year-old was busted on October 7th while driving to Washington DC with a shotgun and knives after allegedly making threats against Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney. Rotunno will remain behind bars pending the bail hearing now set for December 16th.   

The hope for finding a missing elderly pastor in Allegany State Park becomes dimmer as the days wear on. Police say 92-year-old Reverend Thomas Hamilton has been out in the woods since last Wednesday despite frantic search efforts by nearly 300 people. Authorities say Hamilton and his daughter, 66-year-old Rebecca Hoffman of Ohio, got lost in the woods last week. Hoffman left her father to find help and has not been able to retrace her steps. Search crews say warm weather in the first few days gave them hope that Hamilton survived but cooler temps and rain settled in over the weekend causing concern. Rescue efforts continue to scour more than four-thousand acres.

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