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It appears no criminal charges will be filed against Darien Lake or anyone in connection with the death of an Iraq war veteran.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Jerome Brewster says the specific cause of the accident remains to be determined, but criminal responsibility has been ruled out.
29-year-old James Hackemer of Gowanda fell to his death last Friday on a Darien Lake roller coaster. Hackemer lost both legs, one at the hip, to a roadside bomb in Iraq three years ago.
Chief Brewster said the investigation can not be termed complete until the State Department fo Labor issues its final report.
Funeral services for Hackemer will be held Thursday in Gowanda.

Residents of Douglas Street in Batavia score a half-victory with City Hall.
City Council last night agreed to allow parking on Douglas Street…but only on one side. 
Council also voted last night to designate all public parks as tobacco-free zones. 
The law means smokers can’t be arrested for lighting up, but they can be told to leave. 
Council tried to fast track a law banning alcohol in city parks. That effort failed. It will likely be passed next month. Read our entire story HERE.

A Rochester woman, formerly of Bergen, is facing a felony Grand Larceny charge for allegedly bilking her Batavia employer out of nearly 15-thousand dollars.
Batavia Police accuse 46-year-old Michele Case of taking the money from 2009 thru this year. She was working as a Registered Nurse during that time. The name of her employer was not released.
Case has been released under supervision. She’s due in court August 10th.

New York State judges could soon see their first pay raise in over a decade.  State Supreme Court justices currently make over 136-thousand dollars a year.  
The Special Commission on Judicial Compensation' is expected to make a final decision on pay raises by the end of next month.
 
 

 

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# Amy L Platten
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 6:57 PM
Why bother having a law to ban smokers from the parks if they can't be arrested for lighting up? It makes no sense. What is the point of having this law?

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