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The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has completed its investigation into the death of an Iraq war veteran at Darien Lake.

29-year-old James Hackemer plunged to his death last Friday when he fell from The Ride of Steel rollercoaster.
Sheriff Gary Maha has scheduled a news conference later this morning to discuss conclusions from his investigation. Earlier this week, the sheriff’s office said it was unlikely any criminal charges would be filed in connection with the case.
The central issue has been whether James Hackemer, a double amputee, should have been allowed to ride the coaster.
Darien Lake has refused to answer reporter’s questions about the incident or even the park’s policies regarding ride access to disabled people.

There was another rock concert at Darien Lake and arrests by the dozen. 
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports 44 people were charged with underage drinking last night during the Vans Warped Tour. None of those charged listed a Genesee County address.

Governor Cuomo is cracking down on drivers who like to text while behind the wheel.  The governor has signed a law that allows police to stop drivers if they are seen texting while driving.  Originally, drivers could only be cited for distracted driving if they had been pulled over for other offenses.  Anyone caught texting while driving faces a fine of up to $150.

Here’s one from the, "what were you thinking department?"
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies charged Earl "Shateek" Lockhart with Possession of Marihuana.
Authorities said the 18-year-old Lockhart allegedly passed a joint he had in his pocket to a girl friend.
The two were in the Town of Batavia Courtroom at the time. Lockhart was there on an un-related criminal charge.
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