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Environmental activist Erin Brockovich says she’s not done with LeRoy.
In a statement from her Los Angeles office, Brockovich says her investigation of possible environmental contamination in LeRoy may or may not be linked to the mysterious tics that have afflicted more than a dozen students.
Brockovich says she has not ruled out contamination from a train derailment 40 years ago as a possible cause of the illness.
Brockovich said news reports that her investigation was complete were erroneous.

A Batavia man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his part in a violent attack that caused another man to lose an eye.
19-year-old Kevin Andrews has been sentenced by Genesee County Court Judge Robert Noonan. Andrews admitted he was part of a break-in at Woodstock Gardens Apartments last December. 
A resulting fight caused an occupant of that apartment to lose an eye.
Andrews told Judge Noonan, "If I could go back in time, I’d take it all back." Noonan responded, "unfortunately, there are no re-do’s in life."

An Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputy forced to resign – part of a plea deal for threatening his estranged wife.
38-year-old Jason Silleman admitted to 2 counts of criminal contempt.  The case dealt with in Genesee County Court due to potential conflicts of interest in Orleans County.
Also as part of the plea deal Silleman agreed to voluntarily resign as a deputy.  He faces up to 2 years in prison at his sentencing, in May.

Another case of suspected animal cruelty in our region, this time on a horse farm in Portage, Livingston County.
Livingston County Sheriff John York tells WBTA News five horses were found at the home of 50-year-old Elvis Fabre. 
One of the horses was dead; the other four were reportedly severely malnourished.
Fabre is under arrest and was jailed on 500-dollars bail.

New York Senior Senator Charles Schumer wants a federal law banning the sale of synthetic marijuana and other drug related products that he says are wreaking havoc on young people.  Schumer said drugs with names like K2, Spice, and Atomic Bomb are available at convenience stores and on the Internet.  
Schumer says drug manufacturers are getting away with it because they tweak the ingredients to avoid them being illegal.

The saying goes, “there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes.”
Now, New York State wants to tax your death.
The state budget proposal in Albany includes a new $20 fee to help establish a death certificate database.
New York is one of just seven states that do not have an electronic database. It means that funeral directors must personally deliver such documents. 
 

 

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