posted on August 22, 2012 07:53
A passerby is being credited with helping to save 37 head of cattle from a fire that destroyed a barn in Pavilion.
Flames erupted at the Kelkenberg Farm on Starr Road around 8:15 last night. Pavilion Fire Chief Paul Doughtery said it was fortunate the passerby showed up when he did:
"I would say they are very lucky, because on this road which is not heavily traveled at this hour - they coukld have lost all the cattle."
Firefighters were on the scene until early this morning. No injuries reported. The cause is still under investigation.
Testimony in the trial of Jaquetta Simmons begins later this morning Genesee County Court.
A jury of 10 women and two men will hear the evidence in the case.
The all white jury was asked if race or age would be a factor in their deliberations. All replied that it would not.
Simmons is black. The victim in the case, 70-year-old Grace Suozzi, is white.
The 26 year old Simmons faces a felony count of assault under New York State’s Granny Law and a lesser misdemeanor charge of assault in the third degree.
Simmons is accused of punching Suozzi at the Batavia Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve as Suozzi was working as a cashier.
A Trespassing charge has been dropped against a Batavia woman who had protested against a local head shop.
Nicole Lang was arrested in July after accusing 420 Emporium on Ellicott St with selling bath salts to her son.
The store was later raided by police and shut down.
The trespassing charge will be permanently dropped if Lang stays out of trouble for the next six months.
The Buffalo-Niagara region unemployment rate hits 9-percent, the highest jobless rate for July in 22 years.
In Genesee County, the unemployment rate for July is down 3-tenths of a point from a month earlier.
The Genesee County jobless rate for July of this year was 7.4 percent.