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The jury of 10 women and two men yesterday began hearing testimony in the trial of 27 year old Jacquetta Simmons. She’s accused of punching 70 year old Wal-Mart cashier Grace Suozzi. The defense is arguing Suozzi was injured unintentionally, as Simmons was trying to break free from the hold of another person. The prosecution contends that Suozzi was brutally assaulted after she simply asked Simmons for a receipt. The trial will continue this morning at 10 in County Court.

Erin Brockovich was a no show at last night’s meeting in LeRoy. She reportedly was ill. About 100 people turned out for the meeting about environmental issues in LeRoy. Bob Bowcock, a consultant who works with Brockovich addressed the attendees. He told the crowd there is no definitive proof that the Lehigh Valley railroad accident in 1970 caused the tic like symptoms displayed by several LeRoy high school students. 

 “There is no correlation. I have said all the time that if the girls are swimming in the rock quarry and they are being exposed to TCE in the rock quarry it is one of the potential causes from an environmental perspective on a list of potential environmental causes. So even as we go into this school year I’m not ruling out the environmental potential,” said Bowcock. 

Bowcock called on the state to undertake a new cancer study because of statements of residents of a higher cancer rate among people living near the site.

A car struck an ATV yesterday on the Day Road in Alexander, sending both occupants of the ATV to ECMC in Buffalo.  The ATV was hit as it was crossing Day Road.  The passenger on the vehicle, 17 year old Vanessa Caswell was transported by Mercy Flight for treatment of severe leg abrasions.  The driver, 15 year old Manual Cruz-Santiago was taken by ambulance for treatment of abrasions.  The driver of the car, 27 year old Jennifer Shaw of Dodgeson Road in Alexander was not injured.  Both teenagers were wearing helmets, but they were not strapped on according to Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies.  Charges of unlicensed operation and failure to yield could be lodged against Cruz-Santiago.

 A three month investigation in Orleans County led to the arrest of 30 year old Aaron Wilbur of Main Street in Median on charges of illegally selling prescription narcotics.  He’s in jail on two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Bail has been set at 25 thousand dollars cash and 50 thousand dollars bond.  



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