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A Batavia woman is headed behind bars for leaving her holiday spirit behind and punching a Walmart greeter on Christmas Eve.  Jacquetta Simmons was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for felony assault.  Simmons knocked out 70-year-old Grace Suozzi when the Walmart greeter tried to check Simmons' receipt as she was leaving the store on Veterans Memorial Drive last Christmas Eve.

The Genesee County Local Drug Task Force arrests an Alexander man on a felony count. 42-year-old Shawn Lardner is accused of selling Oxycodone to an under cover task force agent. Lardner is being held in county jail without bail.

State Senator Mark Grisanti is outraged over the Department of Motor Vehicles awarding the contract to print driver's licenses to a Canadian company.  
Grisanti says the Ottawa company's bid was $38-million higher than the lowest bid, which was offered by the British company that has been handling the work for more than a decade.  
Also, the new company's $90-million proposal calls for the license pictures to be black and white, not color.  
Grisanti says he plans to propose legislation to stop this kind of outsourcing in the future. 

Congressman-Elect Chris Collins is in Washington this week attending freshmen orientation in advance of his taking office in January.
Collins has announced that he has filled three key staff positions.
Long time Collins aid and confidant Christopher Grant will be Chief of Staff, campaign aide Michael Kracker will be district director and Grant Loomis communications director.
Collins defeated incumbent democrat Kathy Hochul to win the 27th district seat.


Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi could be freed from prison soon.  Hevesi had a parole hearing Wednesday at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Oneida County.  No word yet on whether the parole board decided to grant Hevesi his release or not.  Hevesi continues to serve time behind bars for his role in a pay-to-play corruption scandal involving the state employee pension fund during his time in office.
 

 

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