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28 Confirmed Dead in Connecticut School Shooting

28 People are dead, 20 of them being children following a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The shooter has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a Sandy Hook teacher. Lanza reportedly shot his mother, Nancy, at their home before driving her car to the school with two semi-automatic handguns and wearing a bulletproof vest. He would then turn the gun on himself.

A .223-caliber rifle was also discovered in the car during the police investigation.

It was the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting that left 32 dead. President Barack Obama issued a statement expressing his sorrow, not only as a president but as a parent.

“We have endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years, and each time I learn the news, I react not as a president but as anybody else would…as a parent,” said Obama. “That was especially true today.”

President Obama also went on to say that these types of shootings need to come to an end.

“As a country we have been through this too many times,” Obama continued. “Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown, a shopping mall in Oregon, a temple in Wisconsin, a movie theater in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children. We are going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

This was the second public shooting this week, as Jacob Tyler Roberts fatally shot two people in Portland, Oregon shopping mall on Tuesday before turning the gun on himself.

There currently has been no motive found for Lanza’s shocking actions.


Genesee County Sheriff's Office Announce Departmental Awards for 2012

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has announced the results of its 2012 departmental awards at a luncheon this afternoon.

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Sanfratello was honored was the Officer of the Year for proactively reorganizing and streaming many of the operations associated with the Records and Civil office, road patrol and Darien Lake Concert details. Sergeant Sanfratello also provided in-service training to his fellow employees to contribute to improving the efficiency of the Sheriff’s Office.

Also receiving an award was Principal Financial Clerk Mary Hecht recognizing her distinguished service. Hecht’s professionalism to the citizens of Genesee County, coupled with her knowledge of Jail Bureau operations has been a “source of pride” for the agency. She “frequently assists jail staff and the administration with tasks that go well beyond her listed duties to ensure to smooth running of the facility.”

Several Sheriff’s Office employees were recognized for their service time, including Sheriff Gary Maha who is celebrating his 45th year with the organization.

Jacquetta Simmons Officially Granted Her Release

We reported earlier this week that $50,000 bond was posted for Jacquetta Simmons and Friday she was officially granted her release.

Simmons was convicted for punching a 70-year-old Wal-Mart worker on Christmas Eve of 2011 and sentenced to five years in prison. A six-month stay was granted pending an appeal of her sentence which her defense team deems too harsh for the crime.

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