posted on May 05, 2010 07:01
The pace of jury selection in the murder trial of Scott Doll has picked up.
A total of 12 jurors have been selected to hear testimony in the case.
All that remains is the selection of alternate jurors.
That process continues today.
Doll is charged with second-degree murder in the February 2009 bludgeoning death of 66-year-old Joseph Benaquist of Pembroke.
Dole and Benaquist were said to be occasional business associates.
The Richmond Memorial Library held their annual election yesterday. Trustee Rosemary Surowka was re-elected to the library board.
For the first time since 1997, there was no vote needed on the library’s budget because there was no increase in the library’s tax levy.
The Genesee County Legislature is meeting in a rare special session this afternoon. County lawmakers will gather at 5:30pm to take up just one bill: the approval of a contract with a Buffalo firm to manage the county nursing home.
The law requires a licensed administrator to be on site at the nursing home and Genesee County will be without one on May 14 with the retirement of John Demske. The Buffalo firm, Insource Healthcare Solutions, will be paid $11,000 a month to manage the facility.
Authorities in Wyoming County say a routine traffic stop ended with four illegal immigrants being turned over to federal authorities. State police say 27-year-old Sarah Samsel of Albion was stopped for speeding on Route 63 in the Town of Covington. Investigators say the van Samsel was driving had nine people inside. Four were deemed to be in the country illegally from Mexico. The investigation continues into why she was transporting the illegal immigrants.
Governor David Paterson is making good on his threat in putting a difficult choice before state lawmakers to address the late state budget. State leaders must choose between shutting down state government or furloughing 100,000 state workers for one unpaid day each week until a budget deal is reached. The governor is including the plan in the next emergency budget extender, despite calls to drop the controversial proposal.
The governor says state workers must accept 250-million-dollars in cuts, but public unions are resisting. State Legislative leaders question if the state can legally furlough state workers.
Western New York hospitals are getting a shot in the arm from federal stimulus money to help transition to electronic record keeping. Several hospitals joined forces to create a coalition, which has won a 16-million-dollar federal grant. The money will be used to deploy electronic medical records, which the government says will save money and reduce the cost of health care.