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Genesee County Sheriff's Office Announces New Deputy Sheriff

News release from the Sheriff's Office:

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office recently hired Andrew Hale to fill the position of Deputy Sheriff; a position that was left vacant by a Deputy Sheriff who was promoted to Sergeant earlier in the year.

Deputy Hale is a 2002 high school graduate from Batavia High School. Following high school, Deputy Hale enlisted in the Marine Corps from 2002 to 2006 and then continued his college education earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a Minor in Sociology from St. John Fisher College. Deputy Hale was previously employed by Fed Ex Express as a driver. Deputy Hale recently graduated from the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy at Niagara University on December 20, 2013. The keynote speaker at the graduation was the newly appointed Buffalo Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Resident Agent In Charge Michelle Spahn.

Sheriff Maha stated, “Deputy Hale has been participating in our 14-week field training program and is performing exceptionally well. He will be a great addition to our road patrol.” 

STAR Tax Exemption Deadline Draws Near

Just four days remain to register for the STAR tax exemption.

85 percent of Genesee County residents have already signed up before the Dec. 31 deadline, but that means 15 percent of households could leaving hundreds of dollars on the table.

More than 2 million New Yorkers have finished the one-time re-registration. The state is trying to cut down on fraud after it discovered people signing up their nonpermanent residences.

Target Discovers More Bad News

Target has discovered even more bad news from the recent security breach affecting 40 million customers.

Target says today that customers’ encrypted PIN data was compromised during the data breach earlier this month.

The retail giant in a statement said that it believes the PIN information is safe and secure because it can only be accessed by its independent payment processor.

It said additional forensic work showed that PIN data and customers’ names and card numbers were removed. 40 million credit and debit cards were affected between Black Friday and Dec. 15. The company says it’s still investigating.

Federal Judge Rules that NSA Phone Tracking is Legal

A federal judge in New York has ruled today that the NSA’s telephone tracking program is legal. 

U.S. District Judge William Pauley says the surveillance program “represents the government’s counter-punch” to al-Qaida’s terror network.

He says in the ruling that this system could have assisted investigators prior to the September 11th terror attacks.

The phone surveillance remains intact, he says, because the government “adapted to confront a new enemy: a terror network capable of orchestrating attacks across the world.”

He dismissed the lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.



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