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The first major storm of the New Year has begun.
Winds from the southwest are whipping up a mixture of snow and rain that began during the early hours this morning.
Those winds, averaging 15 to 30 miles per hour, knocked out power earlier this morning to 500 national grid customers north of Batavia. 
Power was restored to all but a handful of customers by 7 a.m.

Officially, Genesee County is, or soon will be, under three hazardous weather warnings:
A High Wind Warning is in effect until 10 a.m. this morning.
The forecast calls for southwest winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour gusting to 60mph.

We are also under a Lake Effect Snow Warning from 11 this morning to 6 a.m. Wednesday. Storm totals, in the most persistent Lake Effect snow areas, could reach three feet.

And to top it off, a Wind Chill Warning will also take effect at 11 a.m. this morning and continue through Wednesday morning. Wind chills could reach 30-below zero.

The Batavia woman convicted of punching a 70 year old Walmart Cashier on Christmas Eve two years ago will serve only a fraction of the five year sentence she received.
An appellate court has ruled that the five years given Jaquetta Simmons was too harsh.
A Genesee County Court jury found Simmons guilty of second degree assault under New York’s so-called Granny Law, making it a felony to injure a person over the age of 65.
Walmart cashier Grace Suozzi was 70 at the time.
Simmons will now serve a one-year sentence in a county jail. With good behavior and time served, she’ll likely be released after seven months.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to offer support for bringing medicinal marijuana to New York in his State of the State address later this week.  This is a major policy change, as the governor has long opposed legalization of marijuana for medical use or for any other purpose.

An Erie County man is accused of assaulting a hockey coach after his teenage son was pulled from a game in West Seneca.  Police say Michael Schaefer attacked the coach at the Leisure Rinks Saturday night.  The coach suffered a shoulder injury that required an ambulance ride to the hospital for treatment.  Schaefer is charged with third degree assault.
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# Fran from Attica
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 11:27 AM
I have heard many positive things about medical marijuana. I am glad it will be available to those that need it. In fact, I would like to see marijuana made legal for individuals. It just needs to be regulated and taxed like alcohol is now. I think alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana. For those of you who are wondering, "No." .......I don't smoke marijuana.
# Anonymous User
Monday, January 13, 2014 4:19 PM
Jacquetta Simmons' Sentence Reduced to One Year in County Jail

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