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Humane Society Urges Parents to think Twice about Holiday Pets

Easter is almost here and experts are urging parents to think twice before giving their kids live bunnies or baby chicks.

Lora Jackson with the Humane Society says bringing any animal into the home should be a well thought-out decision and not just a holiday whim.

“If you’re considering the animal as a pet, do your research and make sure that it is the right pet for your home,” Jackson said. “But if you want the animal as something simply to make your child happy for Easter, then it’s not a good idea.”

She says with the right nutrition, housing and exercise, rabbits can make great pets, but they're a long-term family commitment. She suggests parents consider giving their kids a stuffed rabbit for Easter.

New York Unemployment Rates Trending Upwards

The unemployment rate is creeping upwards across New York.

The state Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate was 6-point-9 percent in March. That's up one tenth of a percentage point from February's levels.

Over the 12-month period that ended last month, the state added over 100-thousand new private sector jobs.

In Genesee County, the labor department reports 100 new jobs from March 2013 to 2014.

Local Police Beat

The LeRoy Police Department is investigating two daytime, residential burglaries.

Detective John Condidorio says they happened Wednesday in the 90’s block of Lake Street and the 50’s block of Myrtle Street in the Village, possibly between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

If you saw a suspicious person at that time in the area, you’re asked to call LeRoy police at 345-6350.

The department also reminds residents to keep all windows and doors locked at all times.

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A domestic dispute complaint led to harassment and marijuana charges in Pembroke.

State Police responded to a domestic incident on Gabbey Road in Pembroke, and came across a young man walking down the center of the street while en route.

The man, 22-year-old Aaron Hatt of Alexander, stated that he just had an argument with a female from the address the troopers were responding to.

Hatt was taken back to the house, where the investigation revealed that he allegedly argued with and had a physical confrontation with the woman.

He was arrested on a Harassment charge and was also allegedly found in possession of marijuana, for which he was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

Hatt was arraigned in Town of Pembroke Court and released on his own behalf until a later date.

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A Bergen man was arrested for pointing a shotgun at another person.

51-year-old John L. Robinson was charged with 2nd degree menacing for allegedly pointing his shotgun at a person who was looking through his window.

Robinson was issued an appearance ticket and will appear in Bergen Court on May 21st.

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