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A woman who went missing last week in Livingston County, has been found deceased. 50-year-old Joyce VanMort of Springwater was located on Saturday, when tourists at Letchworth State Park ventured off a nature trail and spotted her red Ford Mustang. The car, and VanMort, were reportedly in heavy brush at the bottom of the Letchworth Gorge. VanMort had been missing since last Monday. Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigators had warned last week that VanMort threatened to harm herself and may have been suicidal. The investigation into her death is ongoing, but foul play is not suspected.


Murder charges have been dropped against the only man arrested in connection with a deadly weekend shooting that left four people dead in downtown Buffalo, New York.  District Attorney Frank Sedita declined to move forward with the accusations against 25-year-old Keith Johnson after watching a video, which apparently shows that he was not the shooter.  A judge on Sunday dismissed the charges against Johnson, which means police do not have a suspect.  Authorities are asking anyone with information about the City Grill shooting early Saturday morning to come forward.  Sedita says there was 100 too 200 people outside on the street that night and not many people are cooperating with police.  The DA says there is a very dangerous person roaming the city and authorities desperately need the public's help.  Police are still holding Johnson on a parole violation.


The Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force has arrested 29-year-old Michael Jackson Junior of Seneca Avenue in Batavia and charged him with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.  Jackson allegedly sold prescription medication to an agent of the Task Force.


It is illegal to have more than 2 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in your possession.  51-year-old Samuel Thomas of Lyell Avenue in Rochester found out the hard way.  He was stopped by Sheriff’s Deputies on Route 63 in Oakfield yesterday afternoon and found to have 32 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in his vehicle.  He has been charged with the attempt to evade payment of tobacco taxes.


Here are three arrests by Batavia Police.


41-year-old Kevin Eustice of Church Street in LeRoy has been charged with harassment.  He was arrested on West Main Street in Batavia last night after a female acquaintance filed a complaint that he had pushed her.


30-year-old Donald Stirk of East Main Street in Batavia has been charged with Criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arrested on Friday at his residence during a parole visit. He was found to have suspected crack cocaine residue in a pipe.


20-year-old Forrest Ansel the Third of East Main Street in Batavia was charged with Harassment and Criminal Contempt.  He was arrested after he allegedly punched a family member who had a court order of protection barring Ansel from such conduct.  


The Tom Petty Concert at Darien Lake on Saturday night resulted in the arrest of 34 persons on various charges.  22 of the arrests were for underage possession of alcohol, including three persons from Batavia ages 16, 17, and 18.  In a complete reversal The Kiss Concert on Friday night resulted in only 4 arrests, none for underage drinking. On Saturday night the person to come the farthest to get arrested is from Missoula Montana, runner up Hornell New York.


18-year-old Mitchell Bryan of East Bethany-LeRoy Road in Stafford has been charged by Sheriff’s Deputies with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child.  He is accused of hosting an underage drinking party.


New York Governor David Paterson signed a bill into law Sunday that allows no-fault divorces.  The move gives couples the right to end their marriages without having to give any reason for blame in court.  New York is the last state to enact such a law.  Prior to the law, a New York resident seeking a divorce had to either separate for a year or give reasons for the divorce like adultery or cruel treatment.  Opponents fear the new law will create a spike in the number of divorce cases.


Police in Ontario County have charged a Bloomfield man with riding a lawn mower while being drunk.  Sheriff's deputies say 24-year-old Christopher Pool was pulled over on a lawn tractor Saturday night on Route 20A for failing to use a turn signal.  He now faces charges of DWI, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, driving an unregistered vehicle and various other infractions.  Pool will answer the charges at a later date. 

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