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The Ohio truck driver who was watching Internet porn when his 18-wheeler killed an Amherst woman at the Pembroke exit of the Thruway will go to prison.
45-year-old Thomas Wallace has been sentenced to 3 to 9 years after pleading guilty to a charged of Second Degree Manslaughter.
Police said Wallace was watching a porn movie on a laptop computer last December when his truck crashed into 33-year-old Julie Stratton of Amherst, killing her.
Stratton’s car had become disabled from striking a deer.
Investigators questioned why so many other drivers were able to avoid Julie’s car, but Wallace did not.
The investigation also showed that Wallace had been on duty for 27 hours and had falsified his logbook.

The former driver of the “Kid Rock” tour bus will be going to jail here in Genesee County. 
38-year-old Joseph Devlin of Florida has been sentenced to 90-days for drunk driving and pay a $5,000 fine. Devlin was the driver of the bus that had just left Darien Lake following a concert last summer.  He would have received probation, but since his arrest here he was arrested for DWI in Florida and also got in trouble in a domestic disturbance. 

In Livingston County lawmen are calling it the one of the largest suspected marijuana growing operations they had ever seen.
Earlier this week, sheriff’s deputies and federal agents say they spotted 44-acres of pot on Barber Hill Road in the Town of Groveland.
The alleged weed farmer has been identified as 45-year-old Michael Mettler. He’s in the Livingston County Jail without bail.

This morning’s Batavia Police Blotter:

30-year-old Michael Piasta of E. Main St.:
He’s been charged with burglary and petit larceny. Batavia Police say Piasta had just been released from the Niagara County jail when he was arrested in Batavia for boosting beer from the Wilson Farms store on East Main St. He’s now jailed without bail.

19-year-old Jessie Jones of Walnut Street:
Police say Jessie was one of two people ready to fight with knives on State St. The other half of the altercation got away.

18-year-old Darik Orbaker of Forest Edge Drive:
He was busted by BPD for allegedly grabbing another person he had been ordered to stay away from. Orbaker has been jailed without bail on a contempt charge.

A new poll on the race for New York governor shows state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo maintains a comfortable lead over his two Republican challengers.  A new Quinnipiac University survey finds Cuomo would easily defeat either former Long Island Congressman Rick Lazio, 57 to 25 percent, and upstate businessman Carl Paladino, 60 to 23 percent.

New York State has been dealt another blow in its effort to collect taxes on Indian cigarette sales.  A state appellate court judge has indefinitely barred the state from enforcing the tax on Indian sales to non-Indian customers. 
A spokeswoman for Governor Paterson says the state is backing off its effort to collect the tax from any tribe in the state in compliance with the latest ruling.  The last time the state tried to collect the tax was back in the 1990's the effort led to protests from Native American groups including burning tires on the Thruway. 

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