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The unemployment picture in the area is worse.  That’s according to statistics released yesterday for the month of October by the State Labor Department.


The unemployment rate for Genesee, Wyoming, and Livingston counties all went up.  Here in Genesee County the rate is now 6.7 percent, up from 6.4 percent in September.  Wyoming County’s rate jumped to 7.6 percent up from 7.4 percent, but Livingston had the worst increase of the three going from 6.7 percent in September to 7.4 percent in October.  The lone bright spot is Orleans County where the rate went down to 8.3 percent from 8.4 percent.  In the Metro areas, Buffalo’s rate is unchanged at 7.5 percent and Rochester down slightly from 7.4 percent to 7.3 percent.


19-year-old Nathan Hulme of the Dutton Road in Silver Springs has now been jailed on felony Criminal Mischief and Criminal Sale of Marijuana charges.  Hulme was the driver of a car that went off the Starr Road in the Town of Pavilion on Wednesday.  He fled the scene and was arrested by Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies a short time later.  Genesee County deputies have charged Hulme with leaving the scene of an accident, speed not reasonable and prudent, and with unlicensed operation.  Wyoming County deputies say Hulme was wanted for allegedly throwing a trailer hitch through a front windshield of a vehicle last September in Gainesville.  He’s in the Wyoming County jail with bail set at 30 thousand dollars cash or 60 thousand dollars bond


Falling asleep at the wheel is being blamed for a two-car crash on route 98 in the Town of Alexander yesterday afternoon.  Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say a car driven by 20 year old Ian Prial of West Avenue in Attica crossed the center line of route 98 and struck a suburban driven by 38 year old Suzanne Wheeler of Alleghany Road in Darien Center.  Deputies say Prial indicated he fell asleep.  He was ticketed.  Prial and his passenger, 19-year-old David Bartholf Junior were taken to Erie County Medical Center Wheeler and her passenger, 11 year old Logan Wheeler were taken to UMMC.  Injuries were said to be non-life threatening. 


Cuts in state funding are being listed as the reason for the elimination of almost 50 non-teaching positions at SUNY-Geneseo.  Officials at the school announced yesterday that will cut 45 positions and also eliminate programs attended by about 300 students.  Those programs are computer science, studio art and communication disorders.  The cuts come at the same time that SUNY-Geneseo is facing a seven-million dollar deficit.  The programs will continue for three more years which will allow current students time to finish.


Yesterday we told you that the Summer Empire State Games were cancelled.  But now there’s good news that the winter games in Lake Placid are once again back one.  Organizers of the Olympic-style amateur athletic contests say they were shocked by the canceling of the event.  Lake Placid Village Mayor Craig Randall said local leaders rallied to support the winter event, which will run from February 25th through the 27th.  The state projected the games would cost about 150 thousand dollars. 


The State Board of Elections have sent technicians to Buffalo to supervise testing of the voting machines used in the 60th District state Senate race.  Earlier this week, incumbent Senator Antoine Thompson alleged the machines may not have produced accurate results.  Absentee ballot counting is still going on in Erie and Niagara counties as Republican challenger Mark Grisanti continues to hold a lead over Thompson.  Elections technicians will oversee the remainder of the counting process, in which elections officials read off voters names and, if there are no objections, scan ballots. 



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