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Monday, September 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

What is a Christian? An example to follow!

I am a Christian was the title of a recent sermon I heard that got my attention. What exactly is a Christian? A Christian is a person who believes with their heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sins. It is a person who confesses their sin to God in prayer and asks for His forgiveness (Romans 10:9-10). It is a person who desires to live a life pleasing to God. It is a person who denies himself to become a follower of Christ (Luke 9:23). What does it mean to become a follower of Christ? It is a choice to commit yourself to God moment by moment, making your relationship with Him important, putting Him first. It’s about making choices that will please our Lord, striving to become more and more like Him. The bible says, “This is how we know we are in Him: whoever claims to be in Him must walk as Jesus did (1 John 2:6). Let’s look at Jesus, who He is and what He has done. The bible tells us that God the Father sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life (John 3:16). He came to serve, and to become a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). It doesn’t take long after watching or reading the news to see that we live in a world that is far from perfect. It is a world full of sin and evil. Jesus came and laid down His life for us, He was nailed to the cross to take our sin for us. Those who call to Him for forgiveness will be saved from the consequence of their sin, eternal separation from Him (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 6:23). Jesus Christ carried the burden of all our sins out of His love for us. He was beaten, spit upon, mocked, and whipped to the point of near death. He had a crown of thorns placed upon His head, stripped of His clothes, and then nailed to a cross (Mark 15:16-32; Matthew 27:26-31). He did this for you and for me. He endured the suffering for us and took our place. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only ours but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). While Jesus was on earth, He humbly served others, putting them before himself. He was a teacher of God’s Word and told others how to receive eternal life through Him (John 3:1-21; John 4:1-26). He would withdraw to desolate places often to seek His Father in heaven (Luke 5:16). He was a man of prayer! The bible tells us that Jesus was raised from the dead after three days and now sits on the right hand of God the Father where He intercedes for us. Jesus Christ is still praying, praying for you and for me (Romans 8:34). Do you say, “I am a Christian?” Are there some things we as Christians need to change? Look again at our example in Jesus Christ. He was forgiving…are we? He was willing to be mocked for the sake of doing His Fathers will…are we? He served others and put them before himself…do we? He told others about the way to eternal life…do we? He was a praying man…are we? May we as Christians do what we need to do to become followers of Jesus Christ. He is our example! One way to become more like Him is to learn how to pray. The bible teaches us about prayer. Batavia Assembly of God, located at 24 North Spruce Street, is hosting its 3rd annual prayer conference September 13th from 6pm to 9pm (registration from 6pm-7pm), and September 14th from 8am to 4pm. Dick LaFountain will be the keynote speaker. Dick's passion is to motivate a renewed love for prayer and the presence of God in our churches. The title for the conference is “Presence, Prayer and the Power of God”. Elmwood Drive will lead worship. The registration fee is $15 per person, $20 per couple. Breakfast and lunch are included. You may register by calling the church at 585-343-8521. Please register by Sept 6th. Payment is at the door. Hope to see you there.

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September 2, 2013 - 8:25pm
Monday, September 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

Law and Order: Batavia man charged with grand larceny for alleged thefts from Walmart

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Jason Daniel Lang, 29, of Liberty Street, Batavia, is charged with grand larceny, 4th. Lang is accused of stealing merchandise from Walmart during two separate visits. Lang was jailed on $2,500 bail. (For previous coverage of Jason Lang, click here).

Donald William Schulz, 34, of Garden Springs Drive, Mount Sterling, Ky., was arrested on a bench warrant for alleged failure to pay fine. Schulz is accused of failing to pay a fine or restitution on a manslaughter charge. Schulz was extradited and returned to Genesee County and is being held in Genesee County Jail pending arraignment in County Court.

Daniel Johnston Duryea, 32, of Grant Avenue, Humbolt, Neb., is charged with felony DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .08 or higher, moving from lane unsafely, failure to keep right and driving left of pavement markings in no passing zone. Duryea was stopped at 12:33 a.m., Sunday, on Route 238 in Alexander by Deputy Jason Saile.

Marc Harry Rice, 35, of Judith Drive, Cheektowaga, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 or higher and failure to keep right. Rice was stopped at 8:13 p.m. Saturday on South Alleghany Road, Corfu, by Deputy Patrick Reeves.

MacKenzie Douglas Barrett, 17, of Eagle St., Medina, is charged with grand larceny, 4th. Barrett is accused of stealing about $2,000 in cash since June while employed at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Wesley C. Burgess, 29, of Jefferson Street, Attica, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Burgess allegedly possessed a bag of marijuana and a pipe with marijuana residue while passing through a checkpoint at 12:08 a.m. Saturday on West Main Street Road, Batavia.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Updates on four critically injured people

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In the past few weeks, we've had four people hospitalized with serious injuries. Here's what we know about them today.

  • Jason McNeil: McNeil's health is improving according to a Facebook post by his wife. He may be able to return home soon. McNeil was hit following the Kid Rock concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 6. Craig Lawson was recently indicted on a charge of assault, 2nd, and is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge next week.
  • Benjamin L. Falker, 16, was critically injured in an ATV accident Aug. 3. He remains listed in serious condition at ECMC.
  • Ashley M. Stillwell, 19, was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by her boyfriend Derek Sheldon when the bike struck a car at the intersection of Selden and West Bergen roads. Sheldon was killed in the accident. Stillwell was transported with serious injuries by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital. As of today, Strong does not have Stillwell listed as a patient and we have no further information.
  • Scott Baker, 51, was critically injured during an apparent fight Sunday night on Harvester Avenue. He remains in a coma, listed in critical condition, at ECMC. Shane M. Bell is accused of hitting Baker and is charged with felony assault.

UPDATE 5:05 p.m.: We were contacted by State Police and told Stillwell remains a patient at Strong, regardless of Strong's patient record which does not list her.

UPDATE: Since the last update, I had another conversation with Trooper Victor Morales, Troop A's PIO. He said Stillwell is doing well. She's listed in good condition at Strong and could be released from the hospital soon. She suffered a broken pelvis, broken back and fractured knee cap. The accident reconstruction is not complete, but investigators believe that speed was not a factor. Stillwell does not remember them speeding prior to the accident, but even if they were, the other driver had clear visability for at least a mile down the road. At this point in time, no citations have been issued.

Monday, August 26, 2013 at 10:19 am

Overnight fire destroys barn on Bennett Road, Darien

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By the time firefighters got the call at 2:28 a.m., a barn filled with hay at 2311 Bennett Road, Darien, was fully engulfed in flames.

At 9 a.m., firefighters were still on scene tending to smoldering hay bales with potentially hours of work still ahead of them.

A few firefighters who had been up practically all night had to leave for their day jobs.

Responding to the fire with Darien were East Pembroke, Indian Falls, Corfu and Alexander. Crittenden filled in at Corfu's hall and Alden filled in for Darien.

Water was drawn from a pond on Charlie Miller's property at Ellinwood and Brown roads.

The barn property is owned by Miller's Sonshine Acres, Inc.

The barn, of course, was a total loss, but firefighters said that was apparent from the moment they rolled up on scene. From that point, it was just a matter of knocking down the flames.

Reader submitted photo.

Monday, August 26, 2013 at 12:21 am

Four arrests at Goo Goo Dolls concert at Darien Lake

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The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office during the Goo Goo Dolls Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

Matthew S. Conover, 28, Green Forrest Court, East Amherst, is charged with DWI, aggravated DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, after allegedly operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and with a blood alcohol level of .18% or higher. Conover allegedly drove into a ditch inside the concert venue parking lot. Conover’s license to operate a motor vehicle was also suspended. Conover was jailed on $500 bail.

Antho G. Serrano Jr., 19, Dodge Road, Getzville, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Riley T. Munger, 19, Greiner Hall, Buffalo, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Ty T. Buczkowski, 20, Wellington Road, Cheektowaga, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

The following people were cited for alleged possession or consumption of alcohol under age 21.

Benjamion P. Madafferi, 19, Amy Lane, Brockport
Brian M. Grablec, 20, Chapel Avenue, Cheektowaga
Samantha R. Christ, 19, Cottonwood Drive, Williamsville
Zachary T. Williams, 20, Fontaine Drive, Cheektowaga
Nicholas J. Perna, 19, Rosewood Drive, Williamsville
Kayla A. Palmeri, 18, Goodrich Road, Clarence Center
Thomas A. Amabile, 18, Elmhurst Street, Lakeview
Kevin L. Scherer, 19, North End Avenue, Kenmore
Taylor K. Eleming, 19, 62nd Street, Niagara Falls
Michael A. Corbeil Labarbara, 18, Sheffield Avenue, Buffalo
Robert E. Robinson, 17, Columbia Parkway, West Seneca
Patrick D. Oleary Jr., 18, Doncaster Road, Kenmore
(name redacted upon request), 17, Shenandoah Road, Buffalo
Faith R. Caldero, 16, Tuscarora Road, Buffalo
Mary C. Walsh, 19, Eden Street, Buffalo
David J. Miller, 19, Pomander Square, East Aurora

Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:44 am

One arrest reported at Allman Brothers concert at Darien Lake

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The following person was arrested Friday at the Allman Brothers concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

Joseph M. Trippi, 18, of Meigs Street, Rochester, is charged with criminal trespass after allegedly jumping a fence to reenter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Trippi was jailed on $250 bail.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Grand Jury Report: Alleged assailant at Kid Rock concert now charged with felony

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Craig M. Lawson is indicted on one count of assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. The indictment accuses Lawson of hitting another person with intent to cause serious physical injury. Lawson allegedly hit Jason McNeil following the Kid Rock concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on July 5. McNeil suffered a serious head injury when he fell to the ground and remains hospitalized at ECMC. Lawson, a Canadian who was originally arrested on a misdemeanor charge, is out of jail on $1,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the felony charge Sept. 3.

Felipe R. Fernandez is indicted on a count of aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree.  Fernandez is accused of driving a motor vehicle on May 8 in the Town of Batavia while knowing that his license to operate a motor vehicle was revoked with 10 or more suspensions.

Hector A. Leon-Figueroa is indicted on a count of criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree, a Class E felony. Leon-Figueroa is accused of possessing more than eight ounces of marijauna March 10 on the Thruway in the Town of Bergen.

Jimmy T. Garcia Jr., is indicted on a count of grand larceny in the fourth degree. Garcia is accused of of stealing $3,010 sometime between Aug. 24 and Aug. 29 in the Town of Batavia.

Monday, August 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Law and Order: Trio from Rochester arrested following reported fight on Swan Street, Batavia

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Patrick D. Powell, 27, of 98 Barton St., Rochester, is charged with resisting arrest. Powell is accused of physically interfering with the arrest of Richard Johnson at 9:43 p.m., Saturday, at 45 Swan St., Batavia.

Richard E. Johnson, 53, of 159 Millbank St., Rochester, is charged with disorderly conduct. Johnson allegedly used obscene language and gestures on a crowded public street after being warned by police to cease such conduct.

Jovon C. Johnson, 24, of 960 Gleason Circle, East Rochester, is charged with resisting arrest. Johnson allegedly interfered with a police officer's attempt to arrest another person during following a reported fight involving several people on Swan Street at 9:43 p.m., Saturday.

Willie A. Toney, 26, of Finch Street, Rochester, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 4th, criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, 2nd. Toney was stopped at 3:03 p.m., Saturday, on Route 77, Village of Corfu, by Corfu Police Officer Michael Petritz for allegedly driving 48 in a 35 mph zone. Upon further investigation, it was determined Toney's license was allegedly suspended 21 times. A search of his vehicle allegedly turned up a .38 caliber pistol and a crack pipe containing crack cocaine residue.

Jennifer L. Spraugue, 30, of Pringle Avenue, Batavia, was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a falsely reporting an incident case. Spraugue is being held on an unrelated charge. She was arrested for allegedly failing to appear in Bergen Town Court on a third-degree charge of falsely reporting an incident to law enforcement. Spraugue entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to time served. She was returned to the jail on the unrelated matter.

Stoan Richard Dietzman, 18, of Dartwood Avenue, Cheektowaga, was arrested on warrants related endangering the welfare of a child and strangulation, 2nd, charges. Dietzman was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in the City of Buffalo and after a records check was arrested on the warrants. After being turned over to the Sheriff's Office, Dietzman was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Barbara Ann Kosciolek, 67, of Osterhout Avenue, Batavia, is charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, failure to keep right and moving form lane unsafely. Kosciolek was stopped at 11:11 p.m. Saturday on Route 5 in Stafford by Deputy Matthew Butler.

John Edward Ryman, 32, of Macedone Center Road, Palmyra, is charged with possession of untaxed cigarettes. Ryman was allegedly found in possession of 35 cartons of untaxed cigarettes during a traffic stop on Route 5 in Le Roy by Deputy Matthew Butler.

Jeanine Danielle Fuller, 26, of Holland Avenue, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Fuller is accused of shoplifting $33.78 in merchandise from Walmart.

Robert Gordan Woodhouse, 54, of Creek Road, Batavia, is charged with felony DWAI-Drugs and moving from lane unsafely. Woodhouse was stopped following a report at 4 p.m. Friday of a black H3 Hummer operating erratically on West Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia. The Hummer allegedly crossed the center line and nearly struck an oncoming vehicle. The Hummer was stopped by Deputy Chad Minuto and upon investigation Woodhouse was accused of driving while under the influence of drugs.

Robert Walter Plantiko, 38, of West Main Street Road, Batavia, is charged with burglary, 2nd. Plantiko allegedly entered a motel room and stole property. Plantiko was jailed on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

Mark Robert Willard, 39, of Tinkham Road, Darien, is accused of violating probation. Willard was arrested and held without bail.

Iesha Marie Vetter, 20, of West Main Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny and criminal mischief. Vetter is accused of removing products from packaging as part of an effort to steal items from Target.

Winston A. Lockhart, 18, of 3 Lewis Place, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Lockhart allegedly hit a woman at 119 State St., Batavia, during an incident reported at 3:22 p.m. Saturday.

Ashlea M. Harmon, 22, of 665 Ellicott St., Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Harmon was found in possession of an allegedly stolen bicycle that she admitted to stealing.

Michael S. Lytle, 24, of 11 Wood St., Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and criminal mischief. Lytle was arrested following a reported domestic incident on Wood Street at 11:40 p.m. Friday. Lytle was jailed on $250 bail.

Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Photos: Fiesta Latino Americana at Darien Lake

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Today Darien Lake Theme Park hosted the “Fiesta Latino Americana." The event was an all day festival of Latino music and dancing, including dance lessons for guests.

Unfortunately, my schedule didn't allow me to be there but for a short time today. I did drop in to see the Victor Antonetti Band.

Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

County star Jason Aldean at Darien Lake means, of course, lots of arrests

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The following people were arrested or issued citations by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and NYS DMV Investigators during the Jason Aldean Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Aug. 17:

Jaime Barzey, 30, of Carroll Place, Bronx, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly being found on Darien Lake property after being ejected several times on previous dates and told not to return. Barzey was jailed on $1,000 bail.

Ryan C. Jenks, 24, of Upper Alley Road, Holley, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting in the concert parking lot. Jenks was jailed on $250 bail.

Shawn R. Schottmiller, 21, of Vandervoort Street, North Tonawanda, is charged with two counts of harassment, 2nd, after allegedly hitting two Darien Lake security guards. Schottmiller was jailed on $500 bail.

Craig D. Gingerich, 22, of Fish Hill Road, South Wales, is charged with attempted petit larceny, resisting arrest and harassment, 2nd, after allegedly attempting to take money from a food stand cash drawer and then while being placed under arrest, Gingerich allegedly bit a Genesee County Sheriff’s deputy in the hand. Gingerich was jailed on $750 bail.

Adam M. Logue, 23, of Jackson Road, Webster, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting in the concert venue entrance. Logue was jailed on $250 bail.

Brandon M. Hallock, 23, of Happy Hollow Road, Olean, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly engaging in a fight in the concert parking lot. Hallock was jailed on $250 bail.

Joshua T. Samuel-Herter, 20, of Concession 2 (Woodhouse), Port Dover, Ontario, Canada, was arrested for trespass after allegedly attempting to reenter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return. Samuel-Herter was jailed on $250 bail.

Sidney E. Cammilleri, 23, of Sias Lane, Spencerport, is charged with trespass after allegedly attempting to reenter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Amanda C. Cammilleri, 26, of Fisher Road, Rochester, is charged with trespass after allegedly attempting to reenter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Pennilyn M. Baker, 19, of Savona-Campbell Road, Savona, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Calvin L. Felker, 17, of Gannett Road, Lyons, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Lindsay M. Atkins, 26, of Babbette Drive, Depew, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly entering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Michael D. Utz, 21, of Raleigh Road, Rochester, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly climbing the fence into the backstage area.

Rodney C. Fuller, 24, of Silk Road, Fulton, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly spitting on Darien Lake medical personnel.

Robert J. Lawless, 26, of Brandywine Lane, North Fairport, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly having a concert security guard in a headlock while the security guard was trying to break up a fight.

Katherine G. Santamaria, 23, of Willowbrook, West Clarence, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly crawling under a fence to enter the concert venue.

Joseph E. Flanagan, 21, of Upper Holley Road, Holley, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly engaging in a fight in the concert parking lot.

Bret M. Dieteri, 23, of Glidden Road, Holley, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly physically grabbing another patron.

Cassandra D. Agnello, 17, of Jackman Lane, North Elma, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly entering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Kyle S. Zawacki, 26, of Westwood Road, Alden, is charged with trespass after allegedly attempting to reenter the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

The following people were issued citations for the listed alleged offenses:

Michael A. Trauax, 19, of Couth Street, Liecester, for possession of a fraudulent NY license.
Emily I. Wells, 19, of Chenango Street, Binghamton, for possession of a fraudulent PA license.
Brandon R. Moore, 20, of Lakeshore Road, Kendall, for possession of another’s license.
Anthony M. Prentiss, 18, of Frontenac Avenue, Buffalo, for possession of another’s license.
Joseph O. Pinter, 19, of Roat Drive, Angola, for possession of fraudulent NJ license.
Sarah M. Bidwell, 19, of Delaware Road, Buffalo, for possession of another’s license.
Matthew D. Weinholtz, 19, of Marigold Drive, Wheatfield, for possession of a fraudulent license and possession of another’s license.
Kaitlin S. Brown, 17, of Brown Drive, Street, Catherines, Ontario, Canada, for possession of another’s license.
Zachary C. White, 20, of Palmer Road, Taberg, for possession of another’s license.
Cody J. Oas, 18, of Michigan Street, Perkingville, for possession of a fraudulent license.
Ashley R. Brick, 19, of East Avenue, Newfane, for possession of another’s license.
Malachy M. Coyne, 19, of Littleville Road, Avon, for possession of a fraudulent license.

The following people were issued citations for alleged possession/consumption of alcohol under age 21:

Brian M. Wolf, 18, of East Avenue, Hornell
Cassandra M. Wolfanger, 18, of Dangelo Parkway, Avon
Jennifer B. Kwoka, 19, of Rogers Avenue, Lockport
Samantha J. Shaw, 18, of Beattie Avenue, Lockport
Kaitlyn M. Thurston, 19, of Horner Road, Angelica
Rachel A. Murray, 20, of Abbott Road, Cuba
Brooke E. Bainbridge, 19, of County Road 2A, Almond
Melissa A. Chiles, 20, of Middaugh Hill, Scio
Chelsea R. Masich, 17, of Highland Avenue, Tonawanda
Miranda North Rusin, 16, of Bannard Avenue, Tonawanda
Zachary C. White, 20, of Palmer Road, Taberg
Justin T. Mckee, 19, of 71st Street, Niagara Falls
Jonathan W. Weronski, 17, of Pratham Road, East Concord
Joshua T. Mcpherson, 17, of Louth Street, Street, Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Taylor D. Webb, 18, of Damson Street, Street, Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Kaitlin S. Brown, 17, of Brown Drive, Street, Catherines, Ontario, Canada
Nicholas M. Dovidio, 16, of Manitou Road, Spencerport
Anna K. Dubinsky, 17, of South Street, East Aurora
Karla E. Aravjo, 19, of South Alder Avenue, Sterling, Va.
Emily J. Tierney, 17, of Quaker Road, East Aurora
Anthony M. Prentiss Jr., 18, of Frontenac Avenue, Buffalo
Kelly S. McLaen, 17, of Oakridge Drive, Rochester
Alicia M. Kessler, 18, of Pinecrest Drive, Rochester
Brandon R. Moore, 20, of Lakeshore Road, Kendall
Lucas F. Renedetto, 18, of East Avenue, Sinclairville
Emily I. Wells, 19, of Chenango Street, Binghamton
Gordon J. Austin, 19, of Sharr Avenue, Elmira
Michelle E. Talarczyk, 18, of Sunningdale Rise, Webster
Meagan E. Sivilotti, 20, of Grand View Road, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
Jonathan L. Bedford, 18, of Dale Road, Gasport
Gordon D. Lyons, 19, of Mt. Vernon Road, Amherst
Kaleigh E. Cicero, 18, of Gardeau Street, Perry
Kevin M. Beyea Jr., 18, of West Grenadier Road, Scottsville

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