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The Sheriff’s Department hopes they got their message across, arresting over 500 underage drinkers out at Darien Lake this summer.
The Darien Lake concert venue attracted some big names and some big drinking, too. It even prompted one performer, Brad Paisley, to make a disappointed comment on his Twitter feed directly following a show there.
Wednesday night wrapped up the concert series, and County Undersheriff Bill Sheron says at least one fact rings true: most concert-goers do behave themselves.
"An overwhelming majority of the people come in, obey the law and have a good time," said the Undersheriff. "But we do have those individuals who come in and create problems. But they're probably a fraction of a percent."
Sheron says the concert series sucked up quite a bit of the Sheriff’s Department resources this year.

A young Batavia woman has been slapped with a Grand Larceny charge for allegedly stealing from Darien Lake for three straight years.
20-year-old Erin Richley of North Street is accused of skimming over $1,000 from Darien Lake Theme Park, during her employment from May 2009 til July of this year.
Richley will answer the charge next month in Darien Town Court.

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul will meet with her former special election opponent Jack Davis today, at his factory in Akron, Erie County.
Hochul will tour Davis’ I-Squared-R Element factory at 11:30am, then they’ll sit down to talk manufacturing and jobs in this hard-luck American economy.
Davis’ company is the only one left in the United States that makes silicon carbide heating elements. The pieces are used in glass refining, ceramics and die-casting industries.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies have nabbed a pair responsible for numerous car break-ins at Rochester malls, including the patrol car of Livingston County Sheriff John York.
Eric Magin and Kelly Hansen, both of Rochester, are charged with Grand Larceny, Criminal Mischief, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon after the pair reportedly stole two handguns from the Sheriff’s car.
Magin is jailed without bail. Hansen is locked up in lieu of $1500 cash bail.

The world’s local bank is becoming a lot less local.
HSBC calls itself “the world’s local bank,” but today Buffalo Business First is reporting that HSBC is finalizing a deal to pull business out of Canada. The banking giant is apparently selling off its Canadian retail brokerage business, which manages over $30-billion in investor assets up north.
That’s the second big withdrawal for the bank just this summer – no pun intended. HSBC sold all 195 of its Western New York bank branches back in July.

New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, has announced the Senate passage of a $6.9-billion federal disaster relief package. The funding bill would directly help flooded-out residents in the Eastern part of the state.
Gillibrand has been lobbying for the bill for weeks, following devastating flooding in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. Under the plan, $5.1-billion would go to FEMA for diasater relief nationwide, after tornadoes and flooding also ripped much of the Midwest.
The bill now heads to the House. Apparently there's some deadlock there – congressional representatives want to slice it in half.


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