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Written by on November 7, 2019

36 year old Charles Cooper of Lodi in Seneca County remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the back after he allegedly forced his way into a Stafford home.
According to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Cooper threatened the homeowner and demanded money while brandishing what appeared to be handgun after forcing his way into a home at 6735 Clinton Street Road around 9 Tuesday night.
During confrontation with the suspect, the homeowner, who identified himself in an interview with the Daily News as 76 year old Edgar Cummings, retrieved a 16-gauge double-barrel shotgun and fired one shot knocking Cooper to the floor.
Cooper was listed in critical condition as last reported by lawmen.
Other residents in the area need no added concern for public safety according to investigators as this was reportedly not a random incident but one that the suspect specifically targeted the residence.

Liberty Street man arrested after trespassing complaint.
56 year old Aaron Mee of Liberty Street Batavia was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies Tuesday afternoon after investigation into a trespassing complaint at an address on Route 98.
Mee was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Trespassing and was released with appearance tickets for November 25th in Batavia Town Court.

A Hilton resident jailed for drunk driving in Elba.
35 year old William Strait was arrested by Troopers out of Batavia following a stop for traffic violations on Drake Street Road in Elba Tuesday afternoon.
Strait was hit with felony counts of DWI and Aggravated DWI for having two previous convictions and was jailed in lieu of bail.

Governor Cuomo says district attorney’s offices around the state won’t get any extra funding to help with new criminal justice reforms.
One change going into effect in January requires a 15-to-30 day window for prosecutors and defense attorneys to exchange important information before an arraignment.
DAs wanted extra money for staff and technology upgrades needed to meet that mandate.
The governor said yesterday DAs have already received additional financial help and he doesn’t think they need any more.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is making a renewed push for gun reform.
He’s asking President Trump to push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take action on a bill requiring background checks.
The legislation has already passed the House but hasn’t come up for a vote in the Senate.
McConnell says that will only happen when the bill is supported by the president.

Wegmans has announced a recall of two food bar items.
The supermarket chain says there are concerns its veggie power blend and tofu shiitake slaw could be contaminated with listeria.
The items were sold at self-serve cold bars between September 29th and November 4th and have “best if used by” dates of October 11th to November 16th.
Anyone with concerns is asked to contact the Wegmans customer service line.


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