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Written by on January 14, 2020

A Florida man who attempted to outrun police from Wyoming to Genesee County has ended up dead with two others seriously injured after crashing in Alexander.
22 year old Cleveland Johnson of Lauderdale Lakes Florida reportedly fled lawmen attempting to stop him for speeding in Warsaw yesterday afternoon leading to a brief car chase that ended a short time later when Johnson crashed his vehicle into a tree on Route 98 in Alexander.
Johnson was pronounced deceased at the scene while the two other occupants of the vehicle, a male from Florida and a female from Pennsylvania both sustained life-threatening injuries.
According to police the vehicle was a rental out of Pennsylvania.
Investigation into the crash remains on-going as well as to the reason why Johnson initially fled from law enforcement.

Assault at Batavia Downs leads to arrest for a Rochester woman.
51 year old Renee Symonds was arrested by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following a disturbance at the Batavia Downs Monday afternoon.
After refusing to leave the venue Symonds allegedly attacked two security guards.
She was hit with counts of Assault and Harassment and was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on January 30th.

New First Assistant District Attorney Finnell is sworn in.
After 29 years with the District Attorney’s Office, Kevin Finnell officially became Lawrence Friedman’s top assistant when he was sworn in by County Court Judge Charles Zambito as the new First Assistant District Attorney yesterday afternoon.
Finnell replaces Melissa Cianfrini, who quit without notice on Friday.

Prosecutors are calling for ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins to spend nearly five years in prison.
They say Collins should receive a stiff sentence in order to make sure the public knows people in power aren’t above the law.
Collins, who represented the 27th Congressional District, is set to be sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.
The U. S. Probation Office says Collins should spend a year and a day behind bars, while his lawyers are planning to ask for no jail time.

After a judge rejected efforts by the state Health Department and Governor Cuomo to ban the sale of flavored vaping products, some lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands.
They’re looking to pass legislation that would keep all flavored tobacco products off store shelves.
Supporters say action is needed to keep these dangerous products out of the hands of kids.
Studies show 80% of youngsters who have used tobacco started with a flavored product.

Wegmans has issued a recall involving a breaded chicken product.
It’s due to concerns the chicken in the 20-ounce bags of Wegmans Breaded Chicken Breast Fillets may be undercooked.
The bags have a “best used by” date of October 23rd, 2020.
Customers with the affected product can return it for a refund.


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