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Written by on November 25, 2021

Derek Hagen

29-year-old Derek Hagen used to teach in the Batavia City and Pembroke Central Schools. Now he has been charged with producing and distributing child porn.
Federal authorities say Hagen now resides in Mount Morris and teaches at Dansville Central.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says two computers and a cellphone were confiscated from Hagen’s apartment last summer and some 50,000 images of and videos of child pornography were found on the devices. Hagen is accused of quote: “actively producing and distributing child porn in online chats.
Members of the public who have further information on the case are asked to contact federal investigators in Buffalo at: 716- 464-6070 or
Hagan faces a prison term of 5 to 30 years if convicted.


The Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse – known simply as GCASA – plans to open its new 20-bed detox center in January. An open house is scheduled for January 6th.
Construction began on the 8,600 sq. ft. foot facility began last January.

More than 20 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Erie County has set a brand-new record for the number of coronavirus cases. A local business group is taking legal action in an attempt to overturn an indoor mask mandate issued by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
The sudden action by Poloncarz has promoted Genesee and Orleans County officials to issue a formal statement that the mask mandate is NOT a requirement here.

The New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will participate in a special traffic safety initiative to prevent unsafe driving behaviors as the winter holiday season kicks off. The Thanksgiving weekend initiative runs from Wednesday, November 24, through Sunday November 28.

Just days after a blowout loss at home to the Indianapolis Colts, the Buffalo Bills will have the chance to get back on the winning track tonight. The Bills are set to battle the New Orleans Saints in The Big Easy.
After spending most of the season on top of the AFC East, the Bills have slipped to second place behind their longtime rival the New England Patriots.

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