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Written by on May 16, 2019

Orleans County Man pleads guilty to drug and weapons charges in federal court.
20 year old Nolan Donald, of Lyndonville pleaded guilty in federal court to being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms and ammunition, and possessing and distributing marijuana.
Donald was arrested after posting videos and photos to “Snapchat” in which he appeared to be in possession of a pistol and large quantities of marijuana, while apparently using pot and prescription medicine.
In a search of his North Lyndonville Road residence, investigators recovered a loaded 9mm, semi-automatic pistol; a 12-gauge shotgun with ammunition; a quantity of marijuana and edible marijuana cookies.
Donald later admitted that he sold and used pot for approximately two years preceding his arrest.
He is now facing a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Sentencing for Donald is scheduled for August 20th.

Genesee County Sheriff explains “Red Flag Law” to SCOPE members.
Sheriff William Sheron spoke Tuesday night at Calvary Baptist Church in Batavia to members of Genesee County SCOPE about the expected implementation and impact of the recently passed “Red Flag Law”.
The new law, which goes into effect in August, would allow someone who believes a gun-owner who has become a threat to seek a court order requiring the person to surrender the guns to local law enforcement.
Sharon said if friends or family member are not able to take possession of firearms from a potentially dangerous person, the new “Red Flag Law” is a good tool for local law enforcement to help ensure people who are a threat don’t have easy access to firearms.
Sheron said the new law has ample due-process protections built into it and isn’t really any different than police obtaining a warrant to search or seize property.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Batavia sports bar named in statewide underage drinking crackdown.
Governor Cuomo has announced the results of joint efforts by state agencies to crack down on underage drinking throughout the state during the month of April.
The State’s Liquor Authority and DMV, along with local law enforcement agencies, conducted statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, looking for fake IDs and retailers who sell alcohol to minors.
Out of 851 businesses visited for compliance checks, 186 were found to be selling to underage agents.
Tully’s Good Times on East Main in Batavia was listed as one of the businesses to dole out drinks illegally.

The state Senate has given the green light to a new seat belt law.
The legislation would require adults to wear the safety devices while sitting in the back of vehicles.
Right now, they only have to wear them if they’re sitting in the front. Limousines, taxis and buses would be exempt from the new rule.
The Assembly is expected to vote on the measure before the legislative session ends next month.

The Buffalo Sabres are officially turning their head coaching duties over to Ralph Krueger.
The 59-year-old was previously at the helm of the Edmonton Oilers during the 2012-13 lockout shortened season.
Krueger has vast experience around the world having coached Switzerland’s national team to the Olympics on three separate occasions.
The Sabres are in the middle of an eight-year playoff drought.

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