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Written by on September 4, 2019

A Barre woman is behind bars after State Police reportedly stopped her for drunk driving in Batavia accompanied by a child.
Troopers stopped 49 year old Carrie Blaszak on West Saile Drive in the Town of Batavia Sunday afternoon and after a roadside investigation she was taken into custody for allegedly driving while intoxicated.
She is facing Class E felony counts of DWI with a prior conviction and Aggravated DWI for allegedly driving drunk with a child and was additionally charged for possessing a controlled substance in a non-original container and for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
She was subsequently jailed pending her next court appearance.

State Police report the passing of a Pennsylvania man who succumbed to injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in Alexander over the weekend.
According to investigators a 2005 Harley Davidson was slowing down on Broadway Road in Alexander just ahead of the intersection of State Route 98 before losing control Saturday.
The driver, 65 year old Frank Eckart of Saegertown, Pennsylvania and his 61 year old passenger were both thrown from the motorcycle after Eckart reportedly lost control of the bike.
Both Eckart and his passenger were flown to the Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries.
Eckart reportedly died from his injuries at the hospital the day after the crash.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on yet another piece of gun reform legislation.
It closes a loophole to give law enforcement access to out-of-state records to keep people with dangerous mental illnesses from getting a firearm license in the Empire State.
The current law allows people to apply for a firearm license in the county they live in, regardless of their permanent residence.
Supporters of the new legislation say it will allow police to take extra precautions to keep themselves and the public safe.

Kids across New York are heading back to class this week, but a new study shows public school enrollment is at its lowest level in years.
According to the Empire Center for Public Policy, enrollment has fallen statewide by five percent over just the last decade.
School enrollments have been falling fastest in upstate counties while increases are more common downstate.
At the current rate, enrollment in New York schools will drop to levels that haven’t been seen since the 1950’s.

The Muckdogs are in the playoffs for the first time in six years.
Tickets for the first playoff game tonight are on sale at the Dwyer Stadium box office and on with the first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m.
The Dogs host the Lowell Spinners in a three game home and away series.
Thursday night’s game will be in Lowell as will the Friday game, if necessary.
You can hear all the playoff games both home and away right here on WBTA.

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