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NY Case of Death After Comics Theft Back in Court

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Several alleged members of an upstate New York stolen goods ring that's blamed for the death of a comic book collector have pleaded not guilty to federal murder and racketeering charges.

The group that prosecutors say was led by Rico Vendetti of Rochester appeared in federal court in Buffalo on Tuesday to answer a host of charges in an updated indictment returned last week. They were initially charged in 2010.

The new version of the indictment contains a provision that would have Vendetti surrender $5 million and five Rochester properties if convicted.

Vendetti is accused of arranging a home invasion robbery at collector Homer Marciniak's Medina house. Authorities say Marciniak had a fatal heart attack because of the beating he received and the psychological trauma.

J. Fitzgerald Group Adds New Art Director

J. Fitzgerald Group Adds New Art Director

J. Fitzgerald Group, an international marketing technology company based in Lockport, has added Lindsay van Harssel as Art Director.

Van Harssel most recently served as Associate Art Director at Marketing Drive, Ltd. in Norwalk, Conn. She has helped create design work for clients that include Jameson Irish Whiskey, CVS pharmacies, Dannon yogurt products and Keurig coffee.

A graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in communications design, van Harssel will contribute to creative design development for JFG clients - from the company’s work in traditional and online advertising to sales enablement. She is a Lewiston resident.

Founded in January 2002, J. Fitzgerald Group is an international marketing technology company specializing in full-service advertising, marketing, web design and research. JFG’s clients span local, regional and worldwide markets.

Theatre in the Mist Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

(Lewiston, NY) Theatre in the Mist closes it's 2011-2012 season of with the dazzling, family favorite JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. JOSEPH opens Friday, April 20 and runs through Sunday, April 29 at Stella Niagara Stage, 4421 Lower River Road, Lewiston, NY 14092.

 Show times: Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm | Sundays 2:00pm

Tickets: Adults $14 | Students/Seniors (62+) $12 | Children (12 & Under) $6

Slaughter Likes District She Has Now

By Jill Terreri- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Rep. Louise Slaughter said Monday that she likes the district she has now, though that was not always the case.

Slaughter, D-Fairport, met with Albany power brokers recently to tell them what she would like her district to look like. Though she said during an editorial board meeting with the Democrat and Chronicle today that she wants the district she has now - dubbed an "earmuff" for the way it stretches between the cities of Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls through a thin strip of land on the shore of Lake Ontario - she acknowledged that Democrats would like to help Rep. Kathy Hochul.

Orleans County Drug Raid Leads to 10 Arrests

ALBION, NY - A three month long investigation into the sale and distribution of crack cocaine has led to the arrest of ten people in Orleans County.

The arrests were made on Wednesday of last week after the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, along with other agencies, received search warrants for an apartment complex located at 13 East Bank Street.

Ten people were arrested and charged with various drugs charges.

Chris Mitchell, 26 years old, was charged with 3 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and 3 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Tony Thompson, 45 years old, was charged with  3 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and 3 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Anthony Barber, 56 years old, was charged with 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

BNL to Kick Off ‘Red Hot Weekends’ in Nearby London

BNL to Kick Off ‘Red Hot Weekends’ in Nearby London

Orchestra London Canada has been sharing the magic of live orchestral music for more than 60 years. Under the direction of Music Director Alain Trudel, Orchestra London currently offers six series, ranging from the classical Masterworks and Cathedral Series  to the popular styles of the Red Hot Weekends (rock) and Pops (Broadway/Big Band). 

In fact, the popular Red Hot Weekends have become London’s hottest ticket! Here’s a look at their lineup for the 2012-13 season: 

October 12 & 13

Barenaked Ladies

Library Dispute in Village of Perry: Issue for Veterans

PERRY, NY - The plan of the Perry Library in Wyoming County to add a parking lot for the disabled has upset some neighbors who worry about property values.  But it has also raised concerns for some veterans.

They have questioned why a proposed policy put out in early January would have restricted them from going behind the library building to honor some long buried soldiers at a memorial stone. It turns out the library building was actually built over a cemetery in 1912. Some remains were removed but others are still buried there. There is also a memorial stone which honors a member of the Williams family who served in the War of 1812. Some say there are also veterans of Revolutionary War still buried on site.