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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Updated: 10:32 AM

Man sentenced for concert attack

BATAVIA (AP) -- A Canadian man has been sentenced to a year in jail for causing catastrophic injuries to a man he punched during a Kid Rock concert in western New York last year.

Local media report that 35-year-old Craig Lawson of Ontario, Canada, was sentenced Monday to a year in Genesee County Jail.

Lawson pleaded guilty in June to assault for punching Jason McNeil of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the face during a concert in July 2013 at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Lawson admitted he punched McNeil after he mistook him for another man who groped his wife after the concert.

McNeil, a native of nearby Alden, suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for a time. Prosecutors say he requires constant supervision.

Kid Rock donated $5,000 to defray McNeil's medical bills.

Boy, 15, wounded in shooting in Buffalo

BUFFALO (AP) -- Police say a 15-year-old boy is in critical condition at a Buffalo hospital after he was hit by gunfire on a city street.

Detectives tell local media that they were called to Fillmore Avenue on Buffalo's east side around 4:30 p.m. Monday for a report of a teenager hit by gunfire. Police say the boy had been shot in the upper body.

Officials say the boy is in critical but stable condition at Erie County Medical Center.

Man killed at northern NY plant

WATERTOWN (AP) -- Authorities say a 28-year-old man has been killed in an accident involving heavy equipment being moved at a northern New York manufacturing plant.

Police in Watertown tell local media that employees of P&M Construction were moving equipment Monday afternoon at New York Air Brake when Christopher Getman of Felts Mills got trapped underneath the equipment.

Emergency crews were called to the plant, but Getman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Details of the accident haven't been released.

P&M Construction of Watertown had been contacted to move equipment at New York Air Brake, which makes products for the railroad industry.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that Getman was the married father of four children.

Four from Illinois charged in thefts

SYRACUSE (AP) -- Authorities say they've arrested four people from the Chicago area in connection with multiple burglaries committed in central New York.

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office says the suspects were arrested Sunday evening at a Syracuse hotel.

A 26-year-old woman, a 41-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, all from Norridge, Illinois, were charged with burglary and grand larceny. A 34-year-old Chicago man was charged with narcotics possession.

Officials say the suspects were involved with about 15 burglaries committed over the past two years in Manlius, Lysander, Clay and Liverpool. Police say the crimes netted them more than $540,000 in cash and high-end jewelry.

Authorities say the four are also suspects in burglaries in Detroit, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee and New York City.

Thrift shops warned about drawstrings

ALBANY (AP) -- New York's attorney general has told 46 thrift shops to stop selling children's garments with drawstrings, clothing prohibited in New York since 2003.

The letters follow a survey showing many thrift shops continued selling clothes considered a safety hazard because drawstrings can snag on cribs, playground equipment and vehicle doors.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says it has received reports of 26 deaths and 58 other incidents involving drawstrings on children's clothing from 1985 through April 2011.

Under New York law, it's illegal to sell any item of children's clothing, up to size 12, with a drawstring at the neck.

Children's clothing sized from 2T to 16 can have drawstrings at the waist provided they don't extend too far and have no toggles or knots.

     

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