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>Woman who dumped pups pleads guilty to cruelty

LE ROY -- Laurie J. Lerkins pleaded guilty before Town Justice Kermit Arrington to misdemeanor animal cruelty and animal abandonment for dumping 10 puppies along roadsides in January, court officials said Tuesday.

Free on $2,000 bail pending her May 1 sentencing, Lerkins, 28, of Bacon Street, Le Roy faces a possible one-year local jail term, but she could be placed on probation. Arrington made no sentencing commitment.

Lerkins was charged on Jan. 31 with 10 misdemeanor counts each of animal cruelty and animal abandonment. She told Genesee County Sheriff's Department officials she had been paid by a Rochester animal dealer to dispose of the puppies, several of which were infected with Parvo virus.

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>Akron resident, 18, injured critically in car crash

An Akron teenager remained in critical condition today in Erie County Medical Center, after he lost control of his car Monday on a snow-covered Bloomingdale Road in Newstead and hit a utility pole, state police reported.

David A. Dirienzo, 18, of Cedar Street, was eastbound at about 4:45 p.m. Monday when his vehicle skidded off the south shoulder of the road, troopers said. It struck the utility pole and trapped Dirienzo in the car, according to troopers, who said he was extricated using the Jaws of Life.

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