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Steven Eldridge, of Penn Yan, was sentenced Tuesday in his Yates County hometown after pleading guilty last month to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of drugs. The 42-year-old Eldridge admitted he was high on cocaine and prescription drugs when he crashed into a van carrying 14 Amish farmers from neighboring Steuben County on July 19.

The collision in the rural town of Benton pushed the van under a tractor that Eldridge was trying to pass.

The Amish group was on a tour of farms in the Finger Lakes area 50 miles southeast of Rochester.


City offers old landfill as site for renewable energy

NEW YORK — A New York City site once known for the size of its garbage heaps would be home to alternative energy sources that could generate 20 megawatts of renewable power, now that the city is soliciting bids to build and operate a wind farm and solar power plant there.

City officials put out a request for proposals Tuesday to build solar and wind power facilities at Staten Island’s Fresh Kills landfill. With 75 acres available for lease, city officials said, the project at the closed landfill could generate enough energy to power 6,000 homes and would double the city’s renewable-energy capacity.

The landfill closed in March 2001. It reopened briefly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as a sorting place for debris from the World Trade Center.


Residents assess damage from wildfire

WRAY — Residents on Colorado’s eastern plains are trying to determine the extent of damage and the number of farm animals killed after a wildfire that charred more than 37 square miles.

One firefighter was critically injured and two others were treated and released for minor injuries while trying to escape from a stranded firetruck after the fire broke out Sunday.

Firefighter Jennifer Struckmeyer was in critical condition in a hospital’s burn center Tuesday, said Gene Haffner, a spokesman for the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.

Her brother-in-law, Damon Struckmeyer, and a third firefighter, Darren Stewart, were treated and released.

Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day said two farmsteads were destroyed and residents were trying to round up cattle left wandering after the fire. An undetermined number of animals were killed, he said. He said the fire likely was caused by an electrical spark.

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