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Testimony heard in Councilwoman’s DWI trial

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City court on Friday morning heard opening testimony in the aggravated driving while intoxicated case against Councilwoman Roxanne M. Burns.

Three city police officers who responded to the dispatch call, Frederick E. March II, James R. Spencer and Matthew J. Dawley, testified during the morning session.

In addition to the DWI charge, Ms. Burns faces a charge of leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.

The charges stemmed from an incident in which her vehicle allegedly struck a railing at the Ives Hill Country Club on Dec. 9. Her blood alcohol content that night was listed by police at 0.20 percent

Spencer J. Ludington, of Fulton City, was assigned as judge to the case, after the two city judges recused themselves from proceedings.

Matthew A. Goettel was assigned as a special prosecutor for the trial.

Ms. Burns was represented by Mark C. Curley and John Leonard of Leonard, Curley, and Walsh, Rome and Syracuse.

The court will return from recess at 2 p.m.

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