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Overview of Three WNY Child Rape Cases and Some Tips for Parents

Overview of Three WNY Child Rape Cases and Some Tips for Parents

Sex offenses are considered one of the most heinous crimes, it can be argued that when these acts are committed against children the level of heinousness goes up a notch. While the news and crime statistics tell us that these crimes happen for many it’s unfathomable that anyone could endanger a child in this way.

Buffaloians are trying to digest the fact that in today’s news there are three cases of child rape right here in our city of good neighbors. As a state NY has roughly 36,000 registered sex offenders. The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services gives a breakdown by county of the four levels of registered sex offenders. In the four main counties in WNY, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara, there is a combined total of 2,068 level 1, 2, and 3 registered sex offenders. There are also 3,568 registered sex offenders still incarcerated.

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined together today in Orchard Park to sign legislation to strengthen the state’s law against texting while driving.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District), gives law enforcement the authority to pull over a motorist who is text messaging, e-mailing, transmitting images, or playing games while driving -- making it a primary traffic offense. Previous statute considered texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning police could only stop a texting driver if they had committed an additional infraction like speeding or failing to stop at a traffic signal.

“Today is about one thing – saving lives,” said Gallivan. “We have seen far too many tragedies caused by driving distracted to sit idly by any longer.

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Join us in a fascinating program as Elizabeth McIntyre of the International Institute of Buffalo speaks about the practice of human trafficking locally. In addition, Historical Society Director of Collections Walter Mayer will present an artifact and story from the 1870s. The program takes place on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the International Institute of Buffalo, even today, in the twenty-first century, and even here, in Western New York, there are slaves. Every day and everywhere there are people who have been tricked or forced to leave their homes and then find themselves in jobs where they are paid little or nothing, held captive, unable to be self-sufficient, abused and exploited. These people are modern-day slaves. They are victims of human trafficking, the exploitation of people for others’ financial profit. They escape or are rescued often with nothing but the clothes on their back.

DiNapoli to Audit SUNY Research Foundation

DiNapoli to Audit SUNY Research Foundation

From a Statement Released June 1, 2011

Robbery Captured on Camera; Witnesses Sought

Phatman Boardshops, a skateboard and snowboard shop on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda, posted this surveillance video of a robbery that took place at its store at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning. If you recognize the person in the video or have any further information, call the Town of Tonawanda Police Department at 879-6613.


 

Justice for All?

Justice for All?

Earlier this month Jim Norman, a republican senator of Tampa, introduced a bill that would make it a first degree felony to photograph or video record any happenings on a factory farm. Why? Because the public should not know the truth about where what they eat comes from, and photo's and video's are undeniable proof of wrong doing. Where your "food" comes from should never be a secret, yet in Florida, if you seek the truth and snap a picture or video, you could be a criminal. To read more of that story, click here.

Amherst Police Seeking Public's Help With Attempted Burglary

Amherst Police Seeking Public's Help With Attempted Burglary

From a Statement Issued by the Amherst Police Department

The Amherst Police Department is investigating an attempted burglary that occurred on 2/22/11 at approximately 0908 hrs at an apartment in the Country Club Manor Apartment complex on Northwood Drive. 

Resident reports that she heard a noise towards the rear of her apartment and then observed an unknown black male near her patio door.  The interior of the residence was checked by responding patrols with negative results.  K-9 Officer R Stephens and K-9 Judge tracked the suspect to the northeast portion of the apartment complex parking lot where it appears they left in an unknown vehicle.

Witness describes the suspects as:

Suspect #1 described as a black male, approximately 6’0” tall with a muscular build wearing a black knit hat.

Suspect #2 described as a black male wearing a dark colored hat.

If anyone has information regarding this i