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Increased Penalty for Cell Phone Use While Driving

Increased Penalty for Cell Phone Use While Driving

AMHERST, N.Y. - Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette issued a notice today to Amherst residents that beginning February 16, 2011, if you are issued a summons for cell phone use while driving, it is no longer just a fine.  A new law, passed in December 2010, now carries an addition of two points on your New York State license if you are convicted of cell phone use while driving in NYS.  Cell phone violations have serious public safety consequences for all drivers.

“Distracted driving results in thousands of accidents a year, some of them fatal, states Marlette who is the liaison to Amherst Traffic Safety Board.  A hands free device is the only legal way to use your cell phone behind the wheel.  I encourage any Amherst resident to make sure they have the proper equipment if they intend to use their cell phone while driving”, the Deputy Supervisor concluded.

Attempted Purse Snatching on UB North Campus

AMHERST, N.Y. -- UB officials Wednesday night issued an emergency alert about an attempted purse-snatching in Jacobs "A" parking lot on the university's Amherst campus. 

According to the statement, at about 8:30 p.m. a student walking from the Capen Hall library to her car was accosted by two white males in dark clothing wearing dark colored sweatshirts: "They pushed the victim to the ground, striking her and attempted to get her bag. When she resisted they fled northeast."

One sweatshirt was described as a "North Face Fleece Sweater," the statement says. A more thorough description is posted on the UB Police Emergency Alert website.

In a subsequent update, UB Police said they believed that the thieves had fled the campus. They're asking anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation to call 645-2222.

De-Mobilizing Gang Members

Claude AnShin Thomas will visit the Buffalo area next month. Here's another email from his trip to Columbia where he visited young people trying to get out of the 7,000 member gang named Combus.

 

Fri, October 1, 2010 11:04:50 PM

(Communa 13)

 

Drugs, Gangs & Violence

Claude AnShin Thomas practices "engaged" Buddhism. He and his associate, Weibke KenShin Andersen, are invited to visit areas where violence is prevalent so they can offer a peaceful alternative--mindful meditation. Last month he was in Columbia, South America. I asked AnShin if I could share his messages with you and he said OK.

Sun, September 26, 2010 10:33:50 PM

Dear Fred, 

Amherst Police Investigate Rape

 

AMHERST, N.Y. - Police in Amherst are investigating the alleged rape of a 20-year-old woman.

Police say the woman was walking westbound on Wehrle Drive under the Thruway overpass around 1:00 a.m. Monday July 5 when a male jumped out of some bushes, grabbed her, pushed her to the ground, and then raped her.

Investigators say the suspect also went through the woman's purse and took her debit card and $20 cash.  The suspect ran away.  A neighbor heard the victim crying and called police.

The attacker is described as a black male, 6'0 tall, weighing 180 pounds with braided black hair, and brown eyes.  He was wearing a black v-neck short-sleeved t-shirt, dark jeans and diamond earrings.

If you have any information that could help investigators, call Amherst Police at (716) 689-1311.