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Amherst jeweler pleads guilty


BUFFALO, NY - An Amherst jeweler has admitted to selling fake jewels.

Paul Blarr, 47, plead guilty Friday to one count of scheme to defraud and 10 counts of grand larceny.

Blarr, who operated two businesses (RSNP Diamond Exchange and Amherst Diamond Exchange) admitted that he sold counterfeit jewelry, including fake diamonds, from January 1, 1998 to March 21, 2014.

Blarr could face up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced July 25.


Democratic Leader to Address National Issues at Daemen Lecture

Democratic Leader to Address National Issues at Daemen Lecture

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a leader on women’s and children’s issues, will address national political and policy issues and her own personal and professional story at 1 p.m. May 13 in Daemen College’s Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

The lecture, “A Conversation on National Politics and Policies,” is part of the recently established Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Government Approves Thousands of New Border Agents

Government Approves Thousands of New Border Agents

 

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced a plan to increase the number of border agents. In fact, several million dollars have been added to the 2014 fiscal budget that will result in the hiring of more than 2,000 additional border agents nationwide. This change is part of a long-standing push to increase border security and efficiency.  

Williamsville accident sends 2 to the hospital


AMHERST, NY-- Two people were hurt following a head-on collision in Williamsville Tuesday.

The accident happened on Wehrle Drive, near Columbia just before 11am.

Police investigators say Shawndre D. Everette, 32, of Buffalo, was travelling west on Wehrle when her vehicle was struck head-on by an SUV that had crossed the double yellow lines. The SUV then flipped over on its side.

The driver of the SUV, Timothy A. Wojdan, 60, of Cheektowaga, was taken to ECMC with a back injury. Everette was also taken to ECMC with leg injuries. Both are in serious condition.

Amherst Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact them at: 716-689-1311.l


Fidelis Care Awards Grant for In-School Social Work Program

Fidelis Care Awards Grant for In-School Social Work Program

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $211,000 grant from Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic health plan, to support its In-School Social Work (ISSW) program serving students, families and faculty at several Catholic grade schools. This year marks a decade that Fidelis Care has supported the program.

The grant reflects part of the funds made available through the 2013 Fidelis Care Community Grant Fund, which are distributed in the eight Roman Catholic Dioceses across New York State, including The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, to nonprofit organizations with similar missions and values of service to low-income, vulnerable individuals.

No Frills Buffalo Announces Release of Two New Books by Local Authors

No Frills Buffalo Announces Release of Two New Books by Local Authors

 

No Frills Buffalo publishing company announces the release of two new books by Western New York authors, “Restless Nights: 13 Tales of the Macabre” by Dr. Michael S. Albert and “The Boundless Open Sea: Essays at the Intersection of Zen and Critical Theory” by Dr. Bradley Kaye.

Self-Made Billionaire Business Owner to Deliver Commencement Address

Self-Made Billionaire Business Owner to Deliver Commencement Address

John Catsimatidis, a self-made billionaire and chairman/CEO of the Red Apple Group, which is ranked by Forbes as one of the largest private companies in the country, will deliver the 2014 commencement address at Daemen College’s annual commencement ceremony being held at 2:30 p.m. May 17 in Kleinhans Music Hall.

Catsimatidis oversees holdings in oil refining, retail petroleum products, convenience stores, real estate, aviation, and supermarkets with investments in both medical and industrial technology. His companies post annual sales of approximately $5 billion. With more than 8,000 employees, he is a major employer in the New York metropolitan area and upstate New York.