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Niagara Falls: Hate Crime in a Tourist City

Niagara Falls: Hate Crime in a Tourist City

In a city that houses a wonder of the world, in which thousands flock to see every year, a young Pakistani woman was assaulted because of her ethnicity.  Niagara Falls is a city that welcomes thousands of people from every part of the world year round, they are now dealing with a rare hate crime.

Police say they do not expereince many hate crimes in their city, this is proven by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, who released their annual report on hate crimes for 2010 in July 2011. According to the report there were 699 hate crime incidents reported in NYS in 2010, which is an increase of 2%. Hate crimes against persons increased 29% while hate crimes against property declined 26%. Incidents with a race/ethnicity/national origin bias increased 11%, in 2010. Niagara County comes in pretty low compared to other counties in NYS.

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.

Higgins Calls for Stop to Plan that Siphons Water from Great Lakes

Higgins Calls for Stop to Plan that Siphons Water from Great Lakes

NY Congressman Asks Ohio Governor to Veto Legislation

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, sent a letter urging Ohio Governor John Kasich to veto legislation in his state that would allow businesses to remove 5 million gallons of water a day from Lake Erie

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.


 

WANTED FOR QUESTIONING

WANTED FOR QUESTIONING

A Statement from Town of Tonawanda Police

TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- The Town of Tonawanda Police are looking for an individual involved with this morning's shooting (Jan-20-2010) on Military Road for questioning.

Police are looking for 37-year-old ANGEL RIVERA of 1774 Kenmore Ave. RIVERA drives a 2006 blue four-door Toyota Scion, license plate number DEV5383.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Town of Tonawanda Police at 716-879-6613.