Archives for November 2016

I Love New York Signs

Those “I Love New York” signs that dot the state’s roadways aren’t getting any love from the feds. The government is calling them nonconforming and downright dangerous because they’re loaded with information that can distract drivers. The Federal Highway Administration has threatened to yank nearly one-billion-dollars in federal funding if the state doesn’t remove the signs. State DOT and federal highway officials will meet next month to come up with a plan for removing more than 500 “I Love New York” signs.

Refugees

Plans are in the works to settle international refugees into Niagara Falls. A social service agency wants to bring 50 people in from other countries, joining hundreds who have settled successfully in Buffalo. There’s no word yet which country’s refugees will move into the city.

21st Century Cures Act

U.S. Rep Tom Reed, is very positive about the House and Senate approving the 21st Century Cures Act. The Bill would help the federal review process and reduce the bureaucracy related to new treatment options. Reed is a co sponsor of the Bill, that will help increase research on incurable diseases.

Finch Trial Postponed until tomorrow

Leslie Finch’s trial is postponed until tomorrow morning. According to the Salamanca Press, the key witness is sick, and the trial is set to resume Thursday morning at 9 am. Finchm of Kill Buck is accused of killing her 1 year old daughter, Mila Whipple, by shaking and squeezing her, causing traumatic brain injury.

Man faces Prison time for trying to shoot Officer

A Buffalo man is facing up to two decades in prison for trying to shoot a police officer. Andre Fuller pleaded guilty yesterday in Erie County to second-degree attempted murder and a second-degree weapons charge. Fuller admitted to pressing a gun into a Buffalo police officer’s chest in June and pulling the trigger during a post-foot chase scuffle on Doat Street. The gun didn’t go off and Fuller was arrested.

Bar shooting

The Buffalo bar where three women were shot this past weekend is out of business. City officials and police shuttered Sweets Lounge Monday, a little more than 24 hours after the shooting. There’s no word yet of any arrests in the shooting that left the women hospitalized.

Newspaper Delivery Driver

A “Buffalo News” delivery driver is being accused of bringing more than newspapers to people’s doorsteps. Erie County sheriff’s deputies say Douglas Lukehart was caught selling marijuana this past weekend while delivering the paper in Holland. A K-9 deputy found the pot stashed in a stack of newspapers inside the Sardinia man’s car during a traffic stop.

Jamestown Passes Budget

The Jamestown City Council passed a balanced budget for the upcoming year, yesterday.
According to the Post journal, is reporting that city officials will be receiving a significant increase in state aid to cover the budget. Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman and Finance committee chairman, said state officials have agreed to increase aid to the city by $824,926 next year, which eliminates the budget deficit.

Finch Trial Continues today

The Leslie Finch trial, will resume this morning at 9am in the Cattaraugus County Court.
Finch, of Kill Buck, is accused of killing her 1 year old daughter, Mila Whipple, by
violently shaking and squeezing the baby and causing a traumatic brain injury in April 2015.
According to the Salamanca Press, DA Lori Rieman is seeking the maximum prison sentence of 25 years to life.

Anti Bot

New York has the strongest ‘anti-bot’ legislation in the country now regarding online ticket sales. Yesterday, Governor Cuomo passed legislation which will create New penalties for people who use software to unfairly buy up online tickets and sell them at a steep profit. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he was proud to work with Governor Cuomo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and other legislators to ensure New Yorkers would be more able to afford to see popular shows which these bots had previously prevented.