Archives for February 2017


Kevin M Strafford, 25, of Cattaraugus, was arrested for possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree, and a class E felony. McKenzie Green, 20, also of Salamanca, was arrested on two outstanding Bench Warrants. She’s currently in the Cattaraugus County Jail.

Buffalo Church

A Buffalo church is getting help from a group of fellow Catholics. Members of Buffalo Mass Mob turned out in force yesterday at St. Lawrence Church on East Delavan Avenue to raise money for roof repairs. The group created to raise awareness of inner city churches’ needs has launched a GoFundMe campaign that has, so far, collected nearly 44-hundred dollars for the project.

Bomb Threats

Governor Cuomo is ordering the State Police to investigate bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers. Yesterday, Jewish centers in Tarrytown, New Rochelle, Plainview and Staten Island were targeted by the most recent round of bomb threats. Cuomo said that he’s responding to the anti-Semitic attacks by focusing federal, state, and local law enforcement towards catching and punishing those responsible for these hate crimes.

Immigrant Students

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says immigrant students will remain protected. Yesterday, Schneiderman said that New York schools ensure the rights of immigrant students under state and federal laws. He said that no family should have to worry about deportation when sending their child to school. State school districts were reminded of their duties to uphold immigrant students’ rights and safeguard their information.

Union and State

The union representing jailers in New York can’t seem to come to an agreement with the state. “The Times Union” reported that yesterday the corrections union voted down a contract that it had tentatively agreed to last year. The contract would provide consistent pay bumps through 2020 and other benefits. The union didn’t say why it voted down the contract.

Lockport Teenager

The trial of a Lockport teenager accused of setting a deadly factory fire is on hold until next month. A Niagara County judge adjourned the 14-year-old boy’s trial yesterday after a cell phone video surfaced that appears to show the fire being set at High Tread International. Defense attorneys want the video held out of the trial, claiming the phone was only in evidence for a voicemail left by Joseph Phillips before he died in the blaze.

Planets and NY

There’s a western New York connection to NASA’s discovery of several Earth-like planets. WGRZ-TV reports Amherst native Adam Burgasser was part of the team that discovered the planets circling a star 40 light years away. Burgasser became an astrophysicist after graduating from Sweet Home High School in 1992, saying it fulfilled a lifelong fascination with space.

Therapist at School for Blind

A therapist at the New York State School for the Blind is off the job, accused of abusing students in his care. Kenneth Darch is accused of hitting and verbally abusing three students. He’s charged with endangering the welfare of a child and harassment. School officials say Darch is suspended while his case winds through the courts.

Whole foods in Amherst

Western New York’s first Whole Foods Market is a step closer to becoming reality. The Town of Amherst issued a building permit last week, for the 50-thousand square-foot store in Northtown Plaza. A developer plans to open the store later this year as the centerpiece of a retail and restaurant destination.

City Budget

This week, The Salamanca Common Council unanimously passed a city budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year that included no increase in the tax levy. The Salamanca Press reports that almost one million dollars of the city’s 9.5 million budget will be used fom the city’s 9.5 million dollar budget. The tax levy was nearly 30 grand less than last year.