Archives for March 2017

Bradford man faces Felony Charge

Uriah N Schiappa, A Bradford man who was arrested earlier this month now faces an additional felony charge. According to the Bradford Era a charge of strangulation, a second-degree felony, has been filed against Schiappa. Records also show he is charged with simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor; disorderly conduct, a third-degree misdemeanor; and harassment. He assaulted a woman during a fight, took away her phone, and punched her face, among other things. She was able to get to an ER for treatment.

New Playground

Fundraising is underway to build a new playground on Buffalo’s east side. Universal School and Jami Masjid Mosque officials say they’ve collected 44-thousand-dollars in the past week to build a play space at Genesee and Forman streets. That’s two-thirds of what they need to pay for the state-of-the-art playground. You can make a donation online at

Catholic School Closing

Students at a Cheektowaga Catholic school will be looking for a new place to learn next year. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic School officials announced yesterday they’ll close in June, citing declining enrollment. The Diocese of Buffalo says it’ll work with parents to place the students and staff in other Catholic schools.

Buffalo School Bus

Charges are pending against the suspect blamed for causing a crash with a Buffalo school bus. Police say the man was fleeing narcotics detectives yesterday when his car slammed into the bus and another car on Seneca Street. Six students on the bus suffered bumps and bruises, while the suspect and another driver were hospitalized with serious injuries. A detective was treated for injuries suffered when he was hit by the suspect’s car.

Susan B Anthony dollars Found

Newly discovered Susan B. Anthony letters are going to the University of Rochester. The letters were found last year by a couple cleaning out their home. The letters were written to Suffragist Isanella Beecher Hooker by Anthony and others in the movement. The letters are political in nature and are said to give New insight into the movement. The university will be making digital versions of the letters available online soon.

Bradford Woman Pleads Guilty

Laurie A. Recny, a Bradford woman, pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception. She was accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Worth W. Smith Co. store.
DA, Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer, she was scheduled for trial Monday and Tuesday in Mckean County Court, but because of her plea, it did not happen. She was accused of stealing over 200 thousand dollars from the Worth W Smith store, and had said she didn’t do it, until she was shown videotape showing otherwise.

Lockport Contractor

A Lockport contractor convicted of ripping off his customers is behind bars. Joseph Lloyd was sentenced yesterday to three-to-ten-years in jail for violating his probation. A judge found Lloyd had not yet paid restitution to the customers who paid him for snowplowing and home improvement services that were never delivered.

Buffalo Dealership

The former controller of a Buffalo auto dealership is awaiting sentencing for stealing more than four-million dollars from her employer. Erie County prosecutors say Billie Becker pleaded guilty yesterday to embezzlement-related charges. Becker spent seven years draining the accounts of Towne Auto Group, writing company checks to cover personal expenses.


The future of ridesharing apps like Uber is uncertain for Upstate New Yorkers. The state has until the end of the week to include ridesharing in the budget. Governor Cuomo said yesterday that they basically have a deal. The soonest ridesharing could begin upstate is June if it’s accepted with the budget.

Two Major Union Deals in Monroe

Monroe County is approving two major union deals. The county moved forward yesterday with five-year deals for a civil service union and an operating engineers’ union. The civil service union represents nearly two-thousand county employees. They’ll get two percent pay raises annually until 2021.