Archives for May 2017

Arrest for DWI

This past Sunday, Robert Blair, 36, of Salamanca, was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI with a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent or over. He was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.


Last week, the common Council approved relieving City Comptroller Kathy Sarver of the obligation to sell tax sale certificates at the annual tax sale for properties listed by Dec. 31, 2016. According to the Salamanca Press, the council agreed to moving all unredeemed certificates to tax pending status and directed the comptroller to send out all the proper notifications and required legal advertisements. Those that still have taxes to pay, it is encouraged you pay your taxes so you don’t lose your things.

New App

A new app is making parking easier in Buffalo. City officials unveiled the Buffalo Roam app yesterday, allowing drivers to pay for parking with their smartphones. The app also sends alerts when a parking meter is about to expire. It’s free to download for Apple and Android phones.

Matthew Jaskula Pleads Guilty

A former Buffalo Police cell block attendant is awaiting sentencing for beating a handcuffed inmate. Matthew Jaskula pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to deprivation of rights. Jaskula admitted to smashing the inmate’s face against a cell door last year, then failing to get medical help.

Ice Skating Rink

The Common Council is trying to get an ice rink arena in the works. So many miss the ice skating that used to take place on the William Flanigan Ice Pond. The common Council wants to change that! According to The Salamanca Press, after their meeting last week, they authorized the acceptance of grant funds not to exceed a half a million dollars from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the William Flanigan Ice Rink/Sports Arena Construction Project.

Salamanca School District Project Meeting

The Salamanca City Central School District got together for their first of four public meetings to talk about the proposed capital project and the vote on it, which will take place on June 20th. The Salamanca Press reports that many administrators explained what the almost 28 million dollar project would do for all 3 buildings on both campuses and the bus garage on Front Avenue. The meeting included a PowerPoint presentation, a video and a Q& A by attendees.

Deputy Mourned

An Ontario County deputy who died from a crash is being mourned. Deputy Joshua Shaver was injured in the crash more than two weeks ago in Hopewell and he died on Sunday from those injuries. He was off duty when a woman allegedly ran a stop sign and hit him. Yesterday deputies escorted Shaver’s body to a funeral home in Canandaigua.

Erie County SWAT Team

The Erie County sheriff’s SWAT team is the best in New York. The unit won first place this month in the State Division of Homeland Security’s first-ever Tactical Week competition. The Erie County SWAT team beat out seven other police organizations in its response to real-world scenarios, including room clearing, hostage rescues and officer down responses.

Defender’s Office gets Grant

The Cattaraugus County Public Defender’s Office policy of counsel will continue on for three years. Lawmakers in the county accepted the almost 1 million dollar grant from the State Office of Indegent legal services to continue to provide counsel on first appearance. The Olean Times Herald said the four year grant was sent to expire this Tuesday, May 31st.

Ambulances for Young patients

Ambulances designed for young patients are on the road in Buffalo. American Medical Response unveiled two new pediatric ambulances yesterday, showing off features the company says will make a trip to the hospital less scary. Company officials say they wanted to make kids feel like they’re in their parents’ minivan by providing a DVD player and other creature comforts.