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Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

A petty thief, local mobsters and a parish priest who’s more sinner than saint come together in the gritty black-comedy crime novel “Stay Away from Lions,” the latest release from No Frills Buffalo. 

Written by Buffalo natives and St. Bonaventure University graduates J. Matthew Smith and Patrick Reynolds, “Stay Away from Lions” follows the poorly led life of Tommy Patton, a small-time South Buffalo crook who upon being sprung from his latest stint in the Erie County Jail learns he’s in debt to a ruthless mob boss as a result of a robbery gone wrong.

With the payback deadline looming, a two-faced henchman charged with collecting the debt goes behind his boss’s back and hatches a scheme designed to benefit all involved. But when that scheme unravels, unholy secrets are exposed costing people their lives.

An ACD is Not an Admission of Guilt in New York State

An ACD is Not an Admission of Guilt in New York State

 

An adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, commonly referred to as an ACD, is a sentence typically offered to a defendant when the crime charged is a misdemeanor and the defendant has no prior record. In sum, the case is put on hold for a specified amount of time (generally six months) and if the defendant has stayed out of trouble throughout that time period, the charges are dismissed. Under New York State law an ACD is not considered a criminal conviction nor involves a guilty plea. 

Four NU Professors Collaborate To Publish Manuscript On Poverty Assessment & Tracking

Four NU Professors Collaborate To Publish Manuscript On Poverty Assessment & Tracking

A study performed by four Niagara University professors regarding undergraduate students’ perceptions of those living in poverty has been published in the Journal of Research on Social Work Practice.

Research on Social Work Practice, published bi-monthly, is a disciplinary journal devoted to the publication of empirical research concerning the assessment methods and outcomes of social work practice.

Middleport, NY Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Middleport, NY Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces that Linda Rakonczay, 58, of Middleport, N.Y., pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing false tax returns before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

Lockport, NY Male Convicted Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces today that Damian Ard, 33, of Lockport, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, cocaine base, was sentenced to six years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was arrested as a result of a long-term investigation into narcotics trafficking in Niagara County and the City of Buffalo conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Niagara County Drug Taskforce. The investigation involved several court-authorized wiretaps, including  two cellular telephones used by Ard to conduct his drug-trafficking. The defendant distributed cocaine base, cocaine, heroin, prescription medications, and marijuana in the Lockport area from early 2009 through August 2010, some of which was supplied to him by co-defendant Eric Williams. 

Niagara County - Town of Niagara Woman Sentenced on Drug Charges

Niagara County - Town of Niagara  Woman Sentenced on Drug Charges
BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces that Roberta Hannon, 46, of the Town of Niagara, who was convicted of conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who handled the case, the defendant was arrested along with three others during the execution of a search warrant of a mobile home at 314 Quain Place, Town of Niagara, on May 3, 2012. Hannon resided in a mobile home at that address.