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Arson is Cause of Fire at Tonawanda Dunlop Plant

Arson is Cause of  Fire at Tonawanda Dunlop Plant

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, NY (Erie County Fire Blotter) – Investigators from the Town of Tonawanda and Erie County Sheriff’s Office want to know why a file room at the Dunlop Tire Plant at 10 Sheridan Drive was set on fire. This was the second fire at the plant since the month of June.

Read the rest of the story at the Erie County Fire Blotter.

Niagara Falls: Hate Crime in a Tourist City

Niagara Falls: Hate Crime in a Tourist City

In a city that houses a wonder of the world, in which thousands flock to see every year, a young Pakistani woman was assaulted because of her ethnicity.  Niagara Falls is a city that welcomes thousands of people from every part of the world year round, they are now dealing with a rare hate crime.

Police say they do not expereince many hate crimes in their city, this is proven by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, who released their annual report on hate crimes for 2010 in July 2011. According to the report there were 699 hate crime incidents reported in NYS in 2010, which is an increase of 2%. Hate crimes against persons increased 29% while hate crimes against property declined 26%. Incidents with a race/ethnicity/national origin bias increased 11%, in 2010. Niagara County comes in pretty low compared to other counties in NYS.

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined together today in Orchard Park to sign legislation to strengthen the state’s law against texting while driving.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District), gives law enforcement the authority to pull over a motorist who is text messaging, e-mailing, transmitting images, or playing games while driving -- making it a primary traffic offense. Previous statute considered texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning police could only stop a texting driver if they had committed an additional infraction like speeding or failing to stop at a traffic signal.

“Today is about one thing – saving lives,” said Gallivan. “We have seen far too many tragedies caused by driving distracted to sit idly by any longer.

Higgins Calls for Stop to Plan that Siphons Water from Great Lakes

Higgins Calls for Stop to Plan that Siphons Water from Great Lakes

NY Congressman Asks Ohio Governor to Veto Legislation

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, sent a letter urging Ohio Governor John Kasich to veto legislation in his state that would allow businesses to remove 5 million gallons of water a day from Lake Erie

Burglar Arrested in Niagara County

Burglar Arrested in Niagara County

WILSON, N.Y. - The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Thursday annouced the arrest of Alex J Shelbayeh, age 22 of Ransomville, NY. Shelbayeh was arrested by Sheriff’s Investigators Jeff Pytlik and Ray Degan on Friday, July 1st after an arrest warrant was issued by Wilson Town Court.

Shelbayeh has been charged with third degree burglary, fourth degree grand larceny, and third degree criminal mischief, all felonies, following an extensive investigation into several burglaries and attempted burglaries over the past five months at the Village of Wilson Pharmacy. This arrest warrant was issued following the investigation of a May 5th, 2011 burglary in which the business was entered and prescription medication was stolen.

Shelbayeh is being held at the Niagara County Jail with $50,000 cash or $100,000 property bail. The investigation continues by Sheriff’s investigators into the remaining cases at the Wilson Pharmacy and Peterson Drugs in Newfane.

Williams Road Bank Robbery

Williams Road Bank Robbery

From a Statement Released by Niagara County Sheriff's Office

Bank Robbery

Bank of America 

6947 Williams Road

06/13/11 – 1530 hrs

Suspect Information:

White Male

Mustache and Goatee

Slender build, 150 to 160 lbs

Wearing Gray Shirt / ball cap / sunglasses

Left, with an undetermined amount of cash, on a bicycle towards Niagara Falls.

If anyone has information that would assist in the identification of the subject, please contact the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit at 716-438-3327 or Investigator Dan Brown directly at 716-438-3328. 


Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Join us in a fascinating program as Elizabeth McIntyre of the International Institute of Buffalo speaks about the practice of human trafficking locally. In addition, Historical Society Director of Collections Walter Mayer will present an artifact and story from the 1870s. The program takes place on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the International Institute of Buffalo, even today, in the twenty-first century, and even here, in Western New York, there are slaves. Every day and everywhere there are people who have been tricked or forced to leave their homes and then find themselves in jobs where they are paid little or nothing, held captive, unable to be self-sufficient, abused and exploited. These people are modern-day slaves. They are victims of human trafficking, the exploitation of people for others’ financial profit. They escape or are rescued often with nothing but the clothes on their back.