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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.

Nothing is Sacred: Saleem Shahzad

Nothing is Sacred:  Saleem Shahzad

What is truth? According to Merriam-Webster, truth is defined as: fact, the body of real things, an idea that is true or accepted as true, and reality.  What then is a journalist? A journalist is a writer who aims at a mass audience through the medium of journalism. Journalism is writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or a description of events without an attempt at interpretation. This means a journalist is a writer that writes truth without personal opinion based upon fact and reality.

Syed Saleem Shahzad was the Pakistan Bureau Chief of Asia Times Online, covering issues of global security, focusing on Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Shahzad has reported on Islamist movements, taking him to Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Syria and the UAE.

Shahzad introduced the world to Al-Qaeda and Sheikh Essa  His interviews include:

Niagara Falls Memorial Day Parade

Niagara Falls Memorial Day Parade

This year the Niagara Falls Memorial day parade will be held: Saturday May 28,2011. The Parade will assemble 10am at the city market (19th Street and Pine Avenue)

The parade will step off 11am sharp and will proceed east up Pine Avenue towards Hyde Park Blvd. The parade will end Hyde Park Grounds) at Pine Avenue and Robbins Drive.

A Veterans Ceremony will be held immediately at the parade end on the site of the new Veterans Memorial to be constructed. A full status report of phase 1 of the Veterans Memorial will announced. Application for active duty, retired, reserve, veterans who are serving or have served in the US Military will be available.  For more information you may email  mrimmen@sysr.com or  nfvmc1@gmail.com

Four Niagara County Businesses Facing Fines After Tobacco Crackdown

Four Niagara County Businesses Facing Fines After Tobacco Crackdown

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Local businesses in Niagara County have been served a total of $3,350.00 over the past six months as the Department of Health cracks down on tobacco compliance.

Completing a total of 117 compliance checks between October 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, the Niagara County Department of health has been cracking down on the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors in the area.

Locations that have been penalized from the latest crackdown include: the Main Street Gas & Grille on Main Street in Youngstown, the Market Place on Lockport Street in Youngstown, Fastop on Niagara Falls Boulevard, and Wilson Farms Store #352 on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

The facilities that were documented as being in violation will be checked more often by the Department, and face the loss of their tobacco and lottery licenses for repeat violations.

Compliance rates for tobacco sales have exceeded 90% over the past several years.  Information on the succe

Woman Accused of Forging 16 Prescriptions in Orleans, Niagara

Woman Accused of Forging 16 Prescriptions in Orleans, Niagara

Victoria E. Freile

Democrat and Chronicle

ALBION, N.Y. - A Niagara County woman accused of forging prescriptions at several pharmacies in Orleans and Niagara counties is facing about two dozen felony charges.

Tara J. D’Amico, 33, of Barker is due in court Tuesday on charges of stealing blank prescriptions from two medical offices in Lockport and forging 16 prescriptions in Albion, Medina and Lockport in October 2009, said Investigator Joseph Sacco of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

She was arrested Friday after a month-long investigation by Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and Niagara County Drug Task Force, Sacco said.

Police Urge Female Residents Caution; Purse Snatching Continues

Police Urge Female Residents Caution; Purse Snatching Continues

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – The Niagara Falls Police Department is investigating a number of purse thefts in recent weeks.

The incidents have occurred citywide involving women returning home from shopping at businesses both in Niagara Falls and the Town of Niagara.

The thefts have all occurred when the victims, while unloading their shopping bags, have their attention diverted and their purse is taken and the suspect flees the area.

The suspect has been described as a male, 5’10” – 6’1”, 190-200 lbs, late 20’s to early 30’s or older, wearing dark clothing with a hood, and sometimes a scarf.  A light colored SUV and white or light gold sedan may be involved.

The Niagara Falls Police Department has alerted the neighboring police jurisdictions and is coordinating a unified police effort.  All agencies will continue to use all police resources available to apprehend the suspect(s).

The Niagara Falls Police Department is advising the public to be

Niagara Regional Police in Ontario Seeking 'Armed and Dangerous' Suspect

Niagara Regional Police in Ontario Seeking 'Armed and Dangerous' Suspect

 

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA - On January 28, 2011, at approximately 3:30 pm, a male entered the Niagara Falls Centre Pharmacy located at 6453 Morrison Street in the City of Niagara Falls. The male waited several minutes inside before approaching the pharmacy counter. At that time, the male lowered a ski mask over his face and brandished a hand gun. The male went behind the pharmacy counter and directed pharmacy staff to provide him with narcotics. 

The male obtained prescribed narcotics and placed them inside a dark coloured duffle bag that he was carrying over his shoulder. He then left the pharmacy to a vehicle parked in the front, where he was last seen driving west bound on Morrison Street towards Dorchester Road.