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Niagara Falls Police Release More Details on Murder-Suicide

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Police in Niagara Falls have released new information on a gruesome murder suicide that happened on 29th Street in the city.

Police say 37-year-old Peter Daniels strangled his girlfriend, 31-year-old Elizabeth Wilson, then slit her throat.  Daniels then went to his home across the street,where he lives with his parents.  They say his mother was home at the time.

"When she saw him at the house, for just a few moments, he had blood on him, she said.  Then he went back to Elizabeth's house, that's when, within moments, she heard a gunshot" said Detective Lt. Michael Trane of the Niagara Falls Police Department.

Police say Family and friends told them that Wilson had complained about Daniels in the past.  But she had never filed a police report.

Police Agencies Using Social Media to Solve Crimes

WESTERN NEW YORK - It's a new age in crime fighting, and many local police agencies are turning to social media to help them solve cases big and small.

The New York State Police has Facebook and Twitter pages where the agency posts everything from composite sketches of suspects to pictures of community events.

"Nothing will ever replace good old fashioned police work, but Facebook and Twitter have been like a tool on our belt," said Trooper Jeff Bebak.

Hamburg Police started using Twitter two years ago and added Facebook to their list of crime fighting tools a few months later.

"This is a good way to interact with the public. We've had people comment, simple things like they like the new look of our police cars, when is the next exam to become a police officer," said Detective Thomas Brown.

Breast Cancer Survivor is Motivated to Help Youth

LOCKPORT, NY - If you glance at her face, you will think Mercedes Holloway is a free-spirit young woman. When you hear her speak you quickly learn that she is a survivor.

Holloway, 30, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28. There was no family history of the cancer, "I remember thinking initially, they got it wrong. It can't be me."

She battled through the tough treatments and is cancer-free. The mother of two has a different journey in life all because of breast cancer.

She founded an organization called For Our Daughters. "The mission is enriching women's lives so we can in turn educate our children," said Holloway. The program is being developed with high school girls and is funded in part by the WNY Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Niagara SPCA Hikes Membership Dues

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Membership dues will cost as much as $1,000 at the SPCA Niagara.

"It was strictly a business decision for financial reasons," said Board President Brian Barish. The no-kill initiative requires more funding and by hiking membership dues, the organization is able to gain more money.

Until now, members paid $25 dues and were allowed to vote for persons to serve on the Board of Directors. Carol Tutzauer of Buffalo Humane has been a member and is upset that she will no longer be able to vote if she doesn't pay $1,000. "I believe it does shut out the people," she said. "If we want Niagara to be a no-kill community, we want to engage the public, we really don't want to disengage them."

Niagara Wheatfield 7-Clarence 2

BUFFALO, N.Y.-On Super Monday Niagara Wheatfield whipped Clarence 7-2 to repeat as WNY Federation Hockey Large School champions.

The game was played at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo which annually hosts Super Sunday. The event was moved to Monday this year because the arena hosted a concert Sunday night.

It was a long tough day for the Red Devils as the Falcons took advantage of nearly every mistake. Niagara Wheatfield scored early in the first period when # 7 Frank Vecchio II buried a rebound. The Red Devils tied it on a goal by # 22 Matt Colicchia but after that it was all Falcons.

Niagara Wheatfield led 4-1 after a four goal first period and they added three more second period goals for a six goal lead after two periods. . Clarence added a second goal in the third period to make it a 7-2 final.

For Niagara Wheatfield # 9 Domenic Senese had the hat trick.  

Deadly Double Shooting in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Police say two people are dead following a shooting in the City of Niagara Falls Monday night.

It happened on 29th Street.

Investigators say the gunman shot a person in the home, and then committed suicide.  According to police, the victims, a male and female, had a domestic relationship.

No other details are being released at this time.

Pet Connection Needs Your Help !

 

It has been said that the quality of mercy is not strained...that it blesses those that give and those that receive..Although those these words were written long ago, they could easily describe Pet Connection Programs in Marilla .For over thirty years the shelter has been caring for pregnant dogs and cats and their offspring, animals most in need of a gentle and caring hand. Julie Garvey is Pet Connection's President." The mothers are always the ones we are worried about first because...a simple thing like giving them food, whoever had them that dumped them just didn't feed them. The more they eat the more milk they produce so we really try to get their weight back on so that they can take care of their puppies, if not we're there for them."