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Two arrested for damaging memorial bench in Lockport

LOCKPORT, N.Y.- Two men accused of vandalizing a memorial benching honoring a fallen Western New York soldier pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Spencer Lupo, 20, and Garrett Sheehan, 21, were arraigned in City of Lockport Court on charges of second degree criminal mischief. A judge set their bail at $2,500 each, which both subjects posted.

Police announced Monday night the two were arrested for destroying a memorial bench honoring Albert Jex, a Lockport native who was killed in Iraq in 2009 by a suicide bomber. A new bench honoring Jex has since been installed.

Lupo and Sheehan face a maximum of seven years in prison.

School bus hits house in Lockport

LOCKPORT, NY-- At least two people are hurt after a school bus crashed into a house in Lockport Tuesday morning.

The accident happened on Middleton Road around 8 a.m. Howard Pirong, the son of the homewoner, said the accident began when a car and the bus crashed into each other at the corner of Main and Middleton, causing the bus to hit the house.

Pirong's father was not hurt in the crash, but was trapped inside his home after the accident.

Priong says he saw both the driver of the bus and the other car were taken to the hospital. No one was on board the school bus at the time of the accident.

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen College will begin offering courses next spring for a new master of social work (MSW) degree, which will include a concentration in the high-demand practice area of children and families, making it the first MSW program offered at a private college in Western New York.

The New York State Department of Education has granted approval for Daemen to offer the MSW degree that’s designed to provide advanced training for experienced professionals and students with a background in liberal arts who are looking to further or begin their education in the field.

Niagara Co. Sheriff defends deputy after taser incident

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- Niagara County Sheriff James Vourtour is defending one his deputies after they were captured on video tasering a suspect at Niagara Falls Social Services.

The video shows a woman screaming and yelling as the deputy wrestled the woman to the floor and tasered her.

Vourtour says the deputy was responding to a report of the woman being abusive and disorderly after being denied for services, and was within his rights to use the taser.

"There's a full story, and up to that point he tried verbal commands, told her she had to leave told her she was under arrest. She refused and that led up to the use of force. and it was a proper use of force in that instance," Vourtour said.

Vourtour also says deputies are trained in how to properly use tasers, and are rarely forced to use them.

In Hungary, Father Maher Presents Caritas Medal, Establishes Alumni Chapter

In Hungary, Father Maher Presents Caritas Medal, Establishes Alumni Chapter

As the Berlin Wall was being razed in the early 1990s, Dr. Péter Forgách was watching closely from afar.

The young, Hungarian-born medical doctor had been practicing ophthalmology in Buffalo for years yet remained concerned about his birth country’s capacity to establish an effective democratic government.

Health Care Infrastructure, Global Response Needed to Fight Ebola, Daemen Expert Panel Says

Health Care Infrastructure, Global Response Needed to Fight Ebola, Daemen Expert Panel Says

A strong public health infrastructure and international aid are crucial to containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a panel of experts said at a discussion held last week at Daemen College.

“The appropriate infrastructure and control strategy to contain this disease is not in place where the outbreak is at its worst in West Africa,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. “The level of global response will determine how quickly the disease can be kept from spreading or stopped and we must make sure the intensive medical care required reaches these patients.”

A capacity crowd turned out for Daemen’s timely Ebola panel discussion, which also included Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Daemen associate professor of political science and African affairs, and Anthony Saysay, a native Liberian.

NFPD looking for person of interest in fire investigation

NIAGARA FALLS, NY- Niagara Falls Police are looking for a person of interest in connection to a fire that destroyed three homes last month.

Detectives say they are looking to speak to Michael Shane Printup, 33. They believe he worked as a handy man at one of the buildings where the fires happened.

Police say Printup is only a person of interest and would like to speak to him, but haven't been able to because they can not locate him.

If you have any information on Printup's whereabouts, you're asked to call Niagara Falls Police detectives at: 716-