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SPCA of Niagara to Caring for Puppy Rescued

Niagara Falls, NY- While a puppy that's touched Western New Yorkers recovers from surgery, the case against the man accused of torturing her was in court.

Chester Harris of Niagara Falls is accused of beating 3-month old Daisy with the leg of a dining room table.  Harris is charged torturing an animal.  Harris is representing himself.  Bail was reduced to $2,000.  The case is scheduled to be back in court in Niagara Falls City Court in early September.

Daisy needed an expensive surgery to rebuild a shattered shoulder and leg.  An anonymous donor covered the entire surgery to give Daisy a second chance. 

Niagara SPCA Seeks Aid To Pay For Dog's Surgery

WHEATFIELD, NY - "This is the victim, Daisy," said SPCA of Niagara Executive Director John Faso, as he tried to calm an excited puppy outside the Rainbow Animal Shelter on Lockport Road in Wheatfield.

Outside of the telltale cast on her right front leg, the 3-month old Pointer-Lab mixed breed appeared the picture of health, and probably was, until an incident that sent SPCA investigators into action last Thursday.

Faso says authorities, acting on a complaint from a neighbor, responded to 709 Townsend Place in Niagara Falls where they encountered a disturbing scene.

"A man had used a wooden dining room table leg and struck the dog multiple times. The dog suffered a fractured leg and a fractured shoulder," Faso told WGRZ-TV.

Bill Cosby Performing at Seneca Niagara Casino Friday

Buffalo (WGRZ)-- Actor and comedian Bill Cosby will be performing two acts at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Friday, August 6th.

The shows start at 7 p.m and 10 p.m, and tickets range in price from $35 to $45.

 Watch Cosby hamming it up with the Channel 2 News Daybreak crew this morning in the accompanying video.

Which Twin Did It - the Question in a Falls Murder Case

NIAGARA FALLS, NY -- Niagara Falls police and Niagara County prosecutors are faced with an unusual dilemma. It concerns a murder and identical twins.

Police believe one is a suspect, but which one?

In May, Joshua Hayes, 23, was shot to death on Michigan Avenue in Niagara Falls.

No one has been charged, but police say a witness gave them the name of a suspect, but picked the suspect's identical twin brother in a photo array.

Attorney Phillip Dabney, Jr. represents one of the suspects, Edward Nickens. "They are identical, they look exactly alike, said Dabney."

The twin, Raymond Nickens also has an alibi according to his attorney E. Earl Key.

Both men cooperated with police and had their pictures taken. On Wednesday, the Niagara County District Attorney's office won the right to photograph the twins with their shirts on and off to see which one matches a witness' description.

SPCA of Niagara Overwhelmed by Generosity after Abuse Case

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- There's a hero for a puppy in need.  The SPCA of Niagara rescued Daisy last week. She needs an expensive surgery to try and save her front leg after a severe beating.

Now, a 2 On Your Side viewer is coming through with $5,000 to give Daisy a second chance.  The donor wants to remain anonymous.  Daisy will have the procedure on Thursday. 

John Faso Executive Director of the SPCA of Niagara says,   "We're really confident that this surgery is going to save her leg. without the surgery she definitely would have had to have it amputated. I do want to thank the overwhelming response from the public to help daisy."

Stairwell Sex Case

Niagara Falls, NY - A teenager who pled guilty to sexual misconduct in January will be sentenced this morning in Niagara Falls City Court.

The 17-year old, a Junior at the High School had faced charges of first-degree rape in connection with what Falls Police reported as an assault that occurred in a high school stairwell, while classes were in session last fall. The teen could receive up to six months in jail, and a possible fine of up to $500.


The teen was allowed to go back to school under terms of a modified court order of protection. He was granted youthful offender status. The victim's family agreed to a plea deal to spare the victim from testifying.






















Niagara County Home Invasion: Couple Stabbed

YOUNGSTOWN, NY - A home invasion in Youngstown has left a Niagara County couple suffering from stab wounds.

State police say the husband and wife, along with their two teenage daughters, were in their Youngstown-Lockport Road home when an intruder broke in shortly after six o'clock Wednesday morning, taking them all hostage.

One of the residents managed to call state police; and a brief standoff ensued. At one point, the suspect, 30-year-old Shawn Zimmerman of Newfane, threatened to kill everyone in the house if the police did not leave.

Officers immediately stormed the residence and took Zimmerman into custody.

State Police Captain Craig Hanesworth says as of right now, it appears to be a random incident, because they have not been able to find any connection between the suspect and the family.

The man is currently in serious condition, in surgery at ECMC. The woman's wounds were not serious, and their teenage daughters were not hurt.