professor John Violante, a former state trooper, shows a Dual
Energy X-Ray Absorbancy machine, which is part of the
equipment used to test stress levels among Buffalopolice.
police officers suffer more from the stress of their jobs than
their male counterparts, though male officers aren’t getting
off easy, according to research led by the University at Buffalo
out of every four female officers assigned to a shift has
thought about suicide, according to a study led by UB research
associate professor John M. Violanti. Women also report
greater instances of post traumatic stress disorder and
symptoms of depression, a recent study has found.
the same time, male officers report suicidal thoughts at
nearly the same rate as female officers and, like women, show
more symptoms of depression than is seen in the general
work is part of an ongoing study into the health effects of
stress on police officers, something Violanti has been looking
at for more than a decade.
experience as a state trooper gives Violanti an insight into
the heads of officers and the mental and physical hardships of
it’s more dangerous than being shot at,” Violanti said,
“because stress can kill you, too.”
are in the fourth year of a five-year study looking at how
stress relates to disease.
So far, more than 430
officers have participated.
who works in the department of social and preventive medicine
in the Schoolof
Health Professions, said he hopes to have studied 500 officers
by the time the project wraps up in November of next year.
get their information from officers who have answered
questionnaires and have been subject to clinical tests,
including blood samples, echocardiograms and sleep monitoring.
work has been funded by a $1.75 million grant from the
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
among the study’s findings:
For every 10-year period over age 40, police officers are at a
higher risk for coronary disease than the general population.
Seventy-two percent of female officers, and 43 percent of male
officers, had higher-than-recommended cholesterol levels.
finding in Violanti’s research: The average Buffalopolice
officer dies at age 66.
of Violanti’s earlier work focused on suicide rates among
police officers. His work in the mid-1990s found Buffalopolice
officers were 8.6 times more likely to die from suicide than
at the hands of another person.
officers also showed more than three times the risk of suicide
when compared with other city workers.
survival is sometimes more difficult on policing than survival
on the street,” Violanti said.
research also found the effects of stress differed, not only
based on gender, but also on the shift an officer worked.
who worked afternoon and night shifts reported more suicidal
thoughts, while the highest amount of suicidal thoughts among
women were reported by those working the day shift.
Pierino, an associate professor of criminal justice at HilbertCollegewho
has previously done research with Violanti, believes female
officers on day shift generally undergo more stress because of
being away from family responsibilities.
the night, they’re not really missing anything,” said
Pierino, a former state trooper and State Police investigator.
Violanti and Pierino also said they believe female officers
generally face greater negative health effects due to stress
at work because women are still in the great minority in the
ranks of police officers.
officers typically don’t have the level of bonding with
other women as male officers do with other men on the force,
benefit for the officers who participated in the study was
that several were alerted for the first time to serious health
issues, said Buffalopolice
Capt. Patrick G. Mann Jr., who has helped involve of ficers
with Violanti’s work.
Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson said he can personally
speak to the stress police officers encounter.
top cop, who has high blood pressure, high cholesterol and
adult-onset diabetes, said he had trouble for years dealing
with a traumatic incident in which he powerlessly watched
another person die.
also said he could recall off the top of his head four or five
members of his PoliceAcademyclass
who committed suicide.
noted the department does offer counseling and other services
through the city’s Employee Assistance Program. Some in the
department don’t like the program, Gipson said, for reasons
including personality conflicts and a fear about information
said he is working with First Deputy Commissioner Byron C.
Lockwood on a new protocol for what help officers receive
following a traumatic incident.
A suspended Texas police officer testified
Thursday that he was forced to have sex with two prostitutes
during an undercover sting operation, saying he was "paid
to do it."
Officer Keith Breiner testified in Beaumont, Texas, during
a hearing to be reinstated after he was suspended along with
another officer after it came to light that the men engaged in
sex acts with prostitutes while on the job, the Beaumont
"If you are asking if I had an orgasm, yes. It was a
job, sir," Breiner reportedly said during testimony.
"I didn't have pleasure doing this. I was paid to do
Breiner admitted to being manually stimulated as well as
engaging in oral and vaginal sex with two women at two spas
during an undercover sting operation, the Enterprise said.
Police Chief Frank Coffin contends that Breiner and fellow
officer Lt. David Kiker were suspended indefinitely after the
sex acts came to light, the paper said. Breiner is trying to
stop Beaumont from suspending him, saying that he was asked to
have sex as part of the job.
hiring experts to spot gang signals FOXSports.com Updated:
that some of its players are flashing signals related to street
gangs, the National Football League has hired experts to examine
game tapes and identify the hand gestures, a newspaper reported
have been some suspected things we've seen," NFL vice president
of security Milt Ahlerich told the Los
"When we see it, we quietly jump on it immediately, directly
with the team and the player or employee involved to cease and
says the NFL has long warned its players about the influence of
gangs. Concern intensified after Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent
Williams was gunned down following an altercation involving known
gang members in 2007.
concern was raised with first-year players at the recent rookie
symposium, and a video on the dangers of gangs was shown to every
player in the league last year.
come from all over the country, and who knows what they're really
doing?" Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Dennis Northcutt told the
paper. "People have got signs for their kids, signs for their
fraternities. How do you differentiate who's really throwing up gang
gave an example.
is a gang sign," he said, touching his index finger to his
thumb to form a squished OK sign. "But at the same time, it's a
sign for a personnel group."
Pereira, the NFL's vice president of officiating, said the gang
experts being consulted by the league take those factors into
account. They are looking for "symbols, clothing, jewelry or
other items that would signify an association with criminal gang
enterprises," Ahlerich said.
officials will not be asked to identify gang signals but will alert
league headquarters of anything suspicious they see.
executives did not specify how offenders will be punished, but Pereirasaid,
"it will be dealt with harshly. The commissioner is not going
to stand for gang signals on the field."
NFL took further notice of the issue after Paul Pierce of the NBA's
Boston Celtics was fined $25,000 in April for what the league said
was a "menacing gesture" toward the Atlanta Hawks' bench.
"I 100 percent do not in any way promote gang violence or
anything close to it." Pierce said in a statement. "I am
sorry if it was misinterpreted that way at Saturday's game."
said that was the precipitating incident for the NFL.
were always suspicious that might be happening," it quoted Pereiraas saying of
gang-related signals. "But the Paul Pierce thing is what
brought it to light. When he was fined . . . that's when we said we
need to take a look at it and see if we need to be aware of
leagues have varying policies on aspects of the gang issue.
Pac 10 Conference created a rule in 1992 prohibiting football
players from wearing bandannas and allowing them to wear elastic
skullcaps only if they were in the school's primary colors or black.
League Baseball has a policy related to merchandising, and forced
New Era to pull New York Yankees caps last year because they
featured gang colors and logos.
to the paper, an NHL spokesman said the league has a policy against
inappropriate gestures but has never employed a gang expert.
from The Associated Press was used in this report.
city jail guard may have betrayed his badge to help an accused
cop-killer, slipping the ex-con a handcuff key in a foiled escape
plot, sources told the Daily News.
murder suspect swallowed the key - believed to have come from the
correction officer - but never had a chance to use it.
jailhouse metal detector picked up the key in his digestive system
on June 25, the day authorities blocked Woods from a scheduled Brooklyncourt
appearance, sources said.
a man this manipulative and violent to have a handcuff key is a
pretty shocking betrayal," said one law enforcement source.
rookie correction officers - Auguste
Durand, 31, and Michael
Santiago, 24 - were fired the same day on charges of
delivering marijuana, rolling papers, cigarettes and an occasional
swig of booze to Woods, correction officials confirmed.
third officer is under investigation for sneaking Woods the handcuff
key, as well as a Sim card - a portable memory chip for a cell
phone, sources said.
is on trial for killing a cop, but he has all the comforts of
home," a disgusted police source said. "Shameful."
missed his June 25 court date over fears he possessed potentially
dangerous contraband, Correction Department spokesman Stephen
declined to identify the contraband, although officials thought
Woods had swallowed it. The spokesman did not say if the contraband
several days, Woods' hands were wrapped so he would have trouble
retrieving any contraband excreted from his body.
and his lawyer, claimed he was framed.
was a setup," Woods told The News in a jailhouse interview
conducted before The News learned of the handcuff key. "Auguste
[Durand] put drugs into the window sill. Santiagohad
nothing to do with it. Why would they want to help me?"
fired guards could not be reached for comment Friday, but Santiagohas
denied giving Woods any contraband.
said he was beaten unconscious by Rikers guards after the two
correction officers were fired.
is searched three times a day - at the beginning of each tour - and
was stripped of his belongings.
don't have a thing in my room - not even a book," he said.
"They took away my Koran."
said there was no evidence Woods was beaten, and said he was not
aware that Woods or his lawyer filed any formal complaints alleging
treat each of our inmates as we'd want our children to be
treated," Morello said. "To the best of our knowledge he's
been treated in accordance with our policy."
claimed he was only the getaway driver on July
when Timoshenko and Officer
Herman Yan pulled over a $50,000 stolen BMW
carrying the three men.
claimed his passengers - Dexter Bostic and Robert
Ellis - shot Yan and killed Timoshenko.
claimed he didn't even know there were guns in the vehicle, but he
is still known as a "f---ing cop killer" to most Rikers
guards, he said.
record behind bars reveals a love of violence, officials said.
accrued more than five years worth of punitive time for more that 70
infractions at Rikers, including 14 assaults on staff, three arson
attempts and several contraband violations.
was caught with a homemade weapon - a razor blade taped to the end
of a pen - in a state prison in 2000.
racked up 26 violations during nearly five years in state prison
before his 2004 release. Woods was accused of everything from
throwing feces to attacking staff to fashioning homemade weapons.
violent and vengeful," a police source said. "There is no
Matt Gryta NEWS STAFF REPORTER Updated: 06/20/086:40 AM
convicted of trying to shoot a Buffalopolice
officer who was chasing him was ordered Thursday to serve the same
25- years-to-life term a convicted murderer would get.
S. Payne, still proclaiming his innocence and complaining about his
attorney, was denounced by State Supreme Court Justice John L.
Michalski for “trying your best to take the life” of Officer
David Acosta two years ago.
was convicted May 15 of first-degree attempted murder and weapons
charges for shooting at Acosta with an unlicensed .40-caliber
handgun he claims he bought on the street hours before the incident
outside All High Stadium on Aug.
since his arrest the night of the incident, Payne, 25, contended his
court-assigned attorney, Joseph J. Terranova, had “failed” to
properly represent him. The judge rejected Payne’s complaints and
noted they can be raised on appeal.
said Payne fired at officers chasing him after he “test-fired”
claimed he ran when he saw police drive by because he knew he had a
“felony” — the unlicensed handgun — in his pocket. He said
the gun went off when he tossed it into bushes as he fled.
the judge imposed the maximum prison term on the first-degree
attempted murder charge, he said he felt “the job of a police
officer is of paramount concern to our community.”
officials attribute the reduction to a slew of new crime-fighting
programs. “It’s aggressive policing and aggressive narcotics
enforcement,” said Daniel J. Derenda, Buffalodeputy
aggressively going after narcotics and aggressively going after the
gangs,” he said. “This is the mayor’s plan for zero-tolerance
and it costs a lot in overtime, but it’s working.”
number of murders in Buffalodropped
from 74 in 2006 to 54 last year, a 37 percent decrease.
dropped slightly, from 174 to 164. Robberies decreased 11 percent,
from 1,708 to 1,533; and aggravated assaults were down 15 percent;
from 2,001 to 1,739.
property crime rose 4.5 percent in 2007 from the previous year, the
other upstate cities — murder and rape both increased last year.
Robberies were down in both. Aggravated assault was down in Rochesterand
stayed the same in Syracuse.
said that besides all the police initiatives last year, officers
have been “parking and walking” the beat more often, and he
praised the city’s Comstat program, which uses crime statistics
and maps that pinpoint neighborhood-to-neighborhood or
street-to-street crime trends.
3,490 violent crimes in 2007, compared to 3,957 the previous year.
considered one of the safest cities in the country — saw violent
crime rise to 137 in 2007, compared to 122 the previous year.
an exemplary place to live,” said Amherst Police Chief John Askey.
“We have periods of upturns and downturns and this is worth
studying and addressing, but by no means does this change the
overall quality of life in Amherst.”
crime in the town fell by 3.9 percent in 2007 from the previous
figures for violent crime in Amherstincreased
mostly because of a jump in robberies. There were 31 in 2006
compared to 47 last year, and many of those were pizza delivery
robberies, Askey said.
has been an increase in drug-related activity,” he said.
“[People] are looking for money to buy drugs.”
say they tried to combat the drug problem with a massive raid in
March that rounded up 36 people allegedly involved in a drug ring
based in the Amherstarea.
addition, 15 officers retired from the police force last year, which
caused a loss of “expertise” and a “significant impact on our
effectiveness,” said Askey.
say they launched two new initiatives to reduce violent crime last
year: a detective assigned part-time to the Safe Streets Task Force
and the creation of a new community policing unit with officers
dedicated to the northwest and the southwest parts of town.
the national statistics for 2007 stemmed the tide against two
straight years of rising violent crime figures. In 2006, violent
crime had climbed 1.9 percent, and by 2.3 percent the year before,
alarming federal and local officials.
police attribute the decline in murders to their Operation Impact,
which floods high crime areas with officers, including some fresh
from the academy.
crimes dropped most in the Northeast, down 5.4 percent with 1.7
percent declines in both the Midwestand
West. But they rose 0.7 percent in the South.
Staff Reporter T.J. Pignataro and The Associated Press contributed
to this report.
sentenced to 102 years in raid case
ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angelespolice
officer who participated in home invasion robberies staged to look
like police raids was sentenced Monday to 102 years in prison.
Ferguson, 35, was convicted of participating in more than 40 phony
raids from early 1999 to June 2001 at homes in working-class
neighborhoods while he worked at the department's scandal-ridden
January, a federal jury convicted him of conspiracy to deprive
people of their civil rights, conspiracy to possess marijuana and
cocaine, violating the civil rights of others and using a firearm
during a violent crime.
sentence was so severe because he was convicted of four firearms
charges which carry a mandatory sentence of 82 years in prison.
District Judge Gary Allen Feess said that Congress passed such
sentencing laws "because they don't trust people like me."
not a reasonable sentence," he said.
the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Miller said prosecutors
attorney, Philip Deitch, said it was unfair and violated the Eighth
Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.
going to be 147-years-old when he gets out," Deitch said.
"He's probably not going to see his children again."
unfairly punished because prosecutors would not give Fergusona
plea agreement unless he testified against his brother Joseph
Ferguson, an ex-Long Beach officer. Otherwise, his client would have
pleaded guilty long ago, he said.
Ferguson, 33, was convicted of charges that included conspiring to
violate civil rights and conspiring to possess drugs with the intent
to distribute them. He was sentenced earlier this month to more than
eight years in prison.
15 other people have pleaded guilty or were convicted in the case,
including lawmen from other departments. Two others who have been
indicted are fugitives.
2008 The Associated Press.
now interested in posting crime data on Web
Brian Meyer Updated: BUFFALO NEWS
top law enforcer, in an about-face, has vowed to study a Web site
program that would give city residents access to daily crime in
Commissioner H. Mc- Carthy Gipson told Common Council members
Wednesday he’s interested in learning more about an Internet
program that already involves more than 135 municipalities in 22
week earlier, Gipson told The Buffalo News that participation in
CrimeReports.com would create time-consuming tasks in a department
that is understaffed.
not opposed to doing anything new and doing as many creative things
as we possibly can,” Gipson told lawmakers at a Council budget
said the department has been looking into the program that allows
people to type in addresses, then view maps showing crimes committed
as recently as a day ago. Crimes are categorized, and many cities
offer short summaries of specific incidents.
Capt. Mark Makowski said he visited the CrimeReports. com site and
talked with a representative from the Utahbased company. Makowski
thinks the initiative has potential.
gets the data out there. Of course, we have to be careful about
ongoing investigations and how much information is released,”
spokesmen in Washington,
D.C., and Columbus,
said the Internet crime data has been well received by residents in
still needs to be addressed, Gipson emphasized, noting that the
Police Department has a shortage of report technicians — civilian
employees who perform much of the paperwork.
would have to code crimes and prepare them for daily submission to
the Internet site.
Council Member David A. Rivera, a Buffalopolice
officer on leave, agreed that it would make sense to assign such
duties to civilian employees who are paid less than their uniformed
don’t want police officers working the desks,” Rivera said.
“They should be out on patrol or doing investigations.”
told the Council his department will begin a review of
CrimeReports.com later this year, noting there are other initiatives
that require immediate attention. They include the expansion of Buffalo’s
crime surveillance camera program and adjusting staffing levels in
police districts when a new class of recruits hits the streets this
give you my word that we will try to find a way to add more
transparency,” Gipson told lawmakers.
Council Member Joseph Golombek Jr. has been the driving force behind
efforts to bring CrimeReports.com to Buffalo.
He sponsored a resolution last month urging law enforcers to
consider the program.
the size of Buffalopay
$199 per month. Golombek argued that if cities like Washington,
participating, he can’t see why Buffalowould
find the program cumbersome.
not being cutting-edge here; it’s being done in other
municipalities which have already dealt with some of the
glitches,” Golombek said.
praise professionalism in chase, arrest of four
Vanessa Thomas NEWS STAFF REPORTER Updated: BUFFALO NEWS
no one was killed Wednesday night when four young men went on a
a gunbattle, the four exchanged as many as five shots with a group
standing on the sidewalk, police said.
then led police on a wild high-speed car chase, weaving in and out
also fired two shots at a passing police patrol car, striking the
driver’s- side rear door window and narrowly missing Officer
Ronald J. Clark.
four now face felony attempted murder charges.
the flying bullets, police officers never returned fire.
one was shot was fired by a Buffalopolice
officer,” Daniel J. Derenda, deputy police commissioner, said
Thursday. “We’re very fortunate that we’re not planning a
funeral here today.”
of Detectives Dennis J. Richards praised the responding officers for
Clark is certainly an example of grace under fire,” Richards said.
“His reaction was very good, and his ability to continue the
pursuit while he was being shot at is remarkable.”
have arrested Demetrius McGee, 20, of South
Jaymes B. Mayes, 21, of Barthel
Mychal A. Carr, 20, of Perkins
and Andre B. Goldsmith, 19, of Bissell
were being held without bail Thursday in the ErieCountyHoldingCenterand
are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a felony hearing.
sources say all four previously had been arrested on narcotics
charges. Records show that Wednesday night was also Goldsmith’s
before 8 p. m., the four drove up in a gold Chevrolet Equinox to a
group of people on the sidewalk at East
occupants of the sport utility vehicle and the group on the sidewalk
exchanged four of five shots, prompting reports to police.
vehicle, which McGee was believed to be driving, sped off through
several neighborhoods on the city’s East
hitting 100 mph as officers gave chase.
shooter in the vehicle fired two shots from a handgun, hitting Clark’s
patrol car at Broadway and Lathrop
chase continued to SouthJohnsonPark,
where the four men bailed out of the vehicle between Delawareand
say they apprehended Mc- Gee and Goldsmith casually walking at Delawareand
Carr was arrested on Delaware
while Mayes was apprehended about a block away from the ditched
four have been charged with first-degree attempted murder. Mc- Gee
also faces an additional charge of reckless endangerment, while
Mayes and Carr also were charged with unlawful possession of
marijuana and promoting prison contraband, for trying to bring the
marijuana into the holding cell.
Matt Gryta NEWS STAFF REPORTER Updated: BUFFALO NEWS
P. Donohue, a former Buffalo bartender linked to the deaths of three
women since the mid-1970s, was convicted late Monday evening of
strangling Joan Giambra in the South Buffalo housewife’s own home
15 years ago.
about six hours of deliberations following a two-week trial before
Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio, a jury of nine men and three
women found Donohue, 55, guilty of one count of second-degree murder
for the intentional killing of his paramour Sept. 9, 1993.
since his belated arrested last Sept. 17, Donohue, who did not
testify or present any alibi witnesses, did not display any emotion
as the verdict was announced at about 11:20 p. m.
District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III and prosecutor Kristen A. St.
Mary said they will urge District Attorney Frank J. Clark to
recommend the judge impose the maximum term of 25 years-to-life when
Donohue is sentenced June 30.
the verdict was announced, the victim’s three children hugged each
other and about a dozen of their relatives and supporters who
remained in the courtroom all day.
A. Agro, Donohue’s attorney, said the quickness of the verdict
convinced him he was correct in seeking to have the trial moved out
guaranteed Donohue a fair trial. Agro said there are “a lot of
significant issues” upon which to appeal the verdict, including
alleged news media coverage calling for Donohue’s conviction.
after the verdict, Don Cormier, Giambra’s only son, and her two
daughters, Jackie and Kathleen Giambra, called the guilty verdict
the best Mother’s Day gift they and their mother could have hoped
Giambra, who as an 11-year-old was found incoherent atop her
mother’s naked corpse and who believes Donohue tried to strangle
her as well, said she was glad “the man that did this is behind
bars and he can’t hurt anyone else.”
late-night verdict came after the jury had a readback of testimony
about the DNA evidence linked to what forensic scientists determined
was Donohue’s DNA under the fingernails of the 42-year-old victim.
Agro left the courtroom he said he is convinced that the jury “had
its mind made up” before it heard any evidence at the trial based
on all the negative publicity Donohue has been receiving over the
and belatedly charged last September, Donohue was convicted of
manually strangling the Hillside Avenue housewife early on Sept. 9,
1993 — his 41st birthday.
was living with relatives in Kenmorelast
September when members of the Giambra family urged the Buffalo Cold
Case Squad to check into the possibility he was the killer.
that closed NiagaraThruway
ends with gunman in custody
Updated: buffalo news
standoff with an armed man that closed the Niagara Thruway in both
directions this evening came to an abrupt end just before when
police charged the man, subdued him and took him into custody.
Police and SWAT teams had surrounded the man's pickup truck on the
shoulder of the highway near the southbound Ontario
was reported that the man threatened to shoot himself.
man appeared to be on a cell phone and was gesturing with a gun in
his other hand for several minutes. A flash could be seen just as
police rushed in. It was not clear if police had fired a weapon at
man was handcuffed and put into an ambulance.
incident apparently was a domestic dispute between the man and a
woman in the vehicle. The woman was able to get away, according to
man, who was wearing a jacket with the General Motors symbol -- GM
-- on the back, could be seen with a cell phone in his right hand
and a gun in his left.
stranded on the I-190 behind the standoff watched helplessly and the
curious crowded the nearby embankments. Meanwhile, thousands of
viewers throughout the area watched the drama unfold as three local
network TV channels broadcast the showdown live.
man who identified himself as Tom Snyder told WIVB-TV that shortly
before the standoff ensued, he passed a pick-up truck in NiagaraCountywhere
the LaSalle Expressway meets the I-190. He said he saw a man in the
vehicle punching a woman who was hunched down in the passenger seat.
Snyder said he alerted police.
who were caught when the I-190 was closed were allowed to turn their
vehicles around and head north on southbound lanes. Several trucks
that were too long to turn around were lining the road's shoulder
while the standoff continued.
dealer 'Fat Frank' gets seven years in prison
Updated: buffalo news 05/12/0810:46 AM
man who was identified by police as a major Buffalococaine
dealer after his arrest in May 2006 was sentenced to seven years and
three months in federal prison today.
District Judge Richard J. Arcara could have sentenced Frank
"Fat Frank" Battaglia, 26, formerly of Willett
to 20 years for running a continuing criminal conspiracy.
Enforcement Administration agents and Buffalopolice
identified Battaglia as a major supplier of cocaine and other drugs
in the city's Lovejoy area when they arrested him and 13
co-defendants on drug trafficking charges.
attorney, Rodney O. Personius, said Battaglia has "turned his
life around" in jail since the arrest, losing 170 pounds,
getting his high school diploma and assisting prosecutors in several
Charged In Double Shooting In Buffalo
Updated: BUFFALO NEWS
were charged Sunday night with committing a double shooting at a
over the weekend that left two men with gunshot wounds, Buffalopolice
alleged shooters were identified as Nicholas R. Krencik, 24, and his
brother, Nathaniel J., 19, who both live at a home in the 3400 block
Lopez, 17, suffered a gunshot wound to his upper left arm, while
Omar Fraticelli-Lugo, 19, was shot in the hip. Police said both were
treated in ErieCountyMedicalCenterfor
shootings occurred about Saturday
at the home of Lopez.
to Central District police, Fraticelli-Lugo reported that there was
a knock at the door and when he answered, one of two men opened
said a .22-caliber gun was used to shoot Lopez and Fraticelli-Lugo.
At least four shell casings were recovered by police at the scene.
investigation was led by Detectives Edward Cotter and Thomas
O'Brien, assisted by Officers Mark Locicero and Joseph Paolucci.
two officers arrested the Krencik brothers at the Central District
police station. They charged each of them with two counts of
first-degree assault and criminal use of a firearm.
to court records, Nicholas Krencik was convicted of assault in 2004.
arrested after shots are fired on East Side
Updated: BUFFALO NEWS 05/10/08 1:27 PM
32-year-old Woodlawn Avenue man was arrested early today for
criminal possession of a weapon and obstructing governmental
said the police were in the vicinity of Genesee and Hagen streets at
about 3:15 a.m. when they heard gun shots.
spotted a man running from the area and a foot chase ensued.
officers tracked down the suspected gunman on top of a garage on
Newburg Street. They also recovered a gun and the suspect,
identified as Kelmyne J. Jones, was arrested.
Jeffrey Giallella and Officers James Kaska, Dawn Lopez and Mike
Beavers participated in the arrest.
on store yields counterfeit sneakers
Updated: BUFFALO NEWS 05/09/08 6:
than 800 pairs of counterfeit Nike sneakers were confiscated early
Thursday evening from an East Delavan Avenue store, and three people
were arrested, Buffalo police said.
Ziyed Nasser, 17; Rafed A. Zayed, 35; and Mohamed Elwaseem, 36, all
of East Delavan Avenue, were charged each with felony counts of
trademark counterfeiting as well as the possession of unstamped or
from the General Investigations and Narcotics units seized the
sneakers from a store at 817 E. Delavan.
was at least the third raid in the city in less than two weeks in
which Buffalo police seized counterfeit footwear.
man charged with stealing gas, electricity for his home
Updated: BUFFALO NEWS 05/08/08 3:54 PM
66-year-old Buffalo man was charged today with stealing almost
$21,000 worth of natural gas from National Fuel, along with another
$7,000 worth of electrical services from National Grid, over the
past few years at his Franklin Street home, Buffalo Police said.
say Horst W. Nitzer tampered with the natural gas meter at his home
and stole $20,947.98 in natural gas from National Fuel from Oct. 1,
2003 until two months ago on March 13.
also is accused of tampering with the National Grid meter and
stealing $7,039.20 worth of electrical services from Sept. 20, 2004
to March 14.
Sgt. Tom Donovan and Detective Edward Cotter arrested Nitzer at the
Central District police station on Main Street.
charged him with two counts each of grand larceny, theft of services
and criminal tampering
lover gives Buffalopolice
dogs their own body armor
Gene Warner - News Staff Reporter Updated: 05/01/088:44 AM
two newest police officers were fitted with bulletproof vests
they yelped with appreciation as the protective gea
r was wrapped around their underbellies.
and Konan, the two rookies among the Buffalo Police Department’s
four K-9 dogs, proudly wore their new protective vests, thanks to
the generosity of an animal lover who just wanted to do her part.
Lewandowski — the owner of a cockatiel and two lovebirds — spent
$1,200 of her personal savings to buy the vests for Herc and Konan.
was watching television last winter when she saw a story about a
young girl who started a fundraising drive for K-9 dogs’ vests in
another city. Lewandowski remembered that story in February, when
she learned that Buffalohad
added two dogs to its drastically reduced K-9 Unit.
knew the dangers that police officers — and their canine partners
— face on drug raids and in confronting armed suspects, so she
knew immediately what she wanted to do.
didn’t want to ask for any donations,” Lewandowski said after a
brief ceremony in Police Headquarters. “I wanted to do it myself.
I felt so strongly about it, that these dogs should be protected.”
people might chuckle at the idea of a bulletproof vest for a dog,
but K-9 Unit Officer Mary Ellen Sawicki isn’t among them.
last week were searching for someone with a gun in the Northeast
District when Sawicki responded with Herc. She noticed a vacant
house where she thought the gunman might have been hiding and sent
the dog in alone. No one was there.
I’d feel more comfortable sending him in,” she said. “If
someone in the house had a gun, they’d probably shoot the dog.”
David Acosta, Konan’s handler, agreed.
are times we send the dogs in alone without backup,” he said.
“You hope that just their presence will encourage a suspect to
surrender. This gives them more protection should a suspect decide
to become more violent.”
vests, comparable to those worn by officers, are probably capable of
stopping a bullet from anything up to maybe an AK-47 assault rifle,
Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson said.
dog would suffer trauma, but it would not necessarily penetrate or
cause serious injury,” he said of a less powerful round.
dogs were trained to answer commands in Czechoslovakian for
“sit,” “stay” and “lie down,” a tactic designed to
outsmart the criminals. “[The dogs] get their commands in
Czechoslovakian, which I think is absolutely awesome,” Gipson
police officers were pleasantly surprised at how light the vests
were and how quickly the dogs seemed to adjust to them.
Lewandowski clearly was thrilled when she saw the dogs wearing the
vests she bought.
was such a beautiful feeling inside, to know that they’re going to
be protected, that they feel good in the vests, and that they look
absolutely wonderful,” she said. “This is something that I will
remember the rest of my life.
I can try to save some more money, then I’d probably buy [vests
for] the other two,” the former personal care aide said. “But I
don’t know if I could do it for a while.”
then, Lewandowski looked over at one of the German shepherds, who
was sitting contentedly, wrapped in his new vest.
at him,” she said with a smile. “It’s like he’s saying, ‘I
look so good, and I’m so happy.’ ”
could be in either English or Czechoslovakian.
show of force to deter its killing season
teams, more patrols after 36 shootings killed nine last weekend
public school students shot to death in past six months
to open doors afternoons and evenings as safe havens
blasts gun industry, urges adults, parents to help troubled kids
Illinois (AP) --
Police planned to increase patrols and put SWAT officers and
specialized units on the streets over the weekend, a show of force
aimed at deterring violence like the three dozen shootings that left
nine people dead last weekend.
permitting, we will have our helicopter up," said police
spokeswoman Monique Bond, who said Thursday night was relatively
quiet, with only four shootings, none fatal.
religious leaders said they had persuaded some churches to open
their doors in the afternoons and evenings to protect people from
just picked up about four more churches in Austin [a neighborhood on
the city's West Side] that are going to open their doors as a safe
haven," said Ira Acree, an activist and pastor of the Greater
St. John Bible Church.
recent violence followed a six-month period during which more than
school students were shot to death.
took the unusual step of calling together more than two dozen
officials from the police department, schools, social service
agencies and religious groups for a City Hall summit on the
violence. Afterward, he said it was just the start of a continuing
dialogue about how to combat violent crime.
fired-up Daley blasted the gun industry and called on parents and
adults to do their part by intervening to help troubled youth and by
working to keep others on the right path.
don't want people to wait for Mayor Daley to call a meeting. I want
you to call a meeting in your home with your children and loved
ones. I want you to go next door and talk to those children next
door. I want the parents of the block to say 'This block will be
free of violence,"' he said.
is key for children to be occupied in after-school or other programs
so they stay out of trouble, especially when they're not in a
classroom, Daley said.
the meeting, some participants talked about possible solutions to
end the violence.
Rev. Bruce Wellems, pastor of Holy Cross Immaculate Heart of Mary
Church in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the city's South
Side, suggested that adults need to get to know the young people in
think they have to step into the community and accompany these
kids," he said.
Tio Hardiman, executive director of CeaseFire, an anti-violence
group, said young people need help finding alternatives to the
need to go right to the corners and find out what some of these
young people want to do, identify some employers that are willing to
hire maybe 30 from this neighborhood, 30 from another neighborhood
and try to get them hired somewhere so then we can get them off the
Daley said joblessness does not justify violence.
the killing is done, you still don't have a job, in fact, it greatly
decreases the chances that you ever ... will have a job," he
said he expected that violence would not be as bad this weekend
because of the police presence and other steps by community groups,
including his group's efforts to talk to gang members and mediate
disputes. Last weekend, there were 36 shootings -- at least 14 of
which police believed were gang
he said he's concerned about possible repercussions from a shooting
at a McDonald's on Monday night that left one man dead and four
area where the shooting took place is believed to be a stronghold of
the Gangster Disciples street gang and Hardiman said he's concerned
that someone may try to retaliate.
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subdue man before he can get gun out of his pocket
NEWS 04/21/082:01 PM
police officers lived through a harrowing experience Sunday night
when a man, walking along East
a loaded handgun in his pocket, began fighting with them and
reaching for the gun, police reported today.
identified the alleged gunman as William A. Kearney, 20, who is
accused of fighting with the officers near his home in the 400 block
Jose Colon and John Poisson, who are assigned to the department's
Mobile Response Unit, were on routine patrol when they saw Kearneywalking
across the street with the black handle of a gun sticking out of his
right front pants pocket, according to arrest reports.
Poisson approached, Kearneyreportedly
pushed the gun completely into his pocket. But when the officers
came closer, he tried to take the gun out of his pocket, police
the man's right hand and his pants pocket, but the suspect fought
Poisson and kept trying to take out his gun, they said. The officers
wrestled him to the ground, but he continued fighting while reaching
into his pocket with his right hand for his gun, they said.
Poisson were able to handcuff Kearneyand
they arrested him at the scene. They also recovered the loaded
.22-caliber revolver in his pocket, police reported.
Poisson subdue man before
he can get gun out of his pocket
made in theft, sale of three cars
Updated: BUFFALO NEW
S 04/20/08 6:58 AM
Katherine Street man faces a variety of criminal charges for
allegedly stealing at least three cars, then selling them to a South
Buffalo scrap yard, Buffalo police said.
M. Hussar, 20, stole the cars over a five-day period beginning April
11, police said.
said Hussar took a 1996 Buick Century to South Buffalo Auto Parts
last Friday and said he didn’t have the title but signed a
Department of Motor Vehicles form stating he owned the car in order
to sell it for scrap. The vehicle had been reported stolen just
before 7 a.m. that day.
Monday, Husser returned to the scrap yard with a 1990 Oldsmobile
Cutlass that he also sold, police said. That vehicle was reported
stolen at about 8:15 a.m. the same day.
sold another 1996 Buick Century to the business on Wednesday, police
said. The owner alerted police at about 2:30 p.m. that day that the
car was stolen, police said.
each case, Hussar was charged with felony criminal possession of
stolen property, offering a false instrument for filing as well as a
misdemeanor charge for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
officers and detectives promoted to new ranks
Updated: BUFFALO NEWS 03/18/086:42 AM
Buffalo Police Department recently held a promotional ceremony to
promote 12 officers and detectives to higher ranks.
of the 12 were promoted to lieutenant, while the other seven were
promoted in the detective ranks.
to contingent permanent lieutenant were Officers Linda D. Stanchak,
Frank A. Guevara and Michelle R. Kubala, along with Detective James
C. O’Donnell and Detective Sgt. Sallie A. Blersch.
Sherry L. Kiszewski was promoted to contingent permanent detective
sergeant, while Officers Carl A. Lundin and Louis S. Ruberto were
named permanent detectives.
to contingent permanent detective were Officers Thomas A. McCarthy,
Sean K. Buth, James P. Dunham and David J. Rambino.
to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown from Vincent Blasio
Subject Excellent work by Buffalo Police
and Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team
Honorable Mayor Brown:
It has always been opinion that
extraordinary work deserves extraordinary praise. The
professionalism that was displayed by the Buffalo Police in
the help with the search of one of our Correction Officers
Anthony Dashner cannot go unspoken. All of those that were
involved are definitely an asset to the City of
Police Chief, Brian Strobele was key in the
search. He also kept us all informed throughout the
search and again later with the help of the Underwater
Recovery Team. His actions cannot go unnoticed.
I cannot say enough about the efforts of
Lt. Al Liberatore and the Underwater Recovery Team. Often
times putting themselves in harms way to continue the efforts
of their underwater search.
Even though the outcome was tragic, these
fine civil servants in the less than best conditions
kept going to get the job done. What a job they did! My hat
goes out to each and every one of them.
Being in law enforcement, I know exactly
that most of the work that goes on is not in the spotlight. I
wish to shine the spotlight to all of those that were involved
Saturday February 16, 2008
in finding Correction Officer, Anthony Dashner. I hope that
you also share with me and shine the spotlight on these fine
Correction Officers and Police Benevolent Association
Gowanda Correctional Facility
trying to solve case of missing mink
Updated: BUFFALO NEWS 03/07/08 6:57 AM
are looking for a woman who accidentally took the wrong mink coat,
valued at $10,000, from the coat room at The Mansion, a luxury hotel
on Delaware Avenue, during an event for Rep. Brian Higgins in late
women attending the event apparently wore nearly identical
full-length, black mink coats. One of the women left with the one
that wasn’t hers from the coat check room sometime at about 8 p.m.
a case of mistaken coat identity,” said Gino Principe, co-owner of
the hotel at 414 Delaware. “They’re both beautiful coats.
Someone has a coat they shouldn’t, and the coat they should have
is sitting in my office.”
coat that was left behind has the embroidered initials “JDC”
inside it. Contact The Mansion at 886-3300.
Arrest made in robbery that followed car chase
BUFFALO NEWS 02/07/08
man was charged this morning with punching a motorist, pointing a
handgun in his face, and then stealing his car keys, wallet and $87,
Ferry-Fillmore District Police said Lamar Brown and another man,
who is still being sought, were in their car when they chased after
another motorist from
and Broadway to Ashley and Mohr streets at about
The two men cut off the motorist, forcing the driver to exit his
car, and try to run away, but the two men attacked the victim, held
him at gunpoint, and stole items from inside his car, police said.
The two men returned to their car and sped away, but officers
tracked one of them to a house on
, according to police reports.
Officers said they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from
the Swinburne apartment and forcibly entered the home where they
found Brown hiding in a bedroom.
Officer Patrick J. Crowley and Lt. Lance R. Russo arrested Brown
at the scene and recovered the victim's keys, which were hidden
inside his getaway vehicle, along with 29 bags of marijuana, which
were found inside the apartment.
They charged Brown, of
, with robbery, criminal possession of stolen property, assault,
reckless endangerment, criminal use of a firearm, unlawful
possession of marijuana, obstructing governmental administration and
stop yields cache of heroin
Updated: BUFFALO NEWS 01/30/08 1:56 P
Police pulled over a car Tuesday morning because a passenger was
hanging out of the moving vehicle, but the traffic stop turned up
107 packages of heroin hidden underneath the driver's seat, police
driver, Luis Rodriguez, 19, of Bailey Avenue, along with his two
passengers, Matthew L. Smith, 22, of 14th Street, and Indaleccio
Rodriguez, 18, of 14th Street, were charged with two counts of
criminal possession of a controlled substance.
two passengers also were charged with obstructing the view of the
District officers said Rodriguez Escalera was hanging out of the
front passenger seat as the car headed along the 300 block of West
Avenue at about 9 a.m.
said Officer Thomas Feeney recovered heroin in the car, along with
$2,209 from the pants pocket of Luis Rodriguez.
and Officer Thomas Mayes arrested the three men.
of crack, weapons draws 15 years
NUFFALO NEWS 01/30/08
convicted of crack cocaine and firearm possession has been sentenced
to 15 years in prison.
, was convicted after federal agents raided his home and found 50
grams of crack cocaine and two guns. He was sentenced by U.S.
District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
sentencing ends an investigation involving the federal Drug
police and the
gunmen hold up postman, steal wallet
Updated: BUFFALO NEWS 01/28/08 6:45 AM
postal carrier told Buffalo police Saturday that he was robbed at
gunpoint by two teens at Langfield Drive and Suffolk Street.
carrier said one of the youths stuck a black handgun in his stomach
and said, “Give me your wallet.”
can have it,” the victim said, handing over a wallet containing
cash, a credit card and personal papers.
your phone?” the gunman asked. “I don’t have it,” he
the robbers, believed to be about 16 to 18 years old, ran off.
gets 57 years to life for killing prostitutes
Bonner, still professing his innocence, today was sentenced to 57
years to life in prison for the murders of two Buffaloprostitutes,
one in 1995 and the other in 2006.
Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico imposed the maximum-allowable
prison term on Bonner's Oct. 23 conviction for the murders of
Kimberly Warren, 38, and Mechelle Hicks, 35.
called the murders "some of the most heinous crimes that I have
seen" in decades on the bench.
District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III called Bonner, who has several
street aliases, "a degenerate sociopath" who ran a local
prostitution ring by feeding the women crack cocaine and beating any
who crossed him.
did not testify at his trial, but claimed through his attorney that
he is a victim of racism and a police vendetta.
beaten sometime in July 1995 and Hicks was strangled on Jan. 4, 2006. The remains
of the two victims were found 11 years apart in the same lot on Rapin Street.
Among the city police recruits: A guardsman
heading to war and Don Herbert's son
By Lou Michel NEWS
STAFF REPORTER - News Staff Reporter
Updated: 01/19/08 10:10 AM
William Macy officially became a Buffalo police officer Friday
along with 79 other recruits in the first swearing-in ceremony of
new city police officers since 2001.
But he will not be joining his fellow officers on Monday when
they start at the training academy.
He leaves Sunday to begin a year of active military duty that
will take him to Afghanistan. It is not the 26-year-old’s first
deployment to a war zone. He also served in Iraq, where he suffered
a wound to his pelvis that required three months of recuperation.
But Macy, who holds the rank of staff sergeant in the New York
Army National Guard, was grateful to learn from police brass that
his dream of becoming a city police officer will be safe while he is
“There will be a spot when you come back,” Police
Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson said to Macy and congratulated him
on his appointment as an officer.
Macy will help train the Afghan army and national police force as
part of the biggest deployment of a single New York Guard unit since
World War II.
“I have to fulfill my obligation, but the timing is bad for me
personally,” Macy said. “I look forward to coming back.”
Macy’s story was just one of many on a day that was filled with
joy and excitement shared by the new police officers and their
families who packed a 640-seat auditorium in the Buffalo Academy for
Visual and Performing Arts on Masten and East Ferry.
Gipson pointed out that among the new officers was “the son of
a Buffalo firefighter who gave his life in the line of duty.”
That recruit is Thomas Herbert, 25, the son of Donald J. Herbert,
who awoke from a decade of semiconsciousness he had lapsed into
after suffering a brain injury battling a 1995 fire. Herbert later
died, but not before communicating and spending time with his
“I’m really excited about working for the city. This has been
my goal for a long time,” Thomas Herbert said of following in his
father’s footsteps of public service.
Herbert, in fact, will have a head start on the other recruits.
He is already a police officer for the Niagara Frontier
Transportation Authority and will need only a couple of weeks of
training before he begins patrol duty.
“I hope to hit the streets and do my part,” he said.
And there was Allen Smith, a 32-year-old who saw police work as
an unexpected career opportunity from his “cable guy” job with
“This is a chance for me to do something positive and be a role
model,” Smith said.
Sherry Ebert, who worked as a report technician in the department
for 11 years, said she was thrilled to be moving up.
“I want to make a difference in the city, being there for the
community,” she said.
Mayor Byron W. Brown told the recruits he was glad to see all of
them because they are the future of the Police Department.
Pointing out that the crime rate is dropping in the city, Brown
said, “This doesn’t happen by chance,” but rather because of
the hard work of police and, “You are those men and women we will
Vanessa Thomas and Brian Meyer
Updated: 01/18/086:55 AM
new mobile surveillance camera, increased police manpower and a team
of tactical officers are all part of the city’s newest tools to
combat violence in the Chippewa Entertainment District.
of the city’s new public safety offensive were announced Thursday
afternoon on Pearl Street, between
Tupper and Chippewa streets — a popular downtown area for
theatergoers, barhoppers and nightclub patrons, where four people
were wounded in a barrage of bullets in a parking lot at about Sunday.
popular area has seen a disturbing increase in violence, with at
least five shootings in roughly the past year.
employing every tool and resource to make sure our downtown is
safe,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown, as he stood several feet away
from Shea’s Performing Arts Center and neighboring nightclubs.
want to send a message to any bad actor who comes down here,” he
said. “We will find you, catch you and put you in jail where you
new initiative, the Chippewa Entertainment District Public Safety
Plan, includes boosting the number of officers, along with deploying
the Police Department’s Mobile Response Team, a permanent unit
targeting gangs, narcotics and illegal guns.
addition, the city will use its portable surveillance camera, a
hightech device that can be raised up to 25 feet in the air and can
be maneuvered to monitor the happenings in any direction.
solar-powered device can find a face in a crowd using
facial-recognition technology, read license plates up to 300 yards
away and see along Pearlfrom Tupper
to Mohawk Street, according
to Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson.
officials said all the initiatives are beginning this weekend and
will continue as long as needed.
Metz, owner of Insty- Prints at 265 Franklin
St., was among
the area business leaders at the news conference who praised the new
plan to enhance public safety.
think it’s awesome, and I hope it continues,” he said. “These
operators will slide out the back door and start another club in a
heartbeat, so we have to work with the city, the State Liquor
Authority and the police.”
officials say at least two nightclubs are attracting “thugs” and
criminal activity to Pearl Street—
Michalina’s Bistro, a bar and nightclub at 454 Pearl, and Space
Entertainment Complex, a nightclub at 425 Pearl, which was
shut down Monday.
June 1 to mid-January, police were called to Michalina’s more than
20 times, Mc- Carthy’s bar at 452 Pearlabout 15
times and Space about 10 times, according to Buffalopolice
spokesman Michael J. De- George.
calls were mostly for loud noise, customer trouble and a few for
fights outside, De- George said.
Council Member Brian C. Davis — whose district includes Chippewa
— said bar owners must be held accountable if their policies are
representatives from the Chippewa group Wednesday and outlined a
plan to tighten the city’s licensing process. For example, Davisvowed to push
for new conditions in license renewals that would prohibit patrons
younger than 21 from being inside bars unless they’re employees.
Parisi, co-owner of So- Ho bar for nine years, is a leader of the
Chippewa Business and Property Owners Association, a recently
restructured Chippewa business coalition.
said he supports Davis’ push to
more aggressively regulate bars in hopes of keeping out
biggest problems involve some bar owners who get into a business
that they’re just not qualified to be in,” Parisi said. “They
have no dress codes. They don’t care who they serve. That’s
where the problems happen.”
the past year, Gipson has quietly made at least six trips to the
Chippewa area to investigate any criminal activity at bars and
seven weeks ago, Gipson said, he temporarily shut down Michalina’s
at about 2 a.m. after he caught a few underage drinkers, and he also
visited Space nightclub, where he had a few patrons kicked out for
T.J. Pignataro NEWS STAFF REPORTER
store owner foiled a robbery Wednesday evening when he pulled out a
9 mm handgun and shot the would-be bandit.
the second time in three days an elderly city store owner fired a
gun during a robbery attempt. The 78-year-old owner of Bocce Club
chased away two would-be robbers Monday night with a warning shot.
said Wednesday’s incident occurred when Shaun M. Ford, 30, of
Linwood Avenue, North
, targeted the West Side Market at
255 Carolina St.
and demanded money from owner Ali Abdulla. Ford was wearing a
protective mask used in paint-ball and was armed with a rifle,
according to Central District Lt. David S. Stabler, head of the
followed Abdulla behind the counter, continuing to demand money and
pointing the rifle at him, police said. Abdulla then pulled out his
licensed handgun and fired as many as two shots at Ford, striking
him once in the leg, police said.
fled the store, dropping the rifle and his mask and fell to the
sidewalk just outside the store’s front door, where he cried for
help, police said.
for treatment and is expected to survive, police said.
charges against him were being processed late Wednesday, according
to Michael J. De- George,
son of the store owner, Ahmed Abdulla, said his father runs the
seven days a week.
person came in and pointed the gun at him and my father shot him,”
he said. “I’m proud of him.”
said it is unlikely the father, who was not injured, will face
charges in the incident.
not that we encourage vigilantism, but he appeared to have acted in
self-defense,” DeGeorge said. “Sometimes it’s just
reactionary. People react very differently in different
the Bocce Club pizzeria, it was the second time in less than two
weeks that the business was robbed. The owner there was confronted
Jan. 2 by two men, one with a pistol, who demanded money. Both
bandits fled with cash.
two men entered the shop and one pointed a handgun at the owner but
that time the owner pulled out his own gun and fired a single shot,
scaring off the bandits.
2 police officers, lieutenant promoted in
BUFFALO NEWS 01/12/08
The Buffalo Police Department held a ceremony Friday afternoon,
recognizing two officers and a lieutenant who have been promoted to
Lt. William P. Blake has been promoted to captain, in the
Northeast District, the same station house where Officer Timothy C.
O’Rourke has been promoted to lieutenant. Officer Brendan J.
Kiefer has been promoted to detective, in the city’s new Casino
Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson presided over the ceremony
and administered the oath of office to the three new supervisors.
teens charged in string of burglaries
Updated: BUFFALO NEWS 01/11/082:38 PM
arrested two juveniles in connection with a string of "brick
burglaries" that each began with the thieves throwing a brick
through a window to gain entry to a home in the Genesee, Doat, and
believe the two young suspects, age 15 and 14, may be responsible
for as many as 20 burglaries that began last November. Both
juveniles were arrested Wednesday evening and charged with two of
are not releasing their names, because of their ages.
Hersheys Pulling Ice Breakers Pacs, AKA Candy
Crack Pacs, Off The Market
January 25th, 2008
Ice Breakers Pacs, which first hit store shelves in
November, are nickel-sized dissolvable pouches with a
powdered sweetener inside. The pouches come in blue or
orange and bear the Ice Breakers logo.
Members of Philadelphia’s police narcotics squad said
the mints closely resemble tiny heat-sealed bags used to
sell powdered street drugs. They charged that the
consequences could be serious if, for example, a child
familiar with the mints found a package of cocaine.
“Some community and law-enforcement leaders have
expressed concern” about the shape of pouch and the
Xylitol sweetener inside, and about the possibility of the
mints being mistaken for illegal substances, West said.
We are sensitive to these viewpoints and thus have made
the decision that we will no longer manufacture Ice Breakers
Ice Breakers Pacs remain on store shelves but are
expected to be sold out early this year and no more are
being made. Kirk Saville, a company spokesman, said they had
been distributed nationally on a limited basis.
Member Lt James Dee
in chase jumps out before car goes in river
Updated: BUFFALO NEWS 01/08/08 6:49 AM
motorist who was being chased by Buffalo police Monday jumped out of
his car, which then landed in the Niagara River at the foot of
Austin Street in the city’s Riverside neighborhood.
were attempting to pull the vehicle over at about 6:30 p.m. Police
said the driver instead drove off down Austin Street and jumped from
the car before it landed in the river.
driver attempted to elude officers on foot but was caught after a
brief chase. An officer was hit by the suspect’s car door, but no
other injuries were reported.
did not release the driver’s name or any charges that may have
been filed against him.
Nowadly, in plaid sport jacket
Nowadly, retired police administrator, WWII vet
BUFFALO NEWS 01/05/08 7:49 AM
2, 1925 — Jan. 2, 2008
Nowadly, a retired Buffalo police administrator and World War II
veteran, died Wednesday. He was 82.
Nowadly, a South Buffalo resident who spent winters in Florida,
placed first on the Buffalo police entrance exam and joined the
department in 1947. After graduating from the police academy, Mr.
Nowadly worked undercover as a gambling investigator and helped
break up an illegal slot machine operation in February 1948.
his tenure as police administrator, from 1969 until he retired in
1984, Mr. Nowadly worked under nine police commissioners. He also
swore in four of the commissioners, as well as a dozen police
inspectors, 42 captains, 161 lieutenants and 1,500 rookie officers.
other duties as administrator included oversight of the annual
police budget, ordering cars and other equipment. In his job, Mr.
Nowadly also acted as the keeper of recovered stolen property and
was auctioneer of unclaimed stolen property.
World War II veteran of the Army Air Forces, he remained a member of
the Air Force Reserves until 1985. He graduated from Canisius
College in 1952 with a degree in business administration.
Nowadly spent much of his retirement traveling, including trips to
Las Vegas and local casinos.
enjoyed playing the slots, family members said.
include his wife of 59 years, the former Bridget M. O’Brien; four
daughters, Rose Ann Pagan, Patricia Janicki, Bridget Ciravino and
Margaret; and a son, Robert.