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Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

No Frills Buffalo Releases Crime Novel ‘Stay Away From Lions’

A petty thief, local mobsters and a parish priest who’s more sinner than saint come together in the gritty black-comedy crime novel “Stay Away from Lions,” the latest release from No Frills Buffalo. 

Written by Buffalo natives and St. Bonaventure University graduates J. Matthew Smith and Patrick Reynolds, “Stay Away from Lions” follows the poorly led life of Tommy Patton, a small-time South Buffalo crook who upon being sprung from his latest stint in the Erie County Jail learns he’s in debt to a ruthless mob boss as a result of a robbery gone wrong.

With the payback deadline looming, a two-faced henchman charged with collecting the debt goes behind his boss’s back and hatches a scheme designed to benefit all involved. But when that scheme unravels, unholy secrets are exposed costing people their lives.

Town of Hamburg Police Ask Assistance in Identifying Individual for Questioning

Town of Hamburg Police Ask Assistance in Identifying Individual for Questioning

TOWN OF HAMBURG, NY - Town Police are asking for assitace form public to identify an indiividual pictured below.

"Police are asking for the publics assistance in identifying the pictured suspect. The suspect is wanted for questioning involving the theft of an automobile. If anyone has any information about this suspect, please contact Det. Angelo Butera at 648-5118 ext. 2520"

 

Police Looking for Man Who Accosted Eggerstville Woman

Police Looking for Man Who Accosted Eggerstville Woman

Amherst Police are trying to identify a person of interest who approached and attempted to grab a female. 

A man who followed a woman from a tanning salon to her Eggertsville home Thursday evening, attempted to grab her as she got out of her car.  The woman screamed and the man ran back to his car, a newer white sport utility vehicle, and drove away.

Off Duty Amherst Officer Makes Burglary Arrest

Off Duty Amherst Officer Makes Burglary Arrest

An alert off duty Amherst Police officer is credited with the apprehension of two residential burglary suspects. Officer Corey Brown was off duty when he observed an East Amherst man's pick up truck backed into a driveway along Transit Road near Muegel Rd.  

 

Grocery Store Shoplifter Sought by Amherst Police

Grocery Store Shoplifter Sought by Amherst Police

The Amherst Police are looking for a female shoplifter who pushed out several hundred dollars worth of groceries from area groceries stores on 5/23/13 and 5/24/13.  Police are looking for the identity of the female suspect shown in security photos below.  

 

Amherst Police Officers to Target Handicap Parking Violations

Amherst Police Officers to Target Handicap Parking Violations

The Town of Amherst Police Department will be increasing enforcement efforts to target illegally parked vehicles in handicap parking spaces during the month of May.  

The Amherst Police Department recognizes that, amongst other activities, handicap parking spaces allow disabled citizens to go to doctors appointments, pick up medications, shop for groceries, and run other errands without having to walk a far distance from their destination.  While most people take these activities for granted, walking the extra distance may cause unnecessary extra fatigue for a disabled citizen.  The Amherst Police Department further recognizes that the majority of handicap parking permits are issued to citizens with permanent, temporary, or chronic disabilities which include military veterans and the elderly.