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Violent Crime in NYS: Is It Up or Down?

Violent Crime in NYS: Is It Up or Down?

In New York State there are certain parts that are famous, err Infamous, for violent crime. Many think that most violent crime happens in major cities, such as New York City. So how does Buffalo, Albany and Rochester and other mid-size and smaller cities compare? Do they have a violent crime? How do you think your city is with crime? Do you think that crime is up or down in your city? Well if you live in Western NY you might be surprised to find out that according to the Department of Criminal Justice Services crime is down 4.4% across the state.

The report is preliminary and only looks at crime data from January to June 2011. To see how your city did in the report check out the full article Violent crime in NYS, is it up or down?

Domestic Violence: Is New York Tough Enough?

Domestic Violence: Is New York Tough Enough?

On July 6th former Buffalo Sabre Matthew Barnaby was sentenced to community service stemming from a domestic violence incident. Erie County DA Frank Sedita III said the ex-hockey player turned TV analyst, was “over-charged” and that if convicted of the original charges he would have been deported, back to his native Canada.

DA Sedita says his team, along with Barnaby’s lawyers, and the victim worked out an agreement that includes misdemeanors and could potentially be dismissed if he complies with the judge’s conditions. Those conditions are to perform 500 hours of community services and continue with his anger management counseling.

Some of the comments that this story received made it seem that most people in Buffalo think that because Barnaby didn’t physically assault his wife then it wasn’t domestic violence. According to domesticviolence.org the definition of domestic violence is:

Suburban Heroin Bust Nets 4 Ounces, 2 Suspects

Suburban Heroin Bust Nets 4 Ounces, 2 Suspects

A Statement Rel;eased by Erie County Sheriffs Department

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is announcing the arrest of two Rochester men for possession of nearly four ounces of suspected heroin last night at around 7:30 in the parking lot of a hotel near Main Street and Transit Road in Clarence.

22 year old Juan Perez of Hartsdale Road, Rochester and 39 year old Jose Vazquez of Plymouth Street, Rochester were charged with criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell (B- Felony); criminal possession of a controlled substance/narcotic (B-Felony) and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Detectives from the Erie County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Squad have had the above named subjects under surveillance for the past month.  The defendants were stopped in their vehicle at said location when the arrests were made.

NY Beefing Up Laws Protecting Children: The Fallout of Casey Anthony Trial

NY Beefing Up Laws Protecting Children: The Fallout of Casey Anthony Trial

NYS is trying to beef up its laws on many areas concerning children.  In a bill sponsored by five NYS Senator’s, Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo) is one of them, “Protecting Our Children Act” makes sweeping changes to the state’s child protection laws to help protect children from cruel and repeated abuse.

While other states have passed bills to make failing to report a child missing a crime, the bill in the NYS senate goes much further in fact there are more than two dozen provisions within the sponsored bill. Probably the most notable is creating the crime of aggravated murder of a child with a sentence of life without parole. Another notable change is an expansion of the existing law of aggravated abuse of a child which makes recklessly causing physical injury to a child under 14 a crime. The current law applies only to day care providers. The new bill would make it a crime for parents, guardians, and persons in a position of trust.

Buffalo Doctor at a Golf Event Hours Before Fatal Accident

Buffalo Doctor at a Golf Event Hours Before Fatal Accident

On the night of July 8th the life of a young woman was cut short when she was allegedly hit and killed by a prominent WNY doctor. Alexandria Rice, 18, was on a longboard (a larger version of a skateboard), going to her father’s house from her job at a pizzeria, when she was allegedly struck by Dr. James Corasanti, 55, near 573 Heim Road in Amherst NY.

Up until now Amherst police have been very tight-lipped on the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident that took the life of Alexandria Rice. This examiner tried several times to contact the Amherst Police Department, my messages went unreturned.

Overview of Three WNY Child Rape Cases and Some Tips for Parents

Overview of Three WNY Child Rape Cases and Some Tips for Parents

Sex offenses are considered one of the most heinous crimes, it can be argued that when these acts are committed against children the level of heinousness goes up a notch. While the news and crime statistics tell us that these crimes happen for many it’s unfathomable that anyone could endanger a child in this way.

Buffaloians are trying to digest the fact that in today’s news there are three cases of child rape right here in our city of good neighbors. As a state NY has roughly 36,000 registered sex offenders. The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services gives a breakdown by county of the four levels of registered sex offenders. In the four main counties in WNY, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara, there is a combined total of 2,068 level 1, 2, and 3 registered sex offenders. There are also 3,568 registered sex offenders still incarcerated.

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined together today in Orchard Park to sign legislation to strengthen the state’s law against texting while driving.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District), gives law enforcement the authority to pull over a motorist who is text messaging, e-mailing, transmitting images, or playing games while driving -- making it a primary traffic offense. Previous statute considered texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning police could only stop a texting driver if they had committed an additional infraction like speeding or failing to stop at a traffic signal.

“Today is about one thing – saving lives,” said Gallivan. “We have seen far too many tragedies caused by driving distracted to sit idly by any longer.