U.S. Attorney: Wheatfield Man Had Seven Homemade Bombs in Garage

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The stepson of Niagara County Legislature Chairman William Ross was seriously injured in the blast in Ross’ garage.

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Seven homemade bombs, including one packed with nails, explosive powder and BB pellets, were found in the Wheatfield garage where a man suffered a severe leg injury in a blast Tuesday, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday.

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“What makes this case noteworthy is the fact that the explosive devices, at least in one case, appears to contain shrapnel,” Hochul said during a late-afternoon news conference.

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Michael C. O’Neill, 45, of Wheatfield has been charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, Hochul said. He emphasized that the initial charge could be expanded as the result of the ongoing investigation by federal and local law enforcement officials.
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UB’s Joe Licata Named to Manning Award Watch List

Joe Licata

Home Town Boy Makes Good

University at Buffalo senior Joe Licata was among 30 quarterbacks named to the Manning Award Watch List, it was announced by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, which sponsors the award.

The Williamsville South High School product enters his senior season fourth on UB’s all-time passing list with 6,516 yards.  Licata is already the school record holder in touchdown passes with 60 and QB rating of 136.7.  He is third all-time in completions and tied for second in completion percentage.

Licata holds two of the top three season records for touchdown passes, including the school record of 29 set last season.  Since 1999, he has also finished with three of the five best passing games, highlighted by a 497-yard performance during his sophomore season at Toledo.
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Accused of thefts from History Museum, former volunteer shifts blame

“This is an institution that has had massive problems with theft, inventory control and security going back 50 years.” –Daniel J. Witek, former History Museum volunteer accused of stealing valuable letters

“This is an institution that has had massive problems with theft, inventory control and security going back 50 years.” –Daniel J. Witek, former History Museum volunteer accused of stealing valuable letters

On a May morning two years ago, David Lowenherz emailed the Buffalo History Museum, curious about whether important documents from its A. Conger Goodyear collection had gone missing.

A few days earlier, Lowenherz, an internationally known autograph collector in Manhattan, had offered to buy five Goodyear letters and postcards from a man who claimed he had 40 more for sale.

By most accounts, Lowenherz’s email that day was the first hint that valuable letters from the Buffalo tycoon turned philanthropist might have been stolen from the museum’s archives.

And it wasn’t the first, or even second time, important documents and artifacts reportedly went missing from the Nottingham Terrace institution.

Daniel Jude Witek, a former volunteer at the museum, is the man accused of stealing the Goodyear letters. But in a twist, Witek has become the accuser.
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Police: 3 Dead in Movie Theater Shooting, Including Gunman

Police tape surrounds the scene following a shooting at a movie theater Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (Treylan Arceneaux via AP)
Police tape surrounds the scene following a shooting at a movie theater Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Louisiana on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring at least seven others before fatally shooting himself, officials said.

The gunman, a 58-year-old “lone white male,” fired his weapon “numerous times” before shooting himself at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, city Police Chief Jim Craft told a news conference.

Authorities identified the shooting suspect as John Russel Houser. It appears that he turned the gun on himself after unsuccessfully trying to flee by blending in with the crowd, according to police.

Earlier in the evening, Acadian Ambulance Vice President Clay Henry had told The Associated Press that the shooter was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.

Craft said those who were injured had injuries ranged from non-life-threatening to critical.

There were about 100 people in the theater at the time of the shooting, Sgt. Brooks David of the Louisiana State Police told CNN. Lafayette is about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.

The shooting happened about 20 minutes into a 7 p.m. showing of the movie “Trainwreck,” The Louisiana Advertiser quoted theatergoer Katie Domingue as saying.

“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” Domingue told the newspaper. Domingue said she saw “an older white man” standing up and shooting down into the theater, but not in her direction.

“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” Domingue said.

Domingue told the newspaper she heard about six shots before she and her fiance ran to the nearest exist, leaving behind her shoes and purse.

The Louisiana shooting occurred three years after James Holmes entered a crowded movie theater in suburban Denver and opened fire during the premier of a Batman film, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others.

A jury last week quickly convicted Holmes on 165 counts of murder, attempted murder and other charges, rejecting defense arguments that he was insane and suffering delusions that drove him to the July 20, 2012, attack.

Prosecutors said Holmes planned and carried out the massacre to assuage the pain of his failures in graduate school and in romance. Defense lawyers said schizophrenia had been growing inside Holmes’ mind for years and eventually overwhelmed him, creating a delusion that he could improve his self-worth by killing others and absorbing their value.

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Ranzenhofer Sponsors Erie County’s Largest Health Fair

A total of 90 organizations will provide health information, services and screenings to residents at Senator

“You, and your entire family, can take advantage of all of the health information available at my upcoming Family Health Fair.  A number of organizations will be offering a wide variety of screenings, services and more.  I hope that you will join us on Saturday, August 1st because it’s never too late to get healthy,” said Ranzenhofer.

Screenings and services available to attendees include:

  • Balance & Fall Risk Assessment
  • Blood Pressure Check
  • Bone Density Heel Scan
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Foot Screening
  • Glucose Test
  • Hearing Screening
  • Medicine/Prescription Review
  • Mental Health Screening
  • Prevnar Vaccination
  • Retina Scan
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Skin Cancer Screening

Information will also be available on the following topics:

  • Stroke prevention
  • Chiropractic Care
  • EPIC
  • Dental Education
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Medicare
  • Substance Abuse
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Gluten Free Diet
  • Health Insurance
  • Mental Health
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer Support
  • Diabetes
  • Organ Donation
  • Breast Cancer
  • Hospice & Palliative Care

Senator Ranzenhofer’s 2015 Family Health Fair is co-sponsored by Kaleida Health and the Amherst Senior Center, in conjunction with Assemblyman Raymond Walter and Assemblywoman Jane Corwin.

“This year’s Family Health Fair is going to be fun and educational.  Everyone in attendance will have access to important screenings and information that will ensure a happy, healthy life. I hope all my Western New York neighbors and their families can drop by to take advantage of all the medical professionals in our community have to offer,” said Walter.

“There is nothing more important than the health of you and your family. I want to thank my colleagues, Senator Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Ray Walter, for their continued commitment to this outstanding annual community event. Given the vast number of vendors offering free services that promote maintaining good health and a healthy lifestyle, there will definitely be something for everyone at this year’s Family Health Fair,” said Corwin.

For more information, residents can visit ranzenhofer.nysenate.gov or contact Senator Ranzenhofer’s district office at (716) 631-8695.

– See more at: http://www.kaleidahealth.org/kyi/news/?i=6205#sthash.b4tmX3Ur.dpuf


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Letter to the Editor


Hi Jim,

Did you know that there is the Northtown Plaza Brownfield Cleanup described plan on the Town of Amherst website?


Specific information is available on the New York State dept of environmental conservation website.


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Amherst Fracking


Guy Marlette, followed up his visit to my house with a phone call tonight.

The Fracking law is at the printers.
It will be at the August 20th Planning Board meeting where it will be voted on.
Guy will be at the meeting.
After that it comes to the Town Board for a vote.

It’s a tedious process.


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Amhersttimes.com Passed Over 520,000 Views

The Amhersttimes.com is very proud our blog has passed over 520,000 views.  We want to thank every person who read the Amhersttimes.com

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Save NY Restaurants Coalition Issues Statement on Today’s Wage Board Decision


(Albany, NY) Today, the Save NY Restaurants Coalition, a group representing New York’s restaurant and business communities, which employ hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers across the state through their memberships, issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s decision to target fast food restaurants across New York state:

“We are deeply disappointed in today’s decision by Governor Cuomo’s self-appointed wage board. The members of this board not only refused to sit at the table but closed the door for discussion. The entire process has been a sham and the cards have been stacked against the hard working men and women that own and operate New York’s restaurants from day one.

“New York’s restaurants are economic drivers, creating jobs and state revenue in every community from Brooklyn to Buffalo. While Governor Cuomo, with the backing of national labor groups like SEIU, believes he is hurting corporations, in reality he is dealing a crippling blow to New Yorkers that are providing opportunity to hundreds of thousands of people across the state as over 94 percent of New York’s ‘fast food‘ restaurants are independent or franchisee owned.

“Today’s decision will hurt the very people Governor Cuomo is purportedly trying to help. Restaurants will be forced to streamline labor costs through automation and attrition or close their doors completely. Governor Cuomo has sent his message loud and clear: New York is NOT open for business.”

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New York State Wage Board Recommends $15 An Hour For Fast-food Workers

A rally at Buffalo’s City Hall calls for the state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

As expected Wednesday, a New York State Wage Board recommended increasing the state’s minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 per hour.

The board unanimously voted to recommend the increase be enacted incrementally by 2018 in New York City and by July 1, 2021, across the rest of the state.

It also unanimously recommended that only national fast food chains with more than 30 locations should be affected. By that definition, all major fast food franchisees – even if they own just one location – would be required to pay employees $15 per hour.

Now it is up to the acting state labor commissioner, Mario J. Musolino, to accept, reject or modify the board’s recommendations. If the commissioner decides to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers, he can do so without legislative approval because of a labor law provision that allows raises for individual occupations. The commissioner is expected to approve the increase, which has been championed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Musolino is a Cuomo appointee.

Several elected officials; community, religious and labor groups; as well as fast-food cooks and cashiers from across the state will stage a rally in support of the minimum wage increase in front of City Hall at 9:15 a.m. Friday. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul; State Sens. Marc C. Panepinto and Timothy M. Kennedy, both D-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan, D-Buffalo, are scheduled to attend.
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