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No verdict in 'Pedophile Pastor' case


ORLEANS COUNTY - After deliberating for 4-1/2 hours, an Orleans County jury has gone home for the weekend without having reached a verdict in the trial of Rev. Roy Harriger. The minister stands accused of sexually abusing small children.

The 71-year-old Harriger faces a sentence about the 25 years behind bars if he's convicted of the charges against his alleged victims -- all three of whom are his grandchildren.

During his closing argument Harriger's lawyer asked jurors to use their common sense and to ask themselves why, if the testimony Harriger's son gave during this trial was true (that they were molested by him a generation ago) then why then would they allow the defendant to babysit their children, the ones he stands accused of abusing now.

Harriger's lawyer stated it's because the abuse they claim did not happen.

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NFADA Lists 2015 AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners

NFADA Lists 2015 AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners

 

Student teams from the Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES LoGuidice Educational Center and the Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career & Technical Center won top honors at the annual NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition and Tire Rodeo held Jan. 17 in Orchard Park. The competition took place at the Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center located at 5885 Big Tree Road, Orchard Park.

Come See the Cars — and the Stars — at the 2015 Buffalo Auto Show

Come See the Cars — and the Stars — at the 2015 Buffalo Auto Show

 

The Buffalo Auto Show, Western New York’s premier new vehicle automotive event, will take place from Feb. 5-8 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. In addition to seeing every brand new car sold in WNY on display, attendees will have a chance to meet and obtain autographs from some of Buffalo greatest star athletes!

Buffalo Bandits Ryan Benesch, Dhane Smith and Brandon Goodwin, along with some members of the Buffalo Bandettes, will visit the Buffalo Auto Show from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, for a free autograph session. Benesch and Smith are among the team’s leading scorers this year, while Goodwin is playing in his first NLL season.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk, So Game Plan for a ‘Super Sunday’

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk, So Game Plan for a ‘Super Sunday’

 

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event, and on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why The Resource Training Center of Amherst, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and local law enforcement officials are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, these organizations encourage you to designate a sober driver to get you home safely! 

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Sports Collectors Expo to Feature 17 Well-known Athletes

Sports Collectors Expo to Feature 17 Well-known Athletes

 

Seventeen stars from the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball are scheduled to appear from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Sports Collectors Expo. The event is set to take place at Batavia Downs Gaming, located at 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

NFL greats scheduled to appear include former Buffalo Bills Marv Levy, Billy Shaw, Vince Ferragamo and Ken Jones. Other NFL greats including Don Maynard, Larry Brown, George Rogers, Jack Youngblood, Tom Mack and Rocky Bleier are also on the schedule. Levy, Shaw, Maynard, Youngblood and Mack are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen’s Economic Impact on Region Reaches Nearly $132 Million

Daemen College’s economic impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in 2013 reached nearly $132 million, representing a $17 million increase for the Amherst-based institution, according to a new study released today, Jan. 15, by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

“This substantial figure illustrates Daemen plays a key role in the region’s economic vitality and has emerged as a significant contributor to Western New York’s long-term economic well-being,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “For almost 70 years, Daemen has been actively engaged in this area and we will continue our commitment to growing and thriving with the community.”

Medina to vote on dissolution


If you could vote to reduce your taxes by about 25 percent, but doing so meant you would be responsible for almost doubling what your neighbor pays, what would you choose?

And what if there were no guarantees your leap of faith would end up saving you much of anything at all?

That's the dilemma faced by voters in the Orleans County village of Medina, 43 miles west of Rochester, where residents will head to the polls later this month to weigh in on dissolving their local government.

Proponents say a "yes" vote will lead to lower taxes without a sacrifice of essential services.