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Tips to Keep your Purse or Wallet Safe While Shopping

Tips to Keep your Purse or Wallet Safe While Shopping

The Amherst Police Department released a list of tips to keep in mind all year long and especially during the holidays.

NU Students Travel Overseas to Investigate International Justice Issues

NU Students Travel Overseas to Investigate International Justice Issues


Twelve criminal justice majors from Niagara University recently joined Assistant Professor Diana Falco, Ph.D., on a three-week study abroad program that examined law enforcement policies in four European countries. 

The joint program, which included 20 students from James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.), allowed participants to explore comparative justice issues in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. 

The Netherlands

Copper Thieves Hit Medina Area Businesses

Copper Thieves Hit Medina Area Businesses

June 1, 2012

MEDINA, NY- In what is becoming an all too often reported crime in Western New York, copper thieves have struck yet again, this time in the Orleans County Village of Medina.

Copper electrical service was reported stolen from three Medina businesses according to crime victim Matt Mundion, owner/operator of Matt C. M. Contracting, Inc. in Medina.

Mundion arrived at his facility in the village Tuesday only to discover he was without power.  Further investigation revealed the power loss to have been caused by the theft of his copper electrical service.

According to Mundion, the thieves removed his meter, shut off the power and removed 70 feet of copper service cable sometime over the Memorial Day weekend. 

Other area businesses hit included Valu, Rent-A-Center, and Fastenal, all located within the Valu Plaza on Maple Ridge Road (NYS Rt. 31) in Medina.

Homeowner Follows Burglary Suspects; Batavia Man Arrested

Homeowner Follows Burglary Suspects; Batavia Man Arrested

From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

An Orleans County homeowner saw two people leaving his home and followed, leading to the arrest of a burglary suspect.

New York State Police said a man who lives on Gillette Road in Barre saw the two men about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. He followed the vehicle and gave a description to police, and he and his wife found that a laptop computer and a large jug filled with change were missing.

After an investigation, Jerad M. Stalker, 28, of Batavia was charged with second-degree burglary, troopers said. He was arraigned in Barre Town Court and committed to the Orleans County Jail without bail.

The investigation is continuing.

Buffalo Man Charged with Online Enticement of a Minor

Buffalo Man Charged with Online Enticement of a Minor

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jafet Rivera, 24, of Buffalo, New York, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with online enticement of a minor. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison with a maximum of 30 and a $250,000 fine.

Former Medina Resident Killed in West Virginia, Say Deputies

INSTITUTE, W.Va. — Kanawha County sheriff's deputies say a 54-year-old man killed himself after killing his girlfriend and dismembering her body.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the victim, 53-year-old Carol Ann Rhim, is a former resident of Medina, Orleans County.

Officials say Nathaniel Roy Lawton of Institute shot himself in the head on Thursday night as police were executing a search warrant at his apartment. Deputies were investigating the death of Rhim, his live-in girlfriend.

Read the entire story at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

FREE Emergency Preparedness Training Available in Wheatfield

Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University will host a free CERT training course beginning Jan. 17, 2012, at the St. Johnsburg Fire Company, located at 7165 Ward Rd. in North Tonawanda (Wheatfield). 

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training is a community preparedness course that includes academic and hands-on instruction as well as a disaster training exercise that is designed to prepare you to help yourself, family and neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Individuals can make a difference by using CERT to save lives and protect property in your neighborhood.

The classes will run for eight consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and culminate in a disaster simulation on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CERT training topics include: