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Medina Fireman Charged with Sex Crime

SHELBY, NY - A six-year veteran of the Medina Fire Department and part time Orleans County Sheriff's dispatcher has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

Jeffrey R. Elsenheimer, Jr., 31,  has been charged with one count of criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

WEB EXTRA: Read the criminal complaint here

Police officials say they received a complaint from a person less than 17 years old of alleged sexual contact at Elsenheimer's Medina Home. 

Under the NY State law, the more serious count of Criminal Sexual Act (read the definition here) is a class E felony, punishable by up to 4-years in prison. 

Gooseneck Hill: Helping Endangered Waterfowl Fly Free

"Once you lose a species, you can't get it back. Once you lose it, that's it."

That quote is from Milt Miner, one of the two owners of Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary.

There are currently thousands of species on planet earth being confronted with extinction. From mammals to amphibians to plants, the number of living things being threatened is constantly increasing, and the threat comes from many different sides.

Habitat destruction, pollution and over hunting are just a few of the myriad reasons for the diminishing populations worldwide. But there are those among the human species who are devoting their lives to preservation.

One of them is right here in Delevan, New York.

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary is a welcome haven for endangered waterfowl, and is the largest one of its kind in the world.

2 Pack a Backpack Thanks

Buffalo, N.Y. - This week's beautiful weather makes it hard for kids to get psyched about back to school, but something that helps is a brand new backpack!

On Friday, the Babcock Boys and Girls Club held a picnic lunch for volunteers and the kids who received one of the 6,000 backpacks collected in our annual 2 Pack a Backpack Drive last week. For these kids, they are more than bags of school supplies. They're backpacks filled with hope from generous members of the community.

Dane Rowe with the Boys and Girls Club says, "We had over 45 corporate sponsors, but a lot of our gifts came from individuals who showed up at a Wal-Mart and dropped off that pad of paper, or that box of crayons. Without them, we could not do this."

Our original goal was 5,000 backpacks, but thanks to your generosity an extra 1,000 children will benefit.

Lake Simcoe: A Taste Of The Canadian Wilds

The essence of an outdoor experience in Ontario is one of sparkling lakes, abundant wildlife, and the grandeur of unspoiled forests.

To find that, the wilderness voyageur often has to travel long distances, but fortunately, that is not always the case.

Lake Simcoe, one of Ontario's largest lakes, lies just three hours north of Buffalo, and can provide the avid outdoors man with a little taste of the "Great White North".

The region is no secret to Western New Yorkers, however, some people have been visiting here for generations.

Doug Bowden is a Lockport native whose family has enjoyed Simcoe for generations. "My grandparents originally came over from England, and they filtered through Toronto. They purchased some property up here, they did that back in the early 1930's, and we've been here since. We come up in the summer, and we go back for the wintertime."

Commemorative T-shirts Keep Glende’s Memory Alive

Commemorative T-shirts Keep Glende’s Memory Alive

Family and friends of a Niagara University graduate continue to honor his memory after he was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. 

According to the Department of Defense, Pfc. Theodore M. Glende, 23, of Rochester, died July 27 in Kharwar, Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy. 

To keep his memory alive, Glende’s loved ones are taking orders for Glende Commemorative Clothing through Sunday, with proceeds going to Wounded Warrior Project, which assists injured soldiers and their families.

Short-sleeved T-shirts are available in blue, maroon or tan, and sizes and prices include:

Medina Area Verizon Wireless Customers Experiencing Service Problems

Medina Area Verizon Wireless Customers Experiencing Service Problems

MEDINA- Verizon Wireless customers in the Medina area have been experiencing severe service problems for the better part of the day.  Customers are reporting significant call failures and the inability to send a text message.

The nature and extent of the problem are unknown, according to Verizon Wireless customer service representatives.

Anyone living in the affected area may call Verizon Wireless customer service at 866-221-4096 to report any issues involving impaired cell service.

UPDATE- As of 7:00 PM 8/15 Verizon advised that "the issue is resolved" and that "service is back to normal".  There is still no word on exactly what the issue was that severely effected Medina area service today.



Commercial Fire in Albion

ALBION, NY - Numerous fire departments fought a fire in a commercial building in the Village of Albion.

Albion Police Department says that a fire started around 1:30 a.m. Monday in the back room of a smoke shop at 158 Hamilton Street.

Firefighters from six different companies were called to the scene.

Even though they were faced with a large amount of fire, crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly.

There were no reports of injuries or how much damage was done to the building.