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Medina Man Who is Familiar Figure on Streets Suffers Debilitating Fall

Medina Man Who is Familiar Figure on Streets Suffers Debilitating Fall

By Virgina Kropf, Batavia Daily News

A Medina man who has lived his life dealing with challenges may now be facing the biggest hurdle of all.

Russell Johnson, who was born in 1963 with cerebral palsy, recently suffered a fall in his home which has left him paralyzed.

Dickson Beam, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Medina, visited Johnson Friday at Highland Hospital, Rochester, where he underwent spinal surgery after his fall. Beam reported Johnson has not regained use of his legs and is expected to be transferred Monday to a rehab facility, perhaps at Medina hospital or similar unit in the area.

Johnson has been a familiar figure on the streets of Medina, pushing a cart and collecting bottles and cans, which he redeemed and donated the money to charity.

Catholic Charities WIC Program to Host World Breastfeeding Week Walk Aug. 1 in Delaware Park

Catholic Charities WIC Program to Host World Breastfeeding Week Walk Aug. 1 in Delaware Park

Moms, dads, families, grandmas and grandpas – anyone in support of a healthy start for babies or who would like to learn more about breastfeeding – are urged to join in the free WIC World Breastfeeding Week Walk on Aug. 1 from 12-2 p.m. in Delaware Park at the Ring Road entrance.

Catholic Charities’ Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is hosting the event to raise awareness of the benefits and significance of breastfeeding. The walk, in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week taking place Aug. 1-7 in more than 170 countries, is also designed to create community support for friends, family and others who are, have or may be considering breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding helps to protect infants against many illnesses, including ear infections, stomach viruses, asthma, diabetes and obesity.

Vehicle Hits Bank in Medina

MEDINA, NY - One person was taken to the hospital after a car hit a building in Medina.

The Medina Fire Department responded to a call around 10am Thursday of a vehicle that went through a building on Maple Ridge Road.

Officials say the vehicle hit the Medina Savings and Loan building causing structural damage.

Two people in the vehicle were not hurt.  A person inside the bank was taken to Medina Memorial Hospital to be evaluated.

No word yet on what caused the accident.

Photos courtesy: Medina Fire Department

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

Howe Caverns: Going Underground In Eastern New York

HOWES CAVE, N.Y. - A trip across New York State is bound to be one full of adventure! From the Great Lakes to the Adirondacks, you never know what you're going to find.

Nowhere is that more true than here at Howe Caverns in the eastern part of the state.

The park itself is nestled in the foothills of the Catskills and the Adirondacks, and it's beautiful all by itself, but to see the really amazing part of the park, you have to go underground.

That's 156 feet underground, to be exact...down deep into the earth on a rugged elevator that seems to be taking you to another planet, and it may as well be, because this subterranean museum is like nothing you've ever experienced.

Man Pleads Guilty to Murder at Albion WalMart

ALBION, NY - A 24-year old illegal immigrant from Honduras pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder Wednesday in Orleans County Court.

According to Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone, Luis Rodriguez-Flamenco will face 25 years to life behind bars for his role in the murder of 45-year old Dr. Kathleen Byham, with no promise as to what his sentence will be.

Dr. Byham was shopping at WalMart in Albion in October of 2011 when Rodriguez-Flamenco approached her in the parking lot, and stabbed her to death.

Rodriguez-Flamenco will be sentenced on October 22.

String of Orleans County Burglaries Solved

ALBION, NY - Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a string of five burglaries this month that ranged across three police jurisdictions, said Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni III Tuesday.

Three of the crimes took place in Medina and one each in Albion and Ridgeway. All involved private homes. According to police, about $1,200 worth of stolen TVs and video game systems were recovered.

Charged with burglary, criminal mischief and petit larceny are: John S. Cecchini, 18, of Medina; Devon G. Griffin, 18, also of Medina; and Brittany Kennedy, 21, of Kendall.

Further charges are pending in the case.