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WWII PT 728 Naval Torpedo Boat to Pass Through Orleans County on Friday

WWII PT 728 Naval Torpedo Boat to Pass Through Orleans County on Friday

by Virginia Kropf Batavia Daily News

MEDINA, NY - A World War II-era PT boat traveling the Erie Canal on its way to a museum in Ohio is expected to pass through the Orleans County portion of the Canal sometime Friday.

Medina Firefighters Rescue Ducklings from Storm Sewer

MEDINA, NY - Four ducklings are safe today thanks to some Medina firemen.

WEB EXTRA:   Photo Gallery of Ducklings being rescued

Firefighters got a call Tuesday night that four ducklings were trapped in a storm sewer in front of 902 South Main Street.

When they arrived, they removed the storm sewer grate and lowered a firefighter into the sewer to rescue the ducklings. 

All four ducklings were brought up safely.

Firefighters did not see the mother duck in the area and brought the babies back to the fire department.  An animal rehabilitator was called to help the ducklings.

Olcott Beach Named 'Ultimate Fishing Town'

OLCOTT BEACH, NY - Residents of Olcott Beach know what a gem their town is, but now they are hoping to share their secret with the fishing world and beyond.

The World Fishing Network was in town Wednesday to officially declare Olcott Beach the "Ultimate Fishing Town."  With the title comes a $25,000 prize to be used for a fishing-related project.

"This contest has brought together local folks, charter fishermen from all across the nation, residents that have long since left the area, and a regional effort by our local schools, civic organizations, USA Niagara Tourism and many others, all for a common cause - pride in our community and region," said Town of Newfane Supervisor Tim Horanburg.

Residents never imagined they'd win the online voting contest, but with the help of a voting committee and social media, they spread the word and racked up more than 329,000 votes and the number one spot.

Cardenas Pleads Guilty to Killing Teenage Sister-In-Law

ALBION, NY - An Orleans County man has pled guilty to killing his teenage sister-in-law.

Carlos Cardenas pled guilty to second degree murder in court Wednesday.

He was accused of killing his wife's 15-year-old sister, Katherine Sanchez, in February 2011. 

Police found Sanchez's body was found in a shallow grave at an Orleans County apple orchard.

Shortly after her body was found, Albion Police Chief Dean London said that, after killing her, Cardenas hid Katherine's body in the basement of the family's home. London says Cardenas finally confessed to the killing as he was being questioned by state police.

He admitted to moving her body to an apple orchard in Ridgeway where he worked a few days after the murder.

Investigative Post: Mark Poloncarz Interview

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (D) sat down with Investigative Post's Jim Heaney to discuss a series of issues, including lease negotiations with the Bills.

Poloncarz in the interview:

Some Guard Members Not Granted Leave

MEDINA, N.Y. -- On Father's Day, many military families learned their loved ones will not be granted the leave time they anticipated.

Members of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 108th Infantry with the National Guard, who are currently in Kuwait, did not expect to be granted leave when they were deployed in January.

However, when they arrived overseas, the soldiers were told they would be given rest and recuperation (R&R) leave. They immediately started scheduling their time off, only to have that offer rescinded days later. But that wasn't the end of it. The unit was again told the leave would happen in May, only to have it taken away again on Father's Day.

O/N BOCES Building Trades Students Take Home Awards at End-of-Year Celebration

O/N BOCES Building Trades Students Take Home Awards at End-of-Year Celebration

Students in Anthony Molinaro’s Building Trades program at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements at the end of the ceremonies.  Marquis Siner from Niagara Falls was the recipient of an ACTEA Award which was awarded by the Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators.  Hannah Kanouse, also from Niagara Falls was awarded a Coca Cola Scholarship and Ian Kroening from Wilson was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award.