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Rochester Man Busted with Heroin

ALBION, NY - A Rochester man was arrested on Thursday for selling heroin. Dominic J. Charloten, 45, of 50 Page Avenue was charged with four counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, according to a statement released by the Orleans Major Felony Crime Task Force Friday morning.

Charloten was caught with 30 grams of heroin -- the result of a five-month investigation involving police agencies from Orleans and Monroe counties, the City of Rochester and the Town of Irondequoit.

He was arraigned in the Town of Albion and is being held in the Orleans County Jail on $50,000 bail. His next court date is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29.

The investigation is still ongoing and further charges are pending. 

Collins Attacked For Joining Gun Control Group in '08

BATAVIA, N.Y. - The politics of gun rights is suddenly front and center in the race for New York's newly-drawn 27th Congressional District.

The new district is the most conservative district in the entire state, and is likely the most pro-gun. Two Republicans are fighting for the right to challenge Democrat incumbent Kathy Hochul. One of them, Chris Collins, is under fire for something he did involving gun control when he was Erie County Executive.

These days, when Collins speaks to local Republicans, he's forced to explain a document he signed four years ago, when he first took office.

Niagara County IDA Approves Application from New AES Somerset Owners

Niagara County IDA Approves Application from New AES Somerset Owners

At the request of various taxing jurisdictions, including the Town of Somerset, the Barker School District and Niagara County, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA) board of directors today approved an application for assistance from the bondholders of AES Somerset for a modification of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) as well as a mortgage recording tax abatement. The three taxing jurisdictions all passed resolutions seeking support from the NCIDA for the assistance package from the AES bondholders.

New Health Care Center Ground Breaking

New Health Care Center Ground Breaking

 On May 21, 2012 - Orleans Community Health broke ground for its new - state of the art - Health Care Center on the corner of Rt. 31 and Butts Rd. in the village of Albion.

It will cover 7500 sq.ft, provide 20 jobs and feature the latest technology. The center will offer primary and urgent care services and will also include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services, along with an out-patient lab draw station.  Specialists in cardiology, neurology, orthopedics and other fields will rotate through the center on a regular basis.

Scheduled appointments and walk-ins will be welcome Monday thru Friday with evening hours available. Orleans Community Health received a grant from the state health department to help fund this 1.5 million dollar building. The facility is slated to be finished by October 2012.

Catholic Charities Appeal Reaches $10.1 Million; Just $500,000 Needed to Make Goal

Catholic Charities Appeal Reaches $10.1 Million; Just $500,000 Needed to Make Goal

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 17, 2012 – With six weeks to go in the 2012 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the campaign reached $10,105,860.25 in cash and pledges today, leaving less than $500,000 needed to hit the final goal of $10.6 million. The Appeal now stands at 95.3 percent of goal.

Targeted efforts, like an in-home mailing to lapsed donors and personal outreach by Appeal volunteer leaders to large gift donors, have helped push the Appeal to its current level.

A total of $494,139 is still needed to achieve the campaign’s goal by fiscal year-end, June 30.

School Budget Voting Results

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Voters in the Hamburg Central School District will have to wait a little longer for their school budget vote results.  There was a malfunction with one of the machines on Tuesday.  The machine has been sealed and the Board of Elections will handle the situation from here.

A handful of budgets did not pass including Bolivar-Richburg Central School District, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Niagara Wheatfield and Wyoming Central.

This year school districts in New York are required to submit their proposed spending and their proposed tax levy for the upcoming year.

Click here to take a look at what your school district proposed.


Chimney Bluffs: Sculpted By Nature's Hand

Even if you have been to this little known park on Lake Ontario, a return visit guarantees it won't look the same.

Chimney Bluffs State Park is one of New York's most unique landscapes, and it's very nature keeps it in a state of constant change. The towering bluffs were carved by erosion both past and present. The hills, known as "drumlins" were initially formed by receding glaciers over 12,000 years ago, and continue to be sculpted under Mother Nature's hand.

Joe Keeler is the park's manager. "When the wind and the waves and rain and snow all wear on the face of these drumlin hills, then this is what you get, is these type of structures, these pinnacles and spires."