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DEBATE: Should Police Have More Resources to Detain Illegal Aliens?

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An illegal alien stands accused of this week's murder of an innocent woman at a Walmart in Albion.  

The suspect, 24-year-old Luis Rodriguez-Flamenco, was arrested weeks ago on an assault charge, but released after giving police a fake name. 

In this case, many believe a federal program may have helped keep the suspect behind bars.  It's called "Secure Communities."  In part, it helps police run fingerprints of suspects through an immigration database to identify illegals. 

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo opted out of "Secure Communities" over concerns about possible abuses. 

Albion Killing Sparks Renewed Debate On Illegal Immigrants

BUFFALO, NY - Police in Orleans County have recovered two knives in a cornfield, which will undergo forensic tests to determine if either was used in the deadly stabbing of an Albion woman in a WalMart parking lot.

Police say the man now accused of murder in connection with the slaying was in the country illegally.

The homicide has also renewed the debate over curbing illegal immigration.

The U.S.Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported nearly 400,000 individuals in the 2011 fiscal year which ended in September. It also says 55% of those deportees had felony or misdemeanor convictions.

More Than 4 Tons of Drugs Collected at Drop-Offs

WEST SENECA, N.Y. - Car after car dumped off bags, boxes, and bottles of unused or unnecessary prescription drugs and other pills at drop-off sites across Western New York Saturday.

More than 30 locations were set up in and around Buffalo as part of the Third Annual National Takeback Initiative.  More than 8,892 pounds of pills were collected in our area.

The drug drop-off is sponsored by several local organizations, including Kids Escaping Drugs.

Old prescriptions are one of the most commonly abused drugs today. The ease of access has led to a surge in abuse of pills.

More than 100 pounds of pills were collected in the 45 minutes before the West Seneca Senior Center location officially opened for business at 10 a.m. Saturday.


Albion Man Killed in Mechanical Accident

Albion Man Killed in Mechanical Accident

Democrat and Chronicle

An Orleans County man was killed Friday afternoon as he operated an auger at an apartment complex.

The Albion man, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, was working at 14351 Northwood Drive in Gaines shortly before 1 p.m. He became caught up in the auger, which was attached to the power take-off, or splined driveshaft, of a tractor, according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

Orleans County Coroner Scott M. Schmidt pronounced the man dead at the scene. Albion firefighters removed him from the implement, and he was taken to the Monroe County Coroner’s Office in Rochester for an autopsy.

The incident remains under investigation.

Hero Central: Albion Mail Carrier Helps Save Elderly Woman

  It happened last Friday as Donna Haight was making her rounds on King Street in the Village of Albion as a U.S. Postal service letter carrier.

   Donna stopped at the home of a 92 year old woman who the mail carriers know lives alone. They frequently enter her home while delivering the mail just to check on the woman. Donna says she did not see the woman sitting in her usual chair so she called out for her.  The woman cried out and Donna found her laying on the floor of her laundry area. Donna noticed the woman suffered a head wound which caused her to bleed.

  Haight called 9-1-1 for an ambulance and called the woman's son when she located his phone number in the house. A crew from the Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance unit arrived and the injured woman was transported to Medina Memorial Hospital. Their last report had her hospitalized under observation but in satisfactory condition.  

Police Searching For Robbery Suspects in Albion

ALBION, NY - Albion police are looking for the suspects involved in an overnight robbery at a convenience store.

Police say two men entered the Sugar Creek store, located at 3 West Avenue, around 12:55 a.m. Tuesday.

While the cashier was completing a purchase, the two men reached over the counter and grabbed the cash register drawer. They left the store with the drawer that contained an undisclosed amount of money.

Police describe the suspects as two black men, wearing "puffy" black jackets with the hoods up. One of the men was wearing orange and black gloves.

They were last seen running from the store parking lot.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Albion Police at 585-589-5627.

Postal Service Announces Changes in Youngstown

Postal Service Announces Changes in Youngstown

Look for some changes in local U.S. Postal Service operations, starting next month.

As part of a national effort to address deficits and operation costs in the Postal Service, over past months USPS officials have been considering structural changes, including staff changes, consolidations and even closure of facilities throughout the country. Postal facilities large and small have been under review, including many in the Buffalo area.

Reports to the Sentinel on Friday revealed that changes are coming in the form of Postal Service mail location pickups for carriers servicing the Youngstown delivery areas, starting Nov. 5.