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Lottery Winner Charged with Trying to Get State Benefits

ALBION, NY-An Albion lottery winner is facing charges of trying to fraudulently access state benefits including Medicaid and HEAP.

Anthony Palermo, 51, began collecting the $1000 a week prize from the "Win for Life" game back in 1998 and according to Orleans County officials has presumably garnered nearly three quarters of a million dollars to date.

According to County Fraud Investigator Marie Snyder, Palermo had applied and begun receiving benefits in September, 2011. So far, she said he'd received over $4,000 from the two programs when the county got a tip he was also attempting to apply for emergency cash assistance from the Orleans County Social Services Department.

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge: Beauty In Abundance

It's almost hidden, located midway between Buffalo and Rochester, and chances are you may have driven right by it without realizing what you've missed.

Known also as the Alabama Swamps, the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge has been around since 1958, and encompasses over 10,000 acres of habitat that is a wildlife watchers heaven.

Tens of thousands of migratory birds make their way through each year, and the spring can be an incredible time to visit this little known gem.

"We have over 200 birds on our species list that migrate through here," says Thomas Roster, manager of the refuge. "We're more of a migration area as opposed to a stopping route for a lot of them. Mainly waterfowl peak at 25-35,000 birds in the spring time."

One of the most impressive residents is the Bald Eagle. The refuge was influential in helping restore the species in New York, and has had nesting pairs of Eagles for 15 years.

Three Injured After Car Strikes Barn

TOWN OF KENDALL, NY - Three people have been hospitalized following an accident on Kendall Road in Orleans County.

Sheriff's Deputies say around 8:30pm Thursday evening, a Dodge Stratus driven by 21-year-old Phillip Collins crossed the center line of the road into the path of a Ford Taurus driven by 32-year-old James DuPont. DuPont was able to swerve off the road to avoid a collision. He was not injured.

Collins failed to negotiate a turn only moments later, causing the vehicle to run off the road and strike a two-story barn.

Collins along with his two passengers, 22-year-old Richelle Prevost and 24-year-old Scott Davis were all taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries.

Collins is facing DWI charges along with aggravated unlicensed operation. He will appear in Town of Kendall Court pending his recovery.

WNY Fish Fry Map

BUFFALO, NY - Lenten season is upon us and many of you will be looking for a good fish fry in your neighborhood.

2 On Your Side created a Fish Fry Map, where you can find the best fish fry in Western New York in your neighborhood. Just click here for the map!

If you're a restaurant or organization looking to promote your Fish Fry, you can add your location, as well, by clicking here.  Don't forget to fill out the name of your restaurant or organization!

5 Charged in Medina After Probe into Prescription Narcotics

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Five Orleans County residents are facing charges after a search warrant was served on their Medina home.

The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, which includes Medina police, and Orleans County Multi-Agency SWAT team, executed a search warrant at 909 West Ave. after a two-month-long investigation into the sale and distribution of prescription narcotics.

Officers arrested five residents of the house Tuesday. Shawn R. Wisniewski, 22, was charged with three counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. Kayleen S. Wisniewski, 18, is facing one count of each charge.

Shawn Wisniewski was also charged with three counts of first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child, a misdemeanor.

President Praises Slaughter for Work to End Insider Trading in Congress

President Praises Slaughter for Work to End Insider Trading in Congress

A Statement Released by the Office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Obama: “I know how proud she is to see this bill she championed finally become law.”

Slaughter: “Today marks a milestone in this country’s long fight to become a more perfect union.”

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) today celebrated a major legislative accomplishment as President Barack Obama praised her six years of work to outlaw insider trading in Congress. Today as he signed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act into law at the White House he said,

“I want to recognize Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and wish her a speedy recovery. She broke her leg yesterday so she can’t be here in person, but she’ll be okay. She first introduced the STOCK Act in 2006 and I know how proud she is to see this bill that she championed finally become law.”

Slaughter to Join President Obama for STOCK Act Bill Signing

Slaughter to Join President Obama for STOCK Act Bill Signing

A Statement from the Office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Presidential Signing Ceremony To Take Place Wednesday, April 4

Rochester, NY– Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, today announced that she will join President Barack Obama at the White House for the Presidential signing of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act on Wednesday, April 4.

The bill signing at the White House celebrates a major legislative victory for Slaughter who fought a six-year, uphill battle to end insider trading in Congress and bring transparency and accountability to those who serve at the highest levels of power.