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State Education Releases School Standings for 2012-2013

BUFFALO, NY-- The New York State Education Commissioner released the departments school district standings.


Medina Firefighter Faces More Sex Charges

MEDINA, NY-- A Medina firefighter, arrested Monday for allegedly committing a sex act with a child under 17, is facing more charges.

Investigators say Jeffrey R. Elsenheimer, Jr., 31, was arrested Tuesday and charged with several more felonies in connection to the original charge of criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Investigators say a search warrant was executed on Elsenheimer's cell phone, which brought on the additional charges. In addition to Monday's charges, Elsenheimer is charged with:

Labor Community Steps Up for United Way of Greater Niagara

Labor Community Steps Up for United Way of Greater Niagara

Labor leaders present $9,000 check from annual Night at the Races

For generations, the labor community has been a driving force behind United Way’s mission of service to the people of Niagara County, and, yesterday, it delivered on that commitment once again.

Officials from the Niagara/Orleans Labor Council, including president Jim Briggs and  Jim Anthony, presented United Way with a $9,000 check, representing proceeds from the 4th Annual Labor’s Night at the Races, which was held June 15 at Ransomville Speedway. The family-friendly event featured a pre-event tent party with food and beverages, race cars on display and drivers on hand to sign autographs, followed by an exciting night of dirt track racing at one of Western New York’s popular sporting venues.

Cardenas Sentenced For Killing 15-Year-Old Sister-in-Law

ALBION, NY-- An Albion man will spend decades behind bars for killing his teenaged sister-in-law. Carols Cardenas admitted he raped and strangled 15-year-old Katy Sanchez in January of 2011.

Her body was found in an apple orchard, and later admitted to the crime. Today the judge sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison.

"It's not a tough decision in terms of what sentence he should have gotten," says Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone. "Sometimes we have different equitiies we think about when we're sentencing somebody. Here, based on his conduct, it was an easy decision to give him the maximum I think."

After he completes his sentence, Cardenas faces deportation to Mexico.

Medina Fireman Charged with Sex Crime

SHELBY, NY - A six-year veteran of the Medina Fire Department and part time Orleans County Sheriff's dispatcher has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

Jeffrey R. Elsenheimer, Jr., 31,  has been charged with one count of criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

WEB EXTRA: Read the criminal complaint here

Police officials say they received a complaint from a person less than 17 years old of alleged sexual contact at Elsenheimer's Medina Home. 

Under the NY State law, the more serious count of Criminal Sexual Act (read the definition here) is a class E felony, punishable by up to 4-years in prison. 

Gooseneck Hill: Helping Endangered Waterfowl Fly Free

"Once you lose a species, you can't get it back. Once you lose it, that's it."

That quote is from Milt Miner, one of the two owners of Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary.

There are currently thousands of species on planet earth being confronted with extinction. From mammals to amphibians to plants, the number of living things being threatened is constantly increasing, and the threat comes from many different sides.

Habitat destruction, pollution and over hunting are just a few of the myriad reasons for the diminishing populations worldwide. But there are those among the human species who are devoting their lives to preservation.

One of them is right here in Delevan, New York.

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary is a welcome haven for endangered waterfowl, and is the largest one of its kind in the world.

2 Pack a Backpack Thanks

Buffalo, N.Y. - This week's beautiful weather makes it hard for kids to get psyched about back to school, but something that helps is a brand new backpack!

On Friday, the Babcock Boys and Girls Club held a picnic lunch for volunteers and the kids who received one of the 6,000 backpacks collected in our annual 2 Pack a Backpack Drive last week. For these kids, they are more than bags of school supplies. They're backpacks filled with hope from generous members of the community.

Dane Rowe with the Boys and Girls Club says, "We had over 45 corporate sponsors, but a lot of our gifts came from individuals who showed up at a Wal-Mart and dropped off that pad of paper, or that box of crayons. Without them, we could not do this."

Our original goal was 5,000 backpacks, but thanks to your generosity an extra 1,000 children will benefit.