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Howe Caverns: Going Underground In Eastern New York

HOWES CAVE, N.Y. - A trip across New York State is bound to be one full of adventure! From the Great Lakes to the Adirondacks, you never know what you're going to find.

Nowhere is that more true than here at Howe Caverns in the eastern part of the state.

The park itself is nestled in the foothills of the Catskills and the Adirondacks, and it's beautiful all by itself, but to see the really amazing part of the park, you have to go underground.

That's 156 feet underground, to be exact...down deep into the earth on a rugged elevator that seems to be taking you to another planet, and it may as well be, because this subterranean museum is like nothing you've ever experienced.

Man Pleads Guilty to Murder at Albion WalMart

ALBION, NY - A 24-year old illegal immigrant from Honduras pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder Wednesday in Orleans County Court.

According to Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone, Luis Rodriguez-Flamenco will face 25 years to life behind bars for his role in the murder of 45-year old Dr. Kathleen Byham, with no promise as to what his sentence will be.

Dr. Byham was shopping at WalMart in Albion in October of 2011 when Rodriguez-Flamenco approached her in the parking lot, and stabbed her to death.

Rodriguez-Flamenco will be sentenced on October 22.

String of Orleans County Burglaries Solved

ALBION, NY - Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a string of five burglaries this month that ranged across three police jurisdictions, said Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni III Tuesday.

Three of the crimes took place in Medina and one each in Albion and Ridgeway. All involved private homes. According to police, about $1,200 worth of stolen TVs and video game systems were recovered.

Charged with burglary, criminal mischief and petit larceny are: John S. Cecchini, 18, of Medina; Devon G. Griffin, 18, also of Medina; and Brittany Kennedy, 21, of Kendall.

Further charges are pending in the case.

Orleans County Soldier Injured in Afghanistan

HOLLEY, NY -  A soldier from Western New York serving in Afghanistan suffered serious burns after a generator he was refueling exploded.

According to WHEC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Rochester, Cody Raymond Coopenberg, 21, of Holley was injured last weekend at a base in Kandahar province.

The generator exploded in his face, causing burns over 60 percent of his body.

Coopenberg was flown first to Germany then to Brooks Army Hospital in San Antonio.

Coopenberg's family spoke about the incident: "My daughter called me last Saturday and said my grandson Cody had been (burned); he was fueling a generator and it blew up on him. And he has third degree burns over 60 percent of his body and he's not in good shape at all,"  says Raymond Coopenberg, Cody's grandfather.

Relocation Guide Showcases WNY's Best

There are a lot of great things about Buffalo and Western New York that people and businesses nationwide have no idea exist.

That's why the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise has come up with a new detailed guide that highlights what we have to offer here in Western New York .

It's a piece of a larger strategy with videos and social media, which we're pushing out on." says Tom Kucharski, of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise. "That all works together to help us be more competitive."

You can view the relocation guide here.

Bath Salts: Public Safety Menace and Frustration

BATAVIA, NY - Bath salts are the latest drug causing problems for police. Even now as the state attorney general is taking action, some police departments are still frustrated by the lack of effective laws to attack the problem. 

Police say the people who take them may hallucinate or go into  violent rages. There have been incidents across the country where suspects said to be on bath salts or so-called designer drugs become extremely violent and difficult to subdue.










How Clean is the Water at Your Favorite Beach?

BUFFALO, NY--  On any hot day this summer, you might be considering a trip to the beach. 

How clean is the water at that beach? 

There's a way to find out. 

The Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit environmental group, has created an on-line map showing testing results for all of the beaches across the country.  By the way, their study shows New York ranks 24th out of 30 states monitored, for clean water beaches.

This map gives you an inter-active tour through all the beaches in the state