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Former Dunkirk Mayor Accused of Stealing More than $14,000


Dunkirk, NY - An 83-year-old former mayor is charged with stealing campaign contributions for his personal use.

Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey faces 12 counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to the FBI. The indictment of Frey was revealed Tuesday.

"In other words, he was treating his campaign account as his own personal piggy bank," says U.S. Attorney William Hochul.

Hochul and FBI Assistant Special Agent In Charge Holly Hubert tell us Frey is alleged to have stolen $14,500 going as far back as at least 2003.

Frey served as Dunkirk's mayor from 2002 until he lost his re-election bid in 2011 for what would have been his fourth term. The investigation started when a complaint came in from one of the alleged victims.

"Often, complainants and victims are hesitant to come in. They're sometimes intimidated by the public figure," says Hubert.

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NFADA Lists 2015 AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners

NFADA Lists 2015 AutoTech and Tire Rodeo Competition Winners

 

Student teams from the Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES LoGuidice Educational Center and the Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career & Technical Center won top honors at the annual NFADA Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition and Tire Rodeo held Jan. 17 in Orchard Park. The competition took place at the Erie Community College-Vehicle Technology Training Center located at 5885 Big Tree Road, Orchard Park.

Come See the Cars — and the Stars — at the 2015 Buffalo Auto Show

Come See the Cars — and the Stars — at the 2015 Buffalo Auto Show

 

The Buffalo Auto Show, Western New York’s premier new vehicle automotive event, will take place from Feb. 5-8 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. In addition to seeing every brand new car sold in WNY on display, attendees will have a chance to meet and obtain autographs from some of Buffalo greatest star athletes!

Buffalo Bandits Ryan Benesch, Dhane Smith and Brandon Goodwin, along with some members of the Buffalo Bandettes, will visit the Buffalo Auto Show from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, for a free autograph session. Benesch and Smith are among the team’s leading scorers this year, while Goodwin is playing in his first NLL season.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk, So Game Plan for a ‘Super Sunday’

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk, So Game Plan for a ‘Super Sunday’

 

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event, and on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why The Resource Training Center of Amherst, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and local law enforcement officials are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, these organizations encourage you to designate a sober driver to get you home safely! 

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Routine traffic stop leads to meth lab bust


RIPLEY, NY - The Chautauqua County Sheriff's office says John Rowicki, 48, of Ripley, possessed and sold methamphetamine to an agent of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Force.

He was arrested during a traffic stop on Friday.

Deputies also say they located a methamphetamine lab inside his Ripley home. Charges against him include criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.


United Arts Appeal Launches 2015 Fund Drive

United Arts Appeal Launches 2015 Fund Drive

Jamestown, NY – For more than 25 years, the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA) has been providing funding for local arts organizations.  that present hundreds of concerts, performances, classes and exhibits enjoyed by thousands of people each year.

At their January meeting UAA board members sent their annual fund raising letter, primarily to businesses, asking for support for their member organizations and the smaller groups and independent artists that receive UAA Projects Pool grants.

“A healthy arts community has a significant impact on the local economy, so our focus is on soliciting businesses,” said President Lynn Warner. “We also deeply appreciate the support of the County, local foundations and individuals, as well.”

Sports Collectors Expo to Feature 17 Well-known Athletes

Sports Collectors Expo to Feature 17 Well-known Athletes

 

Seventeen stars from the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball are scheduled to appear from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Sports Collectors Expo. The event is set to take place at Batavia Downs Gaming, located at 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

NFL greats scheduled to appear include former Buffalo Bills Marv Levy, Billy Shaw, Vince Ferragamo and Ken Jones. Other NFL greats including Don Maynard, Larry Brown, George Rogers, Jack Youngblood, Tom Mack and Rocky Bleier are also on the schedule. Levy, Shaw, Maynard, Youngblood and Mack are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.