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Buffalo Police Officer Laid To Rest

BUFFALO, NY - There are approximately 1,000 seats in the sanctuary at True Bethel Baptist Church on East Ferry Street.

The number of seats was barely enough to accommodate all of those who wished to come and pay their respects to Buffalo Police Officer Anthony Douglas, at his funeral Friday morning.

Officer Douglas, 57, died on Christmas Day, some nine days after he was critically injured in a single car crash at Main Street and Depew Avenue. Douglas was off-duty at the time of the early morning accident.

More than two dozen police officers from several law enforcement agencies were lead into the church by Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, who also offered brief remarks before the mourners.

Crime Down in Buffalo for 2011

BUFFALO, NY--  The Buffalo Police commissioner says the crime rate for the City of Buffalo down for 2011.

And when it comes to the number of homicides, it's actually down significantly.

Commissioner Daniel Derenda talked to 2 On Your Side Friday and said last year the department had 55 homicides. This year, that number is much lower at 36.

He credits action that's been taken against gangs , like the 10th Street Gang, across the city for helping lower the homicide rate in Buffalo.

The commissioner tells says  violent crime, like assaults, is also down nine percent from last year to this year.


Original Works by Buffalo’s Finest Writers Featured in New Book

Original Works by Buffalo’s Finest Writers Featured in New Book

Dog Ears Bookstore and The Enlightenment Literary Arts Center has published “Mostly Malice and Mistletoe,” its newest collection of original fictional works by some of Buffalo’s best writers. The collection of 10 stories was compiled and edited by John Schreir, a retired Buffalo Public Schools English teacher and moderator of Dog Ears’ Flash Fiction Writing Program. 

Among local authors included in the book are Shannon Burke, Elisa Goupil, Barbara Lawrence, Stephanie Patterson, Lissa Redmond, Lynn Socha, Lisa Will and John Schreir. An original illustration by Jessi Graden is featured on the book’s cover. Rocklyn Printing, another South Buffalo institution, printed the collection. Available for just $6 per copy, all proceeds will support reading and writing programs offered at the Literary Arts Center.

Buffalo School Super: District In No Danger To Lose $9 Million In Grants

BUFFALO, NY - The Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools tells 2 On Your Side the district is not in danger of losing $9 million in grant money, because it will meet a new year's deadline to submit a somewhat contested part of its plan to improve city schools.

In fact, Amber Dixon says she really didn't think there was much to worry about, despite foreboding words from NYS Education Commissioner John King on Tuesday.

"I'm happy to report today that we have signed memorandums of understanding both with the Buffalo Teachers Federation and with the Buffalo Council of School Administrators," Dixon told WGRZ-TV Wednesday afternoon.

Standoff on Buffalo's East Side

BUFFALO, NY-- The Buffalo Police SWAT team was called in after a standoff occurred on Buffalo's east side.

Police officers were called to a home on Erb Street before 7pm for shots fired Wednesday evening.

When police arrived,  Jermaine Joyner, 40 years old, barricaded himself inside the home.

Police officials say Joyner surrendered without incident. He has been charged with obstruction and criminal contempt.

No one was injured and police say it does not appear Joyner was armed.

Arrest Made in Fatal Briscoe Ave. Shooting

BUFFALO, NY - An arrest was made in connection to a fatal shooting that took place Wednesday night.

The incident took place around 7:30 p.m. at 69 Briscoe Avenue.

Police say Wayne Vance, 29-years-old, fatally shot Frederick Gelsey Jr.. Homicide detectives are investigating.

Vance has been arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.  


Grisanti Spurs NFTA Funding Petition

 State Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60th District) says he knows many people in his district in the Tonawandas need NFTA bus routes to get to work or other errands. He is also aware that the transit agency faces rising costs and less state aid which have lead to a proposed budget which cuts routes and staffers including transit police.

 That is why Grisanti launched a petition drive seeking 1,000 signatures to ask the Governor and legislature leaders to restore and provide $10 Million dollars for the NFTA. Grisanti points out that the state compensated the MTA or Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City with $250 Million dollars when the payroll tax was eliminated. He says there were also past bailouts for the MTA.