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Buffalo Man Arraigned on Sexual Abuse Charges

BUFFALO, NY - A Buffalo man was arraigned Monday on two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child and first-degree sexual abuse Monday morning.

26-year-old Cotrell Jenkins of 127 Richlawn Avenue in Buffalo allegedly had sexual intercourse with his 12-year-old victim, resulting in her pregnancy.

Jenkins faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

Overnight Winds Knock Out Power, Trees

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The same storm system that was spawning tornadoes across the mid-west and the south caused some minor damage here in Western New York overnight, knocking out power to hundreds in Niagara and Erie Counties.

By daybreak this morning, more than 6,000 NYSEG and National Grid customers were without power in Niagara County, suggesting the northtowns were hit the hardest. There were just over 1,000 power outages reported in Erie County around 10:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service said that gusts around the area peaked at around 65 m.p.h. this morning. The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport recorded a peak gust of 58 m.p.h. at 7 a.m.

The high wind warning remains in effect for Western New York until 10 p.m. Sustained winds are expected to slowly die down during the day.

Buffalo Teen Meets Lady Gaga & Oprah

BUFFALO, NY - A Buffalo high school senior got a chance to meet Lady Gaga and the launch of the Born This Way Foundation held at Harvard.

Vance Stinson, a da Vinci High School senior in Buffalo was selected to attend a workshop series and meet Lady Gaga at Harvard University earlier this week.

Stinson, 17, is president of the Gay/Straight Student Alliance at da Vinci.  The Foundation is about youth empowerment. "Be brave, be who you are, don't be afraid of what is going to happen to you, don't be afraid to just step out of the box and be yourself," said Stinson.

He was very touched and pushed forward to make a difference in his school, especially after the death of local teen Jamey Rodemeyer.

East Side Shooting Victim Dies

BUFFALO, NY - According to a statement from the Buffalo Police Department, Anthony L. Pitts (20) of Buffalo, who was the victim of an overnight shooting on Buffalo's east side, has died.

Homicide detectives are investigating the incident that happened outside Pandora's Sports Bar at Fillmore and Victoria avenues at 2:30 a.m. on Friday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255, Text a Tip to 847-2255 or email the department at www.bpdny.org.

Young Girl Struck After Shots Fired Into Home

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo police are looking for more information after an 11-year-old girl was shot just after 6:30 p.m. in the Clinton-Jefferson area of the city. 

Police say the suspects fired off multiple shots into a home on Mary B. Talbert Boulevard. One of the shots went through the home and struck the young victim in her hand.

The girl was taken to Women and Children's Hospital to be treated for the non-life threatening injury. She is expected to be okay.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255 or Text a Tip at (716) 847-2255. You can also e-mail the Buffalo Police Department by going to their website: www.bpdny.org.

Buffalo Zoo: Revised Hours

Buffalo Zoo: Revised Hours

Buffalo, NY – Please note the Buffalo Zoo will once again be open seven days a week beginning Thursday, March 1, 2012. Visitors can enjoy the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The grounds remain open for one hour after gates close. 

The Buffalo Zoo’s parking fee has also resumed. The fee is $3.50 for cars (with a portion of the proceeds going toward conservation projects) and $6.00 for buses.

For more information, please call (716) 837-3900.

First Public Hearing on School Board Superintendent Search

BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo community got a chance Thursday night to be a part of the search for the next superintendent of the Buffalo school district.

The first of a series of hearings was held Thursday to gauge public opinion on the hiring process.

School Board president Lou Petrucci told us he believes people are looking for a Western New York native to be chosen.

"They want a hometown person," Petrucci said.  "They are sick of a hired gun who is going to come in for two or three years and leave. They want someone whose very familiar with the system, and that's come up through the system. It's nice to see that Buffalo has a little bit of self-pride and wants a hometown person to be in the district."

Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon has expressed interest in the job. Petrucci says she is still very much in the running.