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Ten Arrested in Early Morning Drug Raids

BUFFALO, NY - Members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the FBI and local police agencies, raided a number of locations as part of an early morning drug sweep Tuesday.

A clothing store and barber shop on Genesee Street and a home on Monroe Street were among the places targeted.

Anthony Avery, 44, Linda Johnson, 42, and Tyree Bishop, 31 are charged with conspiring to distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine. The three are accused of bringing the drug into Buffalo from Columbus, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.

Avery is accused of distributing much of the cocaine to members of the "Camp Street Boys", who the U.S. Attorney's Office says is a violent drug trafficking organization operating on the city's east side.

An alleged member of that gang, Dion Garrett, 32, is charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Six others are charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.

Slaughter Helps Local Farmers With Labor Concerns In Advance of Harvest Season

Slaughter Helps Local Farmers With Labor Concerns In Advance of Harvest Season

WASHINGTON– Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) today said that the process to allow guest workers to help on local farms must be streamlined and made easier for the sake of New York’s farmers and the Upstate economy.

Today she sent a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis following up on months of work to assist Western New York seasonal farmers obtain the labor they need in advance of this year’s harvest season.

In March, Slaughter met with local farmers and the Department of Labor in her Washington office to begin a dialogue that will ease the process for local farmers.

Buffalo Police Investigate Fatal Accident

BUFFALO, NY--  Buffalo Police are investigating a fatal accident that happened late Thursday evening.

Officers responded to a call of a pedestrian accident just before 11pm at the intersection of Northland Avenue and Cambridge.

Investigators are looking into whether the victim was lying in the street after falling off a bicycle before he was struck by a vehicle.

The 59 year old male died a short time later. Police are not releasing his name. Charges are pending against the driver of the vehicle.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Events for June 18

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Events for June 18

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 30 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. Providing the entertainment at the open-air venue this week will be violinist Griffin Saiia from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Chef Avi Altman of Obviously Avi Catering will also be stopping by the market for the season’s first cooking demonstration.

The market also welcomes several community groups this week, including the Lexington Cooperative Market, KidBiz and the Buffalo Animal Shelter. Schulze Vineyards & Winery and Liberty Vineyards & Winery will offer wine-tasting.

Buffalo City Mission Receives Supportive Housing Grant

Buffalo City Mission Receives Supportive Housing Grant

From a Statement Released By The Buffalo City Mission:

WHAT:  Buffalo City Mission’s Women and Children’s Shelter – Cornerstone Manor receives a $1Million Plus Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to help support women who are ready for the next step towards maintaining permanent housing on their own but still need on-site assistance.

 “This population is in need of assistance to gain self-sufficiency to reintegrate back into the community successfully,” said Executive Director Stuart Harper. “This program design will help fill the gaps women face when transitioning into permanent housing by offering a continuous support system while further decreasing the likelihood of recidivism for women and their children in the WNY area.”

Buffalo Public Schools "Closed Door" Meeting

BUFFALO, N.Y. - District leaders, union representatives, school board members, and parent leaders met Friday to discuss problems facing Buffalo Public Schools.

Low test scores, poor attendance, and failing schools are among the issues discussed during the closed-door session at the M&T Center downtown.

19 city stakeholders, including the mayor, schools superintendent and teachers union president got together to discuss the issues they face and things that can be done to help fix the problems.

Currently, the graduation rate for the Buffalo City School District is right around 50-percent.

This meeting was suggested by state education commissioner John B. King, Jr.  He was not in attendance, but state representatives are at the meeting.

Those in attendance say this is the start of a dialogue between stakeholders in the district and a chance to begin to develop a plan to fix the school system.

Firefighters Battle 3 House Fires on City's East Side

Buffalo, NY - Buffalo firefighters had their hands full Thursday night as they battled several house fires on the city's east side. Investigators are calling the fires suspicious; all three broke out within a half hour and were in close proximity to another.

The first fire broke out around 10 o' clock at a vacant house on Playter Avenue. Firefighters had a tough time battling the blaze because of water issues. Crews were able to boost water pressure to douse the flames, but not before it spread to the home next door.

An hour later, there was a fire at another vacant home on Peckham and Clark Streets.

And shortly after that, firefighters moved on to a third fire on South Division Street. The house was occupied, however no one was home at the time.

It was a busy night for firefighters who found themselves stretched thin.