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Mayor Brown's Son Arrested

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown issued a statement Monday afternoon regarding the arrest of his son over the weekend for petit larceny:

"My son Byron was arrested this past Saturday, charged with petit larceny and issued an appearance ticket.

My wife and I are greatly disappointed by this extremely poor judgement by our son.

Although this is a private family matter, I want to make it clear that my son Byron will cooperate fully with the authorities throughout the ensuing legal process."

According to the police report, the arrest took place at the A.J. Wright store on Delaware Avenue and involved allegedly taking  over $50 worth of merchandise.  The items taken, according to the police report, were Hanes t-shirt packages and a stereo boom box for an I-Pod.

The Mayor's son was accused of shoplifting after accepting the items from a clerk who failed to ring up the items.  The clerk was also charged.

St. Philip's Episcopal Holds 5th Annual Health Fair

BUFFALO, NY-The health of your mind, body and spirit will be the focus of the St. Philip's Episcopal Church 5th Annual Health Fair on Saturday, August 28th.

The event will be held from 8 AM- 2 PM. The day gets underway with a Health Walk at 8 AM at the Buffalo Community Health Center located at 462 Grider St.

After you work up an appetite, you can sit down to a healthy breakfast which will be served at 9 AM at the Church located at 15 Fernhill Avenue.

Back to school health information and screenings will also be offered.

Why Speeding is So Common On the 33

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- If you drive the Kensington Expressway to or from Downtown Buffalo, chances are you don't follow the posted speed limit, which is 50 miles per hour.

A 2-On-Your-Side investigation found that very few of the more than 100,000 drivers that travel the expressway portion of Route 33 each day, actually follow the law. We used a speed gun to track drivers' speeds and found, during one 5-minute test, the average speed was 61 miles per hour, and that included cars that were slowing down in the exit lane.

Why do drivers go so fast on the Kensington? Mostly, it's because police patrols are sometimes few and far between. During the nearly 4 hours that 2 On Your Side conducted the speed test along various positions of the 33, not a single Buffalo Police cruiser was spotted.

Free Health Screenings and Wellness Fair

BUFFALO, NY-The New York State Health Department, along with the Sisters Care Center at the Response to Love Center will sponsor a day of health on Friday, August 6th.

The event will take place at the Center, located at 130 Kosciuszko Street from Noon until 4PM.

Free health screenings will be available, as well as information about health insurance, games and snacks.


Overnight Fire, Weekend Death Probed for Possible Connection

BUFFALO, NY - Flames broke out at a home on Goodyear Avenue around 2:30 Tuesday morning. There were quite a few problems facing the responding crews. There was a live wire down in front of the home, a fire hydrant nearby was thought to be empty and two firefighters were hurt while fighting the fire. The firefighters were taken to ECMC with injuries.

As crews attacked the flames, 43 year old Antoinette Ingram was spotted in an upstairs window. Crews pulled her to safety and she was taken to ECMC. Ingram, who is five months pregnant, suffered smoke inhalation and is currently listed in serious condition.

According to the Department of Public Works, the hydrant in question was determined to be in working order.  Now the fire department is checking to see if the water issue may have been caused by some of their own equipment. 

Buffalo Pastor Uses Cancer to Inspire Others

BUFFALO, NY -- On the outside, you may not know the pain and suffering that Pastor Robert Baines is dealing with every single day. He is not shy about his health issues. He has two different forms of cancer and now he uses the pulpit to encourage others to get tested for prostate cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer.

"Persevere, don't quit," was his message at a recent Sunday service at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Buffalo. The 63-year old pastor has undergone chemotherapy and has no hair, but it's not his look, it's his message that has inspired so many in his congregation to go to the doctor.

Vandals Spray-Paint "Get Out" on Community Center

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.- Police are trying to determine who vandalized a community center near the Buffalo/Cheektowaga Sunday night.

Organizers of the Stop The Violence Foundation were shocked Monday morning when they found someone had spray-painted "Get Out" on the front of the center, which opened exactly a year ago.

They've since washed it off, but the message was sprayed across the front of the building in large, orange letters.

Perry Davis, founder of Stop the Violence, says the community center offers a place for at-risk kids to play, learn, and stay out of trouble.

He says the program sees about 35 kids a day walk through its doors.

"We're trying to take this type of thing off the streets, vandalism, we're trying to get rid of that type of thing," said Davis. "For it to hit home like this, you know we just thought it was pretty ridiculous."