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Congressman Higgins Says Buffalo VA Mistakes Avoidable

Congressman Brian Higgins says warning signs should have prevented mistakes at the Buffalo VA Hospital involving the reuse of insulin pens. 

Higgins is outlining several warnings about the practice going back as far as 2008, when the Centers for Disease Control warned hospitals of unsafe injection practices. Despite this warning and several others over the last few years, the Buffalo VA Hospital continued to reuse insulin pens, leaving more than 700 patients possibly exposed to HIV and hepatitis infections.

Attorney General Believes Compromise Can Be Made on Gun Control

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman believes there can be compromise between the two sides of the gun control argument in New York State.

Schneiderman says most gun owners are willing to ensure safety despite the NRA's tough stance on New York's new gun control law and federal gun control proposals.

The Attorney General points to his recent agreement with the operators of several gun shows, where new guidelines were put in place to make sure background checks take place before purchases at shows and illegal sales are halted.

Super Bowl STOP DWI Begins

The first STOP DWI Crackdown of 2013 begins today in anticipation of Super Bowl Sunday.

Genesee County STOP DWI Coordinator Frank Ciaccia says that this weekend is statistically the second or third most dangerous day of the year to be on the roads.

“It’s a long game," Ciaccia said. "People star early and they watch until the end and there’s a lot of drinking and it makes for a dangerous situation.”

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Police, and the LeRoy Police Department will coordinate to blanket the area with extra patrols.
Ciaccia says law enforcement will be looking for both alcohol and drug impairment.

“We have special drug enforcement officers that will be part of the crackdown. They will be on scene and be able to test to see if someone’s on drugs and of they are we’ll be making an arrest.”

The Super Bowl STOP DWI Crackdown continues through Feb. 4.

Two People Arrested in Albion Assault

The Albion Police Department was dispatched to an apartment complex in the early hours of Friday morning.

Upon arrival, the Albion Police found a 59-year-old male on the ground with severe head trauma as a result of an assault.

The victim, whose name is being withheld until family notification is made, was transported to Medina Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Erie County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The victim is currently listed in serious condition.

After further investigation, it was determined that 22-year-old Domingo Candelaria of Albion went to the residence to confront and physically assault a person known to him. The intended target was not home at the time and a confrontation ensued between he and the homeowner outside of the residence.

Following the assault, Candelaria fled the scene and was later found and taken into custody on a Felony Assault charge. Candelaria was arraigned in the Town of Albion Court and placed in Orleans County Jail on $100,000 bail. 

18-year-old Albion resident Maria Lape was also taken into custody and charged with a misdemeanor crime of Criminal Facilitation. She was arraigned in the Town of Albion Court and placed in Orleans County Jail on $1,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.


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