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Jacobs Says Permit Holders Can Still “Opt-Out”

Jacobs Says Permit Holders Can Still “Opt-Out”

Clerk to host community outreach effort

Erie County, NY – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs wants to prompt pistol permit holders who have not yet completed their Public Records Exemptions forms, also known as the “Opt-Out” form, that his office is still accepting them. Individual permit holders have another opportunity to complete and submit the form during a Community Outreach on Tuesday, July 9th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Northtown Auto Bureau, located in the Northtown Plaza, 3095 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY.

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London Prepares for Popular Home County Music & Art Festival

London Prepares for Popular Home County Music & Art Festival

One of the highlights of summer in nearby London, Ontario — the annual Home County Music & Art Festival — will celebrate its 40th anniversary from July 19-21 in downtown London’s beautiful Victoria Park. 

Hamburg Police Tracking Down Leads in Toys R Us Murder

HAMBURG, NY-- The Town of Hamburg police are still tracking down leads as they search for the suspect who stabbed an assistant manager at the Toys R Us on McKinley Parkway to death.

Detectives say they appreciate all of the information that has come into the department, but have not released any new information as they look for the person seen in this store surveillance photo.

Meanwhile, the wake for the victim, Laurence Wells, is happening in Forestville Wednesday night, His funeral will be held Thursday.

Larry Wells and his wife were high school sweethearts at Pine Valley. The couple have a four year old daughter and a child on the way.

Research May Raise Questions About Lake Water Tests

Buffalo, NY - A new research study from UB may in part be raising questions about water quality testing on Western New York beaches.  But Erie County officials feel their current form of testing is sufficient.

We followed up on a report on this testing issue from our partners at Investigative Post. Dr. Gerald Koudelka headed up this project looking at a particular form of e-coli bacteria called shiga toxin which is harmful to humans. It comes in part from the runoff into the lakes.

The researchers found it is more resistant and can survive longer than other strains of e-coli. So it may be present even after the overall level of bacteria tested from the lake samples went down to a safe level. As such a beach could be opened under this general form of testing without really knowing if this specific strain is still high.

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Hamburg School Board Fires Law Firm

Tuesday night, the Hamburg School Board made several big decisions about the district's future including voting to remove the district from a civil lawsuit. That move will potentially save taxpayers thousands in legal fees.

In the special meeting Tuesday night, which saw a lot of arguing between board members, the Hamburg Central School Board made several decisions about how to move forward once Superintendent Steve Achramovitch leaves next month.

One of those decisions includes the district removing itself from a civil lawsuit, a move which Board Member Sally Stephenson supports, saying it will save taxpayers money.

"There have been teachers that have been targeted. Gone after. That's over with. We want to move in a positive direction to be friendlier for the children. More programs for the children. Bringing back programs for the children and not wasting our money on legal fees," says Stephenson.

Reward Now Offered as Police Still Search for Suspect Who Killed Toys R Us Manager

HAMBURG, NY - Hamburg Police have released a new photo Monday afternoon, in addition to two photos released earlier, and all taken from security cameras inside the Hamburg Toys R Us store where assistant store manager Laurence Wells, 35, of Blasdell, was killed Saturday morning.

Police said these photos show the suspect, who appears to be a man about 5' 10" tall, entering the store at about 4:20 a.m., carrying what appears to be some kind of sharp object. The person is then seen entering the store's office at 4:30 a.m., when the screen goes blank. Police believe the suspect unplugged the camera at that point.

Buffalo Native Lands Chopper Safely On River

BUFFALO, NY - It's being called a "mini-miracle" on the Hudson, and Buffalo native Michael Campbell is being hailed a hero.

The 22-year old Campbell, who grew up on the city's west side, and is now a helicopter pilot in New York City, safely landed his chopper in the Hudson River Sunday afternoon.

Campbell was flying a group of Swedish tourists on an sightseeing trip around New York City when his Bell 206 helicopter lost power.

Brett Skeels operates Western New York Helicopters were Mike Campbell learned to fly.

Skeels said Campbell was an excellent student and he praised the young pilot for keeping his cool.

2 On Your Side Photojournalist Dooley O'Rourke spoke with Brett Skeels.

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