BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - On the heels of a scathing audit, the head of Buffalo's human resources department has been fired.
Karla Thomas came under scrutiny following an audit which claimed her department paid more than $2 million in health insurance premiums for more than 100 workers who were no longer living. Mayor Brown says taxpayer dollars went down the drain.
"Today I notified Commissioner Thomas that I was terminating her because my directive to take certain action to correct the division of compensation and benefits paying deceased persons and their families was not taken," said Mayor Brown.
Thomas was two years into her six-year employment contract with the city. The mayor says Thomas will act as commissioner until a required hearing later this month.
Police say they had the wrong man, and that Jerome Thagard, who spent four years in prison, didn't murder Steven Northrup in 2009. But the victim's family says otherwise.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
It was so treacherous in North Collins, the mayor had to issue a travel ban, and village snow plows were pulled off the roadways to keep drivers from trying to plow in zero visibility.
The Buffalo School Board unanimously approved plans to transform Burgard High School into a Manufacturing Magnet School on Wednesday,
Investigators are making progress in the case of a Chihuahua thrown in a ditch while zipped up in a Coors Light thermal bag.