BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo's gay and lesbian community is getting some directanswers Friday night about the city's efforts to fight hate crimes.Those answers coming right from the top. And, they're coming on thesame day news broke about an arrest in the New Year's stabbing ofLindsay Harmon.
Suzanne Grover, 21, of Tonawanda is charged with second-degreeassault, and a grand jury will decide whether it does in factqualify as a more serious hate crime.
"And we also believe we have proof that shows the offense wasmotivated by bias," said Erie County District Attorney FrankSedita.
"There are a lot of crimes that don't get solved, against a lotof different people, it was solved" said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
But, many think the Buffalo Police Department could find morecrimes like this.
"If you don't have police that are sensitive and trained torecognize what this is or ask the appropriate questions, and orcollect the appropriate evidence, you're talking about a fairylandscenario. It will never happen," said Buffalo resident PaulMorgan.
Buffalo resident Ryan Smith said, "I get called a dyke almosteveryday of my life Why? Because those people aren't educated. Theydon't know. That is the real issue."
While the mayor did not commit to new sensitivity training foreach officer, he does promise regular meetings with Buffalo's gay,lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Brown said, "But initially, as we're getting started, certainlywe will meet every six weeks to work on some protocols and systemsto work more closely with the community."
A Town of Tonawanda restaurant owner has been arrested and charged with strangulation and assault.
State Police need your help finding the pickup truck driver who pinned a mother against her vehicle as she was loading her baby and young son into it and then fled the scene.
A house became engulfed in flames on Route 243, in Rushford, early Wednesday morning.
The Thruway Authority is asking drivers to avoid I-90 between the Hamburg and Dunkirk exits. Motorists are asked to avoid the area because of traffic and visibility.
Lakes will remain active on and off through the weekend.
One third of Canadians receive their mail straight to their door but that will soon be changing. Canada Post will phase out their door-to-door delivery over the next five years.