BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Local leaders are taking on violence head on. They are holding a summit on violent crime and homicide in Buffalo. That may seem high, but according to Mayor Byron Brown, that number is actually an improvement.
Tuesday the mayor and police commissioner Dan Derenda announced that a joint strike force of Buffalo police officers, New York State Police and Erie County deputies have made 1,300 arrests since April. During that 100-day stretch, they say the crime rate has dropped.
State numbers that were released Wednesday morning showing increases in violent crimes. According to the Associated Press, violent crimes have increased from last year but the murder rate statewide is lower. Mayor Brown says that is also the same in the Queen City.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, "When you compare last year to this year from January to June, shootings are down by 40 percent in the city of Buffalo."
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said, "Again one homicide is too many. We work to reduce homicides, we work to reduce violent crime, we work to reduce all crime in general."
Is enough being done to stop the violence? It was a little more than a week ago that a 14 year old was arrested for shooting a 16 year old to death.
Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Merriweather Library, county legislators Betty Jean Grant and Tim Hogues are hosting a violent crime and homicide summit to specifically address youth crimes.
A tractor trailer veered off the road and went through a fence, while crashing into the Forest Hill Cemetery, in Fredonia, Friday morning.
Officials in Wyoming have captured a wanted man and his girlfriend, who were allegedly heading to Buffalo.
After a slow and slippery commute Thursday night, many western New Yorkers are waking up early, hoping they can get to work on time Friday morning.
NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has obtained a court order to prevent a Buffalo woman from ever selling puppies again.
Around 5 p.m. on Thursday near the corner of Model City Road and Rt. 104, police say 84-year-old Jose Martinez was hit by a car driven by 82-year-old Maura Nolan. Both are residents of Lewiston.
Continued cold temperatures with some of the better chances for accumulation early in the day, mainly south of Buffalo.