NIAGARA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Town of Niagara Supervisor Steven Richards will be arraigned in State Supreme Court Friday on several criminal charges.
A grand jury has been looking into possible corruption charges against the long-time town supervisor. The investigation has been underway for about a year and a half.
The charges against Richards, which include allegations he used town resources, including workers and equipment, for his own enrichment, will be unsealed on Friday. It could involve Richards using town resources at a former family-owned auto shop, which Richards sold last month.
FBI agents have been to Clerk Sylvia Virtuoso's office to gather town records on a number of occasions.
"I will let the courts and justice system decide what needs to be done. In the meantime, we are going to have the Town of Niagara run as usual business. Make sure that our residents are taken care of, and everything else goes on," she said.
Retired firefighter Ray Wilson, who is still a fire chaplain, credits Richards for his accomplishments but is bothered by the adverse publicity.
"He's done a lot for this town. The tax base is all because of him, the Outlet Mall is expanding. I don't know what more the town could want from a man, except honesty," Wilson said.
Richards has been elected supervisor five times, more than any supervisor in the town's history, and feels he can weather the looming storm, whatever it might be.
"Well, I have been here for almost 20 years. I've never had anybody run against me. I am the longest-serving supervisor in the history of the town, and I think that speaks volumes," Richards said.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan of South Buffalo and charged him with pushing Russ Ross to his death.
Police say there were 32 burglaries, 20 in Albion, five in Medina, four in Oakfield and three in the City of Lockport.
A seven-year-old Buffalo girl got dropped off more than three miles away from the bus stop where her mother was waiting for her on Wednesday.
Police, FBI agents and a bomb squad all showed up on a quiet residential street in North Buffalo overnight.
The Niagara County Sheriff's is on the scene of a suspected meth lab in Cambria.
Authorities say they're investigating the deaths of two inmates at New York's maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility.