BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A new wing of the Erie County Holding Center is open for incarcerated veterans.
Sheriff Tim Howard and Buffalo Veterans Court Judge Robert Russell unveiled the veterans holding area Thursday morning. On any given day, nearly two-dozen vets are held there and the center is intended to serve needs that veterans have that many other inmates don't, including post traumatic stress disorder.
Judge Russell said, "If we were to have a special unit where you have the men that served this country housed together, then maybe we could be able to facilitate that services being brought in to best help them get stable and turn back to productive citizens."
This is the first program of its kind in western New York. A similar program is run in jails in Georgia, Florida, Virginia and California.
A Town of Tonawanda restaurant owner has been arrested and charged with strangulation and assault.
The suspension of a 6-year-old boy for kissing a girl at school is raising questions about whether the peck should be considered sexual harassment.
A house became engulfed in flames on Route 243, in Rushford, early Wednesday morning.
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says two people lied in a formal written statement that was filed with the Department of Social Services.
Lakes will remain active on and off through the weekend.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital is closing its 3 West Patient Care Unit in January, affecting about 30 associates at the hospital.