Old Fort Niagara to mark 100th anniversary of end of WWI
Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown will offer special activities Sunday, including free admission for veterans and their families, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
At 11 a.m., the exact time at which the war ended, historic interpreters in period clothes representing the United States, Great Britain and France will conduct a flag-raising ceremony, fire a salute and talk with visitors.
At 1 and 3 p.m., Ed Jackson, an Old Fort Niagara volunteer and commander of Lake Ontario Post 313, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will speak in the Officers’ Club on the homecoming of the 28th Infantry Regiment after World War I.
The fort’s museum features an exhibit on Fort Niagara’s role in training men for combat during World War I.
Buffalo marijuana operation shut down, AK-47 recovered
A marijuana growing operation in Buffalo was shut down Wednesday, during which 30 marijuana plants as well as a loaded AK-47 were recovered, the Erie County Sheriff’s Department announced Friday.
The Sheriff’s Office intelligence unit had gathered information about the illegal growing operation. After a monthlong investigation, narcotics units from the Sheriff’s Office and Buffalo Police Department conducted a raid at a residence on Olga Place, located off Fillmore Avenue. Angel Montes, 36, was arrested.
Montes was charged with felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a weapon (ammunition feeding device), criminal possession of marijuana (more than 16 ounces) and criminal possession of a firearm.
Regents looking to extend moratorium on test scores
The State Board of Regents wants to extend the moratorium on using student test results as part of the teacher evaluations.
Chancellor Betty A. Rosa has directed the state Education Department to present the board with a proposal that would extend the moratorium on this hot-button issue by one year through the 2019-20 school year.
A deal was struck in 2012 to link student performance on state assessments to teacher job evaluations, but it sparked an uproar that led the state to initiate the moratorium, which runs through the 2018-19 school year.
Now, state lawmakers are under pressure from teachers unions to decouple student test performance from their evaluations. When the legislative session ended in June there was still no resolution. It’s expected to be a priority during the new legislative session.
Man charged with stealing from South Buffalo medical office
A Lackawanna man has been charged with stealing more than $6,000 in items, including medical supplies, from a medical office on Abbott Road in South Buffalo earlier this week.
Moises Rodriguez, 30, was arrested Wednesday at the office at 515 Abbott where the alleged theft occurred. He faces two felony charges and a misdemeanor count, according to a Buffalo police report.
Rodriguez, who was charged with thirddegree burglary, third-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief, is accused of taking the items on Monday from the office, located in a building a block from Mercy Hospital.