New chief to target active-shooter drills for dispatcher training
Acting Lancaster Chief of Police William J. Karn Jr. hopes to bolster training for town dispatchers in the event of active-shooter situations.
The initiative is one of several planned by the new chief, who succeeded former chief Gerald J. Gill Jr. on March 1.
Karn, who was captain of the detective bureau, joined the force in 1996. He is a Lancaster native and 1995 graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School. He was selected over two candidates, Patrol Capt. Marco Laurienzo and Lt. Jeffrey Smith.
Karn’s contract is expected to be approved March 18 by the Town Board.
Parolee charged with felony drug possession, intent to sell
An anonymous tip in October about suspected drug activity around a Howard Street home led to the arrest of a Buffalo parolee Wednesday, authorities said.
At about 6 p.m., police officers stopped Sidney Mellerson, 29, near William and Newell streets after he left his residence, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. He is on parole for a felony gun possession conviction.
Narcotics investigators found “more than half an ounce of crack cocaine” in Mellerson’s pants pockets, sheriff’s officials said. A search inside his home turned up about “$24,000 in drug proceeds,” officials said.
Mellerson was charged with felony counts of criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell and criminal possession of a narcotic.
Buffalo has warmest day since October
The streak is over. Buffalo’s longest stretch of days in more than 40 years without a temperature over 60 degrees was stopped in its 153-day tracks Thursday.
The mercury climbed into the 60s by noon and reached 66 degrees by 2 p.m., the National Weather Service confirmed.
It was Buffalo’s warmest day since a 74-degree day Oct. 11. It’s also the city’s first reading over 60 degrees since a 62-degree day last Nov. 6.
The temperature was far off the daily record for March 14 – 78 degrees on March 14, 1990.
Protest at Absolut nursing home scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday
For the second month in a row, a protest is planned Saturday outside an East Aurora nursing home to demand better care of the facility’s residents and improved conditions for workers, according to the protest organizer.
“Outraged families will once again be standing together demanding administrators start giving their residents the respect and dignity they deserve and their employees better working conditions including safer staffing ratios,” said Jennifer Page, who has complained about treatment her father received at Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Aurora Park.
The protest is set for 3 p.m. in front of the nursing home at 292 Main St.
Absolut at Aurora Park is rated by the federal government as a two-star facility, or below average.