New chief to tar­get ac­tive-shooter drills for dis­patcher train­ing

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - – Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich – Maki Becker – News staff re­ports – Lou Michel

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.

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