For­mer coun­cil chair­man seeks County Leg­is­la­ture seat

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - – Thomas J. Pro­haska – Stephen T. Wat­son – Harold Mc­Neil – Barbara O’Brien

For­mer Ni­a­gara Falls City Coun­cil Chair­man John G. Ac­cardo, who has run un­suc­cess­fully for mayor and for the State Assem­bly, is seek­ing a seat in the Ni­a­gara County Leg­is­la­ture.

Ac­cardo is the Repub­li­can can­di­date in the 5th Dis­trict, which in­cludes eastern and north­ern Ni­a­gara Falls and the Town of Ni­a­gara. The in­cum­bent, Demo­crat Ja­son A. Zona, is not run­ning; the Democrats have en­dorsed for­mer City Coun­cil mem­ber Chris Robins.

“We can­not al­low the same fi­nan­cial dis­trust that has plagued Ni­a­gara Falls city gov­ern­ment to spread to the county,” said Ac­cardo, an in­sur­ance bro­ker for 31 years, who said he’s run­ning as a fis­cal con­ser­va­tive.

Col­lec­tion agency adding 150 work­ers, mov­ing from Elma

An Ohio-based col­lec­tions agency that em­ploys 56 peo­ple in Elma is plan­ning to move to larger of­fices in Amherst to ac­com­mo­date 150 new work­ers it is hir­ing.

Re­liant Cap­i­tal So­lu­tions is mov­ing into 23,000 square feet of of­fice space in Na­tional Fuel Gas Co.’s cor­po­rate head­quar­ters at 6363 Main St., at Spin­drift Drive. It will take the space oc­cu­pied by Tops Mar­kets be­fore the gro­cer moved to a new fa­cil­ity in 2017.

Re­liant, head­quar­tered in Colum­bus, opened its of­fice at 2711 Tran­sit Road in 2015. The com­pany han­dles ac­counts in gov­ern­ment, higher ed­u­ca­tion, au­to­mo­tive, health care, re­tail and other in­dus­tries.

The com­pany ex­pects to com­plete the move in May and to fin­ish hir­ing the new work­ers by the end of 2019. Re­liant, which was founded in 2007, cur­rently has more than 300 to­tal em­ploy­ees com­pa­ny­wide.

Falls man pleads guilty to co­caine, weapons charges

A Ni­a­gara Falls man pleaded guilty this week in fed­eral court to pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute co­caine and pos­ses­sion of a firearm in fur­ther­ance of drug trafficking ac­tiv­ity, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Mil­ton Wil­liams Jr., 35, faces a manda­tory min­i­mum penalty of five years in prison and a max­i­mum of life in prison when he is sen­tenced July 24 be­fore U.S. Dis­trict Judge El­iz­a­beth A. Wol­ford.

Ac­cord­ing to As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Laura A. Hig­gins, on Dec. 12, 2017, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers raided Wil­liams’ Pierce Av­enue res­i­dence, where they re­cov­ered three loaded firearms and ad­di­tional as­sorted rounds of am­mu­ni­tion. Also seized were mar­i­juana and a large quan­tity of co­caine, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Amherst man gets 25 years to life for slay­ing in Buf­falo home

Erie County Court Judge Ken­neth Case sen­tenced an Amherst man to 25 years to life in prison for killing his room­mate’s boyfriend.

A jury de­lib­er­ated about one hour be­fore find­ing Dy­disci Martin guilty of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der for fa­tally shoot­ing 48-year-old Leon “Bruno” Nelson Jr. and hid­ing his body in the base­ment of the home on May Street in Buf­falo on July 28, 2017.

“This was a sense­less crime and I hope the fam­ily of Mr. Nelson feels that jus­tice was served to­day,” Erie County Dis­trict At­tor­ney John Flynn said in a news re­lease.

Martin had moved into the apart­ment in Jan­uary 2017, sub­let­ting a room from a woman who was Nelson’s girl­friend. Nelson’s body was found July 31 in the base­ment of the May Street prop­erty. He had been shot in the head.

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