Uber driver holding phones for ransom, women tell police
Two women told Buffalo police Wednesday that their Uber driver was holding for ransom cellphones they left behind in his vehicle.
The victims told police they received a ride through the ride hailing service from a bar on Franklin Street to a home on Lexington Avenue, according to a police report.
The driver told one of the women over text message that he won’t return their phones unless they pay $500. That woman told police she took screen shots of the text messages, according to the report.
Computer testing went well Thursday morning for thousands of fifth- and eighthgraders who took the state ELA tests.
Nearly 73,000 students took the tests on computer Thursday, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said.
Students on Tuesday had problems logging into the system and submitting their tests, and some were kicked off the system, so the state postponed the tests Wednesday while the problems were diagnosed and fixed. About 7 percent of students were not able to finish their sessions Tuesday.
Schools that participated in computerbased testing will not be penalized, and no student will have to retake a session, the commissioner said.
“We will ensure no school is unfairly penalized for participating in computer-based testing,” Elia said in a statement.
She said results from computer-based and paper-based tests will be compared and analyzed thoroughly.
“We will make the appropriate adjustments to student scores as we did last year,” she said.
The testing vendor, Questar Assessments, ran out of memory on its servers when students around the state logged on Tuesday morning.
The state allowed computer testing in just grades five and eight Thursday, and they can finish today.
Elia said all schools can resume computer tests for the other grades – third, fourth, sixth and seventh – Monday. Schools had the option of switching to paper-based tests after the problems.
Man pleads guilty to heroin, firearms possession charges
A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to heroin and weapons possession charges Wednesday in federal court, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said Jose O. Felix, 38, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
Felix faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison when sentenced July 31.