Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on September 28, 2022
A Livingston County man is behind bars after being accused of murdering his two-month-old son. According to the District Attorney’s Office, 26-year-old Zachary McCaa of Caledonia took the child’s life back in June by throwing him and violently shaking him. McCaa was originally charged with assault but he is now charged with murder, child endangerment and manslaughter. He returns to court in November.
59-year-old Jerome Ware of New Rochelle, Westchester County has turned himself in after a Warsaw resident was allegedly defrauded out of more than $5,500. The victim received a telephone call April 7 from a person claiming to be a Verizon Wireless employee and was able to get the victim’s account information; and then placed an order for four smartphones; they were reportedly delivered to an address in Mount Vernon, New York. A joint investigation found that a FedEx driver was also involved, delivering to places other than their intended addresses. Ware was charged with first-degree identity theft and third-degree grand larceny. He was released on his own recognizance and is to appear Nov. 7 in Warsaw Town Court.
An Alden man has been sentenced for taking part in the violent protests that happened at the United States Capitol last year. Yesterday, a judge ordered 38-year-old Daniel Warmus to spend 45 days behind bars and the next two years on probation. Warmus has admitted to entering the Capitol building on January 6th, 2021 without permission. Thousands of people stormed the Capitol to try and prevent Congress from certifying President Biden’s 2020 victory over former President Donald Trump.
Both Governor Hochul and her Republican challenger Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin have each picked up an endorsement from a law enforcement group. The Police Benevolent Association of New York State has thrown its support behind the governor as she tries to win a full four-year term in office. And, Congressman Zeldin has the endorsement of the Police Conference of New York. Crime has been a big issue in the race for governor as both candidates have clashed on things like gun violence and bail reform laws.
Election Day is just a few weeks away, and the New York State Board of Elections says an electronic ballot system is going to help some residents vote. The system is designed to assist folks who are visually impaired. Voters will be able to do things such as increase font size, use a screen reader, and change the color contrast of a ballot before making their selections. Applications for these absentee ballots can be filled out online.
Another Buffalo Bills Block Party will be happening this weekend as the defending AFC East champions take on the Baltimore Ravens. Organizers say West Chippewa Street between Delaware Avenue and Franklin Street in Buffalo is going to be shut down to traffic during the gathering. The event will feature two large video screens, a live DJ during commercial breaks and a halftime show. General admission starts at $10 and tickets can be purchased at ticketweb.com.