Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on January 16, 2023
A nun in Buffalo thwarted 2 thieves at the Response to Love Center. Sister Mary Johnice says Saturday morning around 7:30 was the time the incident occurred. She came outside after hearing a noise to find two men climbing a ladder to attempt to steal the center’s gutters and downspout, most likely hoping to make a quick buck selling them to a scrapyard. She kicked the ladder and caused it to fall down with the men on it, they ran away leaving the ladder behind. She says too bad for them they were trying to steal aluminum which would have given them next to nothing anyway. The center posted security video and pictures of the two men online and gave the information to the police.
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney along with all New York Republicans in congress introduced the Stop Enabling Repeat Violence and Endangering Our Communities Act on Monday. The SERVE Act will hold repeat offenders accountable and stop what they call the “revolving door that keeps criminals on our streets.” They plan this act to combat the cashless bail that has been law in New York and several other states. It would authorize 10 million dollars in anti-recidivism grant funding in states where the dangerousness of the criminal is considered in determining bail.
Crossroads House is holding their Red Carpet Gala on January 28th to fundraise for the hospice center. The Gala will be held at Batavia Downs. A dinner and auction will be provided to attendees. Auction items include spa packages, romantic getaways, a recliner, and diamond earrings, just to name a few, Director of Development Vicki Johnson said. Tickets for the gala dinner are available for $75 each and include dinner, entertainment, three types of auctions, a 5X7 photo for each couple or group, and $15 Free Play. Doors open at 5 p.m. A VIP sponsorship is $1,000 for a table of eight, and also includes an hour of open bar at 4 p.m., special seating and company advertising throughout the evening. The event ticket deadline is Friday. Anyone, attending or not, can purchase a star to line the red carpet walk with the name of a person who has been a bright light in their life. Stars are 25 dollars each and can be bought at Crossroads house or online at crossroadshouse.com.
Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union’s drive thru is closed after a water pipe burst in the ceiling of the back offices, flooding the area and causing damage to the drive thru section of the Credit Union. The leak happened during the winter storm over Christmas weekend. The drive thru was shut down. The Lobby is still available to customers. The ATM is back in service but the construction work will be ongoing until at least april.
The Buffalo Sabres couldn’t overcome the Florida Panthers in their Monday matinee game. The Panthers beat the Sabres on their home ice 4 to 1. Alex Tuch scored the lone goal for Buffalo. This is the 4th straight loss for the Sabres on their home ice. The Sabres will have a chance to bounce back Tuesday night as they travel to Chicago for an 8:30 p.m. matchup with the Blackhawks.
The Buffalo Bills will host the Cincinnati Bengals at Highmark Stadium Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs and the ticket prices are rather high. As of Monday afternoon on the VIPTIX website, a single ticket in the upper deck of Highmark Stadium would cost you around $245 dollars. Prices were about the same on Stubhub and Ticketmaster. The best time to buy tickets is historically in the middle of the week.