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Lancaster Man Sentenced for Attempting to Receive Child Pornography

BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Joseph Marranca, Jr., 68, of Lancaster, New York, who was convicted of attempted receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to five year in prison and five years’ supervised release by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Tips to Keep your Purse or Wallet Safe While Shopping

Tips to Keep your Purse or Wallet Safe While Shopping

The Amherst Police Department released a list of tips to keep in mind all year long and especially during the holidays.

Keep Your Vehicle Locked to Avoid Being a Victim

Keep Your Vehicle Locked to Avoid Being a Victim

The West Seneca Police would like to remind people to keep their cars locked when parked unattended, especially overnight.

During the warm weather months, we see an increase in thefts from vehicles. For the most part, these are crimes of opportunity. As perpetrators walk around the streets at night time, they will check car doors to see if they are locked. If your car is unlocked, They will enter, and take any valuables left inside. Items commonly taken are cell phones, GPS units, I pads, money, wallets, etc.

The vast majority of past victims left their vehicles unlocked. It is rare that we find a vehicle that has been damaged to gain entry due to it being locked. These people do not want to make a lot of noise by breaking into a car. Therefore they move on when faced with a locked door.

Don't make yourself an easy target for thieves. Keep your cars locked when they are unattended,

Robbery from Lancaster Hotel

Robbery from Lancaster Hotel

A Statement from the Lancaster Police Department:

The Lancaster Police are investigating the robbery of a local hotel that occurred over the weekend. 

Police are looking for the male in the photos who is descibed as a white male in his 30's, approx 6 ft tall weighing 230lbs.  He is wearing a brown hoodie with the hood up and jeans.  The male did not display a weapon and took $160 from the register and fled on foot. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Lancaster Police Detective Bureau at 716-683-3120, ext 24.

Assemblymember Gabryszak Fights to Keep Community’s Children Safe

Assemblymember Gabryszak Fights to Keep Community’s Children Safe

         Making sure our community and children are safe has always been a priority of mine. We live in a time when our children, our most vulnerable community members, are exposed to more dangers than ever, which is why it is important that we continue the fight to protect them. That’s why I’m sponsoring of several pieces of legislation that help protect our children from predators and criminals – especially repeat offenders.

Assemblyman Gabryszak urges ban on synthetic marijuana sales

Assemblyman Gabryszak urges ban on synthetic marijuana sales

Recently, there has been an increase in cases of young adults becoming ill due to the use of synthetic marijuana. Assemblyman Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) is urging legislators to support legislation that would completely ban the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana (A.7324).

 

“We need to do everything in our power to keep these dangerous drugs out of our kids’ hands,” Assemblyman Gabryszak said. “I am sponsoring legislation that will restrict the sale of products containing synthetic marijuana.”

 

Lancaster Financial Advisor Sentenced For Fraud

Lancaster Financial Advisor Sentenced For Fraud

A Statement Released by United States Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., Western District of New York

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Richard Pascucci, 31, of Lancaster, N.Y., who was convicted of wire fraud, was sentenced to a 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Judge Arcara also ordered Pascucci to pay $261,000 in restitution to two victims.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Campana, who handled the case, stated that in 2009, while working as a self-employed financial advisor, Pasucci stole $206,000 from an elderly woman. The defendant then stole $55,000 from a second victim in 2010. Pascucci had given investment advice to both victims before stealing their money and using it for his own living expenses. Judge Arcara ordered Pascucci to make full to the estate of his first victim, who died last spring as well as the second victim.