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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — One of western New York’s most powerful Democratic strategists has pleaded not guilty to a nine-count indictment against him.
The highest charges against Steve Pigeon are two counts of second-degree bribery, which could carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. He is also accused of grand larceny and six counts of rewarding official misconduct.
Pigeon and two other people had their homes raided over alleged violations related to campaign finances.
On Wednesday, Former State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek pleaded guilty to felony counts of offering a false instrument and bribe receiving.
Prosecutors say Michalek sought the help of Pigeon to secure jobs for two of his relatives. Michalek admitted to this in court Wednesday.
Michalek also admitted to naming a Pigeon-recommended attorney to a case even though the attorney was not on a specific list and had no expertise.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the relationship between Michalek and Pigeon a “”multi-year, illicit, corrupt scheme.”
Pigeon served as Erie County Democratic Chairman from 1996 to 2002 and also worked as an aide to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown while Brown was a state senator.
Pigeon relinquished his passport in court Thursday. His bail was set at $10,000.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – In a suspected gang related shooting, Buffalo police commissioner Dan Derenda said an 11-year-old boy was shot in the head, and a 20-year-old man was also shot, on Humason Avenue on the city’s east side. Both victims are at ECMC. Witnesses are being interviewed. Mayor Brown said he met with the 11-year-old boy’s family.
“We cannot tolerate this kind of behavior in our city. It’s just nonsense. There is no excuse, it’s just unbelievable that an 11-year-old has to be shot. Does not make sense whatsoever,” Commissioner Derenda said.
The shooter hasn’t been caught yet. The 11-year-old has been identified by his family as Juan Rodriquez and the 20-year-old was identified by sources as Datavion Magee.
News 4’s Rachele Mongiovi spoke with Juan’s brother at the hospital. He told us, “It’s just heartbreaking. We’re all angry, because he didn’t do anything wrong. He is 11 years old, he is a really good kid and we just ask that anyone who has information to come forward because it’s not right, if this was their child or their relative they would want somebody to come forward,” said the 11 year old’s brother who wanted his identity protected.
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News 4 sent a crew to the scene. Police tape was blocking off the street, which is not far from Schiller Park and Cheektowaga Town Park.
As of Thursday morning, both victims were in critical condition, according to police
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A Small Craft Advisory will be in effect for Lake Erie from 2:00PM to 11:00PM Friday, and on Lake Ontario from 11:00PM Friday to 8:00PM Saturday for higher winds and waves.
High pressure exiting will keep our skies mainly clear tonight. Ahead of our next cold front, a southerly airflow will keep temperatures comfortable overnight, with increasing clouds Friday morning. This front will trigger some scattered showers and perhaps a few non-severe thunderstorms mainly later in the afternoon Friday. Rainfall amounts will be generally unimpressive, and this may be our last best chance of some badly-needed rainfall, as dry conditions are expected to persist through much of the upcoming week for most of the area.
The holiday weekend will be great for outdoor plans. Friday’s front will usher in another cooler shot of air for the beginning of the holiday weekend with temperatures only in the lower-70s on a sunny Saturday. Temperatures rebound nicely over the weekend with generous sunshine on tap, reaching the 80s by Independence Day Monday and lasting into early next week.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mainly clear skies, calm and comfortable. Some southern valley fog possible, Low: 60…50 deep valleys, Wind: Light S.
FRIDAY: Increasing clouds, slight breeze, Scattered Showers/Thunderstorms develop getting into the afternoon, High: 70-75, Wind: S/SW 10-20, Low: 52-58.
SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny, breezy, comfortable, Wind: W 10-20, High: 73-77, Low: 57.
SUNDAY: Plenty of Sunshine, Warmer, High: 79, Low: 58.
MONDAY (INDEPENDENCE DAY) : Sunshine, Warmer, High: 83, Low: 62.
TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 84, Low: 64.
WEDNESDAY: Sunshine, warm and humid, High: 85, Low: 68.
THURSDAY: Partly Sunny, High: 86.
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down Thursday after an “active shooter” report that turned out to be a false alarm.
The report stemmed from someone who made a distress call after seeing security forces doing a routine inspection. The confusion was heightened by a planned active shooter drill at Joint Base Andrews that had not yet begun. Officials said in a Facebook post Thursday that there was no shooter and no threat to the base or workers there.
The base had been placed on lockdown about 9 a.m. after an active shooter was reported. The base is home to the presidential air fleet, including the planes that carry the call sign Air Force One when he is aboard. It is about 20 miles from Washington.
About an hour and a half later, the military post tweeted that the lock down had been lifted, except for the medical building where the active shooter was reported.
A law enforcement official said no active shooter was found at the post. The law enforcement official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
“Fortunately, this was not a life-threatening situation,” Col. Brad Hoagland, 11th Wing and base commander, said in the Facebook posting. “We take all threats seriously and reacted to ensure the security of those on thebase.”
Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to leave from Andrews on Thursday morning, but his trip was delayed by the lockdown.
The vice president’s office said he was waiting out the delay at his residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington.
Biden was due in Columbus, Ohio, for a midday campaign event for former Gov. Ted Strickland, who is running for Senate.
The president, vice president and other senior government officials fly in and out of Joint Base Andrews.
President Barack Obama was last at the base Wednesday night when he returned from a trip to Ottawa, Canada
Emergency vehicles in the area of the base had on lights Thursday, but no sirens. At least three people in camouflage and helmets could be seen walking working dogs around the three-story building. About 10:15 a.m., a few people could be seen walking out of the building, including a person being moved in a wheelchair.
Rodney Smith, the patient advocate at the Andrews medical facility, said an active-shooter exercise was scheduled for Thursday morning, and then he was told it was a “real-world” situation.
“First it was an active-shooter exercise. Then it came back ‘real world,'” Smith said by phone Thursday morning.
Smith said the situation was unfolding at the newer of two buildings at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. He was in the older building.
Tucker reported from Washington. Associated Press Writers Sarah Brumfield and Ben Nuckols in Washington contributed to this report.