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LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Anthony DiFilippo left Niagara County Court in handcuffs after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run accident that killed 16-year-old Ryan Fischer nearly two years ago. He was sentenced to 6 months in Niagara County Jail and 5 years of probation.
“He used terrible judgement when he left the scene and afterwards reacted poorly but other than that the wasn’t drunk he wasn’t on drugs this isn’t a DWI hit and run it’s a fair sentence,” said Thomas Eoannou, Defense Attorney.
In court the attorney for the prosecution said he believed DiFilippo was texting within a minute or so before the accident. He also said following the accident, DiFilippo had his car repaired, and lied to his mother about what happened to his car.
DeFilippo’s defense attorney said he didn’t realize he hit someone, drove back around and panicked. He said he’s a good man, who had a clean record up until that point.
“He anticipated that he would receive 6 months he feels terrible about what happened especially in light of who he is I mean he’s not a criminal in terms of the rest of his life and he felt awful,” said Eoannou.
Anthony DiFilippo spoke before the court saying Ryan is in his heart everyday and he wishes the accident didn’t happen. Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch says when it happened, DiFilippo had no concern for anyone but himself. Fischer’s family did not address the court room, nor did they want to talk on camera.
“No sentence suffices for the pain, a life sentence wouldn’t suffice for the pain but in light of these facts it’s a fair sentence,” said Eoannou.
In court Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch expressed displeasure with the plea negotiations The defense attorney said once DiFilippo secures employment after serving his 6 month sentence in jail, they will come back to court and ask the judge to reconsider his 5 year probation period.
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s habit of peddling hype and fabrication emerged unabated in the first presidential debate while Hillary Clinton played it cautiously in her statements, though not without error. They both denied making statements that they are on the record as saying.
A look at some of the claims in the debate and how they compare with the facts:
TRUMP, denying Clinton’s accusation that he supported the Iraq war: “Wrong. Wrong.” Later: “That is a mainstream media nonsense put out by her. I was against the war in Iraq.”
THE FACTS: There is no evidence Trump expressed public opposition to the war before the U.S. invaded, despite his repeated insistence that he did. Rather, he offered lukewarm support. He only began to voice doubts about the conflict well after it began in March 2003.
His first known public comment on the topic came on Sept. 11, 2002, when he was asked whether he supported a potential Iraq invasion in an interview with radio host Howard Stern. “Yeah, I guess so,” Trump responded.
On March 21, 2003, just days after the invasion began, Trump said it “looks like a tremendous success from a military standpoint.”
Later that year he began voicing doubts.
CLINTON, denying Trump’s accusation that she called the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the “gold standard” of trade agreements: “I did say I hoped it would be a good deal.”
THE FACTS: Trump is correct. As secretary of state, Clinton called the deal that was taking shape the “gold standard” of trade agreements, in a 2012 trip to Australia, and championed the agreement in other venues around the world. She did not merely express the hope it would turn out well.
Clinton flip-flopped into opposing the trade deal in the Democratic primary when facing Bernie Sanders, who was strongly opposed to it.
TRUMP, when Clinton accused him of calling climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese: “I did not say that.”
THE FACTS: Yes he did, in the form of a 2012 tweet: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” He later claimed he was kidding, but he’s also repeated the claim that climate change is a hoax, and one that benefits China.
He tweeted in January 2014: “Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!”
TRUMP: “I’ve been under audit for almost 15 years.”
THE FACTS: Trump has never provided evidence to the public that he is actually under audit. A letter released by his tax attorneys never used the word, merely describing his tax returns under continuous review. “Review” is not a formal term for any kind of action by the Internal Revenue Service.
Trump has declined to provide the IRS’ formal notice of audit to The Associated Press and other news outlets. And former IRS officials have expressed skepticism that anyone would be audited so frequently. Trump cites an audit as the reason he won’t release his tax returns.
CLINTON: As part of a list of economy-building moves, called for “making college debt free so more young people can get their education.”
THE FACTS: Clinton has proposed making college tuition free for in-state students who go to a public college or university. But tuition free doesn’t equate to debt free.
Under her plan, the government would pay for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities for students from families earning less than $125,000 a year. That would leave students still bearing the cost of room and board, which makes up more than half of the average $18,943 sticker price at a four-year public university, according to the College Board.
Experts worry about other effects: Will colleges raise tuition once the government starts paying, increasing the cost to taxpayers? Will more students flock to public colleges because of the subsidy, also raising costs?
TRUMP to Clinton: “You’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.”
THE FACTS: Hillary Clinton was born in 1947 and is 68 years old. She reached adulthood in 1965. The Islamic State group grew out of an al-Qaida spinoff, al-Qaida in Iraq in 2013, the year Clinton left the State Department.
TRUMP: “My father gave me a small loan in 1975.”
THE FACTS: Trump got a whole lot more than a small loan. Aside from $1 million in financing from his father, Trump received loan guarantees, bailouts and a drawdown from his future inheritance. Tim O’Brien noted in a 2005 book that Trump not only drew an additional $10 million from his future inheritance during hard times, but also inherited a share of his father’s real estate holdings, which were worth hundreds of millions when they were eventually sold off.
TRUMP: President Barack Obama “has doubled (the national debt) in almost eight years. … When we have $20 trillion in debt, and our country is a mess.”
THE FACTS: Trump’s expressed concern about the national debt obscures that his own policies would increase it by much more than Clinton’s, according to the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Trump’s tax cuts would increase the deficit by $5.3 trillion over 10 years, the group found, while Clinton’s proposals would boost the deficit by $200 billion. Those increases are on top of an already-projected increase of about $9 trillion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. By 2026, debt held by the public would total $23.3 trillion under Clinton’s plans, and $28.4 trillion under Trump.
TRUMP: “The Fed, by keeping interest rates at this level, the Fed is doing political things. … The Fed is being more political than Secretary Clinton.”
THE FACTS: This is a recurrent claim by Trump with no evidence to back it up. It’s the Federal Reserve’s job to help improve the economy and to the extent that happens, political leaders and their party may benefit. But presidents can’t make the Fed, an independent agency, do anything.
Under former chairman Ben Bernanke and current chairwoman Janet Yellen, the Fed has attracted controversy by pegging the short-term interest rate it controls to nearly zero for seven years. After one increase in December, it is still ultra-low at between 0.25 percent and 0.5 percent, a rate that some economists worry could spark a stock-market bubble or inflation. Bernanke was initially appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, and reappointed by President Barack Obama.
One reason Yellen is keeping rates low is that, in some ways, she agrees with Trump that hiring needs to keep growing to provide jobs for Americans who want them.
TRUMP: “You don’t learn a lot from tax returns.”
THE FACTS: Americans stand to learn plenty if he releases his tax returns like other presidential candidates have done.
They would provide vital information about his wealth, taxes paid, tax avoidance efforts, exact amounts of real estate holdings and charitable donations that can’t be gleaned from any other source. For these reasons, every major party candidate for the last 40 years has released at least a few years of recent tax returns.
TRUMP said a 1970s racial discrimination case against his real estate business was settled “with no admission of guilt” and that the case was “brought against many real estate developers.”
THE FACTS: The first claim is technically correct; the second is false.
Trump and his father fiercely fought a 1973 discrimination lawsuit brought by the Justice Department for their alleged refusal to rent apartments in predominantly white buildings to black tenants. Testimony showed that the applications filed by black apartment seekers were marked with a “C” for “colored.” A settlement that ended the lawsuit did not require the Trumps to acknowledge that discrimination had occurred. The government’s description of the settlement said Trump and his father had “failed and neglected” to comply with the Fair Housing Act.
Trump was wrong to say the suit was brought against many real estate developers — it was specific to buildings rented by his father and him.
HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK (WIVB) – On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in the first general election presidential debate at Hofstra University.
The first question asked by moderator Lester Holt was regarding income inequality. Clinton said, “The more we can do for the middle class, the more we can invest in you … the better we will be off.”
Trump was asked how exactly he planned on bringing back the industries for cheaper labor overseas. He dodged the question and repeated that the U.S. needs to renegotiate its trade deals. Trump called out China specifically, for taking manufacturing jobs from the U.S., devaluing its currency and taking a range of other damaging actions to American workers.
Regarding his tax returns Trump said, “I don’t mind releasing,” but added, “I’m under a routine audit” and claimed that he would release them “as soon as the audit is over.” He said voters can learn more about him by reading through his financial disclosures through the Federal Election Commission. Trump then claimed he would release his tax returns if Clinton releases her 33,000 emails that were deleted from the time she served as secretary of state.
Clinton addressed the email accusation saying, “I made a mistake using a private email” as Secretary of State. “I take responsibility for that,” she said.
When Clinton was asked about healing the divide between races, she said “race determines too much” and it “remains a significant challenge in our country.” Clinton said she would bridge the gap and by restoring trust between communities and the police. She wants to ensure police have proper training and technique and to pass tougher gun laws.
Minutes later Trump defended stop and frisk when Holt asked it being ruled unconstitutional in New York. Trump said, “it was a very-against-police judge” and the new mayor didn’t appeal the case. Adding that stop and frisk did a lot of good. “I think it was a terrible thing to say,” Trump said of Clinton decades ago talking about “super predators,” a comment that some said was about young black men. Clinton said earlier this year in a debate with Bernie Sanders that she shouldn’t have used the phrase and wouldn’t do so any longer. Trump continued on to defend stop and frisk.
Holt asked Trump what took him so long to acknowledge that President Obama was born in the U.S. First Trump started to attack Clinton’s former campaign manager and longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal and suggested they started the rumor. Trump then said he’s “satisfied” with the president’s birth certificate because he said he wants to get on with defeating ISIS, creating jobs and creating a strong border.
Regarding the latest cyber attacks in the U.S., Clinton was asked who she thought was behind them. She said, “There’s no doubt now that Russia has used cyber attacks about all kinds of organizations in our country.” She said that cyber warfare will be “one of the biggest challenges facing the next president.” Trump agreed that the U.S. needs to strengthen its cyber security systems, but he said he’s not sure that Russia was behind the cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee.
President Obama and Hillary Clinton “created a vacuum the way they got out of Iraq,” Trump said. As a result, he said ISIS was formed. Adding, “They wouldn’t have even been formed if they left some troops behind.” Clinton then pointed out that Trump supported the Iraq war invasion. Trump denied the accusation. “I was against the war in Iraq,” Trump said.
Holt asked Trump about his comments saying Hillary Clinton doesn’t have the “look” of a president. “I said she doesn’t have the stamina, and I don’t believe she does have the stamina,” he said. Adding “Hillary has experience, but it’s bad experience.” Clinton fired back, “This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs, and someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers,” Clinton said.
The vice presidential debate is scheduled for October 4, at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The next presidential debate is scheduled for October 9, at Washington University in St. Louis.
It turns cool enough today to produce a very narrow band of lake effect rain showers on a brisk southwest wind off the eastern end of Lake Erie from Buffalo northeastward. There may be some rumbles of thunder, and perhaps a few waterspouts out over the lake. The showers should drift northward and dissipate across Niagara and Orleans counties early this afternoon as the wind direction shifts and drier air enters into the region. Elsewhere, expect a decent amount of the sunshine, including the metro following the lake effect rain showers this afternoon.
The slow-moving storm responsible for yesterday’s rain, jogs southwestward away from our area Wednesday so the weather settles down overnight into Wednesday. As the storm works back northward, additional periods of rain are expected, especially Thursday and Friday. There will be a somewhat lesser chance of showers toward Saturday and Sunday, but even those days will not be entirely rainfree. Temperatures will be cooler for most of the week, and will be reduced further by cloud cover and rain. Readings start to rebound early next week.
TUESDAY: A narrow band of Lake Effect Rain Showers Buffalo-NE will drift northward into the early afternoon and dissipate. Elsewhere, Sunshine. Becoming Sunny for all of the metro this afternoon, but windy, High: 64-69 Wind: S 8-16/SW 15-25 G35
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly Clear this Evening, Becoming Partly Cloudy overnight, Low: 39 deep valleys, 52 metro, Wind: Light S
WEDNESDAY: Partly to Mostly Sunny, High: 70-75, Wind: S/E 8-18, Low: 55
THURSDAY: Cloudy, Rain Showers, High: 68, Low: 56
FRIDAY: Cloudy, Rain Showers, High: 70, Low: 58
SATURDAY: Mostly Cloudy, On and Off Showers, High: 72, Low: 55
SUNDAY: Still Lots of Clouds, Chance of some Showers, High: 69, Low: 53
MONDAY: Partly Sunny, Chance of a Shower, High: 71, Low: 54
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — After being accused of drunk driving less than two weeks ago, Williamsville’s Deputy Mayor has taken a leave of absence.
Police arrested Chris Duquin after they say he struck two vehicles while driving drunk on N. Ellicott St. on September 17.
Mayor Brian Kulpa says Duquin requested the leave of absence from his position, and that the leave became effective on Monday.
In his place, village trustee Daniel DeLano will serve as Deputy Mayor until the end of the official village year.
DeLano was elected as a Trustee in 2011. Kulpa says he has “championed the restoration of trees on Main Street,” planting more than 1,000 trees.
“Dan helped with the elimination of excessive curb cuts on Main St., resulting in less traffic problems and increased pedestrian safety on this busy thouroughfare,” Kulpa said. “He has also helped restore more than one-half acre of illegally paved right of ways and contributed to improved parking throughout the village.”
NORTH COLLINS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Erie County officials said three people were killed when two small planes collided in North Collins.
It happened near School St. between Larkin and Jennings Rd. Someone called 911 after they witnessed the planes crash in mid-air — an event which was not seen by other pilots.
Officials say there were two people on board a Piper PA 28 and one person flying a Cessna 120. These two planes and four others were traveling from the Hamburg Airport to St. Marys, Pennsylvania.
Authorities found both the single-engine planes on Jennings Rd.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said one landed 100 to 150 feet away from a barn.
No one on the ground was hurt in the crash and authorities said no structures were damaged.
On Monday morning, officials identified the victims as Richard Walker, 69, Kathleen Walker, 69, and Paul Rosiek, 60. Kathleen taught at North Collins Elementary School for more than 30 years.
There are no other suspected victims.
Roads near the crash sites were closed and authorities had the scene locked down as they searched for evidence at three accident sites.
The FAA and NTSB have taken over the investigation, which is expected to last six to 12 months.
Officials say they are looking into pilots, machinery and weather as possible factors in the crash. A preliminary report will be made over the next 10 days.
If you witnessed the crash or find any debris, authorities ask you to call the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (716) 858-2903.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will now allow people to be buried with the cremated remains of their pet.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law on Monday.
Cemeteries wouldn’t have to offer the option, and religious cemeteries would be specifically forbidden from doing so.
Cuomo, a Democrat, says many New Yorkers consider their pets to be a member of the family, and say the previous regulation banning the burial of cremated pet remains with their human companions was “unnecessary.”
The proposal is the latest in a series of measures honoring the bond between human and beast in New York. Last year, state lawmakers passed a law allowing dogs on restaurant patios. They also are considering a ban on cat declawing.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Spirit Airlines plane that was supposed to travel from Niagara Falls to Fort Lauderdale made an emergency landing at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport early Monday.
About 2:30 in the morning, pilots from Flight 647 told air traffic controllers there were indications there had been a fire and they had to shut down the number one engine. “We had it from the cabin. We had an engine failure. It said to shut down the engine … It said there was a fire. I’ll let you know on the ground, if they could just check,” the pilot said in an audio recording posted on liveATC.net.
The airplane landed safely and passengers were let out of the plane.
“Spirit Airlines flight 647 from Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) landed safely this morning at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) following a reported mechanical issue. Passengers were deplaned and our customer service agents are working to get them to their final destinations as quickly as possible. They are being placed in local hotels ahead of a replacement flight later today. There were 136 passengers on board plus 6 crew members, and no injuries were reported. Mechanics conducted a full investigation of the plane, determining a compressor stall as the likely cause, but there was no damage or fire as indicated in some early media reports. We apologize for any inconvenience and we’ll be issuing future flight credits to all impacted customers,” according to an updated statement issued by Spirit Airlines.
FAA records show there haven’t been other problems reported with this particular Airbus320 plane in the past.