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The owner of the fire ravaged Christina’s Restaurant on Ellicott Street wants to give away what’s left of the property to a local non-profit agency but:  there may be a problem.
There’s a string of code violations filed against the property and its owner, Charles Brumsted, who now lives in Florida.
Brumsted, or his representative, is due in City Court today to answer the code violations.
Earlier this week, Brumsted announced he would give the building away to a not-for–profit organization as a way of thanking the community for its patronage of the former Italian eatery. Read the entire story HERE

Later today, Tom Lewin goes before city court. Lewin’s company owns the former Latina’s, and is facing sanitation charges following a seagull infestation this summer.
Last month, a warrant was issued for Lewin’s arrest after he failed to appear in court. He later turned himself in.

Police Blotter:
17-year-old Timothy Meyers of Darien – charged with a felony count of Grand Larceny. Deputies say Timothy allegedly took a four-wheeled ATV from a home in Alexander. The machine was recovered by Erie County lawmen in the Town of Clarence.

25-year-old Matthew Derrick of West Main St. Rd., Batavia: he’s been charged with criminal contempt. Batavia P-D says Matthew violated an order of protection by sending a bunch of text messages to a person he was ordered to stay away from.

The controversy surrounding the proposed mosque near Ground Zero is now political fodder in the race for New York governor.  The presumptive Republican candidate Rick Lazio releases a new campaign ad, taking aim at the $100-million project
But two unions, Uniformed Firefighters Association and the NYPD's Sergeants' Union, are urging Lazio to pull the ads that features a few seconds of the smoldering rubble of Ground Zero. 
The Cuomo campaign did not comment on the ad.  The ad begins running today on television stations throughout New York State.

An assault in the Erie County Medical Center left a nurse injured.  A 22-year-old patient is accused of attacking nurse Kelly McCain while in the psychiatric ward of the center.  McCain remains hospitalized after repeatedly being punched and kicked in the head. The patient was charged with felony assault. 
ECMC says it is working on improved security.


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