TTAPR on November 23rd, 2013

Teachers in the Buffalo Public School system are speaking out about a so-called cycle of violence at Riverside High. The outcry comes after a teacher was reportedly jumped by a student Wednesday afternoon. The student has been arrested and stands accused of assault. Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore said, “What apparently happened is that [...]

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The violence erupted in Bedford-Stuyvesant inside of the Institute for Community Living facility on Lewis Avenue at 11:15 p.m. when Markie Young, 23, allegedly stabbed Serena Matthews, 56, cops said. The two had been arguing when Young allegedly lashed out and attacked Matthews, authorities said. “I heard her scream. It was a deep, deep scream,” [...]

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TTAPR on June 29th, 2012

14 shootings in June in Queens South precincts as violent youth groups grow. Maybe Mayor Bloomberg should focus on keeping kids hands off of guns rather than soft-drinks.  The safety Guilliani gave the city, Bloomberg taketh away. Queens is plagued by dangerous street crews and it’s going to take an “army” to clamp down on [...]

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State Senator Joe Griffo has written a letter to Commissioner Gladys Carrion of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to take immediate action on reports of multiple injuries of staff at Taberg Residential Center. Senator Griffo says he wants the Office of Children and Family Services to provide adequate staffing, proper [...]

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The head of New York’s largest public employee union said workers in state juvenile detention facilities are literally taking a beating at the hands of youths assigned to their care. CSEA President Danny Donohue warned about increasingly dangerous conditions in the facilities, including one where 19 staff, including the facility director, have recently been victims [...]

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The New York Times continued on Friday its important, but distressing, series of articles on the maltreatment of the developmentally disabled in New York State and the lack of oversight of their care in the state’s group homes. Friday’s article focused on the misuse of antipsychotic medication to restrain residents’ behavior, instead of treating their [...]

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Former OCFS employees are all firmly united in their claims that the root cause of the surge in violence can be traced back to the moment Gladys Carrion assumed the reigns of the OCFS. Many cited a marked increase in gang violence at state facilities as testament to the failure of the administration’s policies. Carrion [...]

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Two Berkshire Farm Center runaways sought by State Police over the weekend were taken into custody late Sunday. Xavier Rowse, of Greenwich, and Austin Parent, of Northumberland, both 16, ran away from the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth in Caanan late Friday. The youths reportedly stole a 2005 Nissan X-terra from a parking [...]

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A 15-year-old court-committed juvenile female  attacked a nurse with a pen. The 56-year old nurse was stabbed in both legs and in the forehead, then kicked in the stomach and face several times. Suffering stab wounds and two chipped teeth. Links to story provided courtesy of Jason Miller:  Girl, 15, accused of assault at Tryon–15–accused-of-assault-at-Tryon.html [...]

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TTAPR on September 1st, 2010

An Erie County Medical Center nurse was attacked and beaten on Wednesday by a psychiatric patient. The victim was identified in Buffalo police reports as Kelly McCain, a registered nurse. She was in good condition at ECMC on Thursday, a hospital spokesman said. Her alleged attacker, Terrence Caldwell, 22, of Theodore Street, was arrested and [...]

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