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Restorations in Store for Forest Lawn's Red Jacket Statue

Buffalo, N.Y. - As Western New York gets ready to mark the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, a statue honoring one of the war's heroes is finally scheduled to get a makeover.

The statue of Seneca Indian Chief, Red Jacket, has greeted visitors of Forest Lawn Cemetery for more than 100 years. It hasn't been restored since it was build back in 1891, and is in need of some repairs.

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt secured $25,000 in state funding for the restoration project. He says, despite the hard economic times, it's important to spend money on projects that he says will give back to the community.

"Yes, there's a budget crisis. But you can't ignore the great assets that are economic development money generators. Tourism is a very important part of our local economy."

Hoyt says, once renovated, the statue of Red Jacket will make a beautiful new entrance to the cemetery and a great compliment to the War of 1812 celebrations taking place in 2012.

Family and Friends Pay Final Respects to Willie McCaa

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Many mourners lined up outside the Pentacostal Temple Church of God in Christ, to pay their respects to Willie McCaa III.

The 26-year-old father of two, was gunned down outside of City Grill. Family members say he was attending a birthday party.

Over 200 people filled the church for a celebration of McCaa's life. Grief counselors were also on hand to help friends and family deal with the tragedy.

Police are still searching for the gunman who took four lives and injured four others on August 14th. Before McCaa's funeral, another public plea for information was given.

Mayor Byron Brown said, "In order to make sure this individual or individuals get the punishment they deserve, people need to search their hearts and have the courage to come forward and say what they know."

The final funeral marks the beginning of new efforts to get out in the community and stop the violence before it starts.

Three Young Boys Hit By Car

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Three young boys are recovering after they were hit by a car downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo Police say a vehicle was traveling east on Clinton Street around 1:30pm Saturday morning when the boys appeared on foot from between two other cars.

All three boys were taken to Women and Children's Hospital. There is no word on their conditions.

The driver of the car was not hurt. No charges have been filed.

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Teen Shot In Fruit Belt Neighborhood

BUFFALO, NY - On Saturday afternoon, around 2:30 p.m., Buffalo Police received a call of a victim shot on Peach St.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene.

An 18 year old male victim was shot while on a bicycle on E. North St. and then made it to Peach St. before being taken to the hospital.

He was first taken to Buffalo General in a private vehicle and then transported to ECMC by ambulance.

The victim is in serious condition.

Police are still investigating.


Suspect Surrenders After More Than 2 Hour Standoff

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Police were called to a standoff at a home on Ontario Street  around 2 a.m. Saturday.

What began as a burglary in progress, appeared to be a domestic situation between husband and wife. When police responded to the burglary in progress call, the suspect refused to answer the door.

At some point, SWAT and Hostage Management Team were called to the scene. Around 4:30 a.m., SWAT entered the home and 37 year old Jay Jones surrendered.

A young boy was home at the time of the incident. No one was injured during the standoff.

Jones, faces multiple charges including: Assault, Unlawful Imprisonment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Driver Loses Control on West Ave., Fled Scene

BUFFALO, NY - Police are trying to find the driver of a car that ended upside down in the front yard of a home on West Ave. in Buffalo.

Just before 3 p.m. a Toyota traveling south on West Ave. went off the road. The vehicle went through a fence, then went air born striking trees and eventually doing damage to some windows of the home.

Witnesses say the car was speeding down the street when it lost control and caught on fire.

Nearby residents put out the fire before officials arrived.

Police believe two males in the vehicle fled the scene.

If you have any information call the Buffalo Police at 716-851-4444.