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Fear of "Snitching" Keeping Shooting Witnesses Quiet

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Some community leaders admit there's a code of sorts on the streets to not "snitch" about any crime you might have witnessed.

A police tip-line billboard on Buffalo's west side is a perfect example of that. Someone spray painted on it "stop snitchin'".

Darnell Jackson is a former gang leader who now heads up a group where kids clean-up the east side. He says everyone he has talked to about this case claims they wouldn't say a word if they saw something or had information that would help authorities.

Why? First he says people are scared of retaliation. Second, he says when it comes to the greater black community they have a trust issue with police on things like this.

"They say the police is the same way,"said Jackson. "They don't snitch on each other, they wear a blue suit. They're a gang and they protect each other."

Buffalo Shooting Victims Memorialized At Crime Scene Vigil

Early Monday evening, citizens began gathering at the site of a shooting spree on Main Street in Buffalo which left four dead and four wounded in the wee hours of Saturday.

They were there expecting to take part in a vigil for the victims.

Family members of some of the victims also showed up.

But not long after 7pm, when they'd heard the vigil was scheduled to begin, it began to dawn on them that there was no one to lead the service.

Enter Pastor Doris Wellington.

Wellington is with the Milwaukee, Wisconsin chapter of Jesus Impact, and was traveling through Buffalo on Monday when she heard about the shootings and plans for the vigil.

She went there to pray and show support, never intending to lead the event. But when it turned out there was no one there to speak she quickly introduced herself to the families of victims who were present and offered her services.

Metro Fare Information Meetings Scheduled

BUFFALO, NY-The NFTA has scheduled six hearings over the next two weeks to help the community understand Metro's new fare structure that takes effect on September 1st.

Metro is eliminating zones and zone charges, as well as moving from 12 different passes to two-the Metro Monthly pass and the Metro Day pass.

The first hearing takes place on Tuesday, August 17th from 10 AM- 1 PM at the Old First Ward Community Center on Republic St.

The schedule for the remainder of the hearings is as follows:

-Friday, August 20th, 2-4 PM at the University Rail Station at the South Campus on Main Street in Buffalo

-Monday, August 23rd, 9-11 AM at the Metropolitan Transportation Center located at 181 Ellicott Street in Buffalo

-Monday, August 23rd, 1-3 PM at the Niagara Falls Transportation Center located at 2250 Fashion Outlets Blvd. in Niagara Falls

HSBC Reviewing Options for Mortgage Division

BUFFALO, NY- 2 On Your Side has learned that HSBC is considering making some changes to the mortgage side of their business that could potentially have a big impact here in western New York.

Neil Brazil, Vice President -Public Affairs for HSBC North America says employees were told Monday the bank is looking at several options for the HSBC Mortgage Corporation (USA), a subsidiary of the bank.

Those options include, but are not limited to, a sale, merger, or other business combination, the sale and outsourcing of all or substantially all of the Corporation, its operations and its assets, or another exit from these operations.

Brazil stressed that HSBC is still very much in the mortgage business and that maintaining the status quo is also a option.

HSBC employs the bulk of their 1500 Mortgage Corporation workers, about 800 of them, at their Depew facility located on Walden Avenue. 80 employees were laid off from there in May.

Buffalo Business Owners Debate Change in Closing Time

BUFFALO, N.Y.-Saturday's mass shooting has not only left city leaders searching for a suspect, it's left them searching for ways to curb escalating violence downtown.

One prominent Buffalo developer has two suggestions; close bars three hours earlier and increase police presence.

Currently, bars can stay open until 4 a.m.

Rocco Termini is suggesting it become 1 a.m.

"I think one o'clock is long enough," said Termini. "After one o'clock people start getting drunk and that's what causes the problems."

The change would have to go through county government, and would impact all establishments that serve alcohol in Erie County.

Another prominent businessman, Mark Croce, says he doesn't necessarily agree that's the answer.

Eight Shot, Four Dead in Shooting Outside City Grill in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Charges were dropped in Buffalo City Court Sunday morning against a Buffalo man who was charged with murder following the shooting outside a downtown Buffalo restaurant early Saturday morning that killed four people and injured four others.

Buffalo Police admitted on Sunday the man they arrested, Keith Johnson, 25, was not the man who shot the victims. Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said he "apologized" for the mistake but added Johnson was "less than truthful" when interviewed by police on Saturday.

Buffalo Mayor, Police Commissioner Ask for public's help in solving the City Grill Shooting

BUFFALO-While saying progress is being made in the investigation, Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Dan Derenda continue to appeal to witnesses in Saturday's City Grill shooting to come forward.

Buffalo Police updated the media and the community Monday morning. Both Brown and Derenda say more and more tips are coming in, they still need people who were there that night to speak out about what they saw.

"We are appealing to you, appealing to you," pleaded Mayor Brown, "to come forward and share what you know.

Commissioner Derenda said the department is working around the clock to find the person responsible for the deadly carnage. In addition, the Mayor announced that Governor David Paterson has offered the state's assistance in the investigation. The Mayor said he has accepted that offer and will provide further details on what that includes at a later time.