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Family Justice Center’s Orchard Park Satellite Office Now Open

Family Justice Center’s Orchard Park Satellite Office Now Open

ORCHARD PARK, NY –Domestic violence victims now have a safe haven in the Southtowns.

The Family Justice Center of Erie County marked its grand opening of its first satellite office on Saturday, February 12th in Orchard Park.

Originally a home on the campus of the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church located on 4383 South Buffalo Street, the new office is the result of the community’s drive and determination to honor the memory of the late Assiya Zubair Hassan, who tragically lost her life as a victim of domestic violence just two years ago.

Open three days a week, the satellite office will offer safety planning, spiritual care, advocacy and referrals for counseling, legal assistance, emergency shelter, advocacy and more to those victims who seek help.          

According to Mary Travers Murphy, Executive Director of the FJC, 9,200 domestic violence reports were filed last year in Erie County, an

Orchard Park Police Department Warns of Possible Scam

The Orchard Park Police Department is investigating a burglary and/or possibly a scam which occurred on 9/29/10, involving an elderly victim. 

The victim was approached in his yard by a male who said he was contracted by the Town of Orchard Park to trim trees on his property. The suspect kept the victim busy by showing him what he was going to do and then left. The victim walked back into his house to discover it had been ransacked and a large amount of cash taken.

The “contractor” is described as a shorter white male, mid 40’s, dark complexion, stocky, and possibly Italian. No vehicles were observed in the area. This incident may be related to recent scams in other towns whereby elderly victims were targeted by someone posing as a contractor.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Orchard Park Police Dept. Detective Bureau at 662-6475 x4018.