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Beheading Suspect Hoping to Pursue Battered Spouse Defense

BUFFALO, NY-An Erie County Court judge reserved decision Friday on whether an Orchard Park man charged with beheading his wife, can use battered spouse syndrome to defend himself.

Muzzammil Hassan is accused of murdering his wife Aasiya inside the Orchard Park studio of Bridges TV, which he founded, back in Februrary 2009.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita was in court himself Friday morning to speak on behalf of the prosecution and question why it's taken 18 months for the defense to finally make this request.

Sedita added that allowing the defense to introduce an expert to confirm Hassan is the victim in the case is tantamount to "allowing a sociopath to control and manipulate the legal process the same way he controlled and manipulated his wife."

Hassan appeared in court represented by the fourth differend attorney he's retained since the date of the crime.

Local Pet Spa Holding Grand Opening of Boarding Suites

ORCHARD PARK, NY-- 'La De Da Pet Spa' will be holding a cocktail party on Thursday, August 19 starting at 7 p.m. to celebrate the grandopening of their new boarding facilities and suites.

This marks 'La De Da Pet Spa' 11th year, and ownder Laura LaCongo has been chosen as one of Business Firsts "40 Under 40."

LaCongo says their boarding suites are like no other because they do not resemble a kennel-like atmosphere.

The spa has ten suites, each with their own individual themes with 19' flat-screen TVs, orthopedic floors, leather couches, and web cameras-- so owners can check-in on their dogs 24-7.

'La De Da Pet Spa' is located at 2799 Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park.

 

Ways 2 Save: Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Erie County Fair opens Wednesday afternoon and it is Channel 2 Day. That means, $2 for parking, $2 for tickets and $2 for midway rides.

In some cases you can save up to three bucks beforehand, by buying pre-sale tickets at Tops.

Getting to the fair can actually be pretty inexpensive. On certain days there's a free shuttle.

"On Saturdays and Sundays you can park at Erie Community College South on Southwestern Boulevard and they'll drive you, drop you off right at gate one," said Holly Smyczynski, Marketing Coordinator at the Erie County Fair.

And with that we started our journey to savings.

We first found some ride deals.

"Every weekday, Wednesday through Friday and next Monday through Friday we have one price ride days," said Smyczynski.

A ride pass for those days is only $20 with a Tops register receipt, a $5 savings.

O.P.Team Headed to State Championships this Weekend

ORCHARD PARK, NY-The Orchard Park Maroon Little League 11-years and under team is head to Albany this weekend.

The team will represent the Town and Little League Section 1 in the NYS 10/11 Year Old Little League State Tournament.

Section 1 consists of 15 counties stretching from Cayuga County to Erie County, including the Southern Tier.

So far, the team is undefeated in both district and sectional playoffs. They are one of six section champions to participate in the state tournament.

 

Freudig Singers Holding Auditions

BUFFALO, NY-The Freudig Singers of WNY are holding auditions. The group is looking for semi-professional singers or better to join their group.

The singers produce four shows a year. Auditions are Monday, August 16th at 6 PM at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Orchard Park and Wednesday, August 18th at 6 P.M. at St. Joseph University Church in North Buffalo.

For more information, call Elizabeth Bailey-Sands at 667-7088

Annual Flower Sale Benefits WNY Land Conservancy

ORCHARD PARK, NY-It's time for the annual flower sale  sponsored by the WNY Land Conservancy.

All proceeds from the sale benefit their organization.

Plants available to order for fall landscaping include mums in various colors and a variety of native plants that include false solomon seal, goatsbeard, blue flag iris, and bloodwort.

Deadline to order is September 1st. Orders can be picked up at the Orchard Glen Retirement Community located at 6055 Armor Duells Rd. in Orchard Park on September 11th from 10 AM to 2 PM.

For more information, you can visit the Conservancy's website or call 687-1225.

Woman Avoids Jail Time for Embezzlement

BUFFALO, NY-A Chaffee woman was sentenced to five years probation Tuesday for stealing from an Orchard Park nursing home.

Back in May, Mary Blenker, 43, admitted to taking over $13,000 from funds she managed for Absolut Care of Orchard Park.

She is the second former employee to be sentenced for embezzlement.

Last month, Rhonda Skiver, Absolut's former CFO, was sentenced to probation and restitution for her theft of nearly $164,000 for the nursing and rehabilitation facility.