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BANK-REDLINING LAWSUIT

New York: Bank didn't lend to blacks in Buffalo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's attorney general is accusing a mortgage lender of refusing to offer financing to African-Americans living in Buffalo.

Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday alleging that Evans Bank intentionally excluded predominantly African-American neighborhoods on the city's east side from its lending area.

In a statement, bank President David Nasca says Evans will "vigorously" defend itself against meritless accusations.

Schneiderman says the lawsuit is part of a wider investigation by his office into the illegal practice of redlining, in which a lender denies access to mortgages or charges more in certain neighborhoods based on race.

The lawsuit alleges that more than 75 percent of Buffalo's African-American population was denied access to the bank's mortgage products.

Evans Bank has 13 branches in western New York.

TROY-TWO KILLED

Arrests in slaying of couple slain in Troy home

TROY, N.Y. (AP) - Police say they have arrested two suspects in the beating deaths of a husband and wife at their home in Troy.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco says Tuesday that Daniel Reuter and Jacob Heimroth, both 33, were arrested on murder charges.

Fifty-one-year-old Michael Allen Lockrow and 59-year-old Marie Lockrow were assaulted early Wednesday morning at their home in the city's Lansingburgh section.

Tedesco says the suspects knew the victims. He says Heimroth lives in Troy and Reuter was homeless. The chief did not provide a possible motive.

The couples' stolen SUV was found burned out in a corn field in neighboring Columbia County.

Information on whether Reuter and Heimroth have lawyers wasn't initially available.

MISSING AMISH GIRLS

Father of abducted Amish girls says they seem OK

OSWEGATCHIE, N.Y. (AP) - The father of the two northern New York Amish girls abducted last month says his daughters are sleeping well, eating well and playing.

The father of the 7- and 12-year-old sisters told the Johnson Newspapers the family has been offered mental health counseling services, but at this point he believes his daughters are doing well.

The girls, who authorities say were sexually abused, were released Aug. 14 when their captors were apparently spooked by an intense police investigation and media coverage. The Associated Press is not naming the family members because it generally does not identify victims of sexual abuse.

Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey were arrested on kidnapping charges. Howells' lawyer has not returned calls seeking comment. Vaisey's lawyer says Howells treated her client as a slave.

WOMAN KILLED

Troopers: Cazenovia woman dead, man arrested

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities have charged a 31-year-old man in the stabbing death of a woman he lived with in the central New York village of Cazenovia.

Local media report that Stephen Schumejda has been arrested on second-degree murder and other charges in the death of 44-year-old Amy Bradstreet.

Police received a call shortly before 9 a.m. Monday about a domestic incident at a home on East Lake Road near Cazenovia Lake, about 17 miles southeast of Syracuse.

Schumejda was jailed on $250,000 bail.

FATAL SHOOTING

Man found dead on Schenectady street

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - Police in upstate New York are investigating after a man was found fatally shot on the street in Schenectady.

The victim was found around 11:30 p.m. Monday on Catherine Street with apparent gunshot wounds to the torso.

He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Daily Gazette reports that police responded to the Vale neighborhood after receiving reports of gunshots.

There have been no arrests.

PENSION FUND-NEW YORK

NY pension investment gains a boon for governments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The contribution rates paid by state and local governments for New York's pension fund will go down as the retirement system continues to rebound from the 2008 downturn.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the average rate will decrease from 20.1 percent of salary for most public workers to 18.2 percent. For police and firefighters the employer rate will drop from 27.6 percent of payroll to 24.7 percent.

The rate reduction announcement comes as the state's pension system hit a record high of $180.7 billion. DiNapoli says the fund's "solid investment performance" means local taxpayers won't have to contribute as high a percentage toward their employees' retirement costs.

DiNapoli says that with recent investment gains the state's pension fund is now 92.2 percent funded. That's an increase from 88.7 percent.

ROBBERY SUSPECT CAUGHT

Off-duty NY police officer catches robbery suspect

ROME, N.Y. (AP) - An off-duty New York police officer had just called it a day when he came across a robbery suspect whom he chased and caught.

It happened Monday afternoon at the intersection of Embargo and James streets in Rome just as Police Officer Michael Uhl had finished his shift.

Police say Uhl was stopped at a traffic light on his way home when he observed a 17-year-old grab the wallet of a bicyclist who had asked the teen for directions.

Police say a brief struggle between the two ensued before the suspect fled.

They say Uhl pursued the suspect on foot and held him until on-duty officers arrived.

The out-of-town bicyclist was not harmed.

The teen was charged with robbery, grand larceny and criminal mischief. His name was withheld.

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