Lakewood Man Who Allegedly Threatened To Kill His Wife Charged, Then Released

first_imgStock Image LAKEWOOD – A Village of Lakewood man who police say shot himself after allegedly threatening to kill his wife last month is now facing charges.Lakewood-Busti Police say 55-year-old Christopher Butts is charged with two counts of menacing a police officer, felony first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree menacing, second-degree harassment and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of an occupied dwelling.Officers responded to West Fairmount Avenue near Spruce Street just before 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 15 and allegedly found Butts in a driveway with a handgun.Police tried talking to Butts before they say he fired a round into the ground, then turned the weapon on himself. Through investigation police allege Butts told his wife he was going to kill her as he dragged her around the yard.Prior to officer’s arrival, they said Butts allegedly brandished his weapon at bystanders who tried to intervene to help his wife.After the shooting Butts was taken to UPMC Hamot Hospital for medical treatment.When he was released from medical care police said Butts turned himself in and was charged. He was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to return to court at a later date. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Thank the Democrats & their no bail policies for his release.last_img read more

NY Mail-In Voting Deluge Fuels Uncounted Ballots, Confusion

first_imgPixabay Image.ALBANY — New York’s quest to keep voters safe from COVID-19 by letting them vote by mail in the June primary has led to big delays in tabulating results, concerns about disenfranchisement — and questions about whether there will be an even bigger mess in the fall.Election officials say it will take them until early August to finish counting a tidal wave of absentee ballots that overwhelmed a system which typically handles only around 5% of the vote. About 1.8 million New Yorkers requested mail-in ballots for New York’s primary.Voting ended June 23, but the results of many races, including two closely watched congressional primaries, are still unknown.A bigger problem than the delays, though, is that thousands of votes cast in good faith are getting invalidated during the counting process, candidates and good-government activists say. Some ballots are being knocked out because voters forgot to sign and date them; others because envelopes lacked postmarks that would indicate whether the ballot was dropped in the mail in time to beat the voting deadline.President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh Mcenany, in a press conference this week lambasted New York’s vote counting as an “absolute catastrophe” and a reason to question voting by mail.Candidates and voting rights groups, including the Brennan Center for Justice, are pushing state lawmakers to fix procedural problems now so the issues don’t repeat themselves in the general election in November, when even more people may try voting by mail.New York City elections officials have refused to release statistics on the number of invalidated votes. But Suraj Patel, a Democrat locked in a close primary race with U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, said 30% of mail-in ballots received in the Brooklyn part of the congressional district were being rejected.“This election and New York’s response, including the Senate and the Assembly, is providing Donald Trump with a blueprint to game the November elections unless they act,” Patel said.The plan to let voters cast ballots by mail was hatched hastily and announced in April as the coronavirus outbreak was killing hundreds of people a day in New York City and its suburbs.In the midst of the crisis, the state never provided extra funds to prepare election workers who would be handling mailed ballots or to hire extra staff to count them.Many voters who applied for absentee ballots didn’t get them until the last minute, leaving them wondering whether they should vote in person or try the mail and potentially miss a deadline to have the envelope postmarked by June 23.Compounding that problem, the state’s attempt to make things easier for voters by giving them postage-paid return envelopes backfired: The U.S. Postal Service doesn’t usually put postmarks on that kind of metered mail, and while its policy is to to add the postmark to mailed ballots, it admits it failed to do so on some envelopes.Candidates and activists are now claiming in a lawsuit that thousands of properly cast ballots mailed in on time were invalidated because they lacked postmarks.The state Board of Elections said it’s too early to know how many ballots didn’t make it out to people in time, or were discarded because the Postal Service failed to postmark them.“It’s very unfortunate that the Postal Service was unable to fully carry out what they have acknowledged was their responsibility in postmarking the mail,” said state board of elections spokesman John Conklin.A spokesperson for the Postal Service said it is addressing the issue.Five states — Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah — have conducted all elections by mail for years with relatively streamlined systems, while 21 other states allow localities to opt into mail-in elections, according to National Conferences of State Legislatures.Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner called it “unacceptable and unfortunate” that so many absentee ballots are being disqualified.“Right now an absentee ballot can be discarded if a cautious voter puts tape on their envelope to make sure the ballot doesn’t fall out,” she said.Her group wants lawmakers to allow voters to request absentee ballots earlier and allow election workers to start counting absentee ballots sooner after Election Day.Lawmakers could revamp a system widely viewed as outdated. By Thursday evening, the state Senate passed bills to accept absentee ballots received by June 24, ensure voters fearful of catching COVID-19 at polls can vote by mail in November, and give absentee voters a chance to fix deficient ballots.Gov. Andrew Cuomo has voiced support for lawmakers tweaking the state law that lays out the time period when absentee ballots can be accepted.But it’s unclear whether New York will allow election workers to count all ballots lacking a postmark, including those received days after Election Day. Patel, Maloney and other candidates have called for Cuomo to update his executive order to protect June 23 primary voters from disenfranchisement.And lawmakers plan to hold a hearing in August on how election workers have handled the spike in absentee ballots.“We’re studying the issue from a system-wide point of view. And any changes we can make, we will,” Cuomo said. 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Local Libraries Land Almost $700,000 In Construction Grants

first_imgALBANY — Several Chautauqua County libraries will share $699,576 in capital funds for library construction projects in the 2020 State Budget, according to Assemblyman Andrew Goodell.The state funds provide up to 75 percent of approved costs of broadband installation and the acquisition, construction, renovation, or rehabilitation of public libraries or public library system headquarters. Any public library or public library system chartered by the Regents of the State of New York or established by an act of the New York State Legislature is eligible to apply for State Aid for Library Construction.Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.Awards will be shared as follows:The Darwin R. Barker Library Association will receive $10,600; Dunkirk Public Library will receive $18,170; Fluvanna Free Library will receive $9,0000; Hazeltine Public Library will receive $15,900; James Prendergast Library will receive $5,999; Kennedy Free Library will receive $42,542; Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library will receive $62,697; Minerva Free Library will receive $11,625; Patterson Library will receive $323,318 and Ripley Public Library will receive $199,725. “Local libraries struggle with reduced funding and increased costs, creating challenges to their budgets and ability to provide the services relied on by their communities. It is extremely difficult to raise funds for construction in addition to funding routine operating budgets. This construction aid is a valuable resource for libraries to keep their facilities current, viable, safe, and compliant, “Goodell said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Whole New Musical: StarKid Brings Aladdin Parody Twisted to 54 Below

first_img A spoof of the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin (which is, of course, now a Broadway musical), Twisted premiered at the Greenhouse Theatre in Chicago in 2013. Just as Wicked revealed the real story of the Wicked Witch of the West, Twisted intriguingly promises to tell the story of Aladdin from the perspective of Ja’far, the Royal Vizier. Twisted features a score by A.J. Holmes (currently standby for Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon) and Kaley McMahon and a book by Matt Lang, Nick Lang and Eric Kahn Gale. Robert W. Schneider directs the concert, with music direction by Justin Fisher and orchestrations by Andrew Fox. For Twisted tickets and more info, click here. Get a sneak peek of Twisted from the YouTube video below! Got Aladdin fever? You’re not alone! The acclaimed theater troupe StarKid are bringing a concert version of their hit musical parody Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier to 54 Below for two performances on March 17 at 7PM and 11:30PM. StarKid Productions (aka Team StarKid) was founded at the University of Michigan in 2009 by Glee star Darren Criss, Brian Holden, Matt Lang and Nick Lang. Best known for A Very Potter Musical, the company has also created the musicals Me and My Dick, Starship, Holy Musical B@man!, A Very Potter Sequel and A Very Potter Senior Year. Holmes will play Ja’far, joining Jeff Blim as Aladdin, Tyler Brunsman, Andrea Ross, Holly Grossman, Rebecca Spigelman and George Salazar (Godspell). View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Julie Andrews & Idina Menzel to Appear Together On Screen & More

first_img View Comments Julie Andrews and Idina Menzel to Appear Together On Screen The Watch What Happens Live clubhouse is getting a visit from two of Broadway’s greatest! Musical theater legend Julie Andrews and If/Then star Idina Menzel are set to appear on Andy Cohen’s show on May 1. Tune in to hear Andrews and Menzel sing “Take Me Or Leave Me!” (Edit: so, they probably won’t be singing “Take Me Or Leave Me.” Our bad.) The Bravo host usually plays some pretty wacky games with his guests, so the duo better “Let It Go,” “Stay Awake” and be prepared for anything! The Cripple of Inishmaan’s Daniel Radcliffe’s Career Guru Revealed Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has built an extraordinary career outside the blockbuster movie franchise. How? Well, the four-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner now asks himself this question when he’s making professional decisions: What Would Michael Fassbender do? The Inishmaan star told Vulture.com: “I should just get a little bracelet made with that on it…I think everything he does in his career is brilliant.” Tony Shalhoub Idina Menzel Act One’s Tony Shaloub on Reviews, Stairs and More Act One’s Tony Shalhoub stopped by ABC New York to talk about the show, his sensible attitude to reviews and running up and down stairs. Check out the interview below.center_img Tony Winner Barbara Cook is Returning to the New York Stage Barbara Cook is to return to New York-area stages with her new concert Are You Havin’ Any Fun? Barbara Barbara Cook in Concert. The Tony and Grammy winner and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree will play the Symphony Space in Manhattan on April 26, the Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center at Queens College on May 10, the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 31 and the Tarrytown Music Hall on Saturday June 14. Star Files Daniel Radcliffe Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.last_img read more

Jeff Kready on His New Gig as a Murderer in Gentleman’s Guide

first_img Related Shows Star Files Age: 32Hometown: Topeka, KSCurrent Role: Deviously ambitious fortune hunter Monty Navarro, who sets out to knock off eight members of the aristocratic D’Ysquith family in the Tony-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.Stage Cred: Kready made his Broadway debut as the youngest Jean Valjean ever while understudying the role in the 2006 revival of Les Miserables (and met his future wife, The Book of Mormon star Nikki Renee Daniels). After a stint in Billy Elliot in NYC and on tour, he joined the original cast of Gentleman’s Guide.“I grew up singing barbershop in a chorus directed by my dad. When I was still in the womb, I’m told that I kicked really hard when a bad quartet got up to perform at a concert. From that moment, my mom was convinced I had perfect pitch.”“We called Bryce Pinkham ‘iron man’ because he never called in sick. I went on [as Monty] for the first time after the Tonys, and the producer said, ‘Why are you so calm?’ I said, “I’ve had nine months to get ready. If I was freaking out now, you shouldn’t have hired me!”“I’ve never had more fun in a role than playing Monty, and the show itself is a crazy marathon. Monty is off stage for a total of only three minutes and 20 seconds—someone did the math—and he changes so much from beginning to end.”“My wife [Nikki Renee Daniels] and I met in Les Miz, but we were just friends until she left the show. She cornered me at a cast party and said, ‘What’s going on between us?’ I would never have had the courage [to make a move] because she was way out of my league, and still is.”“Raising a family in New York City is so different from how I grew up in Kansas, with a house and a yard. But we’re able to spend all day with our daughter, Lena, who is a year and a half. We sing and read books and go to the park, and Nikki and I leave for work together. We feel completely blessed.”“The best part of fatherhood is the perspective it’s given me. It’s not that I don’t care about my career anymore, but I just want to do well for Lena, not for me. I hope she becomes a podiatrist or something more sensible than an actor!” View Comments Nikki Renée Daniels Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murderlast_img read more

Betty Buckley Will Play Carlotta in Sondheim’s Follies

first_imgWe’re losing our minds over this news! Tony winner Betty Buckley (Cats, 1776, Sunset Boulevard) and more will star in a concert version of Follies at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday this year. There will be two performances of the classic tuner at the prestigious London venue on April 28. The production will be directed by Craig Revel Horwood, choreographed by Andrew Wright, conducted by Gareth Valentine and supported by the City of London Philharmonic Orchestra. Broadway.com has confirmed that Buckley will play Carlotta. The all-star lineup will also include Christine Baranski (Into The Woods), Alistair Brammer (Miss Saigon), Anita Dobson (Eastenders), Alex Hanson (Stephen Ward), Anita Harris (Carry On films), Ruthie Henshall (Chicago), Roy Hudd (Oliver!), Charlotte Page (Pygmalion), Laura Pitt-Pulford (The Sound of Music), Peter Polycarpou (Phantom of the Opera), Stefanie Powers (Hart to Hart) Amy Ellen Richardson (Singin’ in the Rain) and Russell Watson (the UK’s best-selling classical artist). On the soon-to-be demolished stage of the crumbling Weismann Theatre, a reunion is being held to honor the Weissman Follies and the beautiful showgirls who were once its stars. As two couples remember their pasts and face the harsh realities of the present, the shadows of their younger selves remind them of the complicated steps they’ve danced, both on the stage and throughout their lives. Featuring a book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Sondheim, Follies contains well-known songs including “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind.” The original Broadway production of Follies was directed by Harold Prince and opened on April 4, 1971, running for 522 performances and garnering seven Tony Awards. View Commentslast_img read more

Andrew Rannells to Pen Comedy for Judd Apatow & Universal Pictures

first_img View Comments Broadway fave Andrew Rannells and Jersey Boys movie castmember Mike Doyle have teamed up to write an untitled comedy. According to Deadline, Judd Apatow will produce the project for Universal Pictures. No word yet on what the comedy will be about, but apparently Rannells may star in it.Rannells most recently appeared on Broadway headlining Hedwig. He received a Tony nod for his performance as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon; additional Great White Way credits include Jersey Boys and Hairspray. On screen credits include Girls, The New Normal, The Intern and Bachelorette. Doyle’s additional screen appearances include The Advocate, The Invitation and the upcoming Max Steel.Check out Rannells’ appearance on Show People with Paul Wontorek below!last_img read more

Skylight, Starring Carey Mulligan & Bill Nighy, Recoups on B’way

first_imgThe Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy-led Skylight has recouped its entire capitalization. The Tony nominated revival began performances on Broadway on March 13 and officially opened at the Golden Theatre on April 2. Directed by Stephen Daldry, David Hare’s play will run through June 21.Skylight tells the story of a teacher, Kyra Hollis (Mulligan), who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover Tom Sergeant (Nighy) and his son Edward, played by Matthew Beard.The production is nominated for seven 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play, Best Actress in a Play (Mulligan), Best Actor in a Play (Nighy), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Beard), Best Director of a Play (Daldry), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Bob Crowley) and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Natasha Katz).The show was last seen on Broadway in 1996, when it starred Michael Gambon, Lia Williams and Christian Camargo. The current incarnation recently had an acclaimed run in London’s West End. View Commentslast_img read more

London Odds & Ends: John Tiffany, Disney & National Team Up for Pinocchio & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today from the U.K. (which funnily enough doesn’t have a day off celebrating July 4!). John Tiffany, Disney & National Team Up for PinocchioWe’re wishing upon a star that this project makes its way to Broadway! Tony winner John Tiffany is not just bringing Harry Potter to the stage—he’s also teamed up with Disney Theatricals and the U.K.’s National Theatre to potentially put Pinocchio on the boards. Penned by Tiffany’s Tony-winning Once collaborator Enda Walsh, the stage adaptation will be based on the original source of the tale, Carlo Collidi’s The Adventures Of Pinocchio, along with the 1940 Disney animated film (which featured classic tunes including “When You Wish Upon A Star” and “Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life For Me”)). The Daily Mail reports that a workshop will take place later this year and Pinocchio may then make its world premiere at the National in the 2016 holiday season. Design will be by Tony winner Bob Crowley, with choreography by Steven Hoggett.B’way Alum Gugu Mbatha-Raw Set for GlobeGugu Mbatha-Raw will tread the boards at Shakespeare’s Globe! The Beyond the Lights star will appear as Nell in Jessica Swale’s new play Nell Gwynn, directed by Christopher Luscombe. The production will play a limited engagement September 19 through October 11, with opening night scheduled for September 24. Mbatha-Raw is no stranger to the stage—her credits include playing Ophelia opposite Jude Law in Michael Grandage’s Hamlet in the West End and on Broadway. Side note: if you’ve not seen Beyond the Lights yet, turn on Netflix immediately. It comes from Gina Prince-Bythewood, the creator of Love & Basketball, and is thus essential viewing.New Ballet Boy for Billy ElliotOur Spidey sense tells us Nat Sweeney is destined for an incredible evening! He will make his West End stage debut on July 3 in the titular role in Billy Elliot. Sweeney joins Brodie Donougher, Thomas Hazelby, Ollie Jochim and Bradley Perret who alternate as Billy. Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley lead the adult cast as Mrs Wilkinson and Dad, respectively.Cast Switcheroo for The Play That Goes WrongNew York-aimed hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong is getting a new cast in the West End! From August 18, Leonard Cook will play Robert, with Bryony Corrigan as Sandra, Harry Kershaw as Chris, Laura Kirman as Annie, Chris Leask as Trevor, James Marlowe as Max, Laurence Pears as Jonathan and Niall Ransome as Dennis. Directed by Mark Bell, the Olivier-winning show is running at the Duchess Theatre.Trevor Nunn’s a Busy ManRufus Hound, Oliver Cotton, Laurence Spellman, Alex Waldmann and Susan Tracy have been tapped for legendary director Trevor Nunn’s The Wars of the Roses. Starring the previously reported Joely Richardson, the trilogy is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s histories: Henry VI Parts I, II & III and Richard III, by John Barton and in collaboration with Peter Hall. Performances will run September 16 through October 31 at the Rose Theatre Kingston. Will it then be next stop Broadway for Nunn with those puddy Cats? View Commentslast_img read more