BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — As summer rolled on in western New York in August, police were hard at work creating some sensational headlines.
Foremost of those headlines in August of 2015 was the seizure of the largest combined amount of drugs in U.S. history. Officers say that seizure was made in western New York, as police sniffed out a string of drugs that traveled across the nation.
Officers in one fell swoop took over $3.5 million in drugs off the streets. The drug organizations that did that funneled $13 million in cash to shell companies, officers say.
Compassion also ruled the day for readers of WIVB.com as they turned to two human interest stories that would be popular throughout the month.
One such story details the troubles at Darien Lake as they attempt to maintain order through large crowds of people. It focused on one young woman who recounted being assaulted, knocked out and having her hearing aids ripped out in the process.
The assault left her in the emergency room and forced to pay out of pocket for hearing aids.
MORE | Read about her assault here.
The story of a young local dancer whose family reported being turned away due to her having Down Syndrome.
The dance studio reportedly turned away Anna because they wouldn’t feel comfortable taking responsibility for the child, however Anna’s parents took issue with that reasoning.
Anna had practiced dance for six years at another studio, but wanted to allow Anna to have other opportunities.
The story sparked outrage on social media and put pressure on the dance studio, which News 4 declined to name.
Anna continues to practice dance.
MORE | Read Anna’s story here.
In all more than 5.5 million readers turned to WIVB.com for their news in August.