U.S. Coast Guard

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A South Buffalo native who was captured by the Japanese during World War II and died while still in captivity will finally be interred in Western New York, decades later. The remains of Coast Guard Lieutenant Thomas James Eugene Crotty, known by friends and loved ones as "Jimmy," were returned Friday in a solemn ceremony at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Joy Malbon / CTV News

Social media has been abuzz this week, after the U.S. Coast Guard rescued 10 caged beagles in North Carolina that were trapped by the rising waters of Hurricane Florence. The Erie County SPCA says more than a dozen dogs from hurricane-ravaged areas have transferred in and are available for adoption.

The first woman to lead the Coast Guard district that covers the Great Lakes is retiring Wednesday. 

In the two years Rear Admiral June Ryan has been Commander of the 9th District, the winters have been mild.  And there hasn’t really been a need for ice-breaking – what she calls the Coast Guard Great Lakes' greatest challenge.


Seventy-five years ago, the SPARS were created to take the job of thousands of Coast Guardsmen who had to leave their posts to fight in World War II. 

Mabel Johnson was one of them – she enlisted in 1943 and was first sent to Cleveland.  The 102-year old returned Thursday for a visit.


"Anyone there? Please, tell us - we're all tired and we're all hungry. Please come back!"

Fake distress calls like this one placed via marine radio can sound identical to real ones. And the U.S. Coast Guard 9th District, which covers the Great Lakes, takes every call seriously.

But the number of fake calls has skyrocketed this year.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Laughlin / U.S. Coast Guard

Buffalo-based U.S. Coast Guardsmen are collaborating with other law enforcement agencies in learning how to respond to acts of terrorism.

USCG Sectr Buffalo Website

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the Black Rock Canal off of the I-190 following a report of persons in a boat in the water.