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xx What really happened to Yolanda Bindics?
« Reply #45 on: Mar 9th, 2005, 05:43am »

By GENE WARNER
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3/7/2005


For more than six months, Yolanda Bindics' large family, including 10 sisters and brothers, has clung to the hope that she remains alive.
Family members point out that exhaustive searches of a landfill, a gorge, wooded areas and even a Jamestown river have failed to turn up her body.

"We've torn Jamestown apart, and we haven't found any sign of her," said one sister, Anne Chmielewski of Buffalo. "That honestly has given me some kind of hope."

Now those hopes are starting to fade. For the first time since Bindics disappeared Aug. 10, her siblings sound less optimistic that the Buffalo native and Jamestown mother of four remains alive.

Fueling that doubt is the investigation into Michael Watson, a suspended Jamestown police officer who had been seeing their sister.

For almost 10 years, Yolanda Bindics had a crush on Watson. She called him her "hunky-doody cop." Her cell phone records show she often called his cell phone, often in the wee hours of the morning.

"She was infatuated with him," said Margaret Ostrom, the Bindics sister closest in age to Yolanda, who would be 26 now. "She would have pursued a relationship with him, if he was interested."

Now, a 32-page disciplinary document from the Jamestown Police Department claims that Watson had a sexual relationship with Bindics, and authorities have called him a "person of interest" in her disappearance.

Among 23 departmental misconduct charges against Watson, he's accused of being absent from his jailer duties early on the morning of Aug. 11, just hours after Bindics vanished.

A recent Buffalo News story on that report clearly has eroded some of the family's optimism.

"Before that article, I felt very strongly that she's still alive," Ostrom said in a lengthy phone interview from her North Carolina home. "Now that I've read that article, I'm scared.

"I'm sickened by what I read about him and his behavior and knowing that Yolanda was involved with him," she added.





Watson's record

Previously indicted on 12 counts of stalking and harassing three other women, Watson also has been accused of having sex with two female police employees on government property.

"His pattern of aggressive, psychopathic activity over the years and the coincidental nature of his contact with Yolanda Bindics has to lead police to investigate his possible role in her disappearance," said one law enforcement official.

Authorities have little doubt Bindics' disappearance resulted from foul play. They agree with family members that she seemed too devoted to her four children to flee for so long.

The case is filled with little mysteries - including Bindics' "secret."

Family members disagree about how relevant it was, but Bindics had a secret to tell Ostrom.

About seven hours before she disappeared, Bindics talked with Ostrom, asking her to call her after 8 p.m., because she had something to tell her.

"When she was pregnant with Allison and Emily (her two youngest children), I was the first one she told that she was pregnant," Ostrom said. "This time, the way she said it, it sounded like the same thing."

Some family members suspect that was the case. If so, they wonder whether the expectant father could have been involved.

No one has been labeled a suspect in Bindics' disappearance. The last time she was seen was at about 8:20 p.m. Aug. 10, after she left work at a Jamestown dollar store. Without a body or any evidence of an abduction, there's no proof of any crime.





Family's suspicions

The Bindics family, which has organized searches and tried to keep pressure on authorities to solve the case, has suspicions about some of her former boyfriends. She has four daughters, by four different men.

• One longtime boyfriend proposed to her five days before her disappearance, during a day trip to a Niagara Falls, Ont. casino. She declined.

• Two of the four fathers reportedly had abusive relationships with her at some point, and one has served some prison time.

Plenty of theories, but little proof. When several Bindics family members were asked to rank their top three suspects, no lists were exactly alike.

Family members, though, seem haunted by the charges against Watson, and authorities remain interested in his possible role.

Edward C. Cosgrove, the former Erie County district attorney, was named a special prosecutor in the Watson case, after Chautauqua County officials faced a possible conflict of interest. Cosgrove presented the evidence that led to the indictment against Watson.

"I have the strongest continuing interest in the events surrounding Ms. Bindics' disappearance, even though I have secured an indictment on the stalking and harassment charges," Cosgrove said.

Bindics family members knew about Yolanda's infatuation with Watson. Some didn't realize how close the two were.

"I thought she just had a crush on him," said Patricia Bindics, Yolanda's mother. "She said he was her hunky-doody cop. That was her pet name for him."

But now, the mounting allegations against Watson have fed the family's suspicions.

"More so now than a month ago, he seems like a person of interest in Yolanda's disappearance," said one sister, Trish Bindics of North Tonawanda.

Yolanda Bindics, the youngest of 11, was born in Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo. Raised on the Lower West Side, she attended three Buffalo schools before moving to Jamestown with her family at age 10.

She confided in Ostrom, who's a year older, telling her many details about her interest in the Jamestown police officer.

For the last two or three years, it became a regular habit, with Bindics telling Ostrom, "Guess who came by again?"

"She was thrilled and excited, because it was her hunky-doody cop, and she was infatuated with him," Ostrom said.

Her younger sister even told her about the routine when Watson stopped in front of her residence in his police car.

If nobody else was outside, she would go out and often take a ride in the patrol car, Ostrom said that Bindics told her. The two sisters never talked about how intimate the relationship was, but Ostrom wasn't surprised by the claim that it was sexual.

"I was concerned about her relationship with Watson," she said. "I just didn't like the fact that Yolanda had to sneak around with him."

Three nights before Bindics disappeared, Ostrom, back home in Jamestown, spent the evening with her sister. Twice that night, Bindics made references to Watson.

On one occasion, the two sisters were standing outside a Jamestown dance club when a police car drove by.

"Nope, not my hunky-doody cop," Ostrom remembered her sister saying.

Later that night, while they were walking to their car, another police car passed by.

"I think that was my hunky-doody cop," Bindics said.





Frequent calls

Following her disappearance, family members have learned that Bindics made frequent calls on her cell phone to Watson's cell phone.

"It almost seemed like she was calling him every night," Ostrom said. "The times were like 3 o'clock (a.m.), 2:30, 3:30, 4 o'clock."

Other mysteries remain, including the pregnancy question.

Although authorities presumably checked doctors' records, they haven't told the family whether Bindics was pregnant.

"We have not found any indication of her pregnancy," Jamestown Police Capt. Lee C. Davies said.

While detectives continue looking for new leads, the investigation hasn't yielded much new information recently.

"We're still hoping somebody in the public has some information that they were afraid to come forward with or thought it was irrelevant," Davies said.

He wouldn't comment on Watson's possible involvement in the Bindics case, adding that Jamestown police asked the FBI to investigate that angle. An FBI spokesman declined to comment, and Watson's attorney did not return a phone call seeking his comment.

Meanwhile, Bindics' four daughters - Katelyn, 8; Courtney, 6; Allison, 3; and Emily, almost 2 - now live apart, three with their fathers' families and Emily with Yolanda's sister Christine.

"That's heartbreaking," Chmielewski said. "That's what hurts so much, that they're apart from each other."
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« Reply #46 on: May 12th, 2005, 06:38am »

Jamestown, NY, May 11, 2005) - - Police in Jamestown are taking a new approach in their search for a missing mother of four.

Officers are using a remote controlled camera system to scan the sewer system under Lafayette Street.

They are looking for any trace of 26 year old Yolanda Bindics, who disappeared nine months ago after leaving her job on nearby Fluvanna Avenue.

Investigators are not releasing results of this latest search
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« Reply #47 on: Jun 21st, 2005, 06:24am »

Yet another one of my mass emails hoping to gain some national attention for Yolanda Bindics. My emails serve multiple purposes for me. It's not only good therapy for me as I ramble on about the misfortunes that Yolanda and her family has endured over the last ten months but it also serves as a good source for many others to learn about Yolanda's Case.

I've been watching the news now more than ever and I've come to realize that not all Missing Persons are equal. Just recall the stories of the missing bride, Jennifer Wilbanks, Lori Hacking, Laci Peterson, Elizabeth Smart, and Chandra Levy. They are all white, young, attractive, upper-middle-class women. It isn't fair to the more than 100,000 active files on missing adults and children currently tracked by the F.B.I who don't fit into this nice and tidy package.

Now it's Natalee Holloway's disappearance that the media is going overboard about. Of course, I don't deny that this case and the other mentioned cases here aren't an agonizing and a terrible situation for those involved. Unfortunately, this media attention on so few people overshadows a million other missing people like Yolanda Bindics, Jamestown NY mother of four small girls. Yolanda is young and white but does fit the media's "Upper-Middle Class Princess" requirements. No, Yolanda is no Princess; but should this stop the media from treating her case as equally as the other cases mentioned here? Why are her children not gaining the same respect as the families of these other missing girls? This lack of respect and equality is not fair to Yolanda and the many others like her. It's not fair that we have to fight, scream, beg, and work our tails off to get some attention. Let's take our local newspaper here in Jamestown as an example of lack of media coverage. It wasn't until days later that they mentioned Yolanda's disappearance and it was only a small 3x5 article found in one of the sections of the paper. Halloway's case on the other hand made the front page. It wasn't until it was discovered that a local police officer, Michael Watson, was named as "the person of interest" that our local media sources started giving Yolanda's case any real attention. Don't get me wrong there were some real nice heart-filled pieces done about Yolanda, unfortunately these media sources came from Buffalo and not from our own town which is about an hour from buffalo. There has been no real news on Yolanda in quite some time now. It's as if our local community has already forgotten about her. You would think more people would care, considering she is still missing and her abductor is still out there.

Yolanda was last seen on Tuesday, August 10th, 2004 at 8:20 p.m., sitting in her car, talking on her cell phone in the parking lot of the Family Dollar Store on Fluvanna Avenue where she worked, after locking the shop up for the night. She told her brother, who was watching her four daughters, that she was stopping on the way home to buy some milk and cash a check. Yolanda's car was found the following evening at a local Arby's restaurant, also located on Fluvanna Avenue. Since then Yolanda's purse and keys were found washed up in some nearby sewers. Her cell phone was not in the purse and there has not been any cell phone activity since. There were no groceries in her car and the check was never cashed. As for the Police Officer involved, Michael Watson, there has been no new information lately; it's as if his scrupulous activities have gone left unpunished.

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xx Re: Yolanda Bindics - Aug. 10, 2004 - NY
« Reply #48 on: Jul 15th, 2005, 9:31pm »

Wednesday, July 6th 2005
The trial of a Jamestown police officer,Michael Watson, is set to begin August 10th . Which also marks the 1 year anniversary of Yolanda's disappearance.

Tuesday, June 28th 2005
Darien Thomas, the father of one of Yolanda's girls, was placed under arrest after threatening to stab some Jamestown police officers.

Wednesday, April 13th 2005
The Jamestown Police Department conducted an early morning planned search in the Monroe Street and Chadakoin Park area in Jamestown.

Tuesday, February 22nd 2005
Among 23 departmental misconduct charges against Watson, he's accused of being absent from his jailer duties early on the morning of Aug. 11, just hours after Bindics vanished.

Saturday, January 15th 2005
Benefit Held - Western New Yorkers showed generosity and support for the children of a missing Jamestown woman, Yolanda Bindics.

Monday, January 3rd 2005
Suspended Jamestown police officer Michael Watson pleaded not guilty to stalking and harassment charges.

Wednesday, November 3rd 2004
Crimestoppers is offering an additional reward of up to $1,000.

Thursday, October 14th 2004
The case of a missing Jamestown mother hit the national airwaves.The hit CBS Television drama "Without a Trace" featured a public service announcement about 26 year old Yolanda Bindics.

Tuesday, October 5th 2004
Jamestown Police Officer Michael Watson is accused of harassing and stalking a number of women.

Monday, October 4th 2004
A Jamestown city police officer who has been on leave since shortly after the disappearance of a mother of four was arrested on unrelated stalking charges.

Friday, October 1st 2004
The FBI Friday posted a $20,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Yolanda Bindics.

Wednesday, September 29th 2004 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOLANDA!

Wednesday, September 15th 2004
Police have found another piece of physical evidence in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Yolanda Bindics.

Wednesday, September 8th 2004
New evidence found that may help them find Yolanda Bindics.

Thursday, September 2nd 2004
The search for Yolanda Bindics took an interesting twist, as investigators moved their search from Jamestown, New York, where Bindics was last seen, a gorge in western New.

Wednesday, September 1st 2004
Custody battle of Yolanda's children

Monday, August 30th 2004
Investigators confirm that Carte is "not a top person of interest" in Bindics's disappearance.

Saturday, August 28th 2004
Clarence (Carl) Carte of Jamestown, New York, was arraigned Saturday morning, and charged as a "Fugitive from Justice."

Friday, August 27th 2004
Another "Person of Interest", has been named, Clarence Carte (aka Carl). Police brought His car in as possible evidence.

Thursday, August 26th 2004
A search crew of about 50 people from numerous agencies are searched a three square mile area of Jamestown , in connection with the disappearance of 25 year old Yolanda Bindics.

Wednesday, August 25th 2004
Jamestown Police Dept. moves missing woman's case to front burner.

Tuesday, August 24th 2004
Michael Watson, was still on active duty in the early and most crucial days of the investigation.

Monday, August 23rd 2004
High-ranking officials confirm that Officer Michael Watson of the Jamestown Police Department was placed on paid administrative leave last week.

Friday, August 20th 2004
There was another massive search effort Thursday for missing 25 year-old Yolanda Bindics. Near the Jamestown Plaza where her abandoned car was found more than a week earlier.

Thursday, August 19th 2004
A Jamestown police officer has been placed on administrative leave, after he admitted being in a relationship with the mother of four.

Tuesday, August 17th 2004
Police received several calls yesterday from people saying they heard Bindics body was found in a dumpster. Officers had to convince them that those reports are not true.

Monday, August 16th 2004
Jamestown - Volunteers and police searched over the weekend for a mother of four who's been missing since Aug. 10.

Saturday, August 14th 2004
Friends and family of a missing Jamestown woman are asking for help to join them for a search on Sunday morning at 11:00 on Fluvanna Avenue at locations where she and her car were last seen.

Friday, August 13th, 2004
Jamestown Police are now working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in the search for the missing mother of four children.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004
25 year old, Yolanda Bindics was last seen about 8:30pm

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xx Re: Yolanda Bindics - Aug. 10, 2004 - NY
« Reply #49 on: Jul 15th, 2005, 9:33pm »

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« Reply #50 on: Jul 23rd, 2005, 11:07pm »

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Pig Roast to Benefit
the Children of YOLANDA BINDICS
There will be Food, Refreshments including Beer, Baskets of Cheer Auction,
Horseshoe Tournament and 50/50 Raffles
*No one under 21 admitted.
WHEN: Saturday, August 6th Noon - 10pm
WHERE: Falconer Rod & Gun Club (Dow Street) Buffalo Street Ext, Falconer NY
COST: Pre-Purchased Donation - $15/ticket / At-Door Donation - $20/person


Tickets can be purchased at the Door or from:
Jamestown - Patricia Bindics (716) 483-6479
Buffalo - Jim Bindics (716) 827-5815,
April (716) 818-9915
Anne Bindics (716) 876-2651 or (716) 348-2649
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xx Family Still Searching for Yolanda
« Reply #51 on: Aug 6th, 2005, 11:03pm »

The family of a missing Jamestown mother of four is holding a benefit Saturday for her children.

Yolanda Bindics vanished without a trace nearly a year ago after she left work at the Jamestown Family Dollar.

Since then, Yolanda's family has helped raise her four daughters. But, for the most part, they've been living apart, which has been difficult for one of her youngest. "Just the things she says sometimes, like my mommy is in a castle somewhere but she'll be home soon," says Anne Chmielewski, Yolanda's sister. "She sees her pictures on my car and at the store still, and says 'there's my mommy.' Terribly heartbreaking."

The benefit will be held from noon until 10 pm Saturday, August 6, 2005 at the Falconer Rod and Gun Club.

There is a $20 donation at the door, which includes food and beverages.

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« Reply #52 on: Aug 10th, 2005, 10:30am »

Jamestown, NY (WBEN) - It's been a year since a Jamestown mother of four sparked a massive manhunt. And still her family keeps hope alive.

Yolanda Bindics was last seen at a Dollar Store on Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown. Her car was later recovered at a nearby fast food restaurant, and her keys found months later in a city storm grate.

Since she was reported missing, family, friends and supporters have spent hours combing the city, and nearby areas, for clues to her disappearance and possible wherabouts, and her mother, Patricia, tells NewsRadio 930 WBEN that on most days, she has hope she will see her daughter again.

Tonight, the famiy will lead a flashlight walk from the store where Yolanda was last seen, one year ago today.

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« Reply #53 on: Aug 10th, 2005, 10:33am »

Please remember Yolanda today, 8/10/05, missing 1 year.

See video below of Yolanda:

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« Reply #54 on: Aug 11th, 2005, 09:08am »

A man who has been called a person of interest in the Yolanda Bindics case has been arrested again.

Investigators have confirmed that Michael Watson, a Jamestown police officer was having a relationship with Bindics before she disappeared.

In an unrelated case, Watson was arrested during a domestic dispute and charged with harrasment last night.

Watson is already facing charges of stalking and harassment from incidents last year.

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« Reply #55 on: Sep 24th, 2005, 9:16pm »

Jim Viola, husband of missing wife, Patricia Viola has created a video online for those of you who have followed the case of missing mother of four, Yolanda Bindics. Her birthday is on Sept. 29th and she remains missing.
Mr. Viola has used his own personal experience of having a missing loved one to help other families. He has created several wonderful videos for the families of the missing. Please have a look at Yolanda's birthday rememberance. Also if you get some extra time, please visit Jim's website for his wife Patricia.

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« Reply #56 on: Sep 29th, 2005, 07:31am »

From Michelle:

September 29th will be Yolanda Bindics 27th Birthday and is the second birthday Yolanda has missed with her family. Yolanda is still out there missing with no answers.

It's been 415 days since Yolanda Bindics vanished. 415 Sad days for her Children, Family and Friends. 415 days too many!!

Please Stop by Yolanda's Forum to make special Birthday Wish.

Please help make a dream come true for the Bindics family. Take the time to write to call Delilah at 1-888-6delilah or visit Delilah's website http://www.radiodelilah.com asking for the song "Somewhere Out There" to be played and dedicated to Yolanda on September 29th. . Perhaps someone, somewhere out there can provide the clue that will bring this family together again.
A Special Message to Yolanda:
Yolanda, you are missed by all, terribly.
If you could only know the love and support
that you have from so many people,
not only from your loved ones
but also from total strangers.
So many have come out to wish you well
and to help you find your way home.
I pray that one day you can look back
and read this and put the past behind you.
I pray that you find your way home soon.
Yolanda you are loved by us all and we will never give up on you!
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« Reply #57 on: Oct 7th, 2005, 09:16am »

Jamestown, NY (WBEN) - A suspended police officer is suing the City of Jamestown, according to multiple reports.

Michael Watson has filed a defamation of character lawsuit against the city, its police chief and two other officers.

Watson's suit claims he was named as a "person of interest" in the Yolanda Bindics disappearance without justification.

The filing points out that the officer took a polygraph test, submitted to searches of his property and volunteered a DNA sample.

It also claims that on the night Bindics disappeared last year, Watson was working as a jailer.

He remains suspended without pay.

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« Reply #58 on: Nov 25th, 2005, 11:33pm »

Bindics Case Featured On Larry King

Updated: 11/26/2005

The case of a local missing woman received national attention Friday night on CNN's Larry King Live. The show mentioned several missing people, including Yolanda Bindics of Jamestown.

For obvious reasons this moment could not have been any harder for Yolanda's old sister Ann Chmielewski. Clinging to the hand of her son, she watched as the story of her missing sister was heard for the first time by a national audience. The show dedicated a full hour to similar cold cases across America.

"Now there are other missing persons we want to discuss like Yolanda Bindics," King said around 40 minutes into the show.

At that moment, Chmielewski began to cry.

"It let the world know she has four little girls at home, dying without her," Chmielewski said. "They need their mom."

Bindics, a mother of four and only 25 at the time, disappeared without a trace in August of 2004 after leaving work at the Jamestown Family Dollar. The next day authorities found her car. Two months later they found her wallet and car keys washed up from a city storm drain. That was it.

Her family tried for the same national attention given to other cases, like that of Natalie Holloway. But aside from a mention on America's Most Wanted's website, this is as close as they've come.

"It seems like [someone should] wake me up because I'm still dreaming," said Chmielewski, describing what it's like to have a missing sibling. "Even though it's been this long, it doesn't matter."

Oddly enough, just an hour later another of Yolanda's sisters, Margaret, appeared during On the Record with Greta Van Sustren on Fox News. Margaret was part of an audience of families with a missing loved one.

Greta: "And she vanished without a trace?"
Margaret: (crying) "Yes."

Jamestown Police recently admitted they're still no closer to figuring out what happened than they were at the time of Yolanda's disappearance. They also promised to keep looking, pointing to other national cases that have been solved after going cold for years.

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xx "Flurry Of Activity" In Bindics Case
« Reply #59 on: Jun 7th, 2006, 07:00am »

by: Aaron Saykin

There are new developments in the case of a missing Jamestown mother of four. Police say recently there's been "a flurry of activity" in their investigation into what happened to Yolanda Bindics.

In September of 2004 Jamestown Police found Bindics’ purse, car keys and other belongings after they washed up from a city storm drain. It had been one of the last visible periods of major activity in the case... until now.

Police tell 2 On Your Side their investigation has become "very active" the last two weeks.

According to one investigator, this coincides with both new information and FBI forensic lab results they recently received. They had tested evidence collected by Jamestown Police, including those items that washed up from the storm drain.

We asked the investigator why it took so long for the test results to come back. He said he was told by the FBI there is a major back-log at its Quantico, Virginia lab, delaying cases all over the country.

The new activity was welcome news to Yolanda's mother.

"Even if it's bad news -- dire news -- and whether we're fearing the worst, I'm still happy they're coming up with something [so] that we can maybe come into the truth about what really happy to Yolanda," Patricia Bindics said.

Yolanda, a mother of four, was last seen in August of 2004 leaving work at the Jamestown Family Dollar. The next day her car was found at a nearby Arby's with no sign of a struggle. Police believed she was probably taken by someone she knew. The case remained active but quiet.

Reporter: "Emotionally, how difficult has ordeal been on you?"
Mrs. Bindics: "It's been terrible. It's been very difficult. I think you can tell by the way I look... that the emotional hardship that this is really having on us."

The same investigator said the department recently interviewed and re-interviewed several people. He would not say whether the evidence they collected now pointed toward someone or if it could lead to an arrest which would help solve a nearly two-year-old mystery.

"I'm hopeful that we'll have the truth... in some way," Patricia Bindics said.

http://www.wgrz.com/news/columnist/blogs/2TheNewsroom_article.aspx?storyid=38588

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