Archives for December 2016

Lake Effect Snow

The National Weather Service has issued a lake effect snow warning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties until 10 p.m. tonight. Forecasters are calling for eight to 15 inches in areas with the heaviest snow, with gusty winds causing visibility problems.

Cattaraugus County Center Makeover

The big renovation started this week at the Cattaraugus County Center, on the third floor. According to the Salamanca Press, the cost is 400 thousand dollars. Mark Burr, who is Public Works Department Director of Engineering said he wants to make it the courtroom of
tomorrow. The carpeting will be replaced, and cameras and a sound system are all in the works. The General contractor is Duggan & Duggan of Allegany, and crews from the Buffalo area are doing many of the upgrades.

Huge Apartment Complex coming to Buffalo

A huge apartment complex is in the works for Buffalo’s Main Street. City officials say a developer plans to build 300 housing units for graduate students on the site of the Keystone Corporation. The 30-million-dollar project includes the cleanup of the industrial site.

Suspects Charged in Murder

The first of three suspects charged in the murder of a Buffalo restaurant owner will remain jailed until her trial. Shanita Chapman was ordered held without bail yesterday after she pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and robbery. Erie County prosecutors say Chapman was involved in the beating death of 79-year-old Upender Bawa in July. Charges are pending against two suspected accomplices.

Sears Stores Closing

Liquidation sales will begin next week at two Sears stores in western New York. The retailer says it’ll shutter underperforming stores at the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga and Boulevard Mall in Amherst in April. Workers will be given an opportunity to apply for jobs at other Sears or Kmart stores in the region.

Water Line Break in Bradford

A water line broke in East Bradford last night. Authority executive Steve Disney said the line broke on Welch Ave. and is expected to be fixed today. At this time, a boil water advisory is not being implemented.

Judge Retires

The longest serving judge in Cattaraugus County Family Court, is Judge Michael Nenno. He will turn 70, and after 25 years serving, is stepping down. The Salamanca Press reports that earlier this month many friends and collegues celebrated Nenno’s service at a Premier Banquet Facility. We all wish him well.

One boy arrested for Near riot at Galleria

A 14-year-old boy is among several people arrested for a near-riot at the Walden Galleria. Cheektowaga police say the teenager showed up at the mall with a loaded gun after he was ejected during a so-called “mall brawl” on Christmas night. Dozens of teens stormed the mall to cause chaos as part of a loosely organized social media movement to disrupt holiday shopping. Ten people were arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Opiate Abuse

New legislation to combat heroin and opiate abuse in New York is set to take effect soon. On January 1st New laws will become active which make it easier for victims of addiction to have health insurance cover treatment. Yesterday Cuomo announced that the reforms he signed earlier this year should help cut down on addiction by restricting prescriptions of opioids, increasing access to treatment and expanding community prevention strategies.

State Health Workers and the Flu

State health workers who aren’t vaccinated against the flu are now required to wear surgical masks. “The Times Union” reports that flu is considered widespread in New York with nearly 700 flu-related hospitalizations so far this year. State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has required that health workers that haven’t had the flu shot take extra precautions to slow the spread of the illness. Health care workers are at increased risk for the flu and are urged to get vaccinated.