Archives for July 2017

Drugs found in Hotel Room at Casino

The Southern Tier Regional Task Force Agents found 200 bags of fentanyl, pills and marijuana, in three Buffalo Men’s vehicle and in their Seneca Allegany Casino Hotel room. The Olean Times Herald reports the three are facing charges after executing search warrants in their car and hotel room. Jose R. Alvarez, 21, and Angel L. Cabrera, 25, both of Buffalo, and Wilfredo Cruz Jr., 20, of Tonawanda, were charged Thursday with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both class B felonies.

Uber Drivers in Western NY

Bars and entertainment venues are among the most requested locations for western New York Uber drivers. The ride-sharing service is celebrating its first month in business in Buffalo by listing its top ten drop-off points. Buffalo Niagara International Airport takes the top spot, followed by Falley Allen, Sky Bar and the Buffalo Greyhound station. Canalside is sixth and the Buffalo Riverworks was ranked tenth.

Niagara River Back to Normal

Water in the Niagara River is back to normal after a sludgy substance was seen near the Maid of the Mist dock. Niagara Falls Water Board officials say the “black” water was caused by a routine change in the wastewater treatment process at the Buffalo Road water plant. Aerial pictures this past weekend captured the ink-colored water and people reported a foul stench in the area.

Cattaraugus County Fair

Big celebration day coming up for the Cattaraugus County Fair, that opens today. It’s the 175th year of the annual fair and there will be fireworks on August 6th. As usual, you can expect a lot of fun things happening at the Cattaraugus Fair. According to The Salamanca Press, some things returning like the Commerford Petting Zoo, Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Indian River Lumberjack Show, Granpa Cratchet Puppet Show, Pratt Family Chainsaw Carving and Horses, Horses, Horses. Admission into the Cattaraugus County Fair is ten bucks.

Bills Training Camp

Buffalo Bills Training camp is underway in Rochester, co-owner Kim Pegula told WKBW that there’s a lot of excitement this season with a new GM and new coaches. “The Buffalo News” reports the Bills are off to a healthy start with only one player unable to physically perform. New head coach Sean McDermott says he’s comfortable and excited to get started for real.

Elderly Vet Happy Ending

The search for an elderly veteran in Tonawanda has a happy ending. Yesterday, 79-year-old Harold Roberts was still in the hospital recovering after being found in the woods after four days. He was found on his back after days near the Rails to Trails path. Roberts was dehydrated but in good spirits.

Fued Continues

The Cellino and Barnes feud continues to escalate. Ross Cellino and Stephen Barnes were represented in court, last week, over the issue of their successful personal injury law firm being dissolved. Cellino has accused Barnes of being a bully and creating a toxic work environment while Barnes has accused Cellino of trying to poach lawyers for his new firm. The judge says he’ll rule on the firm’s dissolution in September and warned both lawyers to not do anything to hurt the status quo in the meantime.

Field Of Dreams

The Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency is proposing the Field of Dreams Assisted living center undergo a design. The Olean Times Herald reports that the developer says the 17 million dollar, 140 bed facility will be the “best engineered” complex in the area. The center was set to be finished in 2018, now it’s looks the completion date will be in 2019.

Camp Scholar

Prospect Elementary and Seneca Intermediate are hosting Camp Scholar this summer. The Salamanca Press reports that the camp is too keep kids mentally active during the summer months. Camp Scholar is a free academic program for students between kindergarten and the sixth grade. The program is through the Salamanca City Central School District, and Camp Scholar focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities with an exploration hour.

Cyber Extortion Attempts at Medical Center

The Erie County Medical Center is spending millions of dollars to recover from cyber extortion attempts. In April, the hosptal’s computer system was locked up by international hackers demanding 30-thousand-dollars. WIVB reported that ECMC refused to pay and has spent ten-million-dollars to rebuild a new computer system. An ECMC official said they would have had to pay for a new computer system even if they paid the hackers, who they believe would’ve asked for more money if they had caved.