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Daemen Opening State-of-the-Art Visual Effects Facility

Daemen Opening State-of-the-Art Visual Effects Facility

Marking an important milestone in a Buffalo Billion project targeting Western New York’s emerging film and television post-production industry, a newly completed nearly $2 million state-of-the-art visual effects facility will be officially unveiled by Daemen College at a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Dec. 5.

The celebration will take place at 10 a.m. in the Daemen International Center for Excellence in Animation located in the Tri Main Center at 2495 Main St. in Buffalo. Daemen President Gary A. Olson, members of the Daemen community and dignitaries are expected to be in attendance. An open house for the community is also planned from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Woman accused of stealing $50,000 from church


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - A Cheektowaga woman has been indicted on charges of stealing thousands of dollars from a Cheektowaga church. On Thursday, the Erie County District attorney said that 46-year old Kim Pietrzak stole nearly $50,000 from Resurrection church.

The 28-count indictment unsealed against her claims she took the money from the parish's bingo proceeds.

Pietrzak faces up to 50 years in state prison if she's convicted.


Cheektowaga police search for assault suspect


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - An alleged assault in Cheektowaga Thursday morning led to a police chase both on the roads and through people's backyards.

Police say the suspect reportedly attacked a woman at the Millennium Hotel on Walden Avenue, and then took off in a friend's car.

He ran off after sideswiping a school bus and spinning out in the intersection of Walden and Harlem.

Lt. Tony Filipski of the Cheektowaga Police Department told us:"The driver of the car got out and ran on foot through the yards. Our officers set up a perimeter. They tried to close it in, but he got through the perimeter, and the state police responded with a tracking dog."

Despite that the man got away. But police say they know who he is, and they also stress the community was never in any danger.


Family of Four Escapes Cheektowaga House Fire


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - A Cheektowaga family of four is safe after an early morning fire in their home on Leni Lane.

It started around 3:30 a.m., and investigators believe a ceiling fan in a second floor bathroom overheated causing the fire.

Nobody was hurt in the fire, and the flames were out within an hour.


'Heart of Niagara' shows off adoptable dogs


NIAGARA COUNTY - Who could say no to that face? The

Heart of Niagara

animal rescue was showing off about a dozen adoptable dogs at the Walden Galleria on Sunday.

Shoppers were invited to meet the animals, find out more about the adoption process, and whether they'd be a good fit for the animals.


Stores punished for not opening on Thanksgiving


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Ready or not, the holiday shopping season is upon us this year. You can already see the decorations up in many stores. But there's still a lot of debate about when retailers should open their doors to shoppers for the Thanksgiving weekend. Lately, stores have been opening much earlier than the traditional Black Friday.

Stores at the Walden Galleria have been told that the mall will be opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving day -- that's six hours earlier than last year.

And now, some small store managers are worried they could be fined if they choose to stay closed on the holiday.

Two On Your Side's Andrea Marvin has the story.


Rollover crash on I-90 at 190


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - A viewer sent us a picture of several motorists jumping in to help rescue a driver involved in a rollover crash on the New York State Thruway Saturday afternoon.

The accident happened right near the I-190 interchange around 1 p.m. State Police tell us the vehicle hit a concrete barrier and flipped. There's no word as to the cause of the accident.

The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Dog control was called to take care of the driver's dog, which was uninjured in the crash.

Traffic was backed up for a time as crews cleared the scene.