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Depew Family Sues State in November Storm Death

DEPEW, NY - On Wednesday, we told you that the family of corrections officer had filed a notice of claim against Erie County for his death.

Now the family of a Depew man is suing the state, and plans to sue Erie County and Cheektowaga, after their loved one was found buried in his car days after he called 911 for help.

"The fact that he died of a painful and distressful death, waiting to be picked up, waiting to be rescued, has the whole family outraged," said Steven Cohen, the attorney for the Deneke family.

Deneke, one of the 13 victims of the November storm, was from Depew. He was 51 years old, and had two daughters.

Man injured in Cheektowaga hit and run accident

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.- Cheektowaga Police are looking for the driver they said fled the scene after hitting someone early Saturday morning on Genesee Street.

According to police, the driver was traveling eastbound in a truck on Genesee Street just east of Holtz Drive when they hit a 58-year-old man walking in the roadway. The man suffered a broken arm.

Police say the vehicle is described as a red or maroon 2003-2006 Chevrolet Silverado or 2003-2006 GMC Sierra, possibly with a white cap. The vehicle may have right side damage, with the passenger side mirror broken or completely off.

Anyone who saw the accident or has seen the vehicle in question is asked to contact Cheektowaga Police at (716) 686-3580.

Quick police work, Narcan save UB student's life

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Cheektowaga police officers helped save the life of a UB student who was found unconscious in his apartment.

Two On Your Side's Steve Brown tells us about the life-saving drug the officers used, and why they are using it more frequently these days.

Heed the Advice of a Professional Before Saying ‘I Do’ to a Wedding Photographer

Heed the Advice of a Professional Before Saying ‘I Do’ to a Wedding Photographer


The late spring to early fall months are considered peak wedding season — and that season will be here before you know it. And with your big day comes a lot of big decisions, including the selection of a wedding photographer.

Elizabeth Snyder, owner of Elizabeth Snyder Photography, LLC, is a well-known local wedding photographer who has worked with countless Western New York couples to provide them with photographic memories that will last a lifetime. Today she would like to share some professional advice on finding a wedding photographer to meet your needs.

Tea Times Set at Hull House

The Hull Family Home and Farmstead will hold its annual Irish Tea on Sunday, March 15, at 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster.

Seatings will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will include tea sandwiches, muffins, scones, other desserts and choice of tea.

Tours of the circa-1810 home also will be offered to guests from noon to 4 p.m.

The cost is $20 per adult and $15 per child.

For reservations, call 741-7032.

Family of three and dog escape house fire

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - A Cheektowaga father and son and their beloved dog are all safe after a two-alarm fire destroyed their home.

The owner of the house on Broadway, not far from Dick Road, says he had just gotten into his car to take his young son to daycare when he smelled smoke. At first he thought it was because his tires had been spinning in his snow clogged driveway, but then he saw it coming from his house.

Firefighters say the bitter temps made it an even more difficult fire to battle. A total of about 35 volunteers were called in to help.

It's believed the fire started in the kitchen but the cause is still under investigation.

Daemen’s Advanced OMPT Program Progresses to Master’s Degree

Daemen’s Advanced OMPT Program Progresses to Master’s Degree

Daemen College’s Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Fellowship Program, the only post-professional offering of its kind in New York State, has received State Department of Education approval to now be offered as a master’s degree.

Adhering to the rigorous academic and clinical requirements already established for the fellowship credential, the master-level program will offer licensed, experienced physical therapists training to develop advanced psychomotor and analytical skills in manual physical therapy, a growing specialization in the field.

“Transitioning OMPT to a master’s degree puts Daemen at the forefront of physical therapy education nationally and will help expand the network of specialists in this growing health care discipline,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.