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Police investigate shooting in Cheektowaga

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Police are investigating a shooting that happened on Woodell Avenue Friday night.

Investigators tell us a middle aged man was shot around 7 p.m. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center to be treated for what police say are life-threatening injuries.

There's no word on what prompted the shooting, but investigators tell us witnesses are being cooperative and that there is no active search going on for the shooter right now.

Woodell is located off of Walden Avenue, south of Cheektowaga Town Park.

Elderly woman killed in Cheektowaga Fire

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - An 87-year-old woman is dead after a fire in Cheektowaga.

Police say Lorraine Jaskowiak died after her home caught fire around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday on Rossler Avenue.

A neighbor reported seeing flames coming from a trash can near the house, and that he ran over and put it out with a garden hose.

Jaskowiak was in cardiac arrest when firefighters arrived and was later pronounced dead.

Firefighters are investigating what caused that fire.

East Aurora Native Launches New Lifestyle Website for Men

East Aurora Native Launches New Lifestyle Website for Men


Steven Helmicki, an anti-concussion advocate and president of Primordial Strength Inc., a private gym located in Elma, announces the launch of his latest project, a lifestyle website for men — primordialman.com.  

Primordialman.com is an affiliate of Schott NYC, a premier USA-based manufacturer of leather goods. The website also features high-quality products such as Chanel Platinum, Omega Watches, Boston Whaler, Gustin Jeans and others.  

Frozen, Spiderman 2 among top costumes locally

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - There are less than two weeks now until Halloween, which means all of the most popular costumes are selling out fast.

On Saturday, we visited Spirit Halloween in Cheektowaga, a seasonal store that pops up all around Western New York this time of year. It's got every kind of prop, decoration, and animated electronic display you could imagine ... including the kind that pop out at you and make you jump.

But it's the costumes that bring the younger crowd in, and as you might expect, the year's biggest TV shows and movies have a lot to do with what the kids want to be.

After Frozen, Spirit Halloween says The Amazing Spiderman 2 is popular for boys. For adults, it's the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones costumes that are moving the fastest.

Enhanced Ebola Screening to Commence in U.S. Airports

Enhanced Ebola Screening to Commence in U.S. Airports


On Oct. 11, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) commenced screening for the Ebola virus at select U.S. airports. Starting with New York’s JFK Airport, all travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will now undergo enhanced entry screening in an effort to detect overt signs of the deadly illness. This week, Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago O-Hare and Atlanta International airports will follow suit. These five airports receive over 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations. 

Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Experts, Native Liberian to Discuss Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

In light of the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Daemen College will host a panel discussion of experts and also offer a personal perspective on the crisis from a native Liberian at the event scheduled for Oct. 20.

The panel discussion, which is part of the Daemen History and Political Science Speakers Series, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

“In addition to the health care threat of this deadly disease, the Ebola epidemic involves many political, cultural and government policy issues,” said Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Daemen associate professor of political science/African affairs and panel chair. “The range of expertise from the panelists will help put the public health impact of the Ebola outbreak into perspective and examine the broader implications of the virus as we face this international crisis.”

Panelists will include:

Depew Leaders and Neighbors Call for Widening of Transit Road

DEPEW, N.Y. -- You may have noticed some new signs that popped up recently along a busy stretch of Transit Road in Depew calling for two things: fixing up the old viaducts that cross Transit Road and widening the road itself.

That stretch of Transit Road in Depew has lanes that are only eight feet across, compared to 10 to 12 feet elsewhere.

Gabrielle Miller says she's the one who put up these signs telling people to take action, and call the New York State Department of Transportation. Unlike other stretches of the busy thoroughfare, "there's no shoulder on either side," she said.

Not only are there no shoulders, there's also no turn lane, which backs up traffic when drivers need to make left-hand turns.

"There's been too many accidents and people hurt because of this section of Transit Road. It needs to be done," Miller said.

She's not alone in her demands.