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'Galleria of Treats' provides safe and fun trick-or-treating


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - It was a Galleria of Treats at the Cheektowaga mall on Beggar's Night as Channel 2 On Your Side and partners staged a safe and fun, family-friendly trick-or-treat night.

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Suspect in custody after Cheektowaga standoff


CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.- A man is custody after a standoff with Cheektowaga Police near Cleveland Hill High School that lasted about five hours.

According to police, the man got into an argument with his wife and assaulted her. She then left the house and went to a neighbor's home to call police.

When officers went into the house to arrest the man they say he pointed what appeared to be a silver handgun at them. The officers then backed away, sealed the perimeter and called in the SWAT Team.

"In this situation we had the ability to take cover, take quick cover, "Lt. Thomas Wentland said after the incident. "In some situations, we have to react differently"

Catholic Charities Children’s Services to Host Free Session on Foster Parent Process Nov. 18

Catholic Charities of Buffalo invites parents, families and individuals residing in Erie County who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent to attend an introductory information session Nov. 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. at 525 Washington St., Buffalo.

Catholic Charities provides foster care services to children of all ages, racial and ethnic groups who cannot live safely in their own homes or need to be placed in the permanent care of a loving family. The children under foster care may have special physical, emotional or psychological needs, and may include siblings who should be placed together. There is currently a specific need for homes to foster adolescent children ages 12-18.

Financial support, a clothing allowance and medical coverage are provided to families.

The final information session for 2014 will take place on Dec. 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen College will begin offering courses next spring for a new master of social work (MSW) degree, which will include a concentration in the high-demand practice area of children and families, making it the first MSW program offered at a private college in Western New York.

The New York State Department of Education has granted approval for Daemen to offer the MSW degree that’s designed to provide advanced training for experienced professionals and students with a background in liberal arts who are looking to further or begin their education in the field.

Police: Landlord Who Shot Tenant Had Long Friendship


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Cheektowaga police are revealing new information about a murder investigation from late last week.

It was on Friday night, that 2 On Your Side reported a shooting in a quiet area of Cheektowaga.

Police now tell us an argument led to a landlord shooting one of his tenants.

According to police, Thomas Szczesniak shot and killed a tenant of his. The victim is Joseph Lawrence, 54, who was living in Szczesniak's home, one floor above Szczesniak.

Not only were the men neighbors, they were also friends.

Man charged in Cheektowaga murder


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

They say 54-year-old Joseph Lawrence Jr. was shot once in the stomach by Thomas Szczesniak, 53, his downstairs neighbor at 143 Woodell Avenue. The shooting happened at about 7 p.m.

Lawrence was taken to Erie County Medical Center and died during surgery.

Szczesniak has been charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. He will be arraigned in Cheektowaga Town Court.

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

Health Care Infrastructure, Global Response Needed to Fight Ebola, Daemen Expert Panel Says

Health Care Infrastructure, Global Response Needed to Fight Ebola, Daemen Expert Panel Says

A strong public health infrastructure and international aid are crucial to containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a panel of experts said at a discussion held last week at Daemen College.

“The appropriate infrastructure and control strategy to contain this disease is not in place where the outbreak is at its worst in West Africa,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. “The level of global response will determine how quickly the disease can be kept from spreading or stopped and we must make sure the intensive medical care required reaches these patients.”

A capacity crowd turned out for Daemen’s timely Ebola panel discussion, which also included Dr. Joseph Sahr Sankoh, Daemen associate professor of political science and African affairs, and Anthony Saysay, a native Liberian.