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Amherst Shooting Victim Dies

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Amherst Police say the victim of an early morning shooting on Rosedale Boulevard Monday has died.

The victim has now been identified as 29-year-old Nicholas Sweeney of Oliver Street in North Tonawanda.

Police were called when a neighbor heard Sweeney calling for help around 6 AM. When they arrived they found Sweeney in the street with a gun shot wound to his abdomen. He was rushed by ambulance to ECMC where he died shortly after noon.

The town's SWAT team was brought in to search a home in the 300 block of Rosedale. While no one was found inside, there was evidence of someone living there.

Police said they're investigating the possibility the shooting may be related to an argument at that house Sunday night and does not appear to be a random attack.

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Seminar on Invasive and Destructive Pests

BUFFALO, NY-The Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host a seminar on invasive and destructive insects in WNY.

It will take place on Tuesday, August 17th from 5:30-8 PM at the Marcy Casino at Delaware Park.

It's an open event for residents of Buffalo and the surrounding communities.

The purpose is to provide training and education for the detection, identification and reporting procedure for forest pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

The event is sponsored by the NYS Agriculture Department.

Refresments, a powerpoint presentation and a Q & A session are all part of the evening's activities.

If you want to go you're asked to e-mail an RSVP to rachel@bfloparks.org.

Erie County Recognized as "Storm Ready"

Officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service announced Monday that Erie County has been recognized as “storm ready.” 

The following is information provided by Erie County:

The County had to meet a set of rigorous criteria to receive the designation.  The County’s Emergency Services Department established a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center, developed numerous ways to receive severe weather forecasts and to alert the public, created a system to monitor local weather conditions and developed a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. 

County Executive Chris Collins said, “Our Emergency Services Department in Erie County, led by Commissioner Greg Skibitsky, regularly trains for all types of emergency situations and natural disaster responses.  Their impressive response to the October storm of 2006 and the floods in Gowanda last year in August are

UB North Campus Building Back Open After Gas Leak Scare

AMHERST, N.Y. - The University at Buffalo Police have reopened Bonner Hall on the Amhert North campus after they evacuated it just before 5 p.m. on Friday.

Officials were concerned about a possible natural gas leak.

On Friday afternoon, they sent the following text message:

UB Alert: UB Police are evacuating Bonner Hall on North Campus because of possible natural gas leak. Stay out and away from the building until further notice.

Bonner Hall is part of the school of engineering.

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ASPCA's $100K Challenge

BUFFALO, NY - This Sunday marks the official start to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals $100K Challenge to Save More Lives.

Back in April, shelter contestants across the country started working tirelessly to save at least 300 hundred more animals than they did over the same three month period in 2009.

The shelter that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during that three-month period over the last year will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue its life-saving work. A second grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the shelter that does the best job of engaging its community in helping to save more lives.

Large Crowd at Taste of Williamsville

More than a dozen restaurants offered up several items at the annual Taste of Williamsville in Island Park on Sunday.

Organizers moved the event to a weekend after hearing several requests from residents.

Food Tents were also removed from the shelter in order to give people more space to sit and eat.

Did you attend the Taste of Williamsville? If so, post a review in the comment section below and send pictures to newsdesk@wgrz.com.

Amherst Health Fair Saturday

AMHERST, NY-Kaleida Health and Assemblyman Jim Hayes are sponsoring a large health fair on Saturday, August 7th.

It's set to take place at the Amherst Senior Center on John James Audobon Parkway from 9 AM - Noon.

There will be free cholesterol and blood-pressure screening, as well as glucose and prostate cancer testing.

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning will be on hand to accept your expired, unwanted or unused prescription medicines for proper disposal.

The New York State Police will be on hand to provide Child Safety Seat checks.

Many other activities are also planned, including a blood donation drive.