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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.

Two Amherst police officers hurt while making arrest

AMHERST, NY - Two Amherst police officers were injured while trying to arrest a shoplifting suspect around 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

Amherst Police tell us they responded to a call of a larceny in progress at the Walmart on Sheridan Drive. Witnesses pointed out who the suspect was and one of the officers chased him to his pick-up truck, where they got into a struggle.

The suspect was able to get into the pick-up truck and drive off, while the officer was holding onto his steering wheel. The pick-up dragged him some distance, police say.

The other officer, fearing that his partner's life was in danger, started firing at the vehicle. The officer being dragged by the pick-up managed to disentangle himself and the suspect sped off.

Trucks involved in serious accident on Campbell Blvd.

AMHERST, NY - A major accident between a dump truck and a pick-up truck temporarily shut down Campbell Boulevard at North French in Amherst Friday at about 10 a.m.

The 2 On Your Side crew at the site of the incident said there was severe damage to the pick-up truck's hood.

The pick-up truck made a left hand turn into the path of the dump truck, which was traveling south on Campbell. Bret E. Tramposch, 58, of Getzville, the driver of the pick-up truck, had to be extricated by members of the Getzville Fire Company. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of a spinal fracture, broken ribs and multiple other injuries.

The driver of the dump truck, William K. Wheeler, 58, of Middleport, was not hurt.

Amherst fire responds to gas leak at Boulevard Mall

AMHERST, NY - Shoppers were evacuated from a portion of the Boulevard Mall following a gas leak.

Fire crews were called to the property after reports of a natural gas leak around the lunch hour on Friday. Officials say a contactor hit the line.

National Fuel arrived to repair the leak.

In the meantime, the Food Court and stores up to Sears were closed while the repair was completed. The rest of the mall remained open, according to fire officials.

UB police investigate reported sexual assault

AMHERST, NY – University at Buffalo campus police are investigating a reported sexual assault early Sunday morning in a north campus apartment.

Police say the female victim met the suspect at an off-campus location, but few other details about the incident have been released so far.

A spokesperson for the university said the victim is a student from another campus who was visiting UB.

The suspect is described as a tall male, with a medium to dark complexion, black spiky hair and possibly goatee facial hair on his chin.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police at 645-2222.

Daemen Flag Installation, Appreciation Event to Honor Veterans

Daemen Flag Installation, Appreciation Event to Honor Veterans

Daemen College will honor Western New York veterans at its annual appreciation breakfast and a special Veterans Day installation ceremony that will include nearly 100 small flags being placed on campus on Nov. 11.

“On Veterans Day, all of us at Daemen will thank the men and women who have served in our armed forces and reflect on the many sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “These events also symbolize Daemen’s ongoing commitment to our student veterans, who are a vital part of our college community.”

The day will start with a continental breakfast for veterans and their families at 8 a.m. in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. President Olson will speak at the event, which is free and open to local veterans and student veterans in the college community. It is being hosted by the Daemen Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services.

Months after 3-year-old girl found dead, no one charged

AMHERST, NY - There's a call for justice. Justice for a 3-year-old girl found dead in an Amherst apartment last winter. Now relatives and neighbors are asking the same questions, 'what's taking so long to find out this child's killer?'

Mayouna Smith's life ended on January 18, 2014. She lived with her mother, her mother's boyfriend and their infant.

It is Mayouna's paternal relatives speaking out, "I pray everyday that the person who did this to her will be exposed," Annette Allen, the paternal grandmother said.

An autopsy revealed Mayouna died of blunt force trauma to her abdominal area and revealed that the little girl was sexually abused.

The two adults who lived in the apartment were there when police were called to the scene.