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Police investigating lab found in Amherst

AMHERST, NY – State and federal agencies are now involved in the police investigation of a home on LeBrun Circle in Amherst.

Officers found what they are calling a "secret lab" over the weekend. Now they are trying to figure out what the suspects were making.

Investigators are in the process of testing the materials found in the lab. It is unclear what kind of lab this was, but the State Police and Federal Drug Enforcement Agency are a part of this investigation.

Once investigators can officially determine what the suspects were making in the lab, state and federal charges are possible.

This all started when a National Fuel technician investigating a report of an odor of natural gas in an Amherst home on Saturday afternoon found what appeared to be potentially hazardous chemicals in an apartment above a detached garage.

USCIS Issues Final H-1B Simeio Guidance

USCIS Issues Final H-1B Simeio Guidance


On Tuesday, USCIS issued final guidance on a recent decision requiring new H-1B petitions for workers who change job sites, stating the agency will generally not punish employers that don’t file new petitions based on location changes that occurred before April 9. According to the new guidance, if an H-1B employee was moved to a new location on or before April 9, which is the date the Administrative Appeals Office handed down its decision in the Matter of Simeio Solutions LLC, the agency will generally not pursue adverse actions, even if the employer doesn’t file an amended petition. 

However, USCIS will not cancel any adverse actions that it has already started or completed before July 21. 

Celebrity Putt Putt Golf Tournament

AMHERST, NY - Several local celebrities-- including 2 On Your Side's Heather Ly and Heather Prusak -- competed against one another at the Transit Valley Country Club.

Everyone taking part was paired with a child from Women's and Children Hospital, who received prizes and donations after the event.

Jody Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, Said: "They are all really great kids. … They bring all their energy and motivation to us. They're smiling, they're happy … it's just a really great day."

A total of $435,000 was raised at the event.

All of that money will go towards the new John Oshei Children's Hospital which is expected to open in 2017.

County reviews Hopkins Road reconstruction

AMHERST, NY - The rough winter took a toll on a lot of roads in Erie County. Now, one of the big repair jobs is done.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz was in Amherst Friday to take a look at the just-finished reconstruction project along Hopkins Road. It wasn't just patchwork, either. The $2.88 million project stabilized a rough part of the road between Smith and Tonawanda Creek.

That stretch has been reduced to one lane for years.

Poloncarz says the county may have to do something similar on a stretch of Tonawanda Creek Road in Clarence.

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Vincent Scarsella

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Author Vincent Scarsella


Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, will host author Vincent Scarsella for a book-signing event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Scarsella has published three novels since May 2013, including crime novels "The Anonymous Man" and "Lawyers Gone Bad," by Aignos Publishing, and the young adult fantasy, "Escape From The Psi Academy," Book 1 of the Psi Wars! Series by IFWG Publishing.

Two-alarm fire at Carmine's Restaurant

AMHERST, NY - Fire broke out at Carmine's Restaurant on Transit Road near Sheridan Drive at about 1 p.m. Saturday.

Two alarms were put out on the call and least five companies responded as flames quickly engulfed the one-story structure.

Firefighters told 2 On Your Side's Scott Levin that it started with a grease fire in the kitchen which quickly moved to the roof. There are no reports of injuries.

It appears the building will be a total loss.

Carmine's is one of the restaurants serving food at this weekend's Taste of Buffalo. Workers there told us they would keep serving while their supplies last.

Traffic restrictions on Youngs Roa

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Paving and milling work on Youngs Road in Amherst begins on Thursday.

Construction will be between Maple Road and Sheridan Drive between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

There will be traffic restrictions, road closures and detours in the northbound direction during this work for approximately a week.