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Amherst Water Line Break Prompts Utility Review


Amherst, NY - Some Amherst residents were really left out in the cold last week when a water line broke and forced the shutdown of natural gas service. Now town officials are trying to find out exactly what happened and the necessary repairs. It turns out there may be other issues for the utilities involved.

Homeless Memorial and Candlelight Vigil Set for Dec. 21

Homeless Memorial and Candlelight Vigil Set for Dec. 21

 

A memorial service remembering Western New York’s homeless who have passed away during 2014 will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Lt. Colonel Matt Urban HOPE Center, 385 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo. Presented by the WNY Coalition for the Homeless, the event is purposefully scheduled on the first day of winter, the longest day of the year, to bring greater attention to the plight of the homeless.

The event, free and open to the public, will feature guest speakers, music by the Buffalo City Mission Choir, a performance by Harvey Brice and a candlelight vigil, followed by refreshments. Information about local resources for the homeless will also be available during the event.

Water main break knocks out gas to about 100 homes


AMHERST, NY - About 100 customers are without gas due to a major water main break, a spokesperson for National Fuel Gas told us Friday night.

The homes have been without gas for about 24 hours following the water main break which damaged fuel lines in the area of Birchwood Drive and Klein Road in the Town of Amherst.

Crews are working to repair the damage but there's no estimate at this time when gas service will be restored.

In the meantime, the Red Cross has set up a warming shelter at the Getzville Fire Hall for the duration.


Amherst Police Return Missing War Medals of 10 Years to WNY Veteran


AMHERST, N.Y. -- A Lockport veteran who's been missing several war medals for 10 years got two of them back on Thursday.

Channel 2 first told you in October that Mr. Frederick Stahle lost the medals a decade ago when his house was broken into. This week though, he gets to put two back in his veteran's display case next to the rest.

"It was like getting a Christmas present early," he said.

Stahle got a phone call from Amherst police Wednesday saying they were ready to give the ones they found in October back to him. "A feeling of relief came over me," he said, referring to the phone call from Detective Sergeant Warren Olsen.

Stahle served 20 years in the Navy. After that, he settled down in Lockport with his wife, but their house was broken into. More than $10,000 worth of items were stolen, including five of his war medals.

Ten years later, he saw two of them on TV.

Missing Person Alert: Juanita Daniels of Amherst


AMHERST, NY – Amherst Police officers are asking for your help locating Juanita Daniels, 74, who has been missing since Monday.

Police say she has not been seen since leaving her apartment complex on Princeton Avenue the morning of December 1. She recently suffered a stroke and does not get around very well. She has also mentioned trying to visit a relative somewhere in North Carolina.

She was wearing a black and white sweater, black pants, black shoes, black hat with rhinestones, and dark sunglasses. She has a patch over her left eye.

If you have seen Juanita Daniels or have any information where she can be found, contact the Amherst Police Department at 689-1311 or email tips@apdny.org.


Residents Claim UB Students Trespassing on Property


AMHERST, NY - Residents at one condominium complex in Amherst are complaining about UB students trespassing on their property.

"It's been going on for a good six years," said Linda Miller, the manager at Charter Oaks in Amherst, "[the problem has] gotten progressively worse."

Managers at Charter Oaks say they can't take the problem any more -- students that attend UB's North Campus cutting through their condominium complex, to get to and from school.

"When you have a 100 students coming through this area, chances are something's going to happen," said Larry Sams, of the Charter Communities Association.

Serious accident on Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst


AMHERST, NY-- Amherst Police are investigating a fatal car accident.

The accident happened around 8:30am on Niagara Falls Boulevard between N. Ellicott Creek Road and Creekside Drive.

Investigators say a vehicle driven by Martin Peters, 71, of North Tonawanda, crossed over into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle driven by Nicole M. Keefe, 38, of Buffalo.

Peters was taken to DeGraff Hospital where he later died. Keefe was taken to ECMC with serious injuries.

Two other vehicles involved in the accident suffered minor damage.

Police say there is a possibility that Peters had a medical issue prior to the accident.

A portion of Niagara Falls Boulevard was closed for a few hours while police investigated, but has since reopened.