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Fire destroys Williamsville home


WILLIAMSVILLE, NY-- A vacant house is set to be demolished after flames tore through the home early Monday morning.

Crews responded just after 1:00 a.m. to the home on Berkley and Lyndehurst Roads. 

They believe the fire started in the basement and the high winds in the area helped the flames spread quickly.

Officials say the house was undergoing renovations at the time and is considered a total loss


Town Hall Meeting In Amherst Focuses On Treatment Options


AMHERST, N.Y. -- Wednesday, treatment providers and law enforcement, attended a town hall meeting in Amherst, that addressed the heroin epidemic impacting the suburban community.

In 2015, there were 17 heroin overdose deaths in Amherst, compared to 5 fatal heroin overdoses in 2014. The average age of the deceased was 34.

Amherst Police talked about how law enforcement works closely with families that are unsuccessful in convincing their loved ones to seek treatment.

"We work with them, to file criminal charges, against their loved one, who is addicted, and they're put in our drug court, where treatment is mandated," Detective Lt. Joann Dinoto explains.

The Town of Amherst's drug court, that helps non-violent offenders, currently has 145 active participants.

Hearing set for dog attack in Amherst


AMHERST, N.Y. -- A hearing has been scheduled to determine if a dog that bit a child in Amherst should be designated as a dangerous pet.

The Amherst Police department said they scheduled a hearing for January 22 in Amherst Town Court.

The incident happened on Dec. 31 when a dog bit a 10-year-old girl outside an apartment complex in Amherst. The dog was impounded after the incident.

The girl was taken to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo and was released on Monday.

 


Amherst Holding Public Meeting Tonight To Address Drug Use


AMHERST, N.Y. - Multiple law enforcement agencies and community organizations will gather tonight to address the rising issue of drugs and opiate abuse in Amherst and Williamsville.

"Anyone who doesn't think it's in their community needs to go out their front door," said Jodie Altman, the campus director of Kids Escaping Drugs.

The meeting will be led by the Amherst Task Force for Healthy Communities, Health Youth and the Amherst Youth and Recreation Department.

The town hall meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Amherst Town Hall Council Chambers, located at 5583 Main Street.

Officers from the Amherst Police Department and counselors who specialize in substance abuse prevention will also be in attendance.

"It's very alarming, the increase [in drug use]," said Lt. JoAnn DiNoto of the Amherst Police Department.

Amherst police investigating dog attack against girl


AMHERST, NY - A young girl is recovering at Children's Hospital, after being mauled by a dog in Amherst.

Police say the attack happened last Thursday afternoon. Family members of the victim say a 10-year-old girl was attacked outside an apartment by a pit bull. The incident happened on Harlem Road in Amherst.

Police say the dog ran outside and bit the girl in the face.

Family of the victim say the girl suffered injuries to her scalp and needed surgery and that she's been receiving medical treatment since the attack.

One question going forward is whether this dog will be labeled a dangerous dog. Amherst Police say they've submitted paperwork to a judge requesting a hearing on this matter. A judge would have to make a final determination on the dog.

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

The Pregnancy & Cancer Registry is a growing database of women from around the world who have been diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. The database was developed by Dr. Elyce Cardonick, a nationally recognized expert in maternal-fetal medicine. 

Dr. Cardonick has been helping pregnant women diagnosed with cancer have healthy babies for 17 years. These women are very brave, and at first want to deny themselves cancer treatment during pregnancy because they are afraid it will hurt their fetus. 

Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals Approves Use Variance for Senior Housing


AMHERST, N.Y. -- A senior housing development in Amherst got the use variance the developer was asking for Tuesday night more than two years after it was first proposed.

Plans for the lot of land at 1055 Youngs Road were first presented to the town in 2013 and were revamped earlier this year.

Tuesday, the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals decided to unanimously grant Redtek Development the zoning variance for a two-story 51 unit senior housing complex.

"There was a time in 2015 where the town board changed the types of uses that are allowed in community facility zoning and took away the right to have senior citizens apartment complexes, so the developer has come in and asked us to provide a use variance to allow them to have a senior citizens facility there even though the town board has changed the uses allowed under the zoning," said Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Matthew Plunkett.