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Bills have plan to address gate 2 problem


ORCHARD PARK, NY - The Bills take on the San Diego Charges today at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The team says staff will be on hand to address issues some fans had last week at one of the stadium's new gates.

Some fans complained it took forever to get into the stadium at gate two.

They are designed to get fans into the stadium faster.

The Bills say staff and spotters will be stationed at gate two to recommend other gate options if wait times are shorter at other ones.


Several agencies searching along 219 in Orchard Park


ORCHARD PARK, NY-- Several police agencies have wrapped up a search along the 219 in Orchard Park.

The FBI, Erie County Sheriff's, Orchard Park Police and DEC searched the fields off the 219 Friday morning and afternoon.

Officials would not comment on what they're looking for, but did say the public is not in danger and they are not looking for a person.

The FBI says the search is routine, but would not comment further.

Viewers first noticed a police presence between 10 and 11 a.m. Friday; all officials had left the scene by about 2:00 p.m.

DEC dogs were also on scene to sniff the area.


Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

 

Would it shock you to know that nearly 20 percent of the rural population of Western New York lives in poverty? 

It not a surprise to Frank Cerny, executive director of the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) and pastor of Pathways Christian Fellowship in South Wales. That’s because Pastor Cerny and the staff and volunteers at the ROC work every day to offer free medical care for the uninsured, home appliances and furniture for those without the means to pay for such “luxury” items, a Weekend Snack Pack program for students who may not receive a nutritious meal at home, and much more. They also supply the basic necessities of life — such as toiletries — to those who often do without.

Daemen Veteran’s Center Named for Alumna, Long-Time Supporter

Daemen Veteran’s Center Named for Alumna, Long-Time Supporter

Daemen College’s newly refurbished Veteran’s Center, which provides a welcoming campus space devoted to students who have served in the military, has been named in honor of alumna Nancy Haberman Gacioch, a long-time supporter and friend of the college.

The 500-square-foot Nancy Haberman Gacioch Center for Veterans was officially dedicated at a Sept. 12 ribbon-cutting celebration attended by Daemen President Gary A. Olson, veterans and others from the college community. Bill Gacioch, who surprised his wife with the event, was also in attendance along with their three children and family friends at the dedication for the center.

 

OP Police Chief: "Busy would be an understatement"


ORCHARD PARK, NY - Orchard Park police tell us that the vast majority of fans that showed up Sunday for Miami game, showed good behavior. But, that there were still many fans who were out of control.

"Busy would be an understatement," said Orchard Park police chief Mark Pacholec.

Orchard Park police responded to multiple incidents around Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday, before, during, and after the Bills game. Incidents, such as public intoxication, disorderly conduct and vandalism.

"I can't give you a specific number, we're actually still trying to tally that," Pacholec said.

At this point, police say they've arrested eight people -- the average number is about two or three. Police had between 100 to 150 calls Sunday -- 10 times more than they usually do. And, there were about 20 thefts -- many of which were from vehicles.

Orchard Park Police called to break up fight at wedding


ORCHARD PARK, NY-- Orchard Park Police were called to help break up a fight at a wedding Saturday night.

Police say they were called to the Orchard Park Country Club just after 11pm for a "volatile situation with a large crowd".

Other agencies were called in to assist Orchard Park and the incident was brought under control.

Investigators say only one person suffered a minor injury and there was minor damage done to the country club.

Police are still investigating.


Elma man suspected of off-roading -- on two golf courses


ORCHARD PARK, NY – Early Sunday morning Orchard Park police officers caught Austin Christopher, 23, of Elma, off-roading at the Harvest Hill Golf Course on Transit Road. They say damage to the grounds is extensive and could end up costing $50,000 to repair.

They are also working with East Aurora police officers on an investigation into a similar incident that happened at Bob-O-Links Golf Course on Transit Road.

Christopher was charged with criminal mischief, trespassing and other charges, including criminal possession of a weapon due to a previous conviction, all stemming from the Harvest Hill incident. Both investigations are continuing.