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Parents of H.S. Football Player File Lawsuit Over Son's Death


LITTLE VALLEY, NY – The parents of a running back for the Westfield/Brocton High School football team, who collapsed during a game and died three days laterof a brain injury, has filed suit against those school districts and several other entities.

Damon Janes, 16, was tackled in a game at Portville High School on September 13, 2013 before going to the bench and becoming unconscious during the third quarter of the game.

Woman dies in Salamanca fire


SALAMANCA, NY - One person is dead after a fire early Sunday morning in the City of Salamanca.

The fire broke out at a home on Kent Boulevard around 4:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the scene they rescued a woman from the second floor.

She was taken to Olean General Hospital where she died a short time later, police said in a statement.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The victim's name has not been released.


Ambushed deputy: 'He tried to murder me'


BOSTON, NY - Six months ago, we were the only station on the scene of a tense standoff and manhunt in the Town of Boston. Erie County Sheriff's Deputies were literally in the line of fire as a distraught man inside a home started taking shots at police.

Two of those officers gave us a riveting -- and terrifying -- look inside just what happened that late-winter night in the Southtowns.

Two On Your Side's Steve Brown brings us the story of how they reacted, how they recovered, and how they see things now, in an exclusive interview.


WNY Student Asks Disney for Disabled Character


FREDONIA, NY - Here at Channel 2 we like to celebrate Western New York, and we're celebrating the goal of a local college student with a special wish, that the Walt Disney company makes her dream of creating a disabled character come true.

Burgandi Rakoska has always been fascinated and inspired by the magical Disney characters in books, shows, and movies.

"The whole company has just created this, not only one world, but multiple worlds that you can escape into," Rakoska said.

And the SUNY Fredonia student, who hopes to become an early childhood teacher, has always identified with certain princesses like Belle and Tiana and their storylines and character traits.

"Dreams are good but at the same time you want to go above and beyond and you have to work to make something happen," Rakoska said.

Catholic Charities Children’s Services to Host Free Session on Foster Parent Process Nov. 18

Catholic Charities of Buffalo invites parents, families and individuals residing in Erie County who are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent to attend an introductory information session Nov. 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. at 525 Washington St., Buffalo.

Catholic Charities provides foster care services to children of all ages, racial and ethnic groups who cannot live safely in their own homes or need to be placed in the permanent care of a loving family. The children under foster care may have special physical, emotional or psychological needs, and may include siblings who should be placed together. There is currently a specific need for homes to foster adolescent children ages 12-18.

Financial support, a clothing allowance and medical coverage are provided to families.

The final information session for 2014 will take place on Dec. 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen’s New MSW Degree First One at Private WNY College

Daemen College will begin offering courses next spring for a new master of social work (MSW) degree, which will include a concentration in the high-demand practice area of children and families, making it the first MSW program offered at a private college in Western New York.

The New York State Department of Education has granted approval for Daemen to offer the MSW degree that’s designed to provide advanced training for experienced professionals and students with a background in liberal arts who are looking to further or begin their education in the field.

Chautauqua Co. family still without water


HANOVER, N.Y.- A Chautauqua County family who has been without water for nearly a month is now turning to the Town of Hanover for help.

A few weeks ago, the village of Forestville shut down an old water line that served several families that lived on Creek Road in the Town of Hanover. When the line was shut down residents could either pay for a new line or dig a well.

All but one family was able to dig a well and after three unsuccessful attempts, the Miller family is asking for help.