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Gowanda Police: Minivan involved in incident

GOWANDA, NY - We have new video of a minivan that police say was involved in a suspicious incident in Gowanda on Tuesday.

Investigators say the driver of the grey van approached a nine-year-old boy on Jamestown Street. The boy told police the man reached for him.

The man took off when the child screamed.

Police described the van as a mid- to late-2000s Honda Odyssey. The van is missing the front driver's side hub cap. The driver is described as an African American male, late 30s, medium build, dark complexion.

Call police at 800-7795 if you recognize this minivan.

Gowanda Police warn public about man in mini-van

GOWANDA, N.Y. - The Gowanda Police Department is making the public aware of a suspicious incident that happened Tuesday night.

Investigators say an African-American male driving a silver colored mini van, unknown make or model, approached a nine-year-old boy
on Jamestown Street near Chestnut Street and Torrance Place. The boy told police
the man reached for him.
The man took off when the child screamed. The parents of the child then yelled out and the child ran back towards the house. The man then jumped back into his vehicle and proceeded down Chestnut Street.

Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Accepting Applications

Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Accepting Applications


United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for fiscal year 2015 on April 1, 2015. This program is a competitive grant funding opportunity for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of U.S. history, English and civics. The government has appropriated a total of $10 million to be distributed to 40 possible grant awardees, each of whom are eligible to receive a maximum grant award of $250,000 over two years.

Police ask for help finding missing teen

OLEAN, NY - Olean police are asking for help in finding a missing teenager. Kristiana Rivera, 15, has not been since last Saturday.

This selfie is the best photo police have of her.

They say they believe she may be in either the city of Buffalo or Niagara Falls. Anyone with information is asked to give Olean police a call at 376-5677.

County may acquire new forest preserve

CONCORD, N.Y. -- There could soon be a new park in Erie County, but only if fundraising efforts succeed.

The 221 acres are located in and around Concord and include a big stretch along Eighteen Mile Creek.

"What we have here is a headwater forest, and the source of the creek, so we have the opportunity to protect water quality at its source...to protect habitats for native species such as trout," said Kerrie Gallo of the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. They and The Nature Conservancy are working with Erie County to buy the land.

It's currently privately owned. It had been passed down through generations of a family, but they are now ready to sell it as long as it stays preserved.

The two environmental groups think it would be safest as an Erie County forest lot.

Dunkirk man facing sex charge

FREDONIA, NY - A lengthy investigation by Fredonia Police has led to the arrest of a Dunkirk man for sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

The alleged victim is a 15-year-old female, who police say came forward with support from her family.

William Anzalone, 54, of Fairview Avenue, was located by Dunkirk Police and turned over to the Fredonia Police. He was arraigned in Village Court, where the judge also issued an order of protection.

Due to the nature of the case, police say no other details will be released.

Southern Tier Brewing wins USA TODAY competition

LAKEWOOD, NY- As craft breweries become more and more prominent across the country, it's never been easier to bypass the local bar and go straight to the source.

And with the recent craft boom right in Erie County, it's easy to forget that a pioneer in the beer revival is just an hour and a half to our south.

Founded in 2002, Southern Tier Brewing Company has grown substantially since its inception, to the point where it's not hard to grab a pint even if you're outside Western New York.

Nathan Arnone, the brand manager for Southern Tier, was sold on the future of the brewery since he had his first glass about 12 years ago.

"We're still a craft brewery of course, we brewed about a hundred thousand barrels of beer last year. It's not a hobby anymore," Arnone said.