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Floods wash away part of Old Route 17


SALAMANCA, N.Y.- Heavy rains washed away a part of Old Route 17 just outside Salamanca Tuesday night.

Salamanca Police say the area washed away was a dead end road serving about a dozen homes.

The State Department of Transportation is working to get a temporary bridge in place.


Daemen Associate Athletic Director Named to 30 Under Thirty

Daemen Associate Athletic Director Named to 30 Under Thirty

Jessica Gorski , associate athletic director for sport administration at Daemen College, has been named a class of 2014 honoree in Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under Thirty. The annual program recognizes young professionals in Western New York who are performing at high levels in the early stages of their careers, both at work and in the community. She will be honored with the rest of the 2014 class at a cocktail party and awards ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the USS Little Rock at the Naval and Military Park in Buffalo.

"I am honored to have been selected for the 2014 Buffalo Business First 30 Under Thirty class," Gorski said. "I have been presented with a variety of opportunities at Daemen where I have the pleasure of working among highly talented colleagues from the department of athletics as well as other divisions. I have enjoyed these opportunities as a learning experience and a form of professional growth."

Cattaraugus Village Board Votes to Dissolve Police


CATTARAUGUS, N.Y.- The Cattaraugus Village Board voted Monday night to dissolve its police force and turn those services over to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department.

Mayor Eric Pritchard tells 2 On Your Side he's having to do more with less.

The village is in negotiations to maintain a school resource officer that would also serve as a sheriff's deputy.

Residents do have the ability to put the measure to a vote through a permissive referendum, where approximately 20 percent of voters from last year's election file a petition at village hall.


Leadership of Audubon and RTPI Explore Future Collaborations

Leadership of Audubon and RTPI Explore Future Collaborations

Jamestown, NY – Two area non-profit organizations with a history of cooperation, common goals and a shared linkage to Jamestown’s famous naturalist, Roger Tory Peterson, have begun exploratory conversations about expanded collaborations. A task force comprised of board leadership and the presidents of the Jamestown Audubon Society (JAS) and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) have met to assess the desirability and feasibility of new program collaborations and the potential for consolidation of some administrative functions.

Local family braces for storms in Hawaii


HAWAII -- The islands of Hawaii are bracing for twin hurricanes set to hit land within 24 hours of each other. The first storm was expected to hit the big island Thursday night.

That's where Ripel Balestrieri, her husband and three kids were Thursday evening when we talked to them.

The family is from Silver Creek. They arrived on the big island Tuesday for a trip from the Chautauqua County Make A Wish foundation for their 10-year-old son. She says they've had beautiful weather so far but for safety reasons they've had to cancel some activities.

"We have mixed feelings," said Ripel Baliestrieri, mother of the 10-year-old boy. "We're hoping it's not as bad as they say it is. But the kids are scared a little bit."

Fort Hood hero from WNY meets with President Obama


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Western New York native who was hailed a hero in the Fort Hood shootings recently got to meet with his Commander in Chief.

Major Patrick Miller, who is from Allegany, helped save lives in the moments after the massacre by leading people to safety and calling 911, despite being shot in the abdomen.

Miller now lives in Kansas City and got to meet with President Obama when he stopped in Missouri to make a speech on the economy.

"He just asked how I was doing and obviously thanked me again for everything on April 2 and was glad to see I was doing well," Miller told 2 On Your Side by phone.

Major Miller is in Kansas City to attend the nearby Command and General Staff College, where he's receiving special training and education to continue rising up the ranks in the Army.

Salamanca Police Chief: Arrests Soon in Depot Arson


SALAMANCA, NY- Salamanca authorities believe they will be making arrests soon in connection to the large fire last month at the former Erie Rail Depot.

Police Chief Paul Myers says people have been questioned about the fire, but did not say how many suspects were questioned or how old they were.

The building had been vacant for about 20 years, and Salamanca fire officials say there was no power source to the building.

No one was injured during the fire.