This week in our Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss advances made at the Erie County Medical Center. They also tell us what the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper says is the"blue economy." Eileen and Brian begin their conversation with ECMC's plans to open a brand new nursing home this month on the Grider campus replacing the former home in Alden.
Erie County's new fiscal watchdog says the county is facing a cash crunch. Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says he quickly realized there is not enough funding in place to cover a $15 million ECMC payment owed to the state next week.
An early morning car accident on Saturday forced the closure of the Delavan/Canisius Metro Rail station.
A car driven by 33-year-old Roman Dunnigan went airborne after striking another vehicle at the intersection of West Delevan and Main Street, crashing into the glass dome of the rail station. Dunnigan fled the scene on foot, and officers later identified Dunnigan at ECMC and arrested him. He is facing multiple charges, including reckless driving and speeding. The occupant of the other vehicle, 22-year-old Ashley McNeal was treated at ECMC and released.
A West Seneca police officer was struck by a vehicle and injured outside of the West Seneca High School on Friday.
Neither the officer nor the driver of the vehicle have been identified, though the driver has been recognized as a student at the school. The accident occurred in the late morning hours as the officer was directing traffic near the school's parking lot. An investigation into the event is continuing.
The officer is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at ECMC.
An early morning triple shooting on Saturday has taken the life of one victim.
Buffalo Police are investigating the incident that occurred in the rear parking lot of a building on Delaware Avenue. All of the victims are males in their 30's. Two are being treated at ECMC. The third was transported to Buffalo General where he succumbed to his injuries. Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in their investigation.
Anyone with information is being asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847 - 2255.
Buffalo Police responded to an accident that involved one of their own vehicles on Saturday.
An officer was responding to a call in the early afternoon hours when his cruiser was struck by another car at the intersection of Koons and Walden Avenue. Both drivers were treated at ECMC. The officer has been released, but the condition of the other driver remains unknown.
The Johnson family of Wilson is showing increasing signs of healing.
Judith Johnson was released from ECMC on Saturday. She joins her husband Jody and her son Nathan as those who have been treated in hospital and discharged after their home was destroyed by a gas explosion last week. Eighteen year old Katie remains in critical condition, though she is expected to recover. Sarah, 14, was killed in the blast.
A motorist is facing multiple charges after striking and injuring a bicyclist on Saturday evening.
Thirty year old Christopher Nachreiner fled the scene after striking and injuring an unidentified person who was riding a bicycle along Niagara falls Boulevard in Wheatfield. The bicyclist is being treated for an arm injury at ECMC.
Nachreiner faces charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.