Dale’s Briefs – Friday October 21st
The Bills have hired a design company to determine what improvements are needed at Wilson Stadium to keep it competitive with the rest of the league and those improvements would be tied to the Bills renewing their stadium lease. Erie County Executive Chris Collins estimates those upgrades would cost between 40 and 100 million dollars and he expects the state would foot the bill.
A 15-year old student at Pioneer High School faces felony charges for bringing a loaded, 40-calibre handgun to school. Cattauraugus County Sheriff’s investigators are trying to determine where he got the gun and why he brought it to school. The district superintendent says at no time was anyone in danger.
Dive teams in Lockport spent most of the day yesterday searching for the body of a woman who jumped from a railroad bridge 90 feet into the Erie Canal. A crew working on the bridge say she walked onto the bridge, deliberately climbed over a railing and jumped.
Praising him for the job he’s done as county comptroller, Governor Cuomo has endorsed Democrat Mark Poloncarz for Erie County Executive. The governor is also expected to campaign for Poloncarz in the coming days.
The Erie County Board of Elections and the sheriff’s department are investigating what appear to be absentee voter ballots that have been tampered with. Complaints started rolling in after the ballots were mailed out that some of them were already marked with blue ink indicating a vote for Chris Collins for County Executive under the Independence line. A printing error and some other scenarios have been ruled out.
Cheektowaga police say a teenager found dead along Cayuga Creek last week died after falling 65 feet when a tree branch he was standing on broke. The body of 18-year old Ryan Hyon was found partially covered by the branch and police have matched the broken branch to a missing part of the tree his body was found under. His death has been ruled an accident.
Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted in Florida for domestic assault and battery and car theft. Michael Finch was arrested in the village of Wyoming where he grew up. He’s being held in the Wyoming County jail until he can be transported to Florida.
The Sabres shut out the Florida Panthers 3-nothing last night. Ryan Miller stopping 22 shots to pick up the shutout. Thomas Vanek with a pair of goals. Jason Pominville with the other. The Sabres finish up their four-game road trip tomorrow night in Tampa.