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Hamburg women hospitalized after flipping SUV on Scajaquada Expressway

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Hamburg woman was hospitalized Friday morning after rolling her SUV on Route 198.

A Buffalo Police spokesperson told News 4 the accident happened just after 2 a.m. when the 31-year-old woman was driving west on the Scajaquada Expressway at Parkside Avenue. She hit a guardrail and rolled her SUV.

She was taken to Erie County Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

BPD said no charges were filed.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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Man seriously injured in hit and run incident on the 33

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Police say a 24-year-old man is in serious condition at ECMC after suffering multiple injuries in an overnight hit and run incident.

Central District officers responded to the call on the 33 just after the East Tupper Street on-ramp just before 2:30 a.m.

Investigators tell News 4 a 20-year-old Amherst man driving a Volkswagen Tiguan hit the man who was standing in the roadway.

The 20-year-old left the scene and later notified police of the incident, according to police.

Authorities say police have impounded the Tiguan.

Police continue to investigate the matter and are consulting with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

Officials say there will be charges.

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Como Lake Bark Park makes its debut

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — Your furry friends now have a place to play in Lancaster.

Saturday was the grand opening of the Como Lake Bark Park. Those who stopped by were able to check out food trucks and raffles and even get professional photos taken of their dogs.

This was a partnership between Lancaster Unleased and the Erie County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Organizers say this is just the beginning.

“So we will be having some benches installed, next summer we’re looking at perhaps adding some water features for the dogs, so we’ll continue to improve and as time goes on, I said, for a first shot opening the dog park at this point we’re very happy with where we are,” said Mary C. St. Mary, president, Lancaster Unleashed.

Right now, there’s a station to rinse off your pups, water fountains and paved walkways.

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Buffalo’s India Walton-Byron Brown race for mayor heats up with less than a month to election day

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — With the November elections a little more than three weeks away, the race for mayor in Buffalo revved up into high gear, Saturday.

The national leader for the Working Families Party told Walton’s supporters, as they gathered at Martin Luther King Park, the mayor’s race in Buffalo has nationwide implications.

“And I am not exaggerating when I say that the eyes of the nation would be on Buffalo,” Maurice Mitchell, Working Families Party said.

The national interest was drawn by the upset of an incumbent four-term mayor in June by a candidate identifying herself as a Democratic Socialist and is drawing other Democratic Socialists and progressives into the fray.

“You have no option, this is the obvious choice to elect people who have lived in the struggle, survived in the struggle, and will fight for people who are still in the struggle,” New York State Senator Jabari Brisport added.

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On another side of town, Mayor Brown got together with the United Auto Workers union to promote his write-in campaign, educating voters on the nuances of writing in Byron Brown on the ballot, or using a stamp and filling in the circle.

“Certainly gives us great hope for a resounding victory November 2, when people come to the polls and write down Byron Brown,” said Mayor Brown.

The United Auto Workers union represents thousands of workers at the Ford and General Motors plants in Western New York. They say they have a long history of working with Mayor Brown going back to more than 20 years when he was on the Common Council.

“He has always supported not only buying American-made fleet vehicles for the City of Buffalo but UAW-made vehicles for the City of Buffalo,” said James Lakeman, United Auto Workers.

Walton seems confident she will pull off the upset on November 2, those t-shirts proclaim her to be Buffalo’s sixty-third mayor.

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“We are not going to win by a very small margin. This is going to be a convincing, a no-questions-asked, a nail-in-the-coffin type of thing,” Walton said.

But the auto workers say not so fast. They have experience in Detroit, on their home turf of pulling off a write-in campaign for mayor.

The present mayor of Motown made history winning as a write-in candidate, back in 2013.

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45-year-old Buffalo man shot on Fillmore Avenue and taken to ECMC

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 45-year-old man from Buffalo was rushed to the hospital Saturday afternoon after he was shot on Fillmore Avenue.

A Buffalo Police spokesperson said the man was shot on the 700 block of Fillmore Avenue around 4:30 p.m.

An ambulance took him to Erie County Medical Center for treatment, where he’s listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at (716) 847-2255. 

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After two-plus years, Buffalo’s Italian Cultural Center opens

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s taken more than two years, but Buffalo’s new Italian Cultural Center is now open to the public.

The center is in the former North Park Library at Delaware and Hertel.

The new facility will host a number of events including language lessons, cooking classes and community lectures.

“And we know, what’s really important is what’s going to happen in this building. The learning, the passing of stories — I look forward to my own children being a part of learning about their own heritage their culture, where they came from, and what they can give back to their community,” said one ribbon-cutting attendee.

Officials say they are far from finished with developing the cultural center. They’re already planning an upcoming installation of a Western New York Italian-American History Museum.

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Pop-up vaccination clinic hosted at All High Stadium

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Health leaders held a pop-up vaccination clinic Saturday at All High Stadium in Buffalo.

It was to coincide with the Bennett football game. It’s part of the state’s effort to boost the vaccination rate among children 12-years-old and up.

Advocates say having this type of hybrid event helps draw people who may be hesitant to get vaccinated.

“This is really an approach where we’re using parents talking to parents, and students talking to students. We know a lot of people are hesitant or have questions about getting vaccinated. So this is really a project really working to be community and culture responsive,” Jessica Bauer Walker, executive director, Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo.

Right now in Erie County, more than 66 percent of the total population has at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot.

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Mercy Hospital CWA strike enters day nine

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The rain didn’t keep mercy hospital workers away from the picket line Saturday.

CWA workers have now spent the last nine days picketing outside the hospital in South Buffalo. Members say they won’t leave the picket until they receive better benefits, higher wages and a better plan for safe staffing.

Nurses tell us they want to be back inside, and their number one priority is the patients.

“We just want to make sure we stick together as a community. Stick together, union strong. And support each other through this and get back in there so we can take care of our patients and our community,” said Registered Nurse Andrea Hardy.

When we checked in with Catholic Health Friday, officials told us they were back at the bargaining table with CWA, but they couldn’t say whether negotiations would continue throughout the weekend.

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Motorcyclist in critical condition after Friday night accident in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 47-year-old man is in critical condition after crashing on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls Friday night.

A City of Niagara Falls spokesperson said the man was driving east on the 300 block of Buffalo Avenue around 10:18 p.m. when he wasn’t able to navigate the curve and crashed.

The man was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment, where he’s in critical condition.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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India Walton speaks out after her car was towed

(WIVB) — India Walton is speaking out after her car was towed Thursday.

Walton said she was late on some parking tickets and her inspection was expired.

Sources tell News 4 that Walton owed almost $700 in tickets.

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The Democratic nominee for mayor says what happened to her happens to a lot of people in Buffalo.

“What happened to me resonates with a lot of people. and we need leadership from people experiencing these issues and plugged into what’s happening with people at the ground level,” Walton said.

Byron Brown’s campaign put out a statement Thursday about Walton’s car being towed.

It said, “If you don’t follow the law, you can’t be expected to uphold it.”

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