TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A state health department report says cancer rates are higher for people living around an industrial sector in the Tonawandas. Concerned residents met with state officials about those findings Tuesday night.
In the Sheridan Park neighborhood, the cases of leukemia in women are 93 percent higher than the rest of the state, excluding NYC. Bladder cancer is 24 percent higher for men and 81 percent higher for women.
State officials say their study does not determine what caused the cancer spike, but they say local industries are cleaning up their act. The monitoring determined extremely high levels of Benzene - the highest in all of NYS's air monitoring stations.
Clean Air Coalition Executive Director Erin Heaney said, "The levels right here at this monitor were 75 times higher than what the New York State Department of Health recommends that folks be exposed to."
At Tuesday night's meeting, Department of Health Research Scientist James Bowers said, "We've seen a lot of improvements as far as emissions go, from, among others, Tonawanda Coke, so that's good news for the community."
The state began their study of the area three years ago.
A tractor trailer veered off the road and went through a fence, while crashing into the Forest Hill Cemetery, in Fredonia, Friday morning.
Officials in Wyoming have captured a wanted man and his girlfriend, who were allegedly heading to Buffalo.
After a slow and slippery commute Thursday night, many western New Yorkers are waking up early, hoping they can get to work on time Friday morning.
NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has obtained a court order to prevent a Buffalo woman from ever selling puppies again.
Around 5 p.m. on Thursday near the corner of Model City Road and Rt. 104, police say 84-year-old Jose Martinez was hit by a car driven by 82-year-old Maura Nolan. Both are residents of Lewiston.
It looks like all of the snow may have kept some people from getting to Thursday night’s Kissmas Bash on time.