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Why Speeding is So Common On the 33

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- If you drive the Kensington Expressway to or from Downtown Buffalo, chances are you don't follow the posted speed limit, which is 50 miles per hour.

A 2-On-Your-Side investigation found that very few of the more than 100,000 drivers that travel the expressway portion of Route 33 each day, actually follow the law. We used a speed gun to track drivers' speeds and found, during one 5-minute test, the average speed was 61 miles per hour, and that included cars that were slowing down in the exit lane.

Why do drivers go so fast on the Kensington? Mostly, it's because police patrols are sometimes few and far between. During the nearly 4 hours that 2 On Your Side conducted the speed test along various positions of the 33, not a single Buffalo Police cruiser was spotted.

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Free Health Screenings and Wellness Fair

BUFFALO, NY-The New York State Health Department, along with the Sisters Care Center at the Response to Love Center will sponsor a day of health on Friday, August 6th.

The event will take place at the Center, located at 130 Kosciuszko Street from Noon until 4PM.

Free health screenings will be available, as well as information about health insurance, games and snacks.

 

Overnight Fire, Weekend Death Probed for Possible Connection

BUFFALO, NY - Flames broke out at a home on Goodyear Avenue around 2:30 Tuesday morning. There were quite a few problems facing the responding crews. There was a live wire down in front of the home, a fire hydrant nearby was thought to be empty and two firefighters were hurt while fighting the fire. The firefighters were taken to ECMC with injuries.

As crews attacked the flames, 43 year old Antoinette Ingram was spotted in an upstairs window. Crews pulled her to safety and she was taken to ECMC. Ingram, who is five months pregnant, suffered smoke inhalation and is currently listed in serious condition.

According to the Department of Public Works, the hydrant in question was determined to be in working order.  Now the fire department is checking to see if the water issue may have been caused by some of their own equipment. 

Buffalo Pastor Uses Cancer to Inspire Others

BUFFALO, NY -- On the outside, you may not know the pain and suffering that Pastor Robert Baines is dealing with every single day. He is not shy about his health issues. He has two different forms of cancer and now he uses the pulpit to encourage others to get tested for prostate cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer.

"Persevere, don't quit," was his message at a recent Sunday service at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Buffalo. The 63-year old pastor has undergone chemotherapy and has no hair, but it's not his look, it's his message that has inspired so many in his congregation to go to the doctor.

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Vandals Spray-Paint "Get Out" on Community Center

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.- Police are trying to determine who vandalized a community center near the Buffalo/Cheektowaga Sunday night.

Organizers of the Stop The Violence Foundation were shocked Monday morning when they found someone had spray-painted "Get Out" on the front of the center, which opened exactly a year ago.

They've since washed it off, but the message was sprayed across the front of the building in large, orange letters.

Perry Davis, founder of Stop the Violence, says the community center offers a place for at-risk kids to play, learn, and stay out of trouble.

He says the program sees about 35 kids a day walk through its doors.

"We're trying to take this type of thing off the streets, vandalism, we're trying to get rid of that type of thing," said Davis. "For it to hit home like this, you know we just thought it was pretty ridiculous."

Stuck Truck on Walden Avenue

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It happened again: an out-of-state trucker tried to make it under the train bridge at Walden Avenue between Wasmuth Street and Roetzer Street … and didn’t.

The truck with Indiana plates hit the bridge at around 7:30 a.m. today. No injuries were reported and the train bridge was open to traffic. A city engineer was on the scene at 8:30 a.m.

If you know of other bridges in the area that trucks have trouble clearing, add a comment to this story. What can be done to solve the problem? Who should be responsible?

Jim Herr

Buffalo Nun Lends a Hand in Haiti

Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz (second from left), executive director of the Response to Love Center on Buffalo’s East Side, has been in Port au Prince, Haiti, since Friday, July 16, assisting in ongoing relief efforts in the earthquake-damaged Caribbean nation. She is part of a mission provided by the Felician Sisters which has been working with orphaned children and staffing medical dispensaries.

Johnice is scheduled to remain in Haiti through early August, but would like to return if more volunteers are needed. An estimated 230,000 people died as a result of the Jan. 12 magnitude 7.0 earthquake and some 1 million were left homeless.

She is keeping a journal of her experiences on the Response to Love Center website.