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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — As the Buffalo Sabres start their new season, fans say they’re hopeful and liking what they’re seeing on the ice.
The team welcomes a few new faces to the roster this year – newcomer and overall number two draft pick, Jack Eichel, they also have Sam Reinhart, Evander Kane and Ryan O’Reilly.
The organization is saying this is their next chapter, a slogan fans are getting behind.
“Last year was a little disappointing,” said Robbie Calteaus. “It’s exciting to see the new chapter.”
That chapter starts with the front office, including owner Terry and Kim Pegula.
“We’ve very proud of everybody who came out here and we hope our teams accomplish things we can all be proud of,” said Terry Pegula at a pregame party they hosted for fans before the season opener.
At the party, Mayor Byron Brown declared October 8, 2015 One Buffalo day; showing support for the initiative the Pegulas kicked off a year ago to further connect fans to their teams and city.
“It’s exciting to know we have such great owners, such generous owners and people who appreciate and are overwhelmed by the fan support,” said Michael Parthum, a lifelong Bills fan who credits the One Buffalo initiative for bringing fans over to support hockey as well.
Longtime Sabres fans say they’re hyped to see what the team does this season.
“I’ve been looking forward to this day since the draft day,” said Tim Cielinski.
Draft day is the day the city started getting behind the fresh faced forward Eichel. At just 18-years-old, the young star scored the only goal the Sabres put up against the Senators during their season opener. A moment both Eichel and fans say they’ll never forget.
“It was the loudest I heard it in a really long time,” said Emily Lovullo, a longtime fan. “Everybody was up and screaming.”
And after that goal, the new Sabres song was revealed. Fans voted and the song this season is “Let me Clear my Throat” by DJ Kool. It’s a song fans say they hope they hear over and over again this Sabres season.
A cold front will slowly ease southward through the region producing rain showers, with even some heavier downpours, and a few rumbles of thunder south of the city before tapering from northwest to southeast this afternoon. Some patchy fog on the hilltops. Any leftover showers south of the city early this evening will diminish with some partial clearing overnight north of the city.
Awesome early autumn weather will be on tap this weekend. Temperatures will be cool at first, however readings will rebound into unseasonably warm territory Sunday into holiday Monday. A partly to mostly sunny sky Saturday will be followed by loads of sunshine Sunday. Even Monday we shouldn’t see too many clouds until we get toward the evening. Expect some rain showers Monday night, but they should exit by early Tuesday.
TODAY; Rain, a few heavier downpours, diminishing to scattered showers from NW to SE for the afternoon, maybe some odd breaks north of the city by later afternoon, High: 60-65, dropping into the 50s later in the day, Wind: SW/NW 12-18
TONIGHT: Any leftover showers end south, partial clearing north, Low: 40-45, Wind: NW 8-15
SATURDAY; Becoming Partly to Mostly Sunny, Seasonably Cool, High: 59, Wind: Light E/SW 5-15, Low: 48
SUNDAY; Generous Sunshine, Breezy, Milder, High: 68 inland, cooler waterfront, Low: 53
COLUMBUS DAY; Mostly Sunny, Breezy, Seasonably Warm, some clouds toward evening, High:72 inland, 60s waterfront. Chance of a few showers in the evening.
TUESDAY: Chance of an early Shower, Breezy, Cooler, Becoming Partly Sunny, High:63, Low: 47
WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny, Chance of a Shower, High: 62, Low: 47
THURSDAY: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Chance of a Shower, High: 60, Low: 44
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The latest on the shooting at Northern Arizona University (all times local):
Officials say one person is dead and three others are wounded following an early morning shooting at Northern Arizona University
School public relations director Cindy Brown says the suspected shooter is in custody.
She says the first police call about the gunfire came in at 1:20 a.m. PDT Friday.
The shooting occurred in a parking lot outside Mountainview Hall dormitory at the northeast side of the Flagstgaff campus.
Brown says she doesn’t know what caused the shooting and also didn’t have any details about the suspect and victims, their conditions and whether they are students.
No other details were immediately available..
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Kyle Turris scored twice and Ottawa won a coach’s challenge to overturn a Buffalo goal in the Senators’ victory over the Sabres.
The outcome was essentially decided with 9:26 remaining, when Buffalo’s Evander Kane scored on a wraparound that would have tied it at 2. Senators coach Dave Cameron challenged the goal, and a video review showed Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons was offside.
Kane’s disallowed goal came 1:23 after Sabres 18-year-old rookie center Jack Eichel scored a power-play goal. Curtis Lazar sealed it with an empty-netter with 1:04 left. Craig Anderson made 26 saves for the victory.
It's the police pulling you over.
What should you do if stopped or confronted by the police? Do you know your rights and responsibilities?
That’s a conversation many people are having given the generally chilly climate these days between police and the public.
Many times encounters between police and citizens don't involve an arrest or search warrant which leaves a lot of gray area. It could be a routine traffic stop that brings you face to face with the law. The officer needs to look at the facts and decide how to best investigate in the interest of public safety.
MORE INFO | What to do if you're stopped by the police
If the police have some reasonable suspicion that criminal activity has taken place they can do a pat down for safety purposes. But they can't do it randomly without "reasonable suspicion," or it becomes a warrantless intrusion.
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Williamsville-based criminal defense lawyer Michael Taheri points out that for starters, the police have a badge, gun and are acting under the authority of the law.
“The police officer has a tremendous amount of power, “ said Taheri. “They can charge you with a crime such as a misdemeanor or a felony.”
But Taheri points out that citizens have rights under the constitution, like the right to not answer every question, or consent to a search of your vehicle.
“If you’re stopped and somebody, a police officer wants to search your vehicle and they don’t have a search warrant you don’t necessarily have to consent to that search,” Taheri says. “ A citizen doesn’t have to say I know I’ve been stopped for speeding feel free to rummage through my car and my trunk.”
There are exceptions to the search warrant. For example, if an officer sees the butt of a gun sticking out, they can search for their own safety without getting a warrant.
Taheri advises people to be cordial, polite, and don’t resist arrest, or obstruct.
But how do you ratchet down the stress level?
“Keep it short. Keep the engagement short,” Taheri added. ”There’s no reason that it has to escalate when it’s something as simple as give me your license, registration and insurance card.”
Cheektowaga Police Lt. Brian Gould, a 15 year veteran, understands why people are not thrilled to see flashing red lights in the rear-view mirror.
“I'm not purposely pulling somebody over because I want to ruin their day,” Gould says. “I'm being paid to do a job. That's what I’m out here to do. You being upset with me isn't going to make this go any better,” Gould said.
Let's be honest. More often than not the police stop can be a negative experience. Your mind races going down the checklist. What did I do? Will I get a ticket?
"There's nothing positive to a motorist about a traffic stop," Gould added. "Even if they don't get a ticket out of it, the stress, the anxiety of being pulled over is an unpleasant situation. Even as a police officer who's pulled over thousands of people. If I've done something wrong and I get pulled over you still get that little stress."
Veteran Buffalo police officer Chauncey White III has seen a lot in his 20 plus years on the force.
“Most of us aren't messing with people for no reason,” he said. “A lot of times things escalate because of people's actions -- because of the citizen's actions and not the police. If I don't come at you in a negative light, or came at you yelling at you or screaming at you or disrespecting you. There's no reason for you to come at me like that."
Mutual respect is something that Kim Beaty, Buffalo’s deputy police commissioner, preaches to new law enforcement recruits in the training academy.
“People need to be treated with dignity and respect,” Beaty says. “We want everyone to be safe so at the end of the day we want to respect that person, and we also want to be respected for the job that we do.”
If a person feels they have been wronged by the police, the roadside stop is not the place to settle things. Complaints of abuse or improper conduct by an officer can be made to appropriate agencies and taken up in a court of law.