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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Former Sabres winger Andrew Peters has allegedly been involved in a fight at a 15U Jr. Sabres game at the HarborCenter on Saturday afternoon.
Peters, who is listed as the head coach of the 15U Jr. Sabres, is seen in the video below involved in an altercation with youth hockey players. The Jr. Sabres were hosting the Hamilton Bulldogs at HarborCenter.
Peters was drafted by Buffalo in 1988 and had an 11-year career in the NHL. He currently co-hots “The Instigators” a hockey talk show daily on WGR 550. He also contributes to Sabres broadcasts on television.
Buffalo Police have confirmed to News 4 that they are investigating the incident.
Buffalo Jr. Sabres President Kevyn Adams released the following statement on Sunday afternoon, “We are very disappointed in the series of events that unfolded during the 15U Buffalo Jr. Sabres game on Saturday. We are currently reviewing the situation and in the meantime have suspended Head Coach Andrew Peters indefinitely until the matter is resolved.”
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities on Sunday identified the man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans while intoxicated.
The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the man as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto. Online jail records showed Rizzuto was arrested on a number of charges and was being held at the city’s jail.
The accident came Saturday during one of the busiest nights of Mardi Gras when thousands of people throng the streets of Mid-City to watch the elaborate floats and clamor to catch beads and trinkets tossed from riders.
“We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated,” Police Chief Michael Harrison had said on Saturday evening.
Harrison was asked by the media if terrorism was suspected. While he didn’t say “No,” he did say it looks like a case of DWI.
Twenty-one people were hospitalized after the crash with five victims taken to the trauma center in guarded condition. However, their conditions did not seem to be life-threatening, said Dr. Jeff Elder, city emergency services director.
Seven others declined to be hospitalized, he said.
The victims range in age from as young as 3 or 4 to adults in their 30s and 40s, Elder said.
Among the injured was one New Orleans police officer. Harrison said the officer, who was on duty, was undergoing tests to determine the extent of her injuries. She was in “good spirits,” he said.
As police and city officials assessed the accident scene, people streamed home as plastic bags that used to hold trinkets and discarded beads littered the ground.
Saturday night’s parade was put on by the Krewe of Endymion, which is known for its long, elaborate floats and the big party it hosts at the Superdome after the parade.
One woman at the scene told The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/2miOHGP) that a silver truck whisked closely by her as she was walking through the intersection.
Carrie Kinsella said, “I felt a rush it was so fast.”
Kourtney McKinnis, 20, told the Advocate that the driver of the truck seemed almost unaware of what he had just done.
“He was just kind of out of it,” she said.
A warm front will push through Western New York this evening bringing another gusty breeze, but will result in more mild air to Buffalo once again. A SW breeze between 15 & 25 mph with gusts close to 40 mph will begin to boost temperatures overnight, leading to 40s to start the week Monday under a mix of clouds and sunshine. A few showers are possible Tuesday before a developing storm system arrives Wednesday.
While this Wednesday storm will boost temperatures to near 60º, another cold front moves through Wednesday evening with more rain and a gusty wind. This will bring a return of winter weather to end the week with some snow likely Thursday and Friday. This seasonably colder weather pattern will hold into the start of next weekend.
TONIGHT: Partly Cloudy and Cool. Turning Increasingly Windy. Temperatures rise slightly overnight. Wind: SW 15-25 Gusts 40, Low: 27-31.
MONDAY: Mostly to Partly Sunny, Breeze Backs Off, Wind: SW 8-16, High: 43-47, Low: 34.
TUESDAY: Cloudy, Chance of Rain Showers especially towards the PM, High: 53, Low: 47.
WEDNESDAY: Continued Rain Showers, Warm Early, Turning Windy and Colder late, High: 59, Low: 29.
THURSDAY: Mix of Clouds and Sun, Breezy, Cooler, Few Scattered Snow Showers, High: 34, Low: 21.
FRIDAY: Mostly to Partly Cloudy, Chance of Snow, High: 29, Low: 17.
SATURDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Snow Shower Possible, High: 33, Low: 27.
SUNDAY: Partly Sunny, Shower Possible, High: 43.
AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB)- University at Buffalo Police have increased patrols on North Campus after a woman reported being sexually assaulted in her dorm room early Sunday morning.
UB sent out an alert to 45,000 students, staff and faculty around 4:30 a.m. that said a woman claims she was assaulted in her Porter Hall dorm room, which is part of the Ellicott Campus.
The woman described her attacker as a Hispanic, college-aged man, with dark brown hair cut close to his head, a tattoo on his right arm. According to police, she said he was wearing earrings and possibly a pink tank top.
Anyone with information should call University Police at 645-2222.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB)- “A swastika and whatever that other symbol is that’s on the van, is not acceptable,” said Kyle Hennessy-Snow of Orchard Park.
Hennessy-Snow was shocked when police knocked on her door Saturday morning to tell her someone spray painted graffiti on her van overnight. She relies on it for her daughter who is in a wheelchair.
“It’s the only way that I can transport her she’s severely disabled and why she would be targeted I don’t know,” said Hennessy-Snow.
Kenneth Wiltse of Orchard Park spent more than 5 hours trying to scrub graffiti off of both of his cars.
“On this one right here was Boston sucks on then the swastika sign symbols on both the windows,” said Wiltse.
Several swastika symbols and racial slurs were also spray painted on playground equipment at the South Davis Elementary school.
“Some of the slurs that were painted may upgrade the charges to some form of a hate crime but that’s further down the road with the district attorney,” said Jason Schiedel, Orchard Park Police Lieutenant.
Police say most of the graffiti is in the village of Orchard Park but some is also on overpasses in the town. Some of the racial slurs have been cleaned up. Now police are trying to figure out who is responsible.
“It shows a lack of respect for those around you and what they work hard for,” said Schiedel.
“Yes will I prosecute. You better believe it, I sure will. It’s wrong,” said Hennessy-Snow.
Recently Governor Cuomo opened a new text line to report incidents of bias. If you’re a victim or if you’ve witnessed a hate crime you can text hate to 8-1-3-3-6 to report the incident.
A gofund me campaign has also been created for the cleanup effort at South Davis Elementary school: https://www.gofundme.com/southdaviscleanup
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Orchard Park Police at 662-6444.