SkyWest Airlines makes emergency landing in Buffalo with unconscious passenger

A SkyWest Airlines flight made an emergency landing on Wednesday in Buffalo after a passenger lost consciousness, the airline said. Flight 5622 was headed to Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn., from Chicago when the passenger grew ill, according to the airline. Previous media reports claimed a door popped open during the flight, causing problems with cabin pressure, but the airline said that wasn't 't the case. The flight landed safely at 11:38 a.m., flight data shows. The other 75 passengers aboard the plane are being accommodated, the airline says. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Rex Ryan wants to ‘kick the s—‘ out of Jets when Buffalo Bills play them

The boisterous Rex Ryan is back, but now he’s not talking trash for the Jets, he’s doing it at them. Ryan, who got canned by the Jets after last season only to land in Buffalo, told Sports Illustrated’s The MMQB he hopes Gang Green does well, but not when he’s playing it. “I want success for Woody Johnson, I do,” Ryan said in the piece. “But don’t kid yourself — we’re gonna try to kick the s--- out of them when we bring our team in. “We’re going to try to whip your ass. There are people in that organization who are going to be lifelong friends to me. But this (the Bills) is my damn football family now.” It’s back to Ryan unplugged now that the coach is in Buffalo, and he’s at his trash-talking finest. The new Bills coach singled out one of his former players, Jace Amaro, after the second-year tight end was critical of Ryan recently. Amaro said on the radio recently that the Jets lacked accountability last year, but Ryan isn’t buying it. “He’s full of s---, and I’ll remind him of that when we play him. Look, we weren’t perfect, and I never said we were going to be perfect. But that’s a f—— b.s. comment,” Ryan said. “But, hey, he’s happy that he’s got a different coach in place. We’ll see how happy he is when I play against him.” Ryan, after making few loud proclamations in his final year with the Jets, did not hold back with SI, setting the bar high for his new club and dishing on his frustrating final year in Florham Park. He saw the writing on the wall, he said, when management started treating him differently. “I wasn’t the boss anymore, I was just a guy,” Ryan said. “Whether they want to say it or not, all of a sudden I became less important to the team. They were trying to pull away from me. Like it was my fault, somehow, that people Continue Reading

SkyWest Airlines flight dives 20,000 feet in minutes; 3 passengers pass out before emergency landing in Buffalo

Skywest Airlines said it was investigating what caused three passengers to pass out on a flight that made an emergency landing in Buffalo on Wednesday — after initially reporting the pilot “acted out of an abundance of caution” when only one passenger got sick. The Chicago-to-Connecticut flight dove 20,000 feet within minutes after the first passenger fainted, NBC News reported. The crew feared a cabin door swung open at 37,000 feet and caused pressure problems, passengers said. CAPTAIN ANDY: PASSENGERS MAY HAVE PASSED OUT DUE TO FEAR Airline representatives said there was no loss of pressure after examining the aircraft. But the pilot did not know that and quickly maneuvered the plane with 75 passengers to where the air would be breathable — 10,000 feet — reps said. The plane dropped a dizzying 7,000 feet per minute, FlightAware reported. Officials are not yet sure what caused the terrifying descent and did not say whether the last two passengers became ill before or during the plunge. "When we don't know exactly what may have led the passenger to lose consciousness, we want to rule out as many factors as possible," SkyWest spokesman Wes Horrocks told the Los Angeles Times. Mary Cunningham, a passenger and registered nurse, said she helped another passenger who passed out and had "awful" coloring. "I went back to my seat after she was feeling better, and all of a sudden, the woman sitting behind her passed out unresponsive," she told NBC Connecticut. Cunningham said she was soon affected, too. "I felt very nervous. I realized something was very wrong, and it was really scary," said Cunningham. "That was terrifying." The plane went into a "nosedive" and the "airplane was shaking," passenger Frank Angelo said. Even one of the flight attendants appeared to panic, passengers said. "There was a lot of people with their heads down, praying," passenger Continue Reading

WATCH: Buffalo licks visitor at Washington zoo with enormous tongue

These buffalo are very forward. A hilarious online video shows a buffalo stick out its giant tongue and lick Caroline Walker Evans while she was passing through the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, Washington. Evans got a very interesting introduction to the animal when he ran up alongside her car and stuck his massive tongue through the open window. Evans fed him some bread she bought at the farm but eventually the animal poked his head all the way in and gave Evans a slobbery lick. "A lot of people said it looked like he tried to French kiss me," Evans told the Daily News. "I'm like, 'OK, you've got to take me out to dinner now.'" The Seattle resident said she had gone on the driving tour a few weeks earlier and though she said the buffalo were a lot more "chill" then she did notice their large tongues. She hoped to capture it with her smartphone this time around. The farm, which also includes elks, bears, llamas and other animals, warns visitors to be careful when they pass through the buffalo herd and avoid stops. But Evans and her family were following a slow-moving car so the very friendly buffalo was able to keep pace. But Evans said she didn't mind breaking bread with her new friend. "I love animals and I love being close to them," she said. "I wasn't scared. I didn't think anything bad would happen." But after the buffalo licked her body she did decide to turn off the camera and close her window, she said. "I thought it was pretty funny," she said. "But I rolled up the window to calm them down a little bit." USING A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ to film in New York City and Buffalo, bringing an estimated $70 million in spending

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming to New York — and they’re bringing some serious green with them. The action flick sequel, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” will begin filming next month in New York City and Buffalo, which officials estimate will result in $70 million in spending. The bulk of that money — $63 million — will be spent in the Big Apple, according to Paramount. "New York City knows how to host blockbuster films," said Mayor de Blasio. “We welcome ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ to New York City, and look forward to the many jobs and tens of millions of jobs this will bring to our local economy.” The details of where the shoots will take place and what stars are featured are being kept under wraps. “We can only imagine what the filmmakers have in store,” said Cynthia Lopez, commissioner of the mayor's office of media and entertainment. The movie will be in theaters in June 2016. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Arizona Coyotes radio announcer Nick Boyton arrested after allegedly biting a cop in Buffalo casino scuffle

Nick Boynton’s mouth helped him get a job when his NHL playing career was over. Now, his mouth may have gotten him into some big trouble. The former NHL defenseman, in his first year as a radio analyst for the Arizona Coyotes, was arrested early Thursday morning after allegedly scuffling with police and biting one of them on the finger in a Buffalo Casino. “He was abusive to the staff at the casino, and when officers tried to take him into custody, he bit one of them on the finger,” a police source told the Buffalo News. According to the Buffalo News, Boynton who played parts of 13 seasons in the NHL (his first six with Boston) was arrested by police and will be charged with assault, criminal mischief and harassment. “Early this morning, Coyotes radio color analyst Nick Boynton was involved in a situation at a Buffalo casino,” the Coyotes said in a statement. “A police investigation is underway. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and until the continuing legal process is completed, we will have no further comment. Mr. Boynton has been placed on a leave of absence.” Continue Reading

Buffalo Bills set franchise record for most season tickets sold

(AP) — Call it the Rex effect. The Buffalo Bills have sold more season tickets than at any time in their 55-year history. The team said Monday that 57,500 season tickets have been purchased, beating the previous record of 57,132 set in 1992 — when the Bills were going to Super Bowls. Buffalo has a 15-year playoff drought going, the longest current streak in the NFL. Last season, the Bills sold 47,482 season tickets. With Ryan installed as the new head coach and such additions as running back LeSean McCoy and receiver Percy Harvin, there apparently is Bills fever in western New York. New owner Terry Pegula says the organization has been “humbled by the fans and their outpouring of emotion when they learned this team would remain in Buffalo.” Limited individual game tickets remain only for the season-ending game against the Jets, Ryan’s former team. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

SEE IT: Killer interview! Man wanted for killing four people in Virginia gives TV interview at Buffalo homeless shelter

The prime suspect in a quadruple killing bizarrely gave a TV interview to a Buffalo news station while he was on the lam. Alexander Hill Jr. was wanted for the alleged first-degree murder of three women and a 2-year-old in Petersburg, Va., on Easter Sunday in 2014, WGRZ reported. His alleged victims, who were relatives of his ex-girlfriend, were found inside a burned out house. Surveillance cameras caught the 48-year-old by a Waffle House in Rocky Mount, N.C., just 24 hours after the killings. Then he vanished. U.S. Marshals released his mug shot in a bid to track down who they believed was their key suspect, NBC12 reported. It was reissued on the first anniversary of the slayings, and an anonymous tipster soon led officials to Buffalo. They found Hill staying at the St. Luke's Mission of Mercy homeless shelter. It then emerged that he'd given an interview to WGRZ about the local pastor in March. Calling himself Trent Dales, he claimed he was a carpenter who'd lost his job and his home. "The minister has given me an opportunity to do some work, kept me out of the elements," he told reporters. “So far, it looks like it's going up.” It's not clear if his TV appearance contributed to the tipster contacting law enforcers. Hills was arrested on four counts of murder on Thursday morning. It's alleged that he killed two of the family by assault, and the other two by setting the house on fire. Pauline Wilkins, daughter Vicki Chavis Ansar, granddaughter Tanique Davis and great grandson Delvari Chavis were all killed in the horrific incident. Hill's ex-girlfriend Vivian Chavis was not home at the time. He is now facing extradition to Virginia, where he will stand trial. Follow on Twitter @lee_moran ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Buffalo Sabres hire ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A week after losing out on Mike Babcock, the Buffalo Sabres went with another experienced Stanley Cup winner by hiring Dan Bylsma to become their next coach. The hiring was announced Thursday, after the former Pittsburgh Penguins coach spent a second consecutive day meeting with Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula and general manager Tim Murray in Buffalo. The hiring was delayed briefly after the Sabres were required under NHL rules to compensate the Penguins for hiring Bylsma because he was still under contract with Pittsburgh after being relieved of his duties a year ago. The Sabres were expected to send the Penguins a future draft pick in exchange for Bylsma, whose contract with the Penguins ran through June 2016. Bylsma, who coached the Sidney Crosby-led Penguins to win the 2009 Cup championship, takes over a franchise coming off consecutive last-place finishes and attempting to rebuild through youth. He replaces Ted Nolan, who was fired a day after the season ended, and becomes Buffalo’s third coach since Lindy Ruff was fired in February 2013. Bylsma spent five-plus seasons in Pittsburgh, where he won a franchise-best 252 games and was the NHL’s 2011 coach of the year, before being fired during front office changes a year ago. Buffalo was forced to restart its search last week after losing out on Babcock. The former Red Wings coach turned down the Sabres’ offer to instead sign with Toronto. The hiring leaves the New Jersey Devils as the NHL’s only other team with a coaching vacancy. Bylsma and the Sabres have several connections. The Pegulas were previously based in Pittsburgh before purchasing the Sabres in February 2011. Terry Pegula was such a Penguins fan that he named his beloved dog Sidney. Though the Penguins enjoyed plenty of regular-season success under Bylsma, they faltered in the playoffs after winning the Cup in Continue Reading

Quadruple murder suspect wanted for Virginia attack arrested in Buffalo, NY: police

A quadruple murder suspect wanted in a Virginia family's slaughter has been captured in Buffalo, N.Y after a year on the run, authorities announced. Alexander Hill Jr., 48, who had been missing since the April 19, 2014 murder of a family of four — including a 2-year-old boy — inside their Petersburg home, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with their murder. Federal and local authorities, speaking at an afternoon press conference attended by the victims' family, said Hill’s arrest came one day after a call was placed to a tips line. Hill initially denied being the suspected killer but his identity was confirmed through fingerprints, U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson said. Hill's arrest comes almost exactly one year after Pauline Wilkins, her daughter Vicki Chavis Ansar, her granddaughter Tanique Davis and great grandson Delvari Chavis were all found dead inside the home located south of Richmond. Two were killed by assault and two by setting the house on fire, authorities later said. Hill was dating Vivian Chavis who lived at the home but wasn't there at the time of the attack, WTVR reported. The fugitive was last seen being dropped off at a Rocky Mt., N.C. Amtrak station on Easter morning — less than 24 hours after the heinous crime. That followed him hiring a taxi from Petersburg to Roanoke Rapids, N.C. He was later seen at a Waffle House restaurant, authorities said. Since last spring he's been wanted on a slew of charges including violation of a protective order, possession of child pornography, indecent liberties with a minor child, and the solicitation of sexually explicit material. He was arrested on four counts of murder. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading