• UB Women improve to 8-0, tie program history

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The UB women’s basketball team is off to a perfect start, improving to 8-0 after a 65-52 win over Big 4 rival Canisius.
    This is the best start for the Bulls since the 2000-01 season.
    In the victory, UB was led by JoAnna smith who scored early and often for a season-high 23 points. Summer Hemphill chipped in with 13 points off the bench.
    The Bulls will now have 13 days off between games as they return home on December 21 for a Big 4 matchup against St. Bona
  • Heavy snow a welcome sign for ski resorts, some residents

    SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Although Thursday band of lake effect snow could be considered narrow compared to the broader Western New York region, it still packed a punch for many of the area’s southern towns and villages.
    That’s a positive sign for winter resorts like Kissing Bridge, which has been forced to push back its opening day for years.“Around this time last year we were hoping to see what we have right now,” said Andrew Minier, Kissing Bridge’s h
  • Some NY homeowners might not get STAR rebates until 2017

    LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Have you received your STAR rebate check yet? Is it for the right amount? Homeowners across the state are lamenting the STAR program that is supposed to give them tax relief is coming up short.
    They were supposed to get their rebate checks months ago, but now state tax officials are saying some homeowners might not get their money until next year.
    Former Gov. George Pataki launched the STAR program nearly 20 years ago—property owners get a break on their sc
  • Lake effect snow causes near whiteout in Fredonia, Dunkirk areas

    FREDONIA, N.Y. (WIVB)- Officially, the first day of winter isn’t until Dec. 21., but if you ask residents of Fredonia they’d tell you Thursday was it’s arrival.
    Shopkeepers on Main and Temple Streets in downtown Fredonia were busy shoveling sidewalks, but there wasn’t much business. The few people out walking were met with strong winds and heavy snowfall mixed with hail.
    Lifelong Dunkirk resident, Jim Lehnen, braved the snow storm to walk his dog. He told News 4 he&r
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  • Yankee Candle recalls luminous candles due to laceration hazard

    (AP) — Find recall information below:
    Recall Summary
    Name of Product:  Luminous Candle Collection
    Hazard: When the candle is lit, the glass jar can crack, posing a laceration hazard.
    Remedy:  Refund
    Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled candles and contact Yankee Candle to receive a full refund.
    Consumer Contact:  Yankee Candle toll-free at 877-803-6890 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Saturday & Sunday or
  • Cheektowaga police looking for suspected purse thief

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Cheektowaga police are looking for a person who they say stole a purse from a shopping cart.
    The theft occurred at a local grocery store, police say. Watch a surveillance video below:Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Det. Griffin at 686-3979 or text an anonymous tip to TIP411 (847-411).
  • Temporary travel advisory issued for Gowanda

    GOWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police in Gowanda announced Thursday afternoon that a temporary travel advisory was issued for the village.
    Police say it is hard for plows to keep up with major roadways with the continuing snowfall.
    A number of vehicles have become stuck on hills coming into Gowanda, authorities say.
    Police are asking drivers to use caution when on the roads.
  • Buffalo State Professor uses new technology to predict shoppers buying behavior

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo State sophomore Tori Nicholas is sitting in front of a computer screen like most of us do when online shopping, except Tori isn’t exactly doing that. She is however paying attention to items that pop up quickly on the screen.
    “I’m trying to analyze their responses, customers responses within 300 milliseconds or 500 milliseconds 800 milliseconds at most once they see something on the monitor,” said KeunYoung Oh, Buffalo State Fashion an
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  • GALLERY: Snow blankets part of WNY

    On December 8, parts of western New York saw a significant amount of snow hit the ground.
    APP USERS | Take a look at viewer photos here.
  • Bus with 31 kids on board crashes in Cattaraugus County

    DAYTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State Police say no one was injured when a school bus crashed in Cattaraugus County.
    The bus struck a guide rail on Route 62 in Dayton. The vehicle had 31 kids on board.
    No one was injured.
  • Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has died at 95

    WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.
    Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week, said Hank Wilson, communications director for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.
    John Herschel Glenn Jr. had two major care
  • The Audcast, Episode 10: Wave goodbye to the youths

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On the tenth episode of The Audcast, News 4 Sports’ Tom Martin and NHL.com’s Joe Yerdon discuss a team in a roster limbo, so to speak, on the heels of an incredible come-from-behind win against the Edmonton Oilers
    Should Anders Nilsson see more playing time than Robin Lehner in net? What happens next with exciting youngsters Will Carrier and Brendan Guhle now that injured veterans have gotten healthy? Plenty of questions face the state of the roster
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  • ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant dies of cancer before show airs

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who competed on “Jeopardy!” while battling terminal colon cancer has died the week before her episode was set to air but prize money has gone to cancer research as she wished.
    “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says in a statement that Cindy Stowell died Monday.
    The quiz show says on its website that the Austin, Texas, woman was invited to an audition for the show in August. Before the audition, Stowell reached out to a producer to ask how long
  • Erie County DA fighting to get murder conviction reinstated

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — The family of a 5-year old boy who was murdered three years ago may have to endure the pain of another trial. That’s because an appellate court overturned Matthew Kuzdzal’s 2014 conviction on a technicality.
    Judge Christopher Burns on Thursday ordered Kuzdzal to be held without bail as the prosecutors prepare to fight back. The family of Eain Brooks sat silently on the front row, almost in disbelief during the bail hearing. They were back in the same courtroom w
  • Springville residents ready for snow

    SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Snow covered streets grace Springville Thursday as the first major storm sweeps through the area. The residents aren’t too phased by the snowfall.
    “Snow is just another way of life here,” said Bill Skura, the owner of Springville Hardware.
    “It’s just another day in Springville,” joked Randy Smith, a Springville resident.
    The town in southern Erie County is more like Winterville today as snow swirls through the streets. Fin
  • Lake effect snow hits Chautauqua County

    FREDONIA, N.Y. (WIVB) – As parts of Western New York brace for more winter weather, some people in Chautauqua County are already digging out from the first round of the snow.
    Depending on where you were in the county, you would have seen snow piling up pretty quickly at some points Thursday morning.
    On Route 60 in Fredonia around 9 a.m. drivers experienced near white out conditions as they were exiting the Thruway.
    Roads quickly became slippery as the snow accumulated there, making it easy
  • Niagara County Sheriff’s Office looking for robbery suspect

    WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Kwik Fill station on Niagara Falls Blvd. in the town of Wheatfield was robbed Wednesday afternoon.
    The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office says the person suspected of the crime is a heavy black woman standing at about 5’3″. She was wearing a black button-down peacoat with a hood and a black brimmed hat.
    According to the Sheriff’s Office, the woman threatened the clerk with a gun and demanded money, but did not display a weapon.
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  • Cops: Suspect in fatal shooting of UPS driver is in custody

    ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A man shot and killed a UPS driver in a Wal-Mart parking lot on Thursday, then drove over the victim with his vehicle before surrendering to police after an hourslong standoff at a nearby home, authorities said.
    Ithaca Police Chief John Barber said the shooting occurred at around 12:50 a.m. outside a 24-hour superstore in Ithaca. When officers arrived, they found the victim, a 52-year-old man, on the pavement and a vehicle fleeing the scene, Barber said.
    Other police of
  • 2 killed in 30-vehicle pileup on slick Michigan interstate

    FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say at least two people have died and others are hurt following a 30-vehicle pileup on a snowy, icy Michigan interstate near the state capital of Lansing.
    Michigan State Police are blaming slippery conditions for the Thursday morning crash on I-96 near Fowlerville. The pileup forced the closure of the highway in both directions.
    Several crashes also have been reported on Detroit-area freeways.
    Forecasters say cold air that’s moved into the region
  • Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger celebrates birth of 8th child

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mick Jagger’s representatives say the rock legend has welcomed the birth of his eighth child.Jagger, the 73-year-old frontman of the Rolling Stones, was on hand Thursday at a New York hospital when girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to the couple’s son. According to a statement, both parents are “delighted” and “mother and baby are doing well.”
    Jagger already has seven children — Georgia, James, Jade, Elizabeth, Lucas, Karis an
  • Nearly 20,000 lights create dazzling spectacle at Yorkshire home

    YORKSHIRE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Cattaraugus County family’s home is quite the spectacle this holiday season.
    For the past three years, Megan George says her husband has been creating Christmas light displays for their Yorkshire home.
    This year, they are a family of three, and George says her husband has made “the biggest and best” display yet.
    The display contains nearly 20,000 lights. The family lives at 3381 W. Yorkshire Rd. Check out the video George sent us above
  • Police: Suspect in officer shootings is dead

    (AP) — Police say a man suspected of shooting two Georgia police officers is dead.
    Phyllis Banks, a police spokeswoman in Americus, told The Associated Press on Thursday: “It’s confirmed that the suspect is dead.” That was after a SWAT team went into a home where authorities had received a tip that 32-year-old Minquell Lembrick was hiding.
    Banks declined to give further information, including whether police had shot Lembrick or merely found his body. Police planned a 1 p.
  • Diamond Lewis sentenced to 131 years-to-life in prison for murder, attempted murder

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — For murder and attempted murder, a 19-year-old from Buffalo was sentenced to 131 years-to-life in prison.
    Diamond Lewis was convicted of two counts of murder, six counts of attempted murder and other charges in October.
    In October of 2014, Lewis shot and killed David Skipper, Jr., 22, on Erb St. The next year, in June, Lewis killed Alonzo Scott, 18, during a family picnic. Four other people were injured in the shooting. One of them was paralyzed.
    Just month
  • Vehicles crash in icy conditions south of Buffalo

    SARDINIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The roads south of Buffalo were pretty slick Thursday morning, as snow fell upon part of the region and caused traffic trouble.
    A vehicle went off the road on Route 16 in Sardinia during the morning.Use caution on Route 16. Police are on scene in Sardinia where the roads are slick responding to a rollover pic.twitter.com/XZ9szfxOD2
    — Ali Ingersoll (@AliIngersoll4) December 8, 2016
    According to police, icy roads caused the crash. The driver has m
  • Rare prosecution of heroin dealer could send him to prison for life

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — It may be just the second time a drug dealer in Western New York has been charged with killing one of his users.
    Aaron J. McDuffie, 21, is accused of cutting his heroin with a substance relatively new to the area, according to authorities: an analog drug called butyryl fentanyl.
    It’s similar to the fentanyl that’s responsible for killing hundreds of drug users across the region, federal and local authorities said. But it’s different enough that
  • Tonawanda warehouse undergoes EPA clean-up

    TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB)- Shortly before Thanksgiving, the state shut down a warehouse in the Town of Tonawanda for dangerously storing chemicals.
    Officials with the EPA told News 4 approximately 8,000 containers at Morgan Materials on Vulcan Street need to be tested and removed.
    The multi-warehouse facility is close to a neighborhood and a charter school. Public Affairs Officer for EPA Region 2, Michael Basile, said surrounding homes and businesses are not in any danger.
    The site is stable,
  • Amherst teen to sing National Anthem at Bills Christmas Eve game for first time

    WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Of 300 people who applied, 16-year-old Camryn Clune made top 20, auditioned, and was selected to sing the National Anthem at the Bills game on Christmas Eve.
    “Singing for the Bills is a dream come true because I’ve been singing it for a while and just to be acknowledged for that is very amazing,” said Camryn Clune of Amherst.
    The Amherst teenager started Backyard Broadway, an organization that uses musical theater to raise money for local kids
  • Authorities offering up to $1,000 for information leading to man’s arrest

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Malik Brown.
    Brown’s last known address was on Clarence St. in Buffalo. He is wanted for criminal possession of a weapon, according to authorities.
    Brown is a black male standing at 5’11” and weighing 230 lbs. He has a tattoo that says “BMW” on his neck.
    He should be considered armed and dangerous.
    Anyone with information on Brown’s whereabouts is aske
  • Man accused of assaulting, sexually abusing victim

    FRANKLINVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Franklinville man was accused of assaulting and sexually abusing another person.
    On Monday, New York State police responded to a domestic call on Route 16 in the town and arrested 27-year-old George Merrell.
    Troopers say he struck, choked and performed criminal sexual acts on a victim. In addition to that, authorities say he destroyed property and prevented the victim from calling 911.
    Merrell was charged with criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, thir
  • Buffalo Place brightening up downtown Buffalo

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- The Buffalo Place organization, with the help of developer Rocco Termini, wants to bring downtown Buffalo back to it’s holiday heyday.
    A few decades back, window displays and decorations alone were enough to drive people to the Theater District in downtown Buffalo.
    Buffalo Place has invested $33,000 to spruce up the streets with new light displays and bring that popularity back.
    Executive Director Michael Schmand said finding out which designs would work took tim
  • Albion woman charged with farm vehicle battery thefts

    STAFFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) — An Albion woman has been accused of working with another person to steal batteries from farm vehicles in Genesee County.
    Amber Heveron, 28, was charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing the commercial-style batteries. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office says the farm vehicles were parked in a field.
    Incidents like this happened between July and September, according to authorities, but Heveron’s arrest was related to alleged th
  • Erie County Sheriff’s Office launches app for smartphones

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has created a new resource for locals — an app for smartphones.
    A free download, aptly named after the Sheriff’s Office, is now available for Android and iPhone devices.
    “Our new mobile app will help us empower the public to be our partners in public safety with critical news and alerts,” Sheriff Timothy Howard said. “The public will be able to submit confidential crime tips to us right through the
  • Trump picks Oklahoma AG Pruitt for EPA

    (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a source close to Pruitt has told The Associated Press.
    Pruitt has been a booster of the fossil fuel industry and an outspoken critic of what he derides as the EPA’s “activist agenda.” The 48-year-old Republican also denies the overwhelming scientific evidence that the Earth is warming and that man-made carbon emissions are to bla
  • 2 juveniles charged with starting Tennessee wildfires

    (WATE) — Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn announced Wednesday two juveniles have been charged with starting the deadly wildfires in Sevier County. The two were arrested Wednesday morning and charged with aggravated arson. They are being held in the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center. A detention hearing is scheduled within 72 hours and additional charges could be filed.
    Officials say the two had a role in starting the fire on November 23 in the Chimney Tops, which
  • Body with multiple stab wounds found in Niagara Falls field

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — The body of a person who died of multiple stab wounds was found in a Niagara Falls field.
    Niagara Falls Police say the body had been behind Cataract Steel on Mackenna Ave. “for some time,” but was discovered at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
    The body was found in overgrown brush. Due to the amount of decay, the person, who appears to be an adult white male, could not be immediately identified.
    Officials will have to use dental records and DNA to identify the
  • High lead levels found in water at Jamestown schools

    JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — Following testing of 550 drinking water fixtures at Jamestown Public Schools, 35 were found to have high lead levels.
    The school released test results on their website. The schools that had at least one fixture with high levels were Love Elementary, Bush Elementary, Fletcher Elementary, Ring Elementary, Jefferson Middle, Washington Middle and Jamestown High.
    MORE | See the list, with details for each school here.
  • Authorities: 2 south Georgia officers shot; shooter at large

    AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say two law enforcement officers have been shot in south Georgia.
    Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles says two officers were shot Wednesday in Americus, about 130 miles south of Atlanta. She says the shooter remains at large.
    Dianne Brown is an administrative assistant with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. She said an Americus police officer and a public safety officer from Georgia Southwestern State University were both shot at
  • Summer St. fire brought under control by crews

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Part of Summer St. was a smoky scene on Wednesday afternoon as crews responded to a two-alarm fire.
    The fire began on the 9th floor of a high-rise on the street between Richmond and Norwood avenues.
    Although it caused traffic issues, the fire was quickly brought under control by crews. They were ventilating the building as of 1:30 p.m.
    There are no apparent injuries.
  • Former Buffalo cop sentenced for wrongful arrest

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A former Buffalo police officer was sentenced to three months in prison for a misdemeanor civil rights violation.
    Robert Eloff, 41, faced up to one year in jail after pleading guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law in June. As part of his plea deal, Eloff resigned from the police department.
    While off-duty, Eloff was working security at Molly’s Pub back in May of 2014. During one night, a bar manager, Jeffrey Basil, pushed Willia
  • Town of Tonawanda police looking for help finding missing girl

    TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Town of Tonawanda police are looking for help finding a missing 17-year-old girl.
    Samantha LeChot is 5’5″ and weighs approximately 120 lbs. She has a medium build, brown eyes and long brown hair.
    Samantha was released from Kenmore East High School at 10:30 a.m. Monday after a male who called himself her father called and asked for her to be excused.
    The girl is in possession of a car registered to a family member. It is a gray, four-door 20
  • Town of Tonawanda police looking for girl accused of scheming way out of school

    TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The search is on for a missing 17-year-old girl.
    Town of Tonawanda police say Samantha LeChot was picked up from school on Monday by someone who pretended to be her father. Police say she took off with the man in a car belonging to one of her family members. Now, two days later, her family is desperate to know where she is.
    Thanks to surveillance video and an online check of her credit cards, police and her family have some idea where LeChot has been. 
  • Town of Tonawanda police locate girl accused of scheming way out of school

    TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A missing 17-year-old girl has been located.
    Town of Tonawanda police say Samantha LeChot was picked up from school on Monday by someone who pretended to be her father. Police say she took off with the man in a car belonging to one of her family members. Now, two days later, her family is desperate to know where she is.
    Thanks to surveillance video and an online check of her credit cards, police and her family got an idea where LeChot was. He
  • WNYers mark 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – December 7, 1941, was a “date which will live in infamy”, and on December 7, 2016, dozens of Western New Yorkers gathered at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
    Among those who spoke at this year’s ceremony were two World War II veterans, who recalled the moment they heard the news about the unexpected attack on Pearl Harbor. “I was only 18 at that time. I looked at my
  • Warehouse fire recovery effort complete; death toll at 36

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Recovery efforts at an Oakland warehouse fire have ended and the death toll stands at 36, officials said Wednesday.
    The news comes a day after Oakland officials declared a local state of emergency due. The Oakland City Council is slated to ratify the state of emergency on Thursday. This will begin the process for state and federal aid.
    A refrigerator was a potential source of the fire, but it was too soon to say for sure, said Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of
  • Bills’ Eric Wood among Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominees

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP/WIVB) — Buffalo Bills C Eric Wood is the team’s 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee.
    This is the second year in a row Wood was nominated. The team says “Wood is a highly respected veteran at One Bills Drive, and has earned this prestigious title for his dedication to his team on-field, and to his community off the field.”
    A full list of nominees can be found below, courtesy of The Associated Press.
    Arizona — Larry Fitzgerald
    Atlant
  • Boy says he was fat-shamed by Santa

    FOREST CITY, NC (WCMH) — The boy said he cried after old St. Nick told him to stop eating the fast food.
    “And when I got done, he said lay off the hamburgers and French fries and that really just disrespected me and I felt awful,” Anthony Mayse, 9, told WLOS.
    Anthony said after the experience he tore up his picture with Santa. His mom said that Santa didn’t even seem to want to be at the event. “I’m hoping he’s fired because I don’t want
  • Local post offices to have extended hours during holiday season

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Four post offices in the Buffalo area will have extended hours on two Saturdays this month in wake of the holiday season.
    Dec. 19 is expected to be the busiest mailing day of the season. Dec. 12 will be a close second, according to the United States Postal Service.
    “We’ve been in the holiday shipping business for centuries,” Buffalo Postmaster Thomas Szklarz said. “We know our customers will use the weekend to bake, shop, and pack their t
  • GALLERY: 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

    75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack The destroyer USS Shaw explodes after being hit by bombs during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. (AP Photo)An undamaged light cruiser steams out past the burning USS Arizona and takes to sea with the rest of the fleet during the Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941 during World War II.(AP Photo/U.S. Navy)The battleship USS West Virginia is seen afire after the Japanese surprise attack on
  • Prosecutor drops charges in death of Detroit college officer

    DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors dropped murder charges Wednesday against a man in the killing of a Detroit college police officer who was shot in the head while on duty.
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said charges against DeAngelo Davis, 31, of Detroit, were dropped. Davis was accused of shooting Wayne State University Officer Collin Rose on Nov. 22. Davis had been jailed without bond since his arrest that night. He faced charges of first-degree murder and murder of a police officer.
    Davis
  • Charleston church shooting suspect’s trial set to begin

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The white man who authorities said wanted to start a race war by killing nine black people in a South Carolina church is getting ready to stand trial in a city already bruised by a former police officer’s racially charged murder trial that ended in a hung jury.
    Jury selection and opening statements are set for Wednesday in Dylann Roof’s federal death penalty trial.
    Roof sat with 12 people in Bible study and prayer for an hour at Emanuel African Methodist

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