• HS Recap: Friday, February 24th

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The high school playoffs continued on Friday night. Highlights from six local teams are above.
    Cheektowaga 83 Lew-Port 34
    Dom Welch: 25 points, needs 25 more to break the section six all-time scoring record.
    Williamsville South 76 Hamburg 43
    Amherst 60 Starpoint 47
  • Feds investigating NCCC culinary institute project

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — The federal government believes there’s something fishy about how the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute was built.
    The government has subpoenaed the owner of the institute, Niagara County Community College, for all information related to the $26 million dollar project that was completed in 2012.
    Among the allegations are connections to LPCiminelli, the massive local firm already under fire by the federal government.
    Mayor Paul Dyster was there in 2012 when
  • Emerald South fined $10K for beating death of resident

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Short of closing the facility, the New York State Department of Health could not penalize Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center any more severely.
    After the death of nursing home resident Ruth Murray, who was severely beaten by another dementia patient, the state leveled the stiffest fine allowed by law.
    Despite this, it still took the nursing home months to come into compliance with the state.
    The 82-year-old Murray had just finished breakfast on Aug. 26 w
  • 2 people shot on Cornwall Ave.

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two people were shot on the first block of Cornwall Ave. on Friday afternoon.
    Buffalo police say the shooting occurred just before 4:40 p.m.
    The victims, who have only been identified as males, appear to have non-life threatening injuries.
    They are being treated at ECMC.
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  • Gov. Cuomo announces groundbreaking of Aquarium of Niagara penguin exhibit

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Friday, the groundbreaking of a $3.3 million project at the Aquarium of Niagara was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
    The exhibit will allow new programming and features, while providing a habitat for a colony of Humboldt penguins.
    “The Humboldt Penguin exhibit is sure to be a hit with families looking for an activity that is both entertaining and educational,” Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said.
  • Niagara County’s Opioid Task Force prepares for uphill battle

    LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB)- The Opioid Task Force in Niagara County has its work cut out.
    The group’s new chair wants to focus on expanding education and training to help keep people alive.
    While Niagara County is substantially smaller than Erie County, overdose rates are climbing according to lawmakers.
    Because medical examiners need to confirm causes of death, county-wide overdose numbers can take a while to be completed.
    Records show in 2015, 44 people died from an opioid-related overdose in
  • Residents fearful after 3 different reports of sexual assaults

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo police are investigating three different reports of sexual assaults in the city.
    Earlier this month, police say a sexual assault occurred on the 100 block of Kilhoffer St.
    On Tuesday night, a second sexual assault occurred in the vicinity of Curtiss Street’s 300 block, according to police. During that incident, police say someone sexually assaulted a teenage girl while she was walking home around 8 p.m.
    The third sexual assault occurred around
  • Buffalo police investigating 3 different reports of sexual assaults

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo police are investigating three different reports of sexual assaults in the city.
    Earlier this month, police say a sexual assault occurred on the 100 block of Kilhoffer St.
    On Tuesday night, a second sexual assault occurred in the vicinity of Curtiss Street’s 300 block, according to police. During that incident, police say someone sexually assaulted a teenage girl while she was walking home around 8 p.m.
    The third sexual assault occurred around
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  • Buffalo police looking for 2 missing girls

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo police are looking for two missing girls.
    Halimah Allen, 15, is missing from an address on E. Utica St. Allen is 5’3″ and 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black bomber jacket.
    Also missing is 11-year-old Tiyasia Robinson. Robinson is 4’11” and 100 lbs. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red coat, white and pink sneakers and a blue book bag. Robinson lives on Guildford St.
    Anyone with information on the whereabouts of e
  • Civilian pulls man from icy water, fire crews save man’s dog

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB)- A Good Samaritan helped save a man’s life in Niagara Falls Thursday.
    According to officials, the passerby saw the man struggling in the Niagara River near 53rd and Buffalo Avenue. The civilian was able to pull the man to safety, who was then taken to the hospital to be treated for exposure.
    Niagara Falls Fire Prevention Chief Michael Winker said the man had been in the water for quite some time. His dog appeared to have fallen on a dock, and also needed to be re
  • WNY girl impresses at New York Fashion week

    LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — At the tender age of 11 Brookelin Schinabeck already has a slew of designers under her belt.
    “Nike, Zara, Terez, my Google commercial,” said local model Brookelin Schinabeck.
    The young Western New Yorker just started modeling a few years ago and her career has taken off, fast!
    “This is my cover magazine, and I had no makeup on in this one. It was all natural this is my favorite photographer that I’ve ever worked with,” said Schinabeck.
  • 3 arrested in multi-state drug investigation

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Three men were arrested in relation to an alleged drug bust during a traffic stop.
    Authorities held a conference on Friday afternoon, saying 48 kilograms of cocaine was taken off the streets of Buffalo as a result of the drug bust.
    Officials say that the drugs came across the border from Mexico. There was no indication that they were meant to enter Canada, authorities said.
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  • Apple crop at risk because of temperature swings

    SANBORN, NY (WIVB) – When you think spring you think of flowers and trees budding, the smell of fresh grass and most importantly rebirth. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Farmers in Niagara County are worried about their crop.
    Wagner’s Farm Market has been in business since 1892 and are best known for the 20 different varieties of apples they grow on the farm. The mild weather has been a double edged sword for the century old business.
    Peter Wagner, co-owner of Wagn
  • Multiple news outlets blocked from Friday White House meeting

    WASHINGTON (WIVB) — CNN reports that multiple news outlets were barred from attending a Friday White House briefing.
    CNN was one of the organizations, like The New York Times and Politico, that was blocked from attending the meeting. This was their response on Twitter:CNN was blocked from WH @PressSec's media gaggle today. This is our response: pic.twitter.com/8SfY2uYKEI
    — CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 24, 2017
    Some major news organizations like CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox News
  • Elderly man hospitalized after I-290 crash

    AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — An elderly man was injured in a crash on I-290 Friday afternoon.
    Amherst police say an 86-year-old from Orchard Park was rounding a curve on the ramp to Niagara Falls Blvd. when he went off the ramp’s east side around Noon.
    The man’s car went through a grassy area before it struck a concrete barrier. Witnesses say the barrier directed the car into the air and made it land back on the ramp, where it spun and crashed into a guardrail.
    The driver w
  • Local man who threatened to kill Obama sentenced after threatening to kill Trump

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Niagara County man was sentenced to two years in prison for violating the conditions of his supervised release.
    Prosecutors say Jared Brown, 20, called Lockport police on Dec. 26, and threatened to kill then President-elect Donald Trump. At that time, Brown had already been serving a three-year term of supervised release following a 15-month prison sentence.
    Brown was serving that sentence for threatening to kill former President Barack Obama.
  • Little Tikes recalling pink 2-in-1 Snug n’ Secure Swings

    HUDSON, Ohio (WIVB) — Little Tikes is recalling 540,000 of its pink 2-in-1 Snug n’ Secure Swings for toddlers.
    The company says the seat could break. At least 39 children have reportedly been hurt.
    The swings were manufactured between 2009 and 2014, and were sold in stores and online.
    Parents who own the swing are asked to stop using it, and contact Little Tikes for a credit toward another product.
    Little Tikes can be reached at this number: 1-800-321-0183.
  • New K9 team will investigate intentional fires in Erie County

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After weeks of training, a new team will help detect the use of accelerants in fires throughout Erie County.
    The Erie County Sheriff’s office says Det. Kuhlmey and Axe, a 1.5 year-old dog, will take over for the previous Fire Investigation Team, Det. Meerboth and Blaze.
    The duo will train at the New York State Fire Training Academy in Montour Falls for roughly eight weeks.
    Axe, a lab mix, was rescued from a shelter in the Albany area. He was provided to th
  • Two people devastated after losing everything in overnight house fire

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Timothy Woodard stares at firefighters putting out flames at his apartment complex.
    “It’s terrible, just terrible,” said Woodard who has lived in the complex for five years. “You just lose everything.”
    Two people, including Woodard, were inside when it started just after 4:30am Friday at a twelve unit apartment complex on Genesee Street.
    The East Side resident says he’s thankful to be alive after seeing the severity of the fir
  • Local Airbnb hosts gather for Canalside party

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — There are no ride sharing services in western New York, but you are allowed to share your home.
    On Thursday night, the business that helps make that possible brought local hosts together.
    Airbnb had a pleasant night for their winter party at Canalside. The company lets people rent out their homes when they’re away, or if they have extra room.
    “In our case, we just do two guest rooms, so you’re a guest in our house,” Airbnb host John Howel
  • Lawmakers urge constituents keep calling, even if the lines are busy

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)  — Legislators say they’re still receiving more calls than normal right now as President Donald Trump’s administration is getting into place.
    Senator Charles Schumer reports his office is getting tens of thousands of calls daily which can be difficult to handle as they only have 10 to 12 phone lines.
    “The lines get tied up and you get a busy signal,” said Sen. Schumer. “Sorry about that but I don’t know how to change it. We
  • Connecticut Amber Alert cancelled after child recovered

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Police say they have recovered 6-year-old Aylin Hernandez, after she was believed to have been taken from the scene of a fatal stabbing at her home in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Friday morning. Pennsylvania State Police say the suspect is in custody. It is unclear why Aylin Hernandez and the suspect were found in Pennsylvania.
    Bridgeport police say after receiving multiple 911 calls of a dispute, officers responded to a “horrific”
  • Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind see

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight.
    Suddenly, Regan could read a newspaper while eating breakfast and make out the faces of his co-workers from across the room. He’s been able to attend plays and watch what’s happening on stage, without having to guess why people around him were laughing.
    “These glasses
  • WNY Boat Show offers latest watercraft innovations

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Western New York Boat Show is underway this week inside the Adpro Sports Fieldhouse, where about 200 boats are on display and on sale for boating enthusiasts from around the region.
    About 200 boats have been brought into the fieldhouse for this year’s boat show, offering on-stop-shopping opportunities for price comparisons from more than a dozen vendors, who are offering special Boat Show deals.
    MORE | Click here for the full details about the WNY Boat
  • John Mayer to perform at Darien Lake in August

    DARIEN, N.Y. (WIVB) — John Mayer’s The Search for Everything Tour will be making a stop at Darien Lake this August.
    Mayer and his bandmates will perform as a full band, acoustically and as a trio during the show.
    The August 27 show starts at 7 p.m.
    Tickets for the concert go on sale Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m. Prices range from $36 to $125. Lawn four-packs can be purchased for $108 while they last.
    Those who wish to attend the concert in the preferred lawn area can upgrade their law
  • Buffalo man charged with stealing credit, bank and ID cards from vehicle in Alden

    ALDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo man was accused of a car larceny in Alden.
    On Feb. 17, a deputy with the Erie County Sheriff’s office responded to a complaint that credit cards, bank cards and ID cards were stolen from a vehicle on Rusher Rd. overnight.
    One of those cards was used at a store in Buffalo, authorities say.
    On Thursday, Joshua Angielczyk, 26, was arrested and charged with a felony count of criminal possession of stolen property. In addition to that, he was charg
  • Giraffe cam back on YouTube after being flagged as ‘sexually explicit’

    HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVT/WBGH) — The Animal Adventure Park Giraffe Cam is up and running again on YouTube after being taken down.
    The park’s owner, Jordan Patch, said the webcam was taken down Thursday because animal rights activists reported the feed to YouTube as “sexually explicit or nude content.”
    The feed shows a giraffe named April who is expecting to give birth to a calf at any moment.
    The video has gone viral in recent days, garnering hundreds of thousands of view
  • 2 lose everything in Genesee St. fire

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two people lost all of their possessions in a two-alarm fire early Friday morning.
    The fire damaged an apartment building on Genesee St. Now, investigators are trying to figure out what started the fire.
    It appears the apartment had some store-fronts on the street level.
    It is not clear if anyone was hurt.
  • J.C. Penney to close 13 to 14 percent of stores

    NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney says it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping.
    The closures, announced Friday, represent about 13 percent to 14 percent of the company’s current store count, and less than 5 percent of total annual sales.
    The news came as Penney posted a profit in the fourth-quarter compared to a loss a year ago.
    The company posted qu
  • HS Hoops: Thursday February 23

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – 
    MMA Play-In Games
    Niagara Catholic 37    Nichols 53
    Chr. Center 43      Walsh 60 
    St. Joe’s 52     Canisius 59
    Girls Basketball
    Depew 59 Albion 39
    Williamsville South 74 West Seneca West  34
  • WNY LGBTQ community reacts to Trump’s transgender bathroom rollback

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — People in the LGBTQ community are standing up for their rights.
    This week the Trump Administration withdrew federal guidelines meant to protect transgender students from discrimination.
    “It’s not just taking something small, it’s taking something huge, I mean you just took away our right to use the bathroom,” said Anastasia Morley, transgender student.
    Morley is 17 years-old and a junior at Cheektowaga Central. She says the school is completel
  • Crews rescue dog in the Niagara River

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man and his best friend survived a scare in the Niagara River Thursday afternoon.
    When firefighters responded to Hooker Dock in Niagara Falls, they found a man who had been in the water trying to save his dog.
    The man was able to get his dog into a tire that was hanging on the side of the dock.
    Both the man and his dog made it to ground safely and are said to be OK.
    (PHOTOS: Rob Bennett)
  • Trapped teen’s final words: ‘I’m gonna die’

    LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — The case of the teen standing trial in the massive Lockport fire that killed his friend last summer was put on hold during what was initially scheduled to be its final day.
    The trial will resume in mid-March, after defense attorneys argued Thursday some information lifted by police off their client’s cell phone should not be used as evidence.Defense attorney Angelo DiMillo said his client’s parents did not consent to police removing anything but a voicem
  • Buffalo’s Maestro helps lift fortunes of the B-P-O

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The city of Buffalo has seen its fortunes rise in recent years, and so has the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
    Last fall, BPO musicians signed a rare six-year contract that will keep the orchestra’s finances stable. And while there are many hands involved, Buffalo’s Maestro, JoAnn Falletta is getting much credit for bring solid footing to the orchestra which has weathered some rocky times over its 80 years.
    “She’s the visionary, she’s pu
  • Former Buffalo officer turned activist speaks out

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Former Buffalo police officer Cariol Horne experienced the other side of handcuffs for the first time Friday.
    She was arrested with six other protesters for blocking the intersection of Franklin and Court in downtown Buffalo; it was during Mayor Brown’s State of the City address.
    Like the other protesters, Horne was speaking out against police brutality and calling for more transparency within the department.
    The recent death of 20-year-old Wardel Davis has spark
  • Chautauqua County authorities investigating suspicious camper trailer, ATV fires

    TOWN OF GERRY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Authorities in Chautauqua County are investigating suspicious fires.
    Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, fire crews responded to a reported fire in the area of Engdahl Rd. and Edson Rd. in the Town of Gerry.
    Authorities say they found an ATV and two camper trailers on fire in a field area.
    The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team and the Sheriff’s Department investigated the fires and determined they had been intentionally set, according to the Sheriff&rsq
  • Hofbrauhaus restaurant/brewery coming to Buffalo

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hofbrauhaus has announced where their tenth American restaurant/brewery will be located — Buffalo!
    The majority of Hofbrauhaus restaurants are in places with “strong German ethnic heritage,” a statement read. Hofbrauhaus says Buffalo has “the sixth largest concentration of German ethnicity in the country.”
    Other restaurants are located in places like Pittsburgh, Chicago and Columbus.
    The Hofbrauhaus coming to Buffalo will be located
  • Grant ‘strongly’ considering run for Buffalo mayor

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown may face another challenger in his race for re-election.
    Betty Jean Grant says she’s “strongly considering” a run for Buffalo mayor.“It came from Facebook discussion. People said, ‘Why don’t you run, and I said, well, why not’ just bantering, and then it got a little bit more serious,” said Grant, an Erie County legislator.The East Side Democrat says she’ll take a few weeks to make a dec
  • Gov. Cuomo says schools must protect transgender students

    ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a directive to New York State’s Education Department.
    The governor says school districts in the state must protect transgender students. Read his statement below:
    “As the federal government seeks to roll back the progress we have achieved toward equality, we in New York will never stop fighting to ensure the LBGTQ community and all Americans are afforded the equal protections guaranteed to them by the United State
  • WNY domestic violence survivor shares story for Teen Dating Violence and Prevention Month

    AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — “He was the person that everyone really liked he was very popular,” said Jennifer.
    A Western New York woman, who we will call Jennifer, says she met her first boyfriend when she was a teenager.
    “It starts off very slowly the control I didn’t notice it at all in fact I just thought it was that he cared a lot about me,” said Jennifer.
    They were together for several years before they eventually broke up. But Jennifer says he never went away
  • Restaurant owner accused of torching own business

    CASTILE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Wyoming County business owner is accused of setting her own restaurant on fire.
    Multiple crews responded to a fire at Castile Diner shortly after midnight on Feb. 15. The owner of the Castile business, Amy Goodenow, was at the scene.
    The crews battled the fire for several hours, and later determined that it had been set.
    Even though Goodenow owns the business, she does not own the building. Steve Gitsis owns the building and its contents.
  • Kelly: No use of US military to enforce immigration

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that America won’t enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be “no mass deportations.”
    Only hours earlier, President Donald Trump suggested the opposite. “It’s a military operation,” Trump said Thursday at the White House.
    Kelly’s declarations came as senior Trump administration officials sought to temper Latin American concerns about a n
  • School for the Blind therapist charged with harassing, endangering students in his care

    BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — An employee of the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia has been accused of harassing and endangering three children in his care.
    Recreation therapist Kenneth Darch, 57, allegedly struck and used abusive language against two of the kids. In addition to that, officials say Darch taunted all three by telling a bus driver to take them to jail with the threat of incarceration.
    “People with special needs should never be intimidated, frightened or hara
  • Jury finds man accused of killing wife guilty of murder

    BATH, N.Y. (18 NEWS) — After deliberating for nearly six hours, a jury has found Thomas Clayton guilty of first- and second-degree murder in connection with the Sept. 29, 2015 death of his wife, Kelley.
    Family members tell 18 News that Clayton was immediately taken into custody and will be sentenced in early May.
    The maximum penalty for the first-degree murder conviction is life in prison without parole. The second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in
  • Gowns for Prom campaign in need of dresses, volunteers

    KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Colvin Cleaners is looking for several thousands of dresses for the Gowns for Prom campaign.
    The campaign aims to provide high school girls throughout western New York with dresses for their school’s prom event.
    Dresses can be donated at Allstate, Reeds Jenss, Delta Sonic and Colvin Cleaners locations from Feb. 27 through March 31.
    Girls can attend distribution sessions on the Shea’s Performing Arts stage on April 4, 5 or 6.
    When they
  • Testimony continues in trial of teen accused of starting deadly Lockport fire

    LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – The court case against a 14-year-old boy who is accused of helping set last summer’s fatal fire at a tire recycling facility continued into its second day Wednesday morning.
    The boy, who News 4 is not naming because of his age, appeared before Family Court Judge John Batt for the continuation of the fact finding hearing, that’s essentially a non-jury trial in family court.
    Judge Batt will have to determine whether the teenager is guilty of criminally neg
  • Sesame Street Live coming back to Buffalo

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The characters of Sesame Street are coming back to Buffalo next month.
    The Sesame Street Live show “Make a New Friend” will be performed at Shea’s Performing Arts Center from March 8 through March 12.
    During the show, Sesame Street favorites like Elmo and Abby Cadabby will welcome Grover’s new friend Chamki to Sesame Street. The character Chamki is from India, according to a statement on the show.
    Here are the show times:
  • Woman accused of abusing dogs appears in court

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A woman accused of abusing her dogs appeared in court Thursday morning.
    Authorities charged Niagara Falls resident Tina Merecki, 48, earlier this month.
    Merecki was accused of not providing proper sustenance to her two pit bulls after police say they could not find evidence of dog food in her Niagara St. apartment.
    A woman told police she saw one of the dogs jump from a second-floor balcony. The dogs were seized and taken to the Niagara
  • Bills name Kenmore native new VP of Communications

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Kenmore native has been named the Buffalo Bills’ Vice President of Communications.
    Derek Boyko comes to the Bills after serving as the Philadelphia Eagles’ director of public relations for 17 years.
    The Bills’ previous public relations leader, Scott Berchtold, will be the new Special Assistant.
    “Derek brings a wealth of NFL experience to the Bills organization and will be a very valuable addition as the leader of our communications
  • Top prize-winning TAKE 5 ticket sold at Cheektowaga store

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A top prize-winning TAKE 5 ticket for Wednesday’s drawing was sold at a store in Cheektowaga.
    The New York Lottery says the ticket, which is worth $65,836.50, was purchased at a 7-Eleven on French Rd.
    The winning numbers for the drawing were 01-14-25-29-38.
    Winners can claim their tickets at any Customer Service Center in the state. Local centers are located at 165 Genesee St. in Buffalo and Hamburg Gaming at the Fairgrounds at 5820 South Park Ave

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