• Lawsuit filed against Town of Wheatfield & others, over possible soil contamination

    WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB)- Legal action against the Town of Wheatfield is moving forward.
    Some Niagara County residents say they’re sick from contamination from Love Canal waste disposed of at the Niagara Sanitation Landfill.
    The DEC finished remediation of the Love Canal waste at the landfill last year and plans to do more testing this spring.
    A complaint has now been filed on behalf of at least 60 people who live near the landfill.
    The Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, Smith Stag L.L.C., and lawy
  • 4-year-old boy hit by car in Buffalo

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo police said a child was seriously hurt in a crash Sunday afternoon.
    The 4-year-old boy was hit by a car on Grant Street, between Auburn and Lafayette, on Buffalo’s west side. It happened around 1:30 p.m.
    Police said the boy ran out from between parked cars and was hit by a vehicle heading north on Grant.
    He is in critical condition at Women and Children’s hospital.
    Police have not charged anyone yet for the crash.
     
  • Buffalo lawmaker calls for investigation after attack at psych center

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Community members and lawmakers continue to fight to keep children out of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
    Sunday Assemblyman Michael Kearns called for an investigation after he says a nurse was attacked by a mental health patient Saturday night at Buffalo’s Psych Center. Kearns told News 4 the nurse was knocked unconscious.
    “I am requesting that an investigation be done on what is happening for the safety of that person. Remember this is a trained person,
  • Four stabbed outside Niagara Falls bar

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Four people were taken to the hospital after a reported stabbing in Niagara Falls.
    The incident happened outside the Third Street Tap Room around 3 a.m., according to witnesses.
    The extent of the victims’ injuries is unknown.
    News 4 is waiting for additional information from police.
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  • Four people stabbed at Niagara Falls bar

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Four people were taken to the hospital after a reported stabbing in Niagara Falls.
    The incident happened at the Third Street Tap Room around 3 a.m. Sunday.
    Police apprehended the suspect at the scene and say this was an isolated incident.
    The four people who were injured do not appear to have life threatening injuries, but were taken to ECMC for treatment.
    Police have not released the names of the suspect or the victims.
    Niagara Falls Police Chief Bry
  • Once in a lifetime total solar eclipse, 5 months away

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) —It’s still a few months away, but a once in a lifetime opportunity is happening this summer. A total solar eclipse will be seen in the United States.
    A total solar eclipse isn’t something you see every day, every year, or even every century. But it’s something that is possible to see in August this year.
    A scientist for NASA told News 4, “On August 21st we’re going to have an amazing totals solar eclipse. That is actually going to pass ac
  • Shooting at Cincinnati nightclub kills 1, injures several

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Gunfire erupted inside a crowded nightclub early Sunday, killing one person and wounding more than a dozen others.
    There was no indication the shooting at the Cameo club was terrorism related, police said. Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said in a tweet that the motive was still unclear. Authorities also didn’t immediately have any suspects in the 1:30 a.m. shooting on a busy weekend night.
    Neudigate tweeted that there was only one reported shooter but that po
  • Shooting at Cincinnati nightclub kills 1, injures 15

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Gunfire erupted early Sunday inside a crowded Cincinnati nightclub after a dispute broke out among several men, killing one man and injuring 15 other people, authorities said.
    No suspect was in custody by the afternoon and police did not think the shooting at the Cameo club was terrorism-related. They said the nightclub has a history of gun violence.
    Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said one of the wounded was in “extremely critical condition.” A hospital s
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  • 1 dead, 15 injured in Cincinnati nightclub gunfight

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A gunfight broke out inside a crowded Cincinnati nightclub early Sunday, leaving one man dead and 15 others wounded after a dispute among several patrons escalated into a shootout, authorities said.
    No suspects were in custody by late afternoon in the shooting at the Cameo club, which has a history of gun violence, and police said there was no indication of any terrorism link.
    Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said one of the wounded was in “extremely critical con
  • Buffalo Naval Park reopens as community says goodbye to long-time executive director

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- The Buffalo Naval Park is back open. This season is dedicated to the spirit and memory of Colonel Patrick Cunningham, the park’s executive director since 1993.
    He passed away on Friday.
    Captain Brian Roche, a 36-year Coast Guard veteran, will take Col. Cunningham’s place as executive director.
    Capt. Roche said they remembered Col. Cunningham’s tireless efforts to build this park into what it is today.
    “When you build a ship it starts with the ke
  • Gov. Cuomo calls for investigation into fliers distributed in Lewiston

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation into fliers distributed in Lewiston.
    Lewiston Police told News 4 bags were found on driveways on three different streets Thursday morning. They contained fliers with information about White Lives Matter, stopping illegal immigration and crime.
    Lewiston Police said the packets did not advocate violence or threats but they are investigating the crimes as a littering offense.
    Gov. Cuomo released a statement Saturday th
  • Families of homicide victims gather for positive event

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- There have been at least 15 homicides in the City of Buffalo this year. One mother, who lost her son to gun violence, continues to keep his memory alive.
    Lucrecia Watkins’ son, 25-year-old Alvin McDowell, was the second person killed this year.
    Watkins hosted a gathering with other families who lost their children to violence. The fundraiser will help Watkins buy a headstone for her son and continue the investigation into his death.
    “We just want to keep th
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  • Tractor-trailer rolls on parked SUV

    DARIEN, N.Y. (WIVB) — A tractor-trailer rolled on an SUV that was parked in a driveway on Route 20 early Saturday morning.
    The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office says the driver of the tractor-trailer fell asleep before the truck rolled on its side onto the parked vehicle.
    No one was in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Fire crews pulled the driver out of the tractor-trailer out of the back window. He was not injured.
    Deputies on scene say the driver of the tractor-trailer will
  • National Anthem auditions bring hundreds to Coca-Cola Field

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)-  Popcorn, peanuts, and the National Anthem. When you go to a baseball game those three things are staples. Today hundreds of people showed up to sing their hearts out at Coca-Cola Field. Everyone from youngsters to professionals waited in line and eventually were given a chance to step up to the microphone.
    Brad Bisbing, Director of marketing and public relations, told News 4, “It’s great to see so many great voices come out and brave the elements.”
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  • Buffalo Arts Studio celebrates 25 years in downtown Buffalo

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Arts Studio started 25 years ago with the idea to bring an affordable studio space to Buffalo. With the rising cost of living in the city, leaders in Buffalo’s art world created a space where artists could afford to develop.
    The Buffalo Art Studio is one of the original tenants at the budding Tri-Main Building. Curator Shirley Verrico said, “When it started there were hardly any businesses in the Tri-Main&nbs
  • Man stabbed in Town of Tonawanda, suspect in custody

    Town of Tonawanda, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man is in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times Saturday morning.
    Police responded to Delmar Avenue around 3:45 a.m. Officers found the victim who suffered deep stab wounds around his kidney and lost a lot of blood. The victim was taken to ECMC where he is in critical condition.
    Police later located the fleeing suspect during a traffic stop. 22-year-old Gabriel A. Lopez of Cheektowaga was arrested and charged with criminal possession
  • Several overnight fires in Jamestown

    JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — At least five homes caught on fire overnight in Jamestown, according to police.
    All the fires happened late Friday or early Saturday, with two on West 11th Street, one on East 6th, another on Crossman Street, and the most recent on West 10th Street.
    Police tell News 4 there are no reports of injuries.
    This is a developing story.Follow @News4Buffalo on Twitter to be alerted of updates.
  • Five fires being investigated as arson in Jamestown

    JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — At least five homes caught on fire overnight in Jamestown, according to police.
    All the fires happened late Friday or early Saturday.
    The first fire started on 6th street, then the next fire started on Crossman St., then two fires happened on West 11th St. and the last one happened on West 10th St.
    Police tell News 4 there are no reports of injuries.
    Fire investigators are looking at each case as arson. Officials haven’t told News 4 if they have a person
  • Lewiston residents disgusted by fliers they call racist

    LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some people living in Lewiston say someone is spreading racist fliers across the village. They were found on driveways on three different streets Thursday morning.
    Lewiston Police told News 4 they received about 20 complaints from residents that were alarmed and outraged.
    “It’s an absolute disgrace,” said Lewiston resident, Jackie Rapp.
    “I hope whoever has done this knows that they are not welcome here,” said Wendy Swearingen, resident.
  • Judge rules accused veterans counselor ‘acted properly’

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Tracy Kinn, a veterans counselor for the New York State Department of Veterans Affairs, is hoping her three-year nightmare will soon be over.The state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics accused Kinn of violating New York’s Public Officers Law by enriching herself through an improper relationship with an older veteran she was counseling.
    JCOPE took those charges to a due process hearing last fall, and the hearing officer has made his recommendation in Ki
  • Aquarium of Niagara closed Saturday due to water main break

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Aquarium of Niagara will be closed Saturday, March 25th because of a water main break.
    The director of the aquarium says they are working with the Niagara Falls Fire Department to remove the remaining water from the building.
    All animals are safe and accounted for.
  • Emergency dispatch debate continues in Niagara County

    NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB)- The police union in North Tonawanda is claiming the department’s response times have been negatively impacted by a consolidated emergency dispatch system.
    As a cost saving measure in 2012, a state grant helped North Tonawanda merge with Niagara County for emergency response.
    The decision was made by the North Tonawanda City Council and then-Mayor Robert Ortt.
    Since then, with several other agencies including state police, North Tonawanda’s emergency
  • Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park to open for 2017 season

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — This weekend, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park will start its 2017 season.
    There is an opening day ceremony happening Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
    This is the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the first two ships at the park.
    Leaders are hoping to welcome a newly constructed USS Little Rock in September.
    This would be the first time in Navy history that a new ship would stand beside its original namesake.
  • Red iPhone goes on sale; part of proceeds will help fight AIDS

    NEW YORK (WIVB) — As of Friday, you can buy one of Apple’s new red iPhones.
    Earlier this week, Apple announced the red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would go on sale in more than 40 countries.
    Part of the proceeds go to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
    A new, cheaper iPad also went on sale Friday.
  • Sabres react to losing Rasmus Ristolainen

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Sabres returned to practice on Friday morning with defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen on the ice a day after the NHL announced he would be suspended for three games.
    Tuesday evening when the Sabres hosted Pittsburgh, Ristolainen received a five-minute penalty for interference and a game misconduct for a hit on Jake Guentzel. The NHL’s player safety department then met with Ristolainen on Thursday for a hearing and concluded that he would serve a three-
  • County executive aims to boost protections for local seniors

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz joined local and state leaders Friday to unveil a package of actions he feels will help keep local seniors safe.
    “Ruthie’s Law” is named for 82-year-old Ruth Murray. The Alzheimer’s patient was fatally beaten at the Buffalo’s Emerald South Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in August 2016.
    Poloncarz said the measure aims to make sure a tragedy like that never occurs again.
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  • Cell phone videos show moments before fatal Lockport fire

    LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Cell phone videos obtained Friday by News 4 show the moments leading up to the fatal Aug. 10 fire in Lockport that killed 14-year-old Joseph Phillips.
    These videos, and especially the voicemail, which the court witnessed during testimony the past month, are simply, hard to see and hear.
    But News 4 believes this story has immense public interest, because it kept people from their homes and effectively shut down the city of Lockport for several days. It required hund
  • North Tonawanda student representing WNY in prestigious science program

    NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — “I don’t have a lunch because I take so many classes cause along with all of required classes. I’m also taking two foreign languages,” said Krysta Robinson, North Tonawanda High school sophomore.
    Krysta Robinson has a full academic plate at North Tonawanda High school.
    “Krysta is one of the students that comes in everyday, is ready to dig in and get the work done,” said Joel May, North Tonawanda High school earth science te
  • Launch pad at Buffalo Erie County Public Library offers 3D printer

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) —It’s no secret that the Erie County Public Library has books upon books to read. One thing you may not know the library has is a maker’s space.
    It’s a weird time of year. Too cold to spend time outside, too warm to play in the snow. One place you can take the kids to keep them busy is the Erie County Public Library. There they can engage in STEM activities while having fun.
    Messiah, a student of School 54 in Buffalo, told News 4, “I like about
  • House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly.
    It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation Friday, threatening to leave “Obamacare” in place and move on to other issues if the vote failed. The bill was withdrawn minutes before the vote was to occur.
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  • Sources: Payless to close up to 500 stores

    TOPEKA, Kan. (WIVB) — Another nationwide retailer will be closing hundreds of stores.
    Payless is reportedly getting ready to close up to 500 stores in the coming weeks and months as it tries to restructure.
    Payless is more than $665 million in debt and on the verge of bankruptcy.
    Bloomberg News sources say Payless could file Chapter 11 bankruptcy as soon as next week.
    It is not clear if any local stores will be effected.
  • New search for Rochester native Brittanee Drexel in SC

    GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WBTW) – A new search connected to the 2009 disappearance of Rochester native Brittanee Drexel started Friday morning just outside Georgetown, South Carolina city limits.
    FBI Supervisory Agent Don Wood confirms FBI agents are involved in “investigative activity” just outside the city limits of Georgetown in connection with the disappearance of Drexel. Wood says the FBI is being assisted by the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.
    Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Jo
  • Man who attacked Japanese tourist in Niagara Falls sentenced

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP modified) — A western New York man found guilty of attacking a Japanese tourist in a Niagara Falls park was sentenced to 22 years in jail.
    In January, a Niagara County Court jury reached a verdict on the robbery, sexual abuse and assault charges against 44-year-old Robert MacLeod, of Niagara Falls.
    MacLeod was accused of attacking Koyuki Nakahara in Niagara Falls State Park after she asked him for directions on Christmas night in 2015,
  • Buffalo man charged with fatally shooting 1 and injuring 3 arraigned

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo man accused of committing an August murder was arraigned in Erie County Court.
    Jaylin Wiggins, 18, was accused of fatally shooting Laron Watkins, 22, and injuring two others on Sherman St. an hour after shooting someone on Maple St.
    Wiggins pleaded ‘not guilty’ to charges of murder, attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
    He was jailed without bail.
  • How the House GOP health care bill compares to Obama-era law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House health care bill repeals major parts of former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, or ACA, as Republicans push to scale back the federal government’s role in health care.
    Some elements of the Obama-era law are maintained in the House GOP legislation. For example, parents can keep young adult children on their plans until age 26. And insurers can’t turn away people with pre-existing medical problems. But Republicans scra
  • Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s office looking for missing man

    LIMESTONE, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s office is looking for a missing Limestone man.
    Scott Wolcott, 50, was last seen at his Leonard Run Rd. home on March 16 around 3 a.m. He was wearing blue jeans, sneakers and a black leather jacket.
    Wolcott is described as white, about 6’2″ and roughly 200 lbs.
    Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s office. Det. Finnerty can be reached at (716) 938-2573.
  • Physician shortage estimated to get worse over time

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The shortage of doctors across the U. S. could get worse. That’s according to a new report by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
    It estimates that by 2030, the shortfall could range from 40 thousand to 104 thousand doctors.
    Many experts warn it could have a huge impact on patient care. Wait times for an appointment could get longer and patients may not be able to receive timely care.
    However, some doctors say health care is changing so rapidly that i
  • As Health Care bill vote looms, Lt. Gov. fires back against Medicaid amendment

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – House lawmakers are expected to vote late Friday afternoon on a G.O.P. backed measure to repeal and replace Obamacare, and while the debate continues on the House floor about the bill, the debate here at home rages on about a particular provision that would impact New York State.
    Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has gone on the offensive to fight back against an amendment from Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY 27th District) that takes the burden of Medicaid funding off most countie
  • UB competing for Student Section of the Year

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The University at Buffalo is competing against a number of other schools for Student Section of the Year.
    UB is in the “Sweet 16,” competing against schools like Indiana University and West Virginia University in the NCSSA competition.
    The University of Arizona won the first competition in 2015 and the University of Florida won last year’s contest. 40,000 votes were cast in the competition last year.
    Those interested in pushing their favorite s
  • Police: Man found with more than 500 milligrams of cocaine during traffic stop

    DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Dunkirk police say a man was pulled over and found with more than 500 milligrams of cocaine.
    Town of Portland resident Steven Scott, 50, was stopped in Dunkirk after police say he improperly signaled a turn while on Lake Shore Dr. W.
    While police were investigating, they determined that Scott’s driving privileges had been revoked in the state, they say.
    Police say they found cocaine and two packets of marijuana in his possession. Scott faces multiple charg
  • Sign of Spring? Maid of the Mist boats hit the water

    NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WIVB)  It is a sure sign of Spring – the Maid of the Mist Boats have been lifted into the water at the foot of the Falls.
    Opening day for the attraction has been set for April 1, next Saturday.
    It’s been a fairly ice-clear season for Niagara Falls so tourists will be hopping aboard ahead of Easter this year.
     
  • Toronto schools ban field trips to the US

    TORONTO, ONT. (CNN) -Canada’s largest school system announced it will no longer allow student or staff trips to the US, citing uncertainty over the travel ban.
    Toronto District School Board expressed concern over how the US immigration policy could affect students on school trips.
    “We strongly believe that our students should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border,” the board’s director of education, John Malloy, said in a
  • No meth lab found in Buffalo building after hazmat investigation

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo firefighters and hazmat crews spent hours on the scene of a suspected meth lab on Potomac Avenue Friday, only to discover there was no meth lab inside.
    They were originally called to the multi-family at 359 Potomac shortly before 4 a.m. for ringing alarms. It is unclear at this point what activated the alarm.
    When crews arrived, a resident told them they believed there may be a meth lab inside the building, and fire crews immediately called for backup. The fi
  • Local series designed to help people heal and overcome issues

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A local director is on a mission to help people dealing with deep rooted pain.
    In order to connect with people, he has created a new TV series called, “Daddy’s Girl Club.”
    “(This) is a TV series that deals with daddy issues and how it affects relationships, friendships and families,” Phil Davis, the CEO of Alemaedae Theater Productions said.
    The series is also meant to help people heal and overcome their issues.
    “For those who have
  • Scholar Athelte: Madison Klidonas

    LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Niagara-Wheatfield girls are busy getting ready for the spring softball season.
    But, Maddie Klidonas has been busy since the start of her senior year. The three sport athlete plays volleyball, basketball and she is now is on the diamond.
    “I have always loved being on a team and it has always been a big part of my life,” Maddie said.
    She plays an integral role in the falcons defense at short stop.
    “I always love the thrill of never knowing where
  • Dozens protest Congressman Chris Collins support for GOP health care bill

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — For the fourth time this week concerned constituents of Congressman Chris Collins took action to get his attention.
    Thursday, dozens of people protested his support for the GOP’s health care proposal and his amendment to it.
    Collins’ constituents in the 27th district are frustrated. They say the man elected to represent them in congress is ignoring them.
    “We voted him in, and we expect him to at least listen to us and he hasn’t done that,&rdqu
  • Pedestrian struck in Cheektowaga

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police say a woman in her 20’s was struck by a vehicle in Cheektowaga Thursday night.
    The crash happened at Genesee Street and Cunard Avenue just after 9:30 p.m.
    Police say the woman is believed to have serious injuries.
    News 4 will update when more information is available.
  • Pedestrian struck by suspected drunk driver in Cheektowaga

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police say a woman in her 20’s was struck by a vehicle in Cheektowaga Thursday night.
    The crash happened at Genesee Street and Cunard Avenue just after 9:30 p.m.
    Police say the woman is in critical condition, and that the driver was drunk.
    The driver is cooperating with police.
  • Breast cancer battle, baldness brings local law enforcement couple together

    EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) — In his nearly four decades in law enforcement, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard knows what it’s like to battle.
    But few have been as trying as what he and his wife Sue were up against in 2016. The hits came in succession.
    “My mom died Jan. 30. She was diagnosed with brain cancer,” Sue Howard said. “The day that we found out, was three weeks that she went. And then five months later, that’s when I found out I had breast cancer.
  • Tenant claims two months without heat due to improper asbestos removal

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- What should have been a pretty simple job at a home on Lakeview Avenue in Buffalo turned into a much bigger one, and a nightmare for the home’s tenant.
    “We were freezing with no heat, paying rent, still while we was not getting no heat,” said the former tenant, Evelio Vasquez, Jr.
    Vasquez and his landlord mutually agreed to end his lease. She took him to court for two months of missed rent.
    Up until January of 2017, he always paid his rent on time; he

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