• Catt Co DA: No laws broken in Metcalf case

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The prosecutor appointed to investigate the 2012 case of Richard Metcalf Jr. at the Erie County Holding Center believes no laws were broken by county jail guards who admitted to using force to restrain the inmate.
    Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Rieman’s ruling on Friday came more than 10 months after she was appointed by an Erie County State Supreme Court judge to re-investigate the case.In taking 10 months to issue her ruling, Rieman&
  • US prosecutors move to cash in on $8.5M in seized bitcoin

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. attorneys in Utah prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that’s exploded in value to about $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader’s arrest a year ago.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah cites the digital currency’s volatility in court documents pressing for the sale. The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 when Aaron Shamo was arrested on drug charges, but the value of the di
  • An inside look at the USS Little Rock

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Navy’s newest combat ship will be commissioned alongside its namesake this Saturday.
    The USS Little Rock glided into the Buffalo Harbor earlier this month ahead of its Dec. 16 commissioning in Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park, and people from all over waited as it docked next to the original USS Little Rock, a World War II era ship.
    News 4 got an inside look Thursday at the 389-foot vessel.
    From the outside- structurally- the USS Little Rock is similar to
  • Former Lockport bus driver accused of driving drunk pleads guilty to DWAI

    LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – A former Lockport City School District bus driver who was arrested last year for allegedly driving drunk while working has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.
    Diane Nelson, 58, of Lockport pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired.
    She was arrested in Nov. 2016. after taking 32 students from Anna Merritt Elementary School to Lincoln Avenue bowling alley for a field trip. At the time she was charged with felony DWI and child endangerment.
    Nelson faces up to 15
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  • Former pharmacist escapes jail time over sexual misconduct allegations

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — The former neighborhood pharmacist accused of forcing women to disrobe in exchange for their prescriptions will walk away from his crimes in June. That is, as long as he can stay out of trouble.
    Robert Kendzia is a former pharmacist and part owner of MacLeod’s Pharmacy in Niagara Falls.
    He was arrested in August, after Niagara Falls police said at least one woman came forward to say the 81-year-old Kendzia refused to fill her prescription unless she remov
  • Buffalo Police searching for missing teen

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Police are looking for the public’s help to locate a missing 16-year-old.
    Tammy Covell is described as 5’3″, 120 lbs., with red hair.
    Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 911.
     
  • WNY cousin of Sandy Hook victim reflects

     
    HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – It was through her students that Melanie Bunch realized what am impact her cousin had on Sandy Hook Elementary.
    “After she had passed, I asked them what was their favorite memory of Mrs. Hochsprung and they immediately said simultaneously ‘she used to dress up as the Sandy Hook Book Fairy and she would twinkle and sparkle and come into our classroom and tap us on the head and give us extra reading time,” Bunch, a Hamburg resident told News 4.
  • California firefighter dies battling massive wildfire

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history.
    CBS Los Angeles reports the victim was a Cal Fire engineer who worked for the department’s San Diego unit. The death, but no details of the circumstances, was confirmed in a statement from Chief Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. A news conf
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  • Holy cow! Wandering bovine returned to Philly nativity scene

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A cow in Philadelphia apparently wanted to be away from the manger, as it escaped twice Thursday morning from a church’s live nativity scene.
    Stormy, a 7-year-old brown and white Hereford, was back munching hay at Old First Reformed Church of Christ by 7:15 a.m. after two sets of adventures on snowy downtown streets.
    Police first got reports of a cow near an Interstate 95 on-ramp around 2 a.m. Thursday.
    One of the state police troopers who responded has a cattle r
  • 4 children killed in bus-train collision in southern France

    PARIS (AP) — A regional train hit a school bus on a crossing in southern France Thursday, killing four children and critically injuring 11 other people on the bus, the French interior ministry said.
    Photos from the scene tweeted by a local television station showed the train derailed and the bus shorn in half — with first responders gathered around.
    French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who flew to the scene of the accident Thursday night, said that authorities still don’t kn
  • Albion man charged with sexually abusing client

    ALBION, N.Y. (WIVB) – An Albion man has been arrested on sexual abuse charges after it was alleged that he made inappropriate and unwanted contact with an adult client while he was employed at a non-profit agency.
    Rome A. Santiago, 39, of East State St., was charged with third degree sexual abuse Tuesday.
    According to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged contact with a client took place during outings in the Orleans and Genesee County area while Santiago was employed with
  • Tonawanda man, 23, charged with possession, distribution of child pornography

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 23-year-old Tonawanda man has been charged by criminal complaint with possession and distribution of child pornography.
    Dakar Young, 23. of Tonawanda, was arrested Wednesday following the execution of a search warrant at his residence.
    According to the criminal complaint, in May 2017, Young uploaded eight image files of child pornography onto a social network site.
    Images of child pornography were also found on his cell phone.
    Young made an initial appearance in U.
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  • Gov. Cuomo speaks on FBI probe, gun laws, harassment

    ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo took questions from correspondents at the Capitol after an economic awards ceremony on Wednesday.
    The first thing he touched on was the FBI probe looking into the governor’s office’s hiring practices. He gave a terse answer to one reporter’s question.
    “Why did you hire political people and put them in agencies?”
    “Have you been in Albany? Have you covered government? Do people with political experience get hired b
  • House Speaker says he’s not leaving Congress anytime soon

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress anytime soon.
    The Wisconsin Republican was asked Thursday about two published reports suggesting he might leave his job soon after the GOP passes a rewrite of the U.S. tax code.
    Asked by a reporter if he’s quitting anytime soon, Ryan chuckled and said, “I’m not. No.”
    Ryan spoke as Politico and the Huffington Post published reports speculating that Ryan&n
  • FCC votes down Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules

    (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era “net neutrality” rules that guaranteed equal access to internet.
    The agency’s Democratic commissioners dissented in the 3-2 vote Thursday.
    The FCC’s new rules could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet. The agency got rid of rules that barred companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from playing favorites with internet apps and sites.
    The broad
  • Tavis Smiley, suspended by PBS, vows to fight back

    NEW YORK (AP) — PBS has suspended radio and TV host Tavis Smiley after finding what it called “troubling allegations” of sexual misconduct, making him the second high-profile star to be ousted from a network known for its high-brow, genteel programming.
    The Public Broadcasting Service said Wednesday an independent investigation uncovered “multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS.” His show&rsq
  • Final preps for USS Little Rock Commissioning

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Navy’s newest high-tech cruiser is ready for its close-up. People all around the world will be watching Saturday as the Navy commissions the USS Little Rock LCS 9 state-of-the-art warship.
    A little snow and ice on the ship won’t keep history from happening. This will be the first time the Navy commissions a new ship next to its namesake.
    “We started this grand adventure in April 2015 hen we were approached with the possibility that Buffalo would
  • John Stamos to become dad at 54

    (CNN) — It’s about to be a “Fuller House” for John Stamos.
    The actor shared with People magazine that he is set to become a first-time father at the age of 54.
    The actor, who became everyone’s favorite uncle with his role on the hit 1990s sitcom “Full House,” joins other celebs, including George Clooney, to welcome fatherhood in their 50s.
    Stamos told People he and his fiancée, actress Caitlin McHugh, had discussed starting a family.
    “We hav
  • Man accused of breaking into ex’s home charged with assault, child endangerment

    HOLLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Sardinia man was arrested after an incident at his ex-girlfriend’s home.
    Late Wednesday night, Michael Holmes, 32, was reportedly yelling in the driveway of the Holland home before he kicked in a door, went inside and “engaged in physical violence” against the woman and her boyfriend, the Erie County Sheriff’s office says.
    According to authorities, there were children in the home at the time.
    After authorities say Holmes left the scene,
  • Activism, charity sustain Sandy Hook families 5 years later

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Out of a senseless tragedy, they have sought ways to find meaning in advocacy.
    Many relatives of the 26 children and educators killed five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School have dedicated themselves to charity, activism and other efforts to channel their grief and, in many cases, to help prevent violence.
    “You have two choices,” said Rebecca Kowalski, whose 7-year-old son, Chase, died in Newtown. “I could be in the bottom of a
  • Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament allowing even more teams

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Expect to see even more players out on the ice in the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament.
    The 11th annual event, which will take place at Buffalo Riverworks, will allow approximately 20 more teams, and up to 140 more players, to participate.
    24 teams will participate in the first tournament on Sunday, February 11. On the following Tuesday, a nearly week-long tournament featuring 132 more teams will begin.
    Registration for the event starts on Saturday, De
  • 3rd down key for Bills Vs. Dolphins

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) There likely aren’t too many defenses losing sleep preparing for this Bills offense — maybe with the exception of finding a way to stop LeSean McCoy who has surpassed 1,000 yards this season and is only 36 away from hitting 10,000 for his career.
    The Bills are averaging 18 points per game and go-three-and-out like it’s a routine part of the playbook.
    Some of that is predicated on the play of the quarterback.  Tyrod Taylor, who missed Buffalo’s ov
  • Neighbor credited with saving woman during fire

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A woman can thank her neighbor for saving her life after her mobile home caught on fire.
    The fire started late last night on Annamarie Terrace in Cheektowaga.
    First responders found flames shooting through the home when they arrived. The fire chief tells us the neighbor put his own safety at risk to save the woman inside.
    “The neighbor next door happened to see the fire,” Hy-View Fire Chief Daniel Hatfield said. “He called it in. He went ov
  • Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal, including film and television studios, cable and international TV businesses as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.
    Before the buyout, 21st Century Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company that will be
  • NFTA police looking to identify suspicious man

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — NFTA police received a report of a suspicious man on Wednesday.
    According to authorities, the man approached a female student while she was at the Utica St. station. The incident happened during the morning.
    Police say the man, who was described as Hispanic, was wearing light-colored pants, a hood, a ski cap and a dark jacket.
    The suspect was last seen leaving the station before heading towards Main St.
    Anyone with information on his identity can call NFTA polic
  • Water main break could cause issues in Niagara Falls

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A reported water main break could cause issues on Thursday morning.
    Crews in Niagara Falls are on scene near 27th St. and Woodlawn Ave.
    It is not clear what caused the break, or how long it will take to clean up.
  • Omarosa exits the White House with a dose of drama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — True to form, former “Apprentice” star Omarosa is ending her time at the White House with a dose of drama.
    Omarosa Manigault Newman, one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters, was escorted off the White House grounds after resigning her post as a presidential adviser, according to two White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday
  • As ‘net neutrality’ vote nears, some brace for a long fight

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the federal government prepares to unravel sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet, advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight.
    The Thursday vote scheduled at the Federal Communications Commission could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight. The proposal would not only roll back restrictions that keep broadband providers like Comcast, Veriz
  • Bills fan loses wedding ring at snowy Bills game against Colts

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Sunday’s snowy bills game was one to remember especially for one fan who lost something he is desperately trying to get back – his wedding ring! Now the city of good neighbors is stepping in to help him find it.
    Ron and Andrea Dole have been married for almost a year and a half.
    “I lose everything else in my life but I’ve never lost my ring before,” said Ron Dole.
    Dole says he was at Sunday’s whiteout game against the Colts, s
  • USS Little Rock sailors lend a hand at local food bank

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Some sailors from the USS Little Rock took the time to help the Buffalo community on Wednesday.
    About 20 crew members- who are in town for the commissioning of the ship at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park on Saturday- volunteered at the Food Bank of Western New York Wednesday afternoon.
    They sorted through pantries and packed food donations for those less fortunate in the area.
    Crew members said the thanks from the community pushes them to do better in their se
  • Santa visits patients at Oishei Children’s Hospital

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Some kids at the Oishei Children’s Hospital got a Christmas surprise Wednesday when Santa Claus arrived to deliver toys.
    Representatives from the hospital and Fisher-Price came together to spread some holiday cheer.
    “I had to consult with the reindeer and a few of the elves,” said Claus, “We had to make sure there was a clear landing strip on the roof.”
    Claus added that he was responsible for all the snow around the hospital, “and
  • Protest erupts after state rules out criminal charges against officers in Buffalo man’s death

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Angry protestors made their feelings known outside Buffalo Police Headquarters Wednesday night.
    Ten months after unarmed 20 year-old Wardel Davis died in police custody, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed both Buffalo Police officers, Todd MCcalister and Nicholas Parisi will not face criminal charges.
    Davis died while being arrested on the city’s west side in February. He was approached because the officers suspected him of drug activity.
    Davis’
  • News 4 telethon raises $36,000 for Hurricane Maria relief

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Thanks to generous contributions, News 4’s telethon raised $36,000 for hurricane relief on Wednesday.
    Additionally, Expert Moving Company has offered to donate and deliver a large amount of furniture to hurricane refugees in WNY.
    Thank you for your donations!
  • Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys and who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself Wednesday night. He was 57.
    Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson shot himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville.
    Johnson was
  • Buffalo Police expect to start body camera pilot program in Jan.

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- The Buffalo Common Council has approved a body camera pilot program for the Buffalo Police Department. BPD made the proposal on Tuesday.
    It will equip about 30 officers in the B district with body cameras.
    The department has been working on getting the technology for the past two years. In the spring, it asked for proposals from camera companies and 14 responded.
    The top five companies were interviewed. BPD selected the company Vievu, after weighing the camera technolo
  • Buffalo native raising awareness about group sending packages to troops overseas

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- There are just three more days until the new USS Little Rock is commissioned at the Buffalo Naval Park.
    People from all over the country are in town to be part of this historic event.
    Buffalo native and Marine Corps Captain, Maurice “Chipp” Naylon, is back in town helping with the preparations for the historic event. This is the first time in naval history a ship will be commissioned next to its namesake.
    “It’s a huge deal,” he said. &ldqu
  • Postal officials offer tips to fight ‘porch pirates’

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The holiday season brings great joy to many Americans, but with the growth in cybershopping, authorities say they are also seeing a spike in “porch pirates”—holiday grinches that steal packages after they have been delivered.
    Or, in the case of an elderly Buffalo homeowner, a thief stole two packages she had set out on her porch for the mail carrier to pick up.
    “Deborah”, as we will call the Buffalo grandmother—to protect her priva
  • The Geminid meteor shower is upon us and might be one of the best ever

    (CNN) – If you’re looking for a fantastic light show December 13-14, all you need to do is look up.The annual Geminid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year. This year is expected to be the best meteor shower ever.“With August’s Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year,” said Bill Cooke, with NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, in a news release. “The thin
  • Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert can’t be alone with children, judge rules

    (CNN) – Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert is banned from having contact with anyone under 18 unless an adult is present who’s aware that he pleaded guilty in a hush money case related to the sexual abuse of teen boys, according to new restrictions imposed by a federal judge.“You shall not have contact with any person under the age of 18, except in the presence of a responsible adult who is aware of the nature of his/her background and current offense, and who ha
  • With Code Blue in effect, outreach volunteers working to find shelter, warmth for homeless

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On brutally cold days like this, outreach workers who are a part of Code Blue and the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless are helping those living on the streets find shelter and warmth.
    “Peope can die,” states Kim Burlingame, a nurse with the Matt Urban Hope Center, one of the several shelters which opens form 8pm until 8am when a Code Blue is in effect.  “It is so important that we find them and bring them in. Our efforts have be
  • School counselors continue addressing bullying, says it impacts community

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– Bullying is an issue school counselors have had to deal with for decades now.
    “I think people are more aware of it and willing to talk about it now,” said Amy Borowiak, a counselor at Waterfront Elementary school.
    She’s been a counselor for 21 years, 18 of which she has spent at that Buffalo Public School. She has worked with children of all ages and says bullying looks different in different grades. The counselor explains that, in early element
  • John McCain hospitalized for “normal side effects” of cancer treatment, office says

    (CBS NEWS) – Sen. John McCain was admitted Wednesday to Walter Reed Hospital for “normal side effects” of his cancer treatments, his office said in a statement. “As ever, he remains grateful to his physicians for their excellent care, and his friends and supporters for their encouragement and good wishes,” the statement said.
    McCain is currently receiving treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The 80-year-old was diagnosed in
  • Officials: 2 dead in possible murder-suicide at Penn State Beaver campus

    BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. – Two people were shot dead on the Pennsylvania State University Beaver campus in western Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon, reports CBS Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania State Police tell the station the shooting is being investigated as a possible murder-suicide.
    The incident reportedly happened Wednesday afternoon at the Center Township campus, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Troopers say a campus employee was fatally shot near her car by her estranged husband
  • Body located following residential fire in Cattaraugus County

    HUMPHRY, N.Y. (WIVB) – A body was recovered from a house fire in Cattaraugus County Tuesday afternoon.
    New York State Police responded to the fire on Cooper Hill Road in the Town of Humphry around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. During an investigation, a body was recovered from the residence and pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner.
    The body will be examined by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office for cause of death and identity.
    The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigati
  • Tractor-trailer goes off road, closing part of I-86

    CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) — A tractor trailer jackknifed while on I-86 Wednesday afternoon.
    New York State Police say a weather-related collision occurred.
    After the truck went off the road, the eastbound section of the highway was closed near Exit 17 (Route 394).
  • Cuomo: Remove firearms from domestic abusers in New York

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to take away all firearms from New Yorkers who are convicted of domestic violence crimes.
    The Democrat announced the plan Wednesday as the first of the proposals he’ll unveil next month during his State of the State address that opens the 2018 legislative session.
    Under Cuomo’s proposal, all guns would immediately be removed from anyone convicted of domestic violence crimes, including misdemeanors. He says
  • Buffalo man sentenced for fatal hit-and-run

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to a deadly hit-and-run learned his fate on Wednesday.
    Wade Sanders, 54, was sentenced to one and two-thirds to five years in prison.
    He admitted to leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
    Buffalo police say Arthur Redrick, 60, was crossing Bailey Ave. at Lang Ave. in May when he was struck and killed by an SUV driven by Sanders.
    Sanders immediately left the scene and his vehicle was located a few days later on Fox St.
  • Police looking for person of interest after Allentown theft

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police in Buffalo are looking for a person of interest after a package was stolen in the Allentown neighborhood.
    Anyone with information on the person’s identity can call or text the police department’s confidential tip line at (716) 847-2255.“Residents are reminded not to leave packages outside. Please have them shipped to an alternate address if possible where someone can receive them for you,” Buffalo police wrote on Facebook.
  • AP sources: House, Senate leaders reach deal on tax package

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give many Americans modest tax cuts starting next year.
    Top GOP aides said lawmakers had reached an agreement in principle on the final package. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about private negotiations.
    Details still need to be dr
  • Smoker arrested after yelling death threats on plane

    (Video courtesy of CBS Sacramento)
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a woman caught trying to smoke on a Southwest flight has been arrested after shouting she was going to kill everyone on the plane.
    Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman Shaun Hampton said Monday that 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo was arrested on the tarmac when the plane landed Saturday.
    Hampton says when the crew stopped Curbelo from having a cigarette in the plane’s bathroom, sh

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